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A Los Angeles bartender and diner manager, Mitzi Roberts was used to seeing cops stagger into her establishments. She told them of her desire to chase predators. At some point, one of them suggested a career change.  https://lat.ms/2WH9feT 

In her 24-year career, Roberts has not only found herself involved in some of L.A.’s most infamous cases, but she’s also served as a muse to the city’s modern master of detective fiction.  https://lat.ms/2WH9feT 

In recent years, Roberts became the inspiration for Renee Ballard, the newest protagonist to grace the pages of Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels.  https://lat.ms/2WH9feT 

Their dual ascents come at a time when the representation of women in popular culture has been a focal point for authors and screenwriters. Read more from @JamesQueallyLAT:  https://lat.ms/2WH9feT 

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