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About me:"Better to be judged by twelve than carried by six."
A ruthlessly taut, gritty, and ferocious debut novel that drives deep into South Central Los Angeles - and introduces a brilliant literary voice, bristling with the raw energy and authenticity of the author's experience as an LAPD officer who continues to patrol the streets he writes about.
The LA Daily News profiles Will Beall. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.
"L.A. Rex is a stunning debut. A gritty tale dripping with truth – it could only have come from a writer who has lived the life. I can't wait for the next one."
"L.A. Rex is to the 21st century noir thriller what Apocalypse Now was to 20th century war movies: vivid, powerful, imaginative, unique. It melds a dreamlike fable with graphic reality, and showcases a gifted new author with his own stylistic vision, cinematic descriptive power, and natural writing chops that will astonish critics and public alike."
“Has the crackle and spark of what once could easily imagine was life on the streets in 1998 Los Angeles, a city still on edge after the Rodney King riots...Beall excels at painting a slang-rich world of cops and criminals.”
—The Los Angeles Times
“A kind of crime fighter’s bildungsroman…It’s hard to imagine a better training ground for crime writing than police work.”
–The New York Times Book Review
"Will Beall is as tough as they come, and L.A. Rex is really good in all the right ways. It is intelligent, powerfully written, and pulses with raw authenticity."
-Robert B. Parker
"Beall tosses cops, Crips, cartelistas, rappers, and flamboyant lawyers into the plot and brings it to a rapid boil with punchy and colorful prose...In the end, all you can do is applaud Beall's audacity and keep flipping pages as fast as your eyes will carry you...A brutal and dynamic novel."
-The Philadelphia Inquirer
"L.A. Rex, a first novel by Los Angeles homicide detective Will Beall, will feel familiar to fans of HBO's grim 'The Wire' or of Richard Price's chilling sagas about urban gangs and cops. But Beall has incredibly cranked up the depravity and violence even higher...Beall can really write, the prose at once vivid and rhythmic, the rich detail capturing the feel of the streets."
Will Beall is an officer in the LAPD’s 77th Division, which covers South Central Los Angeles. L.A. Rex is his first novel. He is now at work on his next, The Lion Hunters.
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- Status: Single
- Hometown: Los Angeles
- Zodiac Sign: Virgo