Bangers

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Dafina Books, 2003 - Fiction - 291 pages
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On the streets of L.A., the most dangerous person can be a cop. Us against them. That's the law of the cop world. Out on the mean streets of L.A., the only defense is to be more ruthless than your opponent. 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 headup with the city's worst gangbangers. If it means bending the rules, planting a piece, looking the other way for a fellow cop--whatever it takes to get the job done. The crime-infested Venice Heights section is something Detective Sergeant Rafael "Saint" Santian understands. It's where he grew up, and part of him never left. It's his turf, and he likes to keep it running smooth, by his own code. But the situation is getting out of control. The Crazy Nines, one of the largest gangs in the city, is making moves, while politically ambitious Assistant D.A. Constance McGuire is looking to snare Saint and his men. And hidden hands are lighting a torch that will bring up the heat, turning cop against cop in the pressure cooker, as the line gets blurred between gangsta and law enforcer. In this cautionary tale of power, corruption, and murder, acclaimed crime novelist Gary Phillips takes readers into the multi-faceted sprawl of Los Angeles--from the strivers and the grifters, from the streets to the suites--and reveals that at the intersection of the underworld and the straight one, even the best are guilty of something.
 

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An elite, five-member police team in Los Angeles concentrates on containing gang activity. The cops take their jobs seriously, but a "choirboy" mentality seems to rule: there's sex on the side, a ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
19
Section 2
27
Section 3
35
Section 4
51
Section 5
63
Section 6
71
Section 7
77
Section 8
95
Section 15
213
Section 16
219
Section 17
225
Section 18
235
Section 19
239
Section 20
247
Section 21
255
Section 22
269

Section 9
105
Section 10
127
Section 11
145
Section 12
155
Section 13
185
Section 14
195
Section 23
275
Section 24
281
Section 25
289
Section 26
295
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Gary Phillips is the author of the Ivan Monk mysteries, Violent Spring and Perdition USA. He has also worked as a security guard, printer, a shade tree mechanic (rebuilding a ?58 Ford Fairlane with his father), a labor union organizer, a radio talk show host, a foundation staffer, and a community activist for over 22 years. He lives in the wilds of Los Angeles with his wife Gilda Haas, and their children Miles and Chelsea.

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