- In the book, Jack realizes that he may have confessed his accidentally killing a young couple to his wife after being forcibly stoned by a suspect. He comes home to an empty house and a letter that he assumes is her telling him she's leaving. Instead, it reveals that he did tell her, but she doesn't care, and has booked them a vacation in Hawaii where they can salvage their relationship."I know you're wondering, so I'll tell you. You talked in your sleep. I know the worst I can possibly know, and I don't care. We never have to discuss it. Captain Exley heard you and I don't think he cares either. (He's not as bad as you said he was.)"
- This arguably makes Jack's death in the book harder to take than in the film
- The final scene at the end of the book, when Bud and Lynn are leaving for Arizona and saying goodbye to Ed.Ed: I'll get Dudley. I swear I'll get Dudley. Thanks for the push. You were my redemption.
- The film's final scene as well, for showing how Ed and Bud have moved on from their initial mutual loathing to becoming Fire-Forged Friends.
- And the fact that Lynn is going home, with Bud. "The girls in Bisbee need some glamour in their lives."
Heartwarming / L.A. Confidential