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Summary: Joseph Wambaugh, the former LAPD detective, multiple New York Times best-seller, and MWA Grand Master, is known as "the father of the modern police novel" and now, in Harbor Nocturne, he has produced one of the outstanding books of the year. Some LAPD characters from the acclaimed Hollywood Station series are here: the surfer cops known as "Flotsam and Jetsam", aspiring actor "Hollywood Nate" Weiss, and young Britney Small, along with new members of the midwatch, all gamely coping with the wackiness of Hollywood. The story begins in the southernmost Los Angeles district of San Pedro, one of the world's busiest harbors, where an unlikely pair of lovers is caught up in terror and peril through no fault of their own. When Dinko Babich, a young longshoreman,delivers Lita Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from the harbor to a Hollywood nightclub, his life is forever changed as an unexpectedly tender and moving love story develops. Comedy and tragedy are intertwined in the everyday life of the cops and residents of San Pedro Harbor. Praise for Hollywood Hills "Wambaugh salts the narrative with variously funny, sad and thoughtful anecdotes featuring a cast of characters we''ve come to treasure: handsome Hollywood Nate, the surfer cops Flotsam and Jetsam, and veterans like Viv Daley and Della Ravelle, burned by experience, but conscientiously training the next generation to face the fire." -- New York Times "If Los Angeles police detective-sergeant-turned-author Joseph Wambaugh didn''t invent the modern cop novel, he''s been one of its most prolific and successful practitioners.... Dark slapstick--with rimshot dialogue worthy of Jay Leno--often ensues when these police officers cross paths with eccentric Hollywood-dwellers. But there''s nothing comical about the murder and mayhem lurking behind the palm trees.... Yet one way or another these enforcers of the law--like their author--continue to get the job done." -- Wall Street Journal "And in addition to stupid criminals, there are some gut-wrenching, psychologically difficult criminal interludes that remind the reader that for all the stupid wrongdoers who find their reward, there are also innocent victims, and these victims take their own kind of toll. Wambaugh mixes the light and the dark in a unique way. Hollywood Hills is a keeper." -- The Denver Post "It''s Joseph Wambaugh''s world. Other crime writers just live in it (...) Wambaugh''s work chronicles the true lives of those involved in the dirty business of law and order, and has provided the foundational language, style and conventions for the countless writers who have tried, with mixed results, to follow in his footsteps. Hollywood Hills, Wambaugh''s newest novel, is a cogent reminder that he remains on the beat, and as effective as ever."-- Jonathan Shapiro, Los Angeles Times "What fun it is to read Joseph Wambaugh! His Hollywood Station police procedurals - peppered with the requisite gunshots and groin kicks, sleaze and sunshine - are word-drunk wonders. If James Joyce had imagined Finnegans Wake as a crime story (hmmm, not a bad idea since plot was never Joyce''s strong suit), it might have turned out something like Wambaugh''s latest suspense story, Hollywood Hills....this series serves up something perhaps even more welcome as the drear days of winter settle in: an absurdist take on crime, as well as plotlines and sentences that perform buoyant loop-de-loops all over the page before making flawless landings." -- The Washington Post "No writer describes the cop world''s twin masks of comedy and tragedy as well as Joseph Wambaugh." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer Praise for The Onion Field "Mr. Wambaugh's The Onion Field is a distinguished contribution towards the gradually enlarging field of the 'factual novel.' A fascinating account of a double tragedy: one physical, the other psychological." --Truman Capote "An impressive book... A creative reportorial attempt to present a slice of American life in the decade of the nineteen-sixties." -- The New York Times "Begins in high gear and stays there." -- Saturday Review Praise for The Blue Night "A cop''s-eye view of police brutality... courage and compassion... fascinating." -- The New York Times "Wanbaugh has captured the excitement, terror, pity, and occasional tedium of police work in a bang-up job of writing." -- The Boston Globe
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