This television show is about how a peculiar assassination leads to three court officers and a career criminal to work together, where every single individual has to go through a mesh of conspiracy and treachery in California
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.