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Phillips, Gary, 1955-
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Kensington Pub. Corp., [2003]

Physical Description:
291 pages ; 23 cm
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"Dafina Books".
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X Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Urban Fiction

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From the author of "High Hand," ("Phillips. . . serves up a fast-moving plot."--"Publisher's Weekly") comes another engaging read.

Author Notes

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.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Rafael "Saint" Santi n and his elite team of cops take on gangstas and an ambitious female district attorney running for mayor in Phillips's gritty and violent tour of the underbelly of Los Angeles. The TRASH unit Tactical Resources Against Street Hoodlums really is a gang itself, as deadly as anyone else on the street. "When they bent the rules it was because the rules were hamstringing them from achieving the greater goal. Yeah, they copped some extras for themselves, but who didn't? It was drug money, whore money, laundered money." The main plot is standard B-movie material, merely a neat frame for a series of engaging set pieces, but the subplots allow Phillips to show that he knows his turf and its wars. Pulling a large cast from all layers of society, from bangers with the Crazy Nines to bikers wearing the Viking colors and hip-hop execs at Def Ritmo Records, he smoothly follows one character or another, whether Saint or the biker Red Dog or the Korean-American assistant D.A. shacking with Red Dog's mama. Saint even cruises down to Tijuana for some additional fun-and-gun action. As in his Las Vegas-based Martha Chainey mysteries (High Hand, etc.), Phillips doesn't worry much about loose ends, but keeps all the clips loaded. A trademark cliffhanger of an ending suggests that Saint and his crew may be series bound. (Oct. 7) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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 secret assignation apartment, leaned-on sources, violent confrontations, etc. Unfortunately, a politically ambitious female assistant district attorney hopes to ride to victory by discrediting team members-legally or not: how could a gang leader get murdered while in custody, for example? Anyway, more sex and more violence erupt as team members expose more corruption. Phillips's (The Jook) down-in-the-dirt descriptions, complicated plotting, and frequent bursts of graphic violence will appeal to readers of hard-core police and crime novels ? la Joseph Wambaugh. For larger mystery and African American fiction collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.