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***Please don't read quotes to avoid spoilers*** Bosch’s relationship with the LAPD since his forced retirement three years earlier had been strained at best and his attorney had urged him to protect himself by documenting all interactions…
For at least the past couple of decades, the department had been using red evidence tape that cracked and peeled if tampered with. Back in 1988, white rectangular stickers with LAPD ANALYZED EVIDENCE printed on them along with a signature…
“I’ve seen it before. On a case where we talked to a profiler. It’s an angry shot. It has payback written all over it.” “He knew the shooters?” “No doubt. Either he knew them or they knew him. Or both.” === There was not a single computer…
Danielle Skyler’s story was the universal story of Los Angeles, with an added irony of origin. Raised by a single mother who worked as a motel maid in Hollywood, Florida, she filled the holes in her life with applause that came with…
The truth revealed that he was an idealist who saw something wrong and was blindly trying to do the right thing. And it cost him his life. === It was similar to the psychology that often led a murderer to volunteer to join the search for…
“In this country, there are two million people in prison. Two million. If the system gets it wrong one percent of the time, that is twenty thousand innocent people in jail. Lower it to a half of a percentage point and you’re still at ten…
You might think sitting up here all day is boring but you try spending a summer in a double-wide with a single-wide AC unit, you want hot and boring. === “What kind of clinic doesn’t have a sign out front?” “The illegitimate kind.” “And…
“Jerry said old people make the best shills. They’re prized.” “Why’s that?” “Because they want people who look old enough to be on Medicare. They give them counterfeit Medicare D cards—they buy the names of legit cardholders—and then they…
It was said among cops that a true test of a partnership came when there was an officer-needs-help call. The response is to drop everything and go, pinning the accelerator to the floor and blowing through traffic lights with the siren…
“They call the people involved in the mills ‘cappers,’” he said. “They run the show and you need unscrupulous doctors and pharmacies in the mix to make it all work.” “The cappers are not the doctors or pharmacists?” Bosch asked. “No,…
But there was a stigma attached to drug agents, as though the scourge of the particular crime they fought could rub off on them. Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas. It was a phenomenon most likely rooted in the need for infiltration and…
He was coming for them now. The weight and guilt of possibly having made a horrible mistake so long ago was lifted. It was Bosch who felt like the man proven innocent and released from a cage. === There was a saying in police work, that…
He’s the Howard Hughes of hillbilly heroin. Nobody’s seen him in nearly a year. === “And what exactly is Slab City?” “A retired military base down near the bottom of the Salton Sea. When they closed the base, they pulled everything out of…
It was the story of the epidemic. People start out hurt and just want to kill the pain and get better. Then they’re hooked and need more than the prescriptions allow. === “Yeah, I like eating at the counter there.” “Of course, you’re a…
The cornerstone of court credibility was to avoid taking the drug he was posing as being addicted to. Short of that, he carried two doses of Narcan secreted in the hem of one of his pant legs. Each yellow pill was a fast-acting opioid…
“You don’t sound like you have a lot of sympathy.” “I do to an extent. I’ve dealt with addicts all my life, including in my own family, and it’s hard to balance sympathy for them with the damage they do to their families and…
It described him at that time as a “six” who was associated with a Minsk-based subset of the Russian Bratva—meaning “brotherhood,” a general word encompassing all of Russian organized crime. The report stated that a six was a low-level mob…
—since the last big earthquake in 1994. In L.A., nobody wanted to be stuck without cash when the big one hit. ATMs would be knocked off-line and banks would be closed in a time of civic catastrophe. === I told him through the door that he…
Livingstone had said sympathy was no substitute for action. That was an essential brick in Bosch’s wall. He had built himself as a man of action and, at the moment when the integrity of his life’s work had been called into question by a…