This Wicked World

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PDF This Wicked World Rock-Solid ActionThis Wicked World is a rock-solid, action-packed crime thriller. The hero of this story is not a trench coat wearing private eye, but a bartending ex-con who somehow gets sucked into finding justice for a poor kid who collapsed on a bus, leaving behind a woman and a son and a pocketful of dreams. The ex-con is also a former bodyguard and former Marine so, of course, the reader can't help but clue in to gunfire and hand to hand combat on its way. Lange does a great job of capturing the grittiness of Los Angeles' McArthur Park and fills out the story with drug dealers, dogfights, ex-strippers, soldiers of fortune. While the reasons for Boone to keep pushing for what happened to Oscar don't exactly add up, Lange has filled this story with so much action and so many double crosses that it's hard to put down. . This Wicked World am Ebook El Leonard meets Denis Johnson in this explosive first novel set on the seedy side of Southern California.Ex marine Jimmy Boone former bodyguard to Los Angeles s rich and famous is fresh out of Corcoran, on parole, and trying to keep his nose clean until he figures out his next move He has a job tending bar on Hollywood Boulevard , serving drinks to tourists, and is dEl Leonard meets Denis Johnson in this explosive first novel set on the seedy side of Southern California.Ex marine Jimmy Boone former bodyguard to Los Angeles s rich and famous is fresh out of Corcoran, on parole, and trying to keep his nose clean until he figures out his next move He has a job tending bar onHollywood Boulevard , serving drinks to tourists, and is determined to put the past behind him But trying to do the right thing has always been Boone s downfall When he backs up a buddy on a hero for hire gig looking into the mysterious death of a kid on a downtown bus he once again finds himself in a world of trouble As Boone learns about the boy, an innocent who got involved with the wrong people, his investigation becomes a mission Along the dangerous margins of Los Angeles, he encounters down on their luck drug dealers, a vengeful stripper, a dog fighting ring, a beautiful ex cop, a vicious crime boss and his crew, and a fortune in counterfeit bills Before long, Boone realizes that his quest to get at the truth about a ruthless murder may also turn out to be his last chance at redemption This Wicked World is a knock out blend of superb writing and breakneck storytelling that grabs you by the collar and makes it impossible to stop reading.. Author of The Smack, Sweet Nothing, Angel Baby, This Wicked World, and Dead Boys.. Popular Books This Wicked World Jimmy Boone is an ex-Marine and an ex-con who made a mistake and paid the price, although it takes a while for the reader to learn exactly what the mistake was. Now he's out on parole, checking in with his P.O. and trying to stay out of trouble. To support himself, he's managing a small apartment complex and tending bar on Hollywood Boulevard.One night Robo, the bouncer at the bar, asks Jimmy to help him with a small problem. Robo does favors for people and is meeting with the grandfather of an young immigrant named Oscar Morales who died on a city bus after being viciously attacked by dogs. The grandfather wants to hire Robo to look into this and Robo wants Jimmy to come along and look like a cop to help impress the grandfather.Robo gets the job, but then he needs Jimmy to give him a ride and help interview a witness. And then, and then... You can see where this is going. Before long, Jimmy, who was trying to keep his head down and stay out of trouble, is up to his neck in the mystery of the death of the young man. He's violating his parole and mixed up with dopers, gangsters and a particularly vengeful stripper. And in the end, not only his parole but his life will wind up on the line.This is a very well-written debut novel with a great cast of memorable characters. Richard Lange definitely has the chops. I'm giving the book three stars instead of four because of my one complaint about the book, which is that several of the characters, principally Jimmy Boone, keep acting in ways that seem totally implausible. It's like the stock scene in the horror movie when the lights in the house all go out and the pert young teenage girl goes down into the basement. Everybody in the galaxy is screaming, "Don't do that!!", but she does it anyway. It makes absolutely no sense, except as a device to drive the plot forward.Jimmy Boone, although otherwise a very sympathetic character, makes these bad decisions one after another. For a man in his situation, his actions just make no sense, save for the fact that if he didn't take them, there wouldn't be much of a book. I started off really loving this book, but after a while the fact that the main character continued to behave so senselessly, dulled my enthusiasm a bit. Still, as I said, Lange is an excellent writer and I'll be more than happy to give his next book a shot.
This Wicked World by Richard Lange This Wicked World is a rock solid, action packed crime thriller The hero of this story is not a trench coat wearing private eye, but a bartending ex con who somehow gets sucked into finding justice for a poor kid who collapsed on a bus, leaving behind a woman and a son and a pocketful of dreams. This Wicked World A Novel This is a detailed look at the seamier side of life, a world of drug dealers and addicts, criminals and killers It is not a book for the squeamish, there are disturbing scenes dealing with staged dog fights and animal cruelty But there is also retribution and redemption. This Wicked World A Novel Jun , This Wicked World is everything I had hoped for fast paced, realistic, with just enough detail for me visualize what I needed to The good guys shared the same code I do, one that, in the real world, has a lot of grey areas I appreciated the fact that even the bad guys had redeeming qualities. This Wicked World A Novel by Richard Lange, Paperback May , This Wicked World is a knock out blend of superb writing and breakneck storytelling that grabs you by the collar and makes it impossible to stop reading. This Wicked World A Novel eBook Lange Jun , This is a detailed look at the seamier side of life, a world of drug dealers and addicts, criminals and killers It is not a book for the squeamish, there are disturbing scenes dealing with staged dog fights and animal cruelty But there is also retribution and redemption. This Wicked World A Novel Walmart Walmart Up to sh backThis Wicked World is a knock out blend of superb writing and breakneck storytelling that grabs you by the collar and makes it impossible to stop reading El Leonard meets Denis Johnson in this explosive first novel set on the seedy side of Southern California. This Wicked World edition Open Library Before long, Boone realizes that his quest to get at the truth about a ruthless murder may also turn out to be his last chance at redemption This Wicked World is a knock out blend of superb writing and breakneck storytelling that grabs you by the collar and makes it impossible to stop reading. Wicked World WICKED WORLD is like nothing you have ever experienced Grant Ekland Barry J Gillis is a dirty cop, with a checkered past that endlessly haunts him His woman is murdered by a serial See full summary This Wicked World The American Conservative Dec , This Wicked World December , pm Rod Dreher There are no words Right here at Christmastime Charlie Chaplin Nothing is permanent in this wicked Even, Nothing, Our, Permanent, Troubles, Wicked, World Quotes to Explore I ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel Maya Angelou You Learning People Will It always seems impossible until it s done.

  1. Author of The Smack, Sweet Nothing, Angel Baby, This Wicked World, and Dead Boys.

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  1. Jimmy Boone is an ex Marine and an ex con who made a mistake and paid the price, although it takes a while for the reader to learn exactly what the mistake was Now he s out on parole, checking in with his P.O and trying to stay out of trouble To support himself, he s managing a small apartment complex and tending bar on Hollywood Boulevard.One night Robo, the bouncer at the bar, asks Jimmy to help him with a small problem Robo does favors for people and is meeting with the grandfather of an youn [...]


  2. Rock Solid ActionThis Wicked World is a rock solid, action packed crime thriller The hero of this story is not a trench coat wearing private eye, but a bartending ex con who somehow gets sucked into finding justice for a poor kid who collapsed on a bus, leaving behind a woman and a son and a pocketful of dreams The ex con is also a former bodyguard and former Marine so, of course, the reader can t help but clue in to gunfire and hand to hand combat on its way Lange does a great job of capturing [...]


  3. Lange, Richard THIS WICKED WORLD 2009 This is the author s first novel, after a previously published book of short stories, Dead Boys His first book was highly acclaimed and won the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Prepublication buzz on this book has also been heavy, with lots of rave reviews The novel tells the story of Jimmy Boone, a former bodyguard now on parole from a four year stint in prison for beating up on a man he shouldn t have Now he [...]


  4. It s hard to write a mystery novel these days The idea of a private detective in 2009 looking for a client s lost loved one being so obscure and unbelievable that I d immediately dismiss it as the writer being out of touch with reality It s just not 1940 and tough guys like Philip Marlowe aren t running around drinking hard and chasing dames and getting in the way of flat foot cops At best private security firms do Internet background checks, surveillance, corporate espionage, and occasionally s [...]


  5. Richard Lange s debut novel is character driven literary crime novel influenced by El Leonard and George Pelecanos Like those two masters originality and complexity of plot isn t the name of the game, its characters Stretching out to handle a novel Lange looses some of the focus of his short stories but retains his grasp on L.A and its surreal surroundings and his subtle sense of humor Some descriptions and in some character s background his imagination really unfurls The pit bull breeder s war [...]


  6. A story of redemption with many pauses and detours Fast paced, riveting read Author skillfully takes disparate and ordinary individuals and brings them together in a violent but satisfying finale Boone, the protagonist, is a noble and selfless character who even when he does the right thing seems to suffer adverse consequences but still he soldiers on and you, the reader, just want good things to happen for him.


  7. Wow I read most of this in one sitting While Jimmy Boone is probably not everyones idea of hero he does all the wrong things for the right reasons I thought he was great His moral compass puts him in very unethical situations, but he definately follows his instincts I m hoping this is not the last we see of him.


  8. This book is well written and captured the LA scene with historical dialogues about the LA riots and where it happened It is a hardboiler novel with a decent ex con who had been a marine and is a very likable and even a noble character I liked how the author showed his habits of working out, running five miles a day and punching bag to show how fit the character is The everyday scenes of his mundane work in the bar are well placed and the events that led to gunfights out of control are randomn a [...]


  9. I was mildly surprised that I liked this book as much as I did I had picked it up for no particular reason It was a pretty solid thriller Protagonist Jimmy Boone, former con, former Marine, and current bartender was a very likable character Boone saves a dog from a dying kid in which Dog was badly mistreated Boone sets out to find out what happened to Dog s former owner Oscar for himself and also Oscar s Grandfather Boone finds himself in an almost relationship with one of his neighbors, named A [...]


  10. I m either getting lucky or getting too old to know what I m talking about, but the last five books I read I gave the highest rating to This one by Richard Lange is as good a crime thriller as I ve read, with just the kind of banter between the characters, stories within the story, non stereotypical action, and people good and bad and both that I, the reader, cares about Jimmy Boone, a bartender in L.A ex con and ex security guard, finds himself investigating the mysterious death of a young man [...]


  11. This is another book that was written by someone I was unfamiliar with but picked up at the library on the basis of a good review I found Richard Lange s writing very similar to T Jefferson Parker s who I think is very good Both writ a gritty, realistic crime stories with interesting characters This Wicked World, Like most of Parker s books takes place in southern California and is dead accurate in capturing the atmosphere and locations of the cties and desert areas there.This Wicked World s mai [...]


  12. This was a great read and a finely constructed novel Lange separates himself from the pack of literary crime fiction writers with exceptionally forthright and lyrical prose, and by making every character intriguing and meaningful There isn t a throw away character or contrivance on any of This Wicked World s 400 pages The story is tight, believable and suspenseful Jimmy Boone is an amazingly perplexing character and the dialogue was witty and instilled with just enough wisecracks to make me reca [...]


  13. Boone, out on parole gets swept up in a series events which could land him in a world of trouble And of all the things that could get one in deep trouble, a dog might be pretty far down the list A good read, and I ve read this author s other book, ANGEL BABY, which I thought was a bit better This was a library book Hope Richard Lange will read my crime novels.


  14. I told Miguel that I wanted to read mysteries, to break up the non fiction I usually read and to make my commute go by faster I am about 2 3 of the way through this one now and I can t say it s great, or even good, but since it s a mystery I want to see what happens so I ll keep reading I wouldn t recommend it though.


  15. 3.5 stars This is Lange s first novel It has very good story, character development and pacing His other two novels are better because he really tightened up his writing style, they are much shorter books and benefit from the leanness He writes hard boiled , noirish stories The books are stand alone There is usually brief but horrible violence in them This one has a lot a of graphic detail about dog fighting, so be prepared for that.The characters are so real and believable It is such a pleasure [...]


  16. ExcellentOnce in a while good writer comes around who can deliver a good idea and makes the characters believable This is one of them He writes about the gritty side in Los Angeles and people who live borderline lives If you like the movie pulp fiction interwoven lives you I love this book I plan on reading from this author I recommend highly.



  17. Richard Lange is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers I loved his short story collection Dead Boys and his second book, Angel Baby His writing is decent and his characters are always oddly compelling, so I had to backtrack a bit and read his first book, which brings me to this review The story focuses on Jimmy Boone, an ex Marine and ex con who is hired to find out what happened in the death of a Guatemalan immigrant In the process of his investigation he uncovers a dogfighting ring, a gr [...]


  18. I debated hard on this between a 2 and a 3 star rating It is fairly well written at least not in need of an editor and flowed well and was a compelling enough story That said, there really aren t any literary merits and there are a few conveniences and just sloppy plot points First, the whole Virgil, Boone, Taggart connection was just too convenient LA is a very big area with lots and lots of people Boone should not and plot wise did not need to run into Virgil prior to meeting him out at Taggar [...]


  19. Had never heard of Richard Lange before until I got this novel from my son who was reading one of Lange s other novels Angel Baby at the same time.Jimmy Boone is an ex marine, ex bodyguard and also an ex con, who also happens to still be on parole He s working bar at The Tick Tock when he is coerced into helping Robo, the bouncer at the bar, who is doing some PI work for the family of a Guatemalan illegal who died from infected dog bites Robo only gets so far with the investigation when he decid [...]


  20. Ex marine Jimmy Boone former bodyguard to Los Angeles s rich and famous is fresh out of Corcoran, on parole, and trying to keep his nose clean until he figures out his next move He has a job tending bar on Hollywood Boulevard, serving drinks to tourists, and is determined to put the past behind him But trying to do the right thing has always been Boone s downfall When he backs up a buddy on a hero for hire gig looking into the mysterious death of a kid on a downtown bus he once again finds himse [...]


  21. Interesting first novel by a very talented writer As with so many mysteries, the scenery tends to creak at times This was jarringly evident in this book Main charater Jimmy Boone holds up a bar and beats and humiliates the owner AFTER showing the guy behind the bar his ID Then he doesn t give it a second thought, not worrying that one of the guys might remember his name and address and come to find him to even the score It was only a minor part of the plot to Lange, so he drops it like it didn t [...]


  22. I bought this from Alibris, my usual used book seller because I had just read the rave reviews for Mr Lange s new book Angel Baby and as is my modus operandi with music as well I decided to go back in his catalog and see how his style started off and developed This Wicked World is a slightly off forumulaic LA crime novel Fallen good guy does the right thing, offends and partially loses the good girl while roaming through the LA barrio, the High Desert and the bars and streets of LA The writing i [...]


  23. This book was definitely a page turner and good for the airport beach but ultimately not a great book The characters were sort of cliche d and the plot a little predictable, but that might just be me I also had to force myself to keep reading through certain portions of the book never a good sign However, This Wicked World is a great start for the author s first full length novel and I would definitely be interested in reading future novels by Richard Lange.


  24. Given its good reviews, I was a little disappointed in This Wicked World Every so often a really talented writer peeks out of World, but most often we are given solid, above average detective fiction that seeks to stay gritty but can t One senses that Lange is too eager to please conventional crime writing sensibilities I ll definitely give his next novel the once over on the shelves there s good writing in Lange.


  25. I m not going to assign this book a star rating because I don t know that I can be fair I didn t enjoy this book as much as I d hoped, but that s mostly my fault I shouldn t have started reading it right before I was set to start looking at apartments It took me over a month to finish, what with apartment hunting, work, packing, moving, unpacking.I m going to read his other book, Dead Boys, soon, and based on how that goes, I might consider re reading this one.


  26. This doesn t stand up to Lange s collection, Dead Boys, but it s a solid crime novel The characters are really well written both good guys and bad but at times the action gets a bit too Hollywood y for my taste A fun, entertaining read, nonetheless.I saw that Lange has new novel forthcoming later this year or early next so I ll be sure to read it when it comes out.


  27. This book was actually a lot better than I thought it would be considering it is not what I typically read It was a prequel to my LA trip and did indeed prepare me for the place This book was exciting and ended with a decent ending I did, however, have to skip a few pages here and there because there were some vivid descriptions of dog fighting.


  28. This promising novel started off strongly and then fizzled out fizzle fizzle fizzle and you realized you were reading the cliche d script for a cliche d movie set in a cliche d LA about cliche d LA Yawn I am only surprised the critics bought into this flimsy suspense yarn populated by implausible characters with an amazing capacity to bleed.


  29. This is a story about Jimmy Boone He is an ex con trying to get back on his feet He was a body guard to the rich and famous making lots of money before he went to prison Now he works in a bar and manages an apartment complex He gets involved with a group of really bad characters when a friend asks him to look into a death from infected dog bites.I loved the characters.


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