L.A. Rex by Will Beall

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A gritty and ferocious novel written by Will Beall, an LAPD officer who continues to patrol the streets he writes about. L.A. Rex is the story of Ben Halloran, a seemingly fresh-faced rookie assigned to the 77th Division, L.A.'s most violent precinct, still reeling from the Rodney King riots. Partnered with old-school cop Miguel Marquez, the two plunge fast and deep into the city's burgeoning gang war—and it soon becomes clear that they won't be able to emerge again unless Ben faces the demons he's running from once and for all. Bristling with the energy and authenticity of the author's experiences as a working policeman in South Central L.A., this is a literary thriller that doesn't just unfold. It explodes.


About Will Beall

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Will Beall works Homicide in the LAPD's 77th Division, the heart of South Central Los Angeles. He is currently at work on the screenplay for L.A. Rex for Scott Rudin Productions, along with the next Ben Halloran novel, The Lion Hunters.
Published September 4, 2007 by Riverhead. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the meantime, not unlike knights-errant, Ben and Marquez sortie out from the 77th, daily, contending with dragons and ogres—druggies and stone killers—until at last Ben earns Marquez’s ultimate accolade: “You’re a cop now, Ben.

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Darius’s vendetta against his former protégé Benji — which was the reason Benji left town and secretly came back as a cop named Ben Halloran — resolves itself weakly with a quick grant of clemency and the gift of a “Star Wars” action figure.

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Beall, himself an officer in the LAPD's 77th Division, writes what he knows, but loads of pointless, gory violence (including gougings and mutilations), some awkward prose ("The party was Carcosa's schizophrenic attempt to reconcile his criminal origins with the propriety of a Mexican tradition")...

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