Bangers by Gary Phillips

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On The Streets Of L.A. Us against them. That's the law of the cop world. In L.A.'s toughest 'hoods, you gotta bang with the best of the roughnecks. And the best are the five members of TRASH, an elite team of street cops unafraid to go up against the city's worst gangbangers, even if it means bending the rules, planting a piece, or looking the other way for a fellow cop.

The Most Dangerous Person Can Be A Cop. . .

The crime-infested Venice Heights section is a place Detective Sergeant Rafael "Saint" Santian understands. It's where he grew up, and part of him never left. But the situation is getting out of control. One of the most lethal gangs is making moves, while a politically ambitious assistant D.A. is looking to snare Saint and his men. Meanwhile hidden hands are lighting a torch that will bring up the heat, turning cop against cop as the line gets blurred between gangsta and law enforcer in a city where everyone's riding on the edge... Praise For Gary Phillips

"Gary Phillips writes with raw power. . .you're about to take a wild ride." --Jan Burke, Edgar Award-winning author on High Hand

"Phillips. . .serves up a fast-moving plot." --Publishers Weekly on High Hand

Gary Phillips was raised in South Central L.A. and is the author of High Hand and Shooter's Point, both Martha Chainey mysteries from Dafina (Kensington Books); four Ivan Monk novels; some stand-alones, including The Perpetrators; various short stories, and comic books.

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Gary Phillips is the author of several crime-fiction novels, including "Bangers" and "The Perpetrators." He writes in several other mediums -- from screenplays to comic books -- and remembers vividly the days of disco and the fever that coke, then crack, unleashed.
Published February 1, 2007 by Kensington. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rafael "Saint" Santián and his elite team of cops take on gangstas and an ambitious female district attorney running for mayor in Phillips's gritty and violent tour of the underbelly of Los Angeles.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Robert Ramirez reads the story of an elite police force in Los Angeles dealing with the lowest level of crime around ­- drugs.

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Reviewing the Evidence

The cops all have the smarts to do good police work, but somewhere along the line, they forgot, or stopped caring that it matters that you get a conviction without beating it out of the suspect, that it matters that you don't do coke, that it matters that you don't screw any woman who offers hers...

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