Gary Phillips is a mystery writer and the author of the popular Ivan Monk novels set in Los Angeles. His books include High Hand, Perdition USA and Bad Night is Falling. He has also written graphic novels and served as an editor on several anthologies including the Cocaine Chronicles. Though much of his work revolves around stories of "bad people doing bad things", his non-fiction work has also explored issue of race and culture, especially in the City of Angels, which he calls home.
Gary Phillips recommends the work of Elmore Leonard.