Re: RARA-AVIS: Best Contemporary Hardboiled Author?

From: Harry Hunsicker (
Date: 03 Dec 2006

I second all the suggestions already made (Bruen, Connelly, McCarthy, Charlie Huston, Pelecanos, Hendricks, etc.) but would like to add a debut author to the list.
  I am about 75 pages into Will Beall's first novel, LA REX, nominally a police procedural if you want to classify it, but that really doesn't come close to describing what I have read up to this point. David Thompson at Murder By the Book in Houston gave it his highest recommendation, and so far I have to agree. Hard-boiled in the extreme. The author is a working cop in the 77th division of Los Angeles with a unique voice and an excellent eye for details which make the action jump of the page. Check it out if you are looking for something different.

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