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Violent Spring (Ivan Monk #1)

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In the wake of the Rodney King riots, Ivan Monk investigates a cold murder

Just a few months ago, the corner of Florence and Normandie avenues was an inferno. Enraged by the jury that freed Rodney King’s brutalizers, people took to the streets of Los Angeles to vent their anger on the city. For three days they smashed, looted, and burned, until South Central L.A. looked lik
ebook, 260 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Road (first published 1994)
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Very cool. Crazy L.A. Noir, complete with hunchbacks, set in South Central the year after the Uprising. I plan to read everything else this guy has written. Any crime book that mentions both the Panthers and the IWW, twice each, and keeps its politics there without losing character and plot, is going to get me pumped.
Phillips, Gary - 2nd in Ivan Monk series

Set in the aftermath of the Rodney King beating and the subsequent riots, a novel set in Los Angeles in which a private investigator examines the murder of a Korean shop owner. Many suspect a racial motive, but it soon becomes clear to the private investigator that greed is a more likely motive.

it was okay, but that was about all. There were too many characters and it worked too hard at being politically correct.
Decent debut set a couple of years after Rodney King in LA but too many characters and a bad guy that was too obvious made this a bit of a slow read.

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GARY PHILLIPS lives in Los Angeles and is best known for his novels and short stories featuring PI Ivan Monk. He has worked a lot of different gigs in his time: a graveyard shift security guard, a printer, a union organizer, co-director of the MultiCultural Collaborative (a nonprofit set-up to improve race relations after the ’92 LA riots) and as political director of a city council campaign. He w ...more
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