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By Len Deighton

If the US is a lunatic asylum, then California is the Violent Ward.

Mickey Murphy is a legal attorney with an workplace in LA’s downtown low-rent district, an ex-wife who bleeds him for funds, consumers who may plead the 5th modification in the event that they might count number that prime, and an unrequited ardour for his wealthiest client’s spouse. To make issues worse, Mickey unearths himself embroiled opposed to his needs in an problematic and shrewdpermanent rip-off that’s going askew, and being interrogated via the LAPD a few brutal murder.

With an observant eye and ear for the California ‘scene’, Deighton once more makes use of his wonderful storytelling abilities to propel an exhilarating and suspenseful narrative at breakneck velocity to a dramatic climax in a riot-torn city.

This new reissue features a foreword from the canopy clothier, Oscar-winning filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman, and a new creation by means of Len Deighton, which bargains a desirable perception into the writing of the story.

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