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  • ISBN: 9781951709198
  • ISBN: 1951709195
  • Physical Description: 289 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First trade paperback edition.
  • Publisher: Aberdeen, NJ : Agora Books, [2021]

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"Does your past define you forever? That's the question LAPD homicide detective Niels Madsen must answer after he gets in the middle of a standoff between two uniformed officers and Cisco, an intellectually disabled man. Cisco is found armed and standing over the body of a man with Down syndrome. Cisco swears the dead man was his good friend, and he didn't hurt him, but in his earlier life, Cisco had been a gang member, a brilliant and brutal killer. After he was badly beaten, brain injuries left him--if he is to be believed--with the intellectual intelligence of a child. Madsen's search for the truth leads him through the special needs community, East LA gang life, and pits him up against the corrupt LA Sheriff's Department. More than a police procedural, Tricky explores questions of human nature: Whether a man can change, for better or worse, and whether redemption is possible."--Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 January #1
    Niels Madsen, a homicide detective for the LAPD, finds himself literally caught in the middle between a couple of cops and a former gang leader, Cisco, whose recent injury has left him intellectually disabled—or so he claims. The former gangbanger appears to have killed a man; he says the victim was his friend and denies killing him, but Madsen isn't sure what to believe. As he investigates, he uncovers hidden truths about the L.A. gang scene and also about local law enforcement. This is a finely crafted novel. Noirishly hard-boiled, the book is much more than a police procedural; it's an exploration of some serious themes, such as personal redemption and the societal prejudices against the disabled (the dead man had Down syndrome; Cisco may be suffering from brain damage). Stallings is known to mystery readers as the author of the gritty Moses McGuire mysteries, and fans of those books will definitely enjoy this one. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Josh Stallings' Moses McGuire trilogy found itself on over fourteen best of the year lists, and YOUNG AMERICANS, a standalone, was nominated for the Lefty and Anthony awards. His short fiction has appeared in Beat To A Pulp, Protectors Anthology 1 and 2, Blood and Tacos, Crime Factory, and Muder-A-Go-Go. Born in Los Angeles, and raised by counter-culture activists (and sometime Quakers) in Northern California, he grew up undiagnosed dyslexic and spent some time as a petty criminal and failed actor before becoming a movie trailer editor. He, his wife, and various four legged fiends now live in the San Jacinto mountains. His latest novel, TRICKY, was written in honor of his son, Dylan, who is intellectually disabled. Website: Twitter @Josh_Stallings

Subject: Police > California > Los Angeles > Fiction.
Murder > Investigation > California > Los Angeles > Fiction.
People with mental disabilities > Fiction.
Ex-gang members > Fiction.
Police corruption > Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) > Fiction.
Ex-gang members.
Murder > Investigation.
People with mental disabilities.
Police corruption.
California > Los Angeles.
Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)

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