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August 9, 2009 2:00 AM

'Wicked' debut exposes vile L.A.

In his first and so far only collection of short stories, "Dead Boys," Richard Lange wrote grittily about bank robbers, drug addicts, alcoholics, whores, and gamblers, depicting their desperate lives with a tough poetic voice that sometimes snuck up on you, sometimes smacked you across the face.

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