True Detective (2014– )
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The Western Book of the Dead 

A bizarre murder brings together three police officers and a career criminal in the corrupt city of Vinci, California.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mayor Austin Chessani
Eliot Bezzerides
Blake Churchman
Osip Agronov
Athena Bezzerides
Detective Teague Dixon
Police Chief Holloway


Det. Ray Velcoro works for the city of Vinci, California and has been on a downward spiral for years. He's divorced, drinks too much and has a violent temper. He's also in the pocket of local gangster Frank Semyon who years before provided the identity of the man who raped Velcoro's wife. He does odd jobs for Semyon, such as beating up a reporter who recently wrote a series on organized crime. Velcoro latest case is to locate City Manager Ben Caspere who hasn't been seen for several days. Sheriff's Det. Ani Bezzerides is good at her job but is estranged from her sister Athena - who does live cam porn - and her father who is now a new age guru of sorts. California Highway Patrolman Paul Woodrugh learns that he's been put on administrative leave after a young woman falsely claims he solicited sex to let her go free. These three police officers come together late one night when a man is found sitting on a park bench, dead. Written by garykmcd

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21 June 2015 (USA)  »

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Pizzalatto based the fictional city of Vinci on the real-life city of Vernon, a city a few miles south of downtown LA, also known for its corruption and environmental pollution. See more »


While operating a motorcycle at speeds grater than 70 MPH the wind would be so strong that Officer Paul Woodrugh would be squinting and the wind would be causing his eyes to water. See more »


Frank Semyon: Never do anything out of hunger. Even eating.
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All the Gold in California
Performed by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
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Not that good
1 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

I managed to get through the first episode because season one was so good. But the truth is that season two is a disappointment in so many ways. In such an effort not like to be like season 1 the show is like nothing more than being different. Watching this I have to ask if the people that wrote this ever read "True Detective". Because they missed the soul of it all together. Maybe it will get better but on its' own it is a poor series. Which of the individuals in the show to I connect to or for that matter care about, none. What does the show have to draw me back. nothing.

Again I did not expect to have the same series as season one but I hoped that they could at least come up with strong characters and something that said, "Look see what we did". But I feel more like "Look we got bored or we wanted to be different so here". In season one the characters were flawed and for the most part broken. But what occurred in that time line was possible and their actions were a result of what occurred. Now I have three characters that are flawed but to ask that they are able to stay on the job by themselves without coverage from a partner is simplicity.

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