A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. When police officer and war veteran Paul Woodrugh discovers a crime scene, it attracts detectives Ray Velcoro and Ani Bezzerides to the investigation. Also involved is Frank Semyon, a career criminal and entrepreneur, who is married to Jordan.
There's a lot of plot that makes the first couple of episodes a bit difficult to ease into, but at the end of the second episode, Pizzolato's penchant for abrupt violence with a side of freakiness will leave you with panting for more.
This go-round - not as surreal, except for the episode that opens with a cheesy lounge singer performing The Rose in someone's Twin Peaks-style fever dream - is a straight-ahead, contemporary L.A. noir thriller.
Pizzolatto is a terrific writer who crafts elliptical dialogue that builds the mystery and intrigue. The story, too, is the classic onion variety, with character reveals, motives and backstory arriving as each layer is peeled away.