Two Kinds of Truth

Two Kinds of Truth

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:

Quotes (19)

Add a Quote
j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

***Please don't read quotes to avoid spoilers***
Bosch’s relationship with the LAPD since his forced retirement three years earlier had been strained at best and his attorney had urged him to protect himself by documenting all interactions with the department.
===
Officially it was a missing-persons case but it had gathered three feet of stacked files over fifteen years because it was classified as such only because a body had never been found.
===
a unit that would respond to the seeming groundswell of cases where new forensic technologies had led to hundreds of exonerations of people imprisoned across the country. Not only was new science leading the way, but old science once thought to be unassailable as evidence was being debunked and swinging open prison doors for the innocent.
===
More inmates died of suicide than the needle on death row in California.
===
They did a protocol thirty years ago,” Bosch said. “But back then, they looked for ABO genetic markers instead of DNA.

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

For at least the past couple of decades, the department had been using red evidence tape that cracked and peeled if tampered with. Back in 1988, white rectangular stickers with LAPD ANALYZED EVIDENCE printed on them along with a signature and date line were used to seal evidence boxes.
===
… he had also clearly marked on the box “187”—the California penal code for murder—which in the evidence room meant “Don’t throw away.”
===
“We have an obligation. ‘Better that one hundred guilty men go free than one innocent man be imprisoned.’”
“Spare me your bastardized Ben Franklin bullshit,” Bosch said. “We found evidence connecting Borders to all three of those women’s disappearances, and your office passed on two of them, some snot-nosed prosecutor saying there was not enough. This doesn’t fucking make sense. I want the nine days to do my own investigation and I want access to everything you have and everything you’ve done.”

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

“I’ve seen it before. On a case where we talked to a profiler. It’s an angry shot. It has payback written all over it.” “He knew the shooters?” “No doubt. Either he knew them or they knew him. Or both.”
===
There was not a single computer in the Robbery-Homicide Division in 1987. Reports were either handwritten or typed out on IBM Selectrics. Most of the time chronos were handwritten.
===
Unlike Danielle Skyler and thousands of other would-be artists who roll into L.A. each year with the certainty of the tide on Venice Beach, Borders didn’t have to work in hospitality or in phone sales or anywhere else. Borders was from a suburb of Boston and was staked by his parents in his efforts to become a movie star. His rent and car were paid for and his credit-card bills were sent to Boston.

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

Danielle Skyler’s story was the universal story of Los Angeles, with an added irony of origin. Raised by a single mother who worked as a motel maid in Hollywood, Florida, she filled the holes in her life with applause that came with success in beauty pageants and on the high school stage. Armed with her beauty and fragile confidence, she crossed the three thousand miles from Hollywood to Hollywood at age twenty. She found, as most do, that there was one of her from every small town in America. The paying jobs were few and she was often taken advantage of by the leeches who were part of the entertainment industry.

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

The truth revealed that he was an idealist who saw something wrong and was blindly trying to do the right thing. And it cost him his life.
===
It was similar to the psychology that often led a murderer to volunteer to join the search for the missing person they had actually killed and buried. They had to get close to the investigation to learn what was going on, while hiding in plain sight also brought them psychological fulfillment.
===
Courts across the country had long approved the use of deception and trickery by police in an interview setting with a suspect, holding that an innocent person would see through the deception and not falsely confess to the crime.

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

“In this country, there are two million people in prison. Two million. If the system gets it wrong one percent of the time, that is twenty thousand innocent people in jail. Lower it to a half of a percentage point and you’re still at ten thousand people. This is what keeps me awake at night. Why I always say, the scariest client is the innocent man. Because there is so much at stake.”
===

Soon they were driving along the south perimeter of Whiteman Airport, a small general-aviation field ironically named, considering that it was surrounded by a community that was overwhelmingly brown and black.
===
...the forced relocation of an entire Latino neighborhood to make way for the baseball stadium near downtown. The bitterness of the move—including many tearful and violent evictions recorded on news cameras—still blemished the history of the much-loved team.

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

You might think sitting up here all day is boring but you try spending a summer in a double-wide with a single-wide AC unit, you want hot and boring.
===
“What kind of clinic doesn’t have a sign out front?” “The illegitimate kind.” “And those are patients?” “Maybe pill shills. Jerry, the medical board investigator, called them that. They go to the so-called clinic, get a prescription, and then go collect the pills at the pharmacy. They’re paid a dollar a pill. I guess it’s not bad if you’re picking up sixty pills a pop.”
===
Oxycodone scrips usually come in thirty-milligram pills. But he said the holy grail of hillbilly heroin these days is the eighty-meg dose. Also something called oxymorphone. It’s the next big thing. The high is supposedly ten times as powerful as you get with oxycodone.

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

“Jerry said old people make the best shills. They’re prized.” “Why’s that?” “Because they want people who look old enough to be on Medicare. They give them counterfeit Medicare D cards—they buy the names of legit cardholders—and then they don’t have to pay full price for the prescriptions they fill.” Bosch shook his head in disbelief. “So Medicare pays the pharmacy back for the drugs,” he said. “In other words, the federal government finances the operation.”
===

“If you think the days are wide open here, you should check this place out at night,” O’Connor said. “We close the tower at eight. It’s an uncontrolled field after that. People can come in and out as they please—and they do.” “You just leave the runway lights on?” Bosch asked. “No, the lights are radio controlled. Anybody in a plane can toggle them on and off. The only thing you have to worry about are the drag racers.”

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

It was said among cops that a true test of a partnership came when there was an officer-needs-help call. The response is to drop everything and go, pinning the accelerator to the floor and blowing through traffic lights with the siren blaring to get to the officer in need. True partners each take one side of every intersection as they speed through. The driver takes the left, the passenger takes the right, each calling out “Clear!” as the car screams through red lights and intersections.
===
Opiate addiction, in case you don’t know, clogs the pipes. It stunts the gastrointestinal tract. Bottom line is, you can’t shit. So one of the big pharmaceutical companies comes up with a prescription laxative that does the job and costs about twenty times what your over-the-counter laxative runs.
===
We are talking big money and with big money comes big danger. This kid had no idea what he was bringing on when he decided to stand tall.

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

“They call the people involved in the mills ‘cappers,’” he said. “They run the show and you need unscrupulous doctors and pharmacies in the mix to make it all work.” “The cappers are not the doctors or pharmacists?” Bosch asked. “No, they’re the bosses. It starts with them either opening a clinic or going into an existing clinic in a marginal neighborhood. They go to a dirtbag doctor, somebody just this side of having their license revoked. A lot of docs that worked in the medical marijuana joints are perfect candidates. The capper goes in and says, ‘Doc, how’d you like to make five grand a week for a couple mornings in my clinic?’ That’s good money for somebody like that and they sign up.”
===
Remember what they used to say about the banks and Wall Street being too big to fail? It’s like that. But too big to shut down.

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

But there was a stigma attached to drug agents, as though the scourge of the particular crime they fought could rub off on them. Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas. It was a phenomenon most likely rooted in the need for infiltration and undercover work in so many drug investigations. That stigma left agents paranoid, isolated, not interested in talking on the phone with strangers, even if they were law enforcement and it could be argued that they were all part of the same team protecting society.
===
I intend to explore all avenues of amelioration, but I am starting with you. I look forward to your expedited reply.
===
He knew there were two kinds of truth in this world. The truth that was the unalterable bedrock of one’s life and mission. And the other, malleable truth of politicians, charlatans, corrupt lawyers, and their clients, bent and molded to serve whatever purpose was at hand.

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

He was coming for them now. The weight and guilt of possibly having made a horrible mistake so long ago was lifted. It was Bosch who felt like the man proven innocent and released from a cage.
===
There was a saying in police work, that places were safe until they weren’t. It only took one moment, one bad actor, one chance crossing of predator and prey, to change things.
===
Bosch felt a wave of grief. His daughter’s world was expanding. She was going places and it was the natural way of things. He loved seeing it and hated living it. She had only been a daily part of his life for a few years before it was time for her to go. Bosch regretted all the lost years before.
===
You said he was pushing eighty-six. Is he all there?” “Absolutely. Sharp as a stiletto mentally.

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

He’s the Howard Hughes of hillbilly heroin. Nobody’s seen him in nearly a year.
===
“And what exactly is Slab City?” “A retired military base down near the bottom of the Salton Sea. When they closed the base, they pulled everything out of there except the hard surfaces. That’s the landing strips and the slabs they built the Quonsets on. Squatters came in and took over, built their own places…”
===
big surprise—he does the right thing and it gets him killed. People can call him stupid or naive. I call him a hero and that’s why I’m all in.
===
He looked like he didn’t weigh more than a hundred pounds, and he had wispy white hair that surrounded his head on the pillow like a halo. He wore an old golf shirt with the Wilshire Country Club crest. His arms were skinny, the skin wrinkled and mottled with age spots. His hands looked lifeless and were folded on top of the blanket that was tucked up neatly under his arms and over his chest.

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

It was the story of the epidemic. People start out hurt and just want to kill the pain and get better. Then they’re hooked and need more than the prescriptions allow.
===
“Yeah, I like eating at the counter there.” “Of course, you’re a counter sort of guy. You’re like the guy sitting by himself in that Hopper painting.”
===
“What’s hard money?” “It doesn’t come from a bank. It comes from investor pools, and because it’s not a bank, they charge points up front and interest rates above market—sometimes damn close to the rates the mafia guys charge for money on the street.”
===
…Spencer’s property comes in at high six figures—almost a million bucks.” “Then why doesn’t he just sell it, pay off the balloon, and walk away with the profit?” “Because he can’t. That deal he cut with Rosebud requires company approval before a sale can be made…

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

The cornerstone of court credibility was to avoid taking the drug he was posing as being addicted to. Short of that, he carried two doses of Narcan secreted in the hem of one of his pant legs. Each yellow pill was a fast-acting opioid antagonist that would counteract the effect of the drug if he was forced physically or by circumstances to ingest it.
===
…men and women who looked as gaunt and hapless as the people in Dust Bowl photos of a century before. People with no hope in their eyes, no place to call home, trapped by addiction. People who couldn’t fit in before and never would now, all herded like cattle at the low edge of a national crisis.
===
Both men had what cops called convict bodies: outsize upper torsos heavily muscled by years of prison workouts—push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups—and legs neglected in the process.
===
The pilot was late sixties and white, with gin blossoms across his nose. A pilot no one else would hire.

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

“You don’t sound like you have a lot of sympathy.” “I do to an extent. I’ve dealt with addicts all my life, including in my own family, and it’s hard to balance sympathy for them with the damage they do to their families and others.”
===
He was being noble. And there isn’t a lot of that out there in the world anymore. People lie, the president lies, corporations lie and cheat.…The world is ugly and not many people are willing to stand up to it anymore.
===
The bushes and shade trees around the contours of the buildings had all been cut back. Many had been replaced with palm trees that offered no cover. He knew this was a disguised effort to keep to a minimum the homeless population who were living in the plaza.
===
“She did me a solid when I was under. I owe her and now she’s out here somewhere on the street. And that guy Brody is too.”
===
He felt that if he didn’t condone them from attorneys working against him, he shouldn’t accept them from one working for him.

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

It described him at that time as a “six” who was associated with a Minsk-based subset of the Russian Bratva—meaning “brotherhood,” a general word encompassing all of Russian organized crime. The report stated that a six was a low-level mob associate used on the front line of criminal enterprises. The reference came from the lowest rank in a deck of cards used in a Russian game called The Sixes. Such associates were often used as enforcers until they showed leadership skills and were moved up to the position of bratok, or soldier.
===
Xxyyzz pursed his lips and blinked. He looked like a chess player who knew three moves out that he had lost.
===
But this is one of those rare times where the end justifies the means.
===
She was only fifteen years old. But there’s somebody out there who took her and used her and then threw her away like trash. Somebody evil.

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

—since the last big earthquake in 1994. In L.A., nobody wanted to be stuck without cash when the big one hit. ATMs would be knocked off-line and banks would be closed in a time of civic catastrophe.
===
I told him through the door that he could take his job and shove it up his ass. ’Course, a week later I had to ask him to pull it out of his ass and give it back to me.”
===
There had been a time when Bosch as a boy, obviously wanting to escape his life in youth halls and foster homes, had become fascinated with the great explorers who had discovered new lands and cultures. Men who had left their places and stations in life to find something new or to stand against something old, like slavery. As he traveled from one bed to another, the one thing he carried from place to place was a book about the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, who had done both.

j
jimg2000
May 15, 2018

Livingstone had said sympathy was no substitute for action. That was an essential brick in Bosch’s wall. He had built himself as a man of action and, at the moment when the integrity of his life’s work had been called into question by a man on death row, he had chosen to turn his sympathy for xxyyzz into action.
===
“Aren’t you still afraid of him, your husband?” Bosch asked. “Not anymore,” she said. “I was just a girl then. He doesn’t scare me now.”
===
Look, I hate to come off as defending her, but she committed a moral crime, not a crime that the D.A. will find prosecutable. She was escaping from what she considered a dangerous situation.
===
She was in a bad situation back then. She made the wrong choice, but people are flawed. They’re selfish.
===
But the truth was, it felt to him like he was walking in circles. True justice was the brass ring just out of reach.


Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top