Dark Sacred Night

Dark Sacred Night

Book - 2018
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Jan 06, 2019

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The patrol officers had left the front door open. They thought they were doing her a favor, airing the place out. But that was a violation of crime scene protocol regarding evidence containment. Bugs could go in and out. Touch DNA could be disturbed by a breeze through the house. Odors were particulate. Airing out a crime scene meant losing part of that crime scene.
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It was Monday morning , her first shift of a week running solo , and Ballard knew she would need to get at least one more wear out of her suit and possibly two . That meant not fouling it with the stink of decamp.
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She thought she picked up the slight odor of decomposition and death but couldn’t be sure if it had permeated her clothes or was simply an olfactory memory.
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The man who was checking the cabinets seemingly at random had gray hair and a mustache.
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A runaway. Name was Daisy. She was fifteen and putting it out on the street. Sad case.

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“Cleared-other” was a designation for a case that was officially closed but without an arrest or prosecution. Usually because the suspect was dead or serving a life sentence for another crime, and it was not worth the time, expense, and risk of going to trial on a case that would not result in additional punishment.
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“High jingo” was LAPD-speak for when a case involved department politics. The kind of case where a career could be diverted by a wrong move.
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Bosch as a lead investigator. She zeroed in on the last case he handled before leaving the LAPD. It was a multiple-victim murder involving an arson of an apartment building in which several victims, including children, died of smoke inhalation. On several of the reports associated with the case, Bosch’s partner was listed as Lucia Soto.

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Ballard had never been the kind of detective who could leave the work in a drawer at the end of shift. She carried it with her and it was her empathy that fueled her.
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Her plan was to head out to Venice, drop off laundry, pick up her dog at the overnight kennel, and then carry her tent and a paddleboard out to the beach.
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She was attractive, maybe midthirties, with brown, sun - streaked hair cut at the shoulders and a slim, athletic build.
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She had a mix of races in her skin. He guessed that she was probably half white, half Polynesian.
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He had always operated according to the axiom that everybody counts in this world or nobody counts. This belief dictated that he must give each case and each victim his best effort.
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“‘The late show’?” Elizabeth asked. “That’s what they call the midnight shift at Hollywood Division, because of all the crazy stuff that happens there in the middle of the night.

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Subject is a human tumbleweed Goes where the wind blows him will blow away tomorrow nobody will miss him
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“When do you sleep?” “When I can.”
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“It’s not your case. It’s an LAPD case.” “It belongs to whoever’s working it.”
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“I’m not much into it either — organized religion. I grew up in Hawaii. My father chased waves. That was our religion.”
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“Well, it’s like they say, the cover-up is worse than the crime. It always gets them in the end.”
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“My faith is my business,” she said. “Why not proclaim your faith?” McMullen pressed. “Because it’s private. I don’t … I’m not part of any organized religion. I don’t feel the need for it. I believe in what I believe. That’s it.”

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Jan 06, 2019

He was a hard charger nicknamed Torpedo, who had accumulated several one-day suspensions for overaggressive enforcement and behavior. Female cops referred to these as testosterone time-outs.
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She knew it was a city of cameras. Finding them was always high on any investigative protocol. Nowadays you looked for video before witnesses. Cameras didn’t lie or get confused.
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“What happens when you eat too much alphabet soup?” “What?” “You have a vowel movement.”
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This kid knows nothing better than the street. If he was put into a one-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen he’d move into the closet and sleep on the floor. He’s one of the rain people.
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For every noble movement or advancement in the human endeavor across time, there were always betrayers who set everything a step back.

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GRASP was indeed a public relations ploy by a former chief who took the reins of the department and touted a law enforcement think - tank idea of studying crime through geography to help determine how people and facilities were targeted .
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“Geographic Reporting and Safety Program,” Bosch said. “The guys down in the ASS Office really worked some OT on it.” “Ass Office?” “The Acronym Selection Section. You never heard of it? They got about ten guys down there full - time. ”
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Department regulations allowed an officer to carry a boot gun or some other backup weapon as long as it was on an approved list of firearms and the officer notified command staff and entered the details in the weapons registry.

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Using exigent circumstances was a tricky thing and you didn’t want it to come back and bite you on a case. “EC refers to the missing man and possible danger to him,” Ballard said. “You don’t look under a rug for a missing man. You look under a rug for evidence. I’m going to call a judge, and that way there are no issues down the road. ”
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“No college kid is awake this early.” “No, just checking her location,” Bosch said. “Seeing if she’s at home. She’s twenty - one now and I thought that would lessen the worry, but it’s only made it worse. ” “Does she know you can track her?” “Yeah, we made a deal. I can track her and she can track me. I think she worries about me as much as I worry about her. ” “That’s nice, but you know that she can just leave her phone in her room and you’d think she was there.” Bosch looked up from the phone to Ballard.

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He wrapped all of his Vietnam experiences into one phrase, “Sin loi.” Tough shit. (sin loy -- a polite Vietnamese phrase literally meaning "excuse me" or "pardon me".)
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The program arose from his studies of crime patterns in and around USC after a spate of assaults and robberies of student’s just blocks from campus. After collecting data, Calder used statistics to project the frequency and locations of future crimes in the neighborhoods surrounding the university.
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The decommissioned space shuttle Endeavour had been flown to L.A. six years earlier, slowly moved through the streets of South - Central, and put on permanent display inside the air and space center at the park.
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“What was CONUS?” “Continental United States. They didn’t want you going back to the mainland because of all the protests. But if you worked things right in Honolulu, you could sneak onto a flight in civvies and get back to L.A.”

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Under the law, officers could make an arrest for lewd behavior only if it was witnessed by the public and a citizen reported being offended.
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Abducting a cop was a big move that would put massive pressure on the VSF. Killing a cop was even bigger pressure. Cortez wanted deniability.
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In his early life Bosch had spent fifteen months in Vietnam. Not a day went by in that time that he didn’t hear helicopters. It was the background music of the war. Hiding in the elephant grass, waiting for a dust off, he had learned early how to read their sound for distance and location. He could now tell that the airship flying above them was spiraling in increasingly larger circles.

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“Come on, you must’ve done it a million times. Make the guy think he’s helping the police. Draw him in and lock in his story, then turn it upside down. He goes from hero to zero. ” Bosch nodded. “ Got it,” he said. “We always called that the rope a dope.”
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Operation Desert Stormy, which depicted porn star Stormy Daniels straddling a missile in a bathing suit. Ballard scanned the credits for Beaupre’s name but didn’t see it.
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“Wilson Gayley is dangerous? What did he do? Run a stop sign? Flip off a nun? ”
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“He had a silver tongue. He used to say he could sell matches to the devil.
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Getting her sober only made the pain sharper and less bearable.

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The SIS held a unique position in the LAPD. Often investigated by outside agencies ranging from the FBI to the media to civil rights groups, often sued by the families of the suspects shot, routinely labeled a “death squad” by outraged attorneys, the unit enjoyed a completely opposite reputation within the rank and file of the department.
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She wondered how men would live if they knew that in every moment of their lives, their size and nature made them vulnerable to the opposite sex.
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“You know, you find them, I find them. I’m outside, you’re inside. We see what we can get done. ” “And what then?” she said. “ You do your Batman thing and decide who we call at the end of the case? ”
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We can work cases. But we bend the rules. We don’t break them. ”


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