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    BUY THIS BOOK

    Instead of the usual musing about Los Angeles, glitz and glamour, the Hollywood Sign, fancy famous people and entitlement, Brad Grusnick writes about the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles. He delves deep into the people and places no one talks about- almost a subversive love letter to the underbelly of Los Angeles, which I found fantastically interesting. Grusnick is so descriptive in his words that you can almost smell some of the places and people he writes about! The story itself is exciting- a real crime noir and the book was impossible to put down once you begin. Every character leapt off the page. People don't write books like this anymore and I cannot wait for his next one. BUY THIS BOOK.
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    Hooks the reader from page 1

    Loved the story. Grusnick draws you in right away to a world outside most of our perceptions, but just under our noses. He's a young author here (I've read the sequel too), but his talent for plot is undeniable, and his work with a vast array of highly distinct characters is as thorough as it is artful. This book is more than satisfying as a stand-alone. But, knowing it's part of a trilogy, and that you-okay-I get to follow these characters further is the real fun. Read it.
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    Excellent Homeless Noir

    The idea of setting a mystery around the LA homeless population just works. The writing is well done (too many ebooks are just full of cliches and mistakes) and the protagonist, Ray, is gruff yet likable. The plot covers multiple locales and is supported by a cast of colorful characters, fully taking advantage of the themes of homelessness and vagrancy. The action/violence is not overdone or comic book-fake. The dialogue rings true. This is a great read and I would encourage anyone might enjoy a unique mystery to pick it up. Highly recommended. A really enjoyable read.
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