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Beat L.A.

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Set in a downtown Los Angeles where gentrification seeks to displace the homeless, where loft dwellers walk their little dogs past dark alleyways from which the sickly sweet smell of something else wafts, Beat L.A. follows bicycle-jockeying police officer David Richter and cynical, unfulfilled patrolmen Brand and Reese in their Crown Vic. From the murky byways of the hard ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published May 15th 2013 by Down & Out Books
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Tara Spears
Jul 08, 2013 Tara Spears rated it liked it
The artwork was excellent in this graphic novel, however the editing was only fair considering how much work goes into creating a book like this. The book is broken up into two illustrated works and one short story. The broken style of writing didn't suit me even though the stories were decently entertaining. I don't care for chopped up, too tight writing that bounces all over the place. A little less pushing by the writers and I would have enjoyed this much more. As it is I can only give it ...more
Brenda
Beat L.A. written by Gary Phillips and Tony Chavira is a different kind of book. It started as a graphic novel changed to a short written story and then went back to a graphic novel. That was a bit strange to me but then there were also characters in the book that didn’t really serve any purpose except to distract you like Genghis Rabbit.

I felt rather scattered after reading this one.

I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads.
Cynthia
Jun 03, 2013 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
This was the first graphic novel/comic I have ever read. I loved it. It is a very witty story which reminded me of some of my favorite shows (The Wire, Breaking Bad...). The art was awesome and I feel that the writers did a great job at creating interesting and original story lines and a relevant message regarding the politics in the city.
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Jan 13, 2016 Melissa Dials rated it really liked it
I won this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I know some of the language is in perfect context, I'm just not a fan of the use of it. Otherwise, it was a gritty Crime Drama in the form of a Graphic Novel. If you enjoy similar action-packed TV series, you'll really get into this one.
Jason Joseph
Sep 03, 2013 Jason Joseph rated it it was amazing
Gripping city drama with a great story arc. I love all of the little references to the places I hold near and dear to me living in DTLA. I also appreciated the tongue-in-cheek references to the mayoral candidates :) Great stuff! Can't wait to see more from this group!
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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 ...more
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“What do you do with all of these people on the street? Surround them with an army of police officers to mimic their jail experience? No, you help them to assimilate into a society that wants them to be productive and healthy. We cannot solve our homeless problem by shuffling it to the corners of the city.” 1 likes
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