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This Wicked World
by Richard Lange
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Little, Brown & Co., 2009 (2009)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Vicious dogfights, a toothless pit bull, con men, murder, mayhem, romance of a kind all this and more can be found in Richard Lange's first novel, This Wicked World. If this isn't enough for you, there are twists and turns in the plot that will keep the pages flying.

Jimmy Boone, former marine and ex-con (he really shouldn't have paid the time) tends bar on Hollywood Boulevard. He's sort of marking time until he decides what is his next step in life. In a weak moment, he agrees to try to discover why a man's grandson died of infected dog bites. He goes the extra mile and finds himself in a pile of trouble.

Boone encounters a drug dealer who wants to go back home, a stripper with a decided character flaw, an ex-cop of the female persuasion, a crime boss you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley. Oh, yeah, there's a fortune in counterfeit bills. Could a reader ask for more in one book? Not me. This Wicked World is a very good read, not to be missed.

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