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The Smack: Gritty and gripping LA noir Paperback – 11 July 2017

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There are books - like Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men and Nic Pizzolatto's Galveston - that open with a trigger snap of trouble and blast forward with the propulsive force of a bullet and never stop moving...ANGEL BABY puts Lange in a new category: crime boss - Esquire

When you find yourself rooting for the killer in a grisly crime novel, you know you're in the hands of a real writer - New York Times

Lange's prose is masterful, his sense of pacing unfaltering, and he writes about characters on the cutting edge of life... They'll call it "unputdownable" and "a page-turner," and they'll be spot on. You won't know exactly how right they are until you pick up Angel Baby and it burns you to set it aside for even a minute. - Los Angeles Review of Books

A film waiting to happen, this book boasts memorable characters, evocative settings and a suspenseful plot. - Kirkus

Strong and relentless....Beautifully paced, deftly written, ANGEL BABY is a book about moral compromise, in which we have empathy for everyone (or almost everyone) and no one at once.... As with life, ANGEL BABY offers a story in which motivations are murky and every act is weighted, and the best we can hope for is that the means will be justified by the results - Los Angeles Times

The story is thrilling and cinematic, told as one long chase scene....Lange inhabits his novel's characters. There's no pure black and white to them, only varying and unexpected shades of gray.... Intense, extreme and definitely grimy and readers will find that's a good thing - CNN

Almost every character in Lange's latest crime novel is made desperate by personal demons, and this struggle creates a fast-paced thrill ride.... A Tarantino-like vortex of mayhem and violence - Daily Beast

Lange's prose is sharp throughout and his pacing moves with the momentum of rolling thunder.... No one is good in this superb portrait of wrecked lives, but no one is entirely evil either. Everyone is painfully human and recognizable in his or her suffering....a truly great read - Mystery Scene

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A novel about family, adventure, and the art of the con from acclaimed crime writer Richard Lange.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mulholland Books; 1st edition (11 July 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1444790048
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1444790047
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 18.6 x 2.7 x 23.9 cm
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Richard Lange was born in Oakland, CA and grew up in California's San Joaquin Valley. His stories have appeared in The Sun, The Iowa Review, and Best American Mystery Stories, and as part of the Atlantic Monthly’s Fiction for Kindle series. He is the author of the collections Dead Boys and Sweet Nothing and the novels This Wicked World, Angel Baby, which won the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers, The Smack, and Rovers. His story "Apocrypha," from Sweet Nothing, was awarded the Short Story Dagger by Great Britain's Crime Writers' Association. He received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow. He lives in Los Angeles.

Vist his website at or follow him on Twitter @richardlange.

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