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LA Requiem

While still sort of a page-turner thriller crime novel, ths book was a welcome antidote to this terrible book.

The villains are all real human beings, no one is truly two-dimensional, life is portrayed as complicated and none of the violence or conflict is sensationalized or aggrandized. A nice, good cop book, set in LA with a cast of interesting characters. Just about what I was looking for.