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When discussing police-informant relationships, Quinones claims that sometimes a strong bond hinged on "going against the book from time to time - accepting Christmas presents, for example, and giving them in return" (42). What other forms of "going against the book" may Quinones mean, and why may these not have made it into the text (42)?

This type of vague language from an investigative reporter with an obligation to protect certain sources' identities such as Quinones could be open to interpretation. Readers may be able to imagine a more romanticized informant-officer relationship as portrayed in pop culture, and infer that Quinones' sources engaged in the same activities. On the other hand, readers can argue that Quinones is bluntly honest about his insider knowledge of the Xalisco Boys throughout the text, so avoidance of this subject would not line up with this honest approach.

Given the recent rise in occurances of fentanyl use and overdose, why does Dreamland leave out any discussion of the drug?

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