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This Wicked World: A Novel by [Lange, Richard]
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Length: 428 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From Publishers Weekly

Set in L.A., Lange's visceral, hard-hitting first novel puts him squarely in the ring with the best young neo-noir writers. Jimmy Boone, a former Marine and ex-con lying low and waiting out his probation by tending bar on Hollywood Boulevard, gets drawn back onto dangerous ground after he agrees to help his bouncer buddy, Robo, look into the death of a young Guatemalan immigrant found covered in infected dog bites on an MTA bus. Boone and Robo get on a trail that leads from a ghetto dope pad, where they rescue an abused and toothless fighting dog, to a secluded desert compound near Twentynine Palms, where a psychotic crime boss, Taggert, hosts bloody dog-fighting contests. Boone soon finds himself in way over his head as he comes up against Taggert's crew of degenerates. While the book contains some familiar set pieces, Lange, the author of the story collection Dead Boys, shows he has the potential to put his own distinctive mark on the mythology of Los Angeles. (June)
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From Booklist

Jimmy Boone’s life changed in an instant. An ex-Marine and a highly paid bodyguard, he assaulted his own client—he had his reasons—and went to prison. Now out on parole, he’s tending bar when the doorman asks for backup on a moonlighting gig: finding out what happened to illegal immigrant Oscar Rosales, who died of dog bites on a city bus. Against his better judgment, Boone proceeds pro bono, discovering a dogfighting ring where the people are more dangerous than the dogs, and putting the few people he cares about in mortal danger. Lange (Dead Boys, 2007) draws indelible characters and writes deadeye dialogue, and his L.A. is as parched and pitiless as the desert that surrounds it. But a book that starts out seeming destined to join the ranks of the great sun-bleached noirs ends with a ghost-town confrontation that isn’t quite worthy of the tale that preceeded it and that produces a hopeful note that feels unearned. That said, This Wicked World is wickedly good—and we have a feeling that Lange is just getting started. --Keir Graff

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  • File Size: 2137 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (June 29, 2009)
  • Publication Date: June 30, 2009
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002CQ29DQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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