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From the Editor

My favorite crime novels care about the victim. They don't forget that a person—albeit a fictional one—died to put the story in motion. Tyler Dilts's protagonist, detective Danny Beckett, cares about the deceased when no one else does. He's on a mission to discover who the dead man was and what brought him to the circumstances of his final days. There's a heart to this mystery that is both tender and broken.

Tyler uses the framework of the investigation to communicate something about the human condition. We are, he shows us, more than just a name, a social security number, a height, weight, shoe size, eye color. We strive to connect, to be understood—and Beckett wants to understand the victim of this terrible crime. He inventories the dead man's shopping cart, which contains all his earthly possessions.

To tell the story of the man, Beckett has "Fleece blanket, recently laundered" the way Hemingway had "Baby shoes, never worn." The detective pieces together an identity for the dead man so he can understand the world that killed him.

Tyler has crafted both their stories carefully, as one man's death leads another man to face the missing pieces of his own life.

- Alison Dasho, Editor


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About the Author

As a child, Tyler Dilts dreamed of following in the footsteps of his policeman father. Though his career goals changed over time, he never lost interest in the daily work of homicide detectives. Today he teaches creative writing at California State University in Long Beach, and his writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Best American Mystery Stories, and numerous other publications. He is the author of A King of Infinite Space and The Pain Scale, the first two novels in the Long Beach Homicide series. He lives with his wife in Long Beach, California.


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  • File Size: 3519 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (September 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IMOUZCO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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To start, Dilts is a very captivating author. The book begins with a superbly detailed image of where the novel is taking place. He does a good job of introducing the main characters, including the detective Danny and his partner Jen.

The book is a classic mystery novel, where you're never sure of the outcome until the very end. However, the book makes you think it's a clear cut case, but obviously the book would be too short it it was that easy! It's full of plot twists that keep it exciting but remains understandable and easy to follow. I won't give any spoilers, but I enjoyed the last 10% of the novel, especially the lessons it can teach all of us. I would highly recommend this book to any friend.

Feel free to leave any questions/discussion and I will attempt to answer promptly.
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Danny Beckett' s job took him to a grisly crime scene that would have ended most hardened careers. A homeless man had been set afire, burned to death, and charred beyond recognition. Danny had to set aside memories of his wife's fiery death. He had to swallow a sickening lump of bile, to clear his mind, and refocus his skilled eyes.

Danny had to organize all the jig-saw pieces. The shopping cart filled with odds and ends would be a start. The dregs and debris of the victim's life were like sticky glue holding him together, even though, family and community had given up and turned away. This deep chasm needed to be scaled. Did he have a wife, sister, brother, or children to mourn for him? Why were the shoes and pants in different sizes? Had the homeless man seen something he shouldn't have seen? Who was this man who had suffered a firey hell on earth?

Something didn't set right. The teens had been apprehended immediately. How could youth be so callous, so cruel? Why not a gun, or a knife? Were they trying for more than met the eye? Follow along. This is a mesmerising, well written mystery. The story line will hold your attention to the end, and quite possibly, even beyond. Thanks for the read.
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Tyler Dilts has taken us to a place in the streets and in our hearts where we must find the humanity in others to understand our own. A Cold and Broken Hallelujah is a clear example of a police procedural breaking the genre barrier.

I have been homeless, addicted and marginalized in the past and now work helping othes change for better lives. The author has done an excellent job of portraying the homeless and those in the helping professions. Mr. Dilts empathy s authentic and not preachy.

This novel has everything a book ought to have, a great plot, solidly developed characters, its well written and it leaves me wanting more. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting not only a great read but to make friends with an author with two other great novels and a very bright future.

One last thing. Regarding James Lee Burke and Tyler Dilts: I don't think Tyler Dilts is trying to be the James Lee Burke of Long Beach. I do think he IS the Tyler Dilts of Long Beach. Dilts and Burke are very different writers. They do however have one thing in common. They are both great authors that entertain us while making us think.
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I knew this book had potential when I saw the Leonard Cohen inspired title. I ended up ordering all three books in this series and read them over a long weekend. I enjoyed the variety of plots and the descriptions of all the homicide detectives, particularly the principal players. I think many of the negative reviews are harsh for I find it perfectly conceivable that a homicide detective can listen to both National Public Radio and the BBC and that an author can offer a fresh perspective on a well worn genre. I downgraded to four stars because the author needs to develop a consistent narrative for Beckett 's wife (it changes on a major point from one book to the next.) I also agree that the ending for this book was a little far-fetched. I would recommend this series and look forward to further books by this author.
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Tyler Dilts third book in the Long Beach Homicide series was a great read. Each 3 books are good as stand alone but I recommend reading them in sequence. I enjoy watching the progression of relationships and seeing how friendships make a difference in their lives.

Homicide cops see the gruesome details of life and death and can get sucked into believing that is all there is. Our protagonist, Danny Beckett and his partner Jen Tanaka, show there is more to life than brutal death.

Growing up in Long Beach it was interesting to see how well the author represents the city. I recommend this book to anyone who likes police procedural that keep you guessing. There was a point that grabbed me by surprise toward the e nd of the story and that's what I enjoyed about this book. It kept me guessing right up to the satisfying conclusion.
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Tyler Dilts has written a good police procedural with well developed characters. The main characters, Danny Beckett, and his partner, Jen, are smart, likeable, and complement each other well. The secondary characters are all nice likeable people, too. I don't like reading books where the main characters are jerks.

The story line was well written and interesting. I gave the book four stars because Beckett's thoughts rambled on too long occasionally.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries or police procedurals. I am planning to read the first two in this series. In fact, my husband read "A Cold and Broken Hallelujah" and enjoyed it as much as I have and has already read the first two books. He felt it didn't matter in which order they are read. This book would also be fine as a stand alone book.
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