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Choirboys, Joseph Wambaugh

Joseph Wambaugh
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    bfelton, Tue, 19 Feb 2008 05:33:56 UTC.
    1st review

    "The Choirboys" is not only Joseph Wambaugh's best novel to date; it belongs up on the shelf of modern American classics along with David Mamet, Raymond Chandler, and Joseph Heller. It's just that good and unforgettable. Wambaugh puts everything he knows about being a cop into this novel along with slashing, satirical prose, Vonnegut-like black humor, and a sorrowful humanism to produce a masterpiece. By R. W. Rasband

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    JAG45, Tue, 04 Mar 2008 02:34:51 UTC.

    I do not believe it is one of Wambaugh best.. I like "Delta Star" a lot better, but you never hear about it.

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    Retleo, Sat, 08 Mar 2008 05:38:56 UTC.

    A Wambaugh classic. Anybody who has worked patrol will immediately bond with the Cops in this book. It contains all of the raw courage, humor, grittiness and pathos that are the solid basis for all Wambaugh police books. I recommend this one completely.

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    Anonymous, Fri, 21 Mar 2008 05:37:35 UTC.

    Excellant book which provides a comical view of policing.

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    aaa111, Mon, 31 Mar 2008 02:35:49 UTC.

    choir practice...nuff said

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    Speed367, Tue, 15 Apr 2008 17:44:26 UTC.

    Hysterical read. Wambaugh is one of the best.

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    Irreverent300, Tue, 15 Apr 2008 20:37:50 UTC.

    GOOD book!!!!

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    cgingo, Fri, 25 Apr 2008 12:23:04 UTC.

    This was a great book. I haven't read it in years. I didn't know it was still on the booklist.

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    kgbacon, Fri, 02 May 2008 00:30:08 UTC.

    Definitely a Wambaugh classic.

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    Anonymous, Thu, 19 Jun 2008 21:52:49 UTC.

    Absolute Classic. The holy trinity of books for Wambaugh has to be Choirboys, New Centurions and The Blue Knight.

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    Tony60, Fri, 20 Jun 2008 04:17:34 UTC.

    An oldy but a goody.

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    jok720, Wed, 16 Jul 2008 07:26:22 UTC.

    A story about cops that everyone of us has worked with.

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    bad_LT, Wed, 16 Jul 2008 15:58:09 UTC.

    Well written book

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    TommyO, Wed, 16 Jul 2008 19:32:32 UTC.

    I enjoyed this book MANY years ago (back when most patrol cars still used rotating bubble lights) and pick it up now and then just for grins. Although much of the book, written tongue in cheek, certainly hits on some realistic events, there is a smattering of sensationalism for dramatic effect. It's just a 'fun' book that is funny to read. Enjoy it, keeping in mind that it was written as entertainment.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 09 Aug 2008 04:51:01 UTC.

    Just a great read. Every cop should read this book

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    Rowy, Wed, 24 Sep 2008 10:02:55 UTC.

    His best ever, though his new one Hollywood station comes close!

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    rdperry, Fri, 10 Oct 2008 18:12:09 UTC.

    Another great book

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    JimJ269, Tue, 21 Oct 2008 04:20:37 UTC.

    This is one reason I got in the business

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    mattwl48, Thu, 23 Oct 2008 18:02:57 UTC.

    This is a must read for anyone in the law enforcement community or thinking about getting into the law enforcement community. Well written and flat out the truth.

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    mmuscs, Sat, 01 Nov 2008 03:32:09 UTC.

    We all have worked with everybody in this book at some time in our careers. Because Wambaugh was with LAPD he knows how police officers think.

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    Tigerlilly1, Fri, 07 Nov 2008 10:38:30 UTC.

    This book is probably my favorite book about cops I have ever read. The Onion Field is also a good one.

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    forensicsmom, Sat, 03 Jan 2009 23:29:31 UTC.

    This was the first book on crime that i ever read. Loved it and it gave me a better understanding of how things work...

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    HEMY348, Sun, 04 Jan 2009 05:52:28 UTC.

    My first book that I read on law enforcement, still try to have our own version of choir practice.

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    Sgt_524, Thu, 08 Jan 2009 03:19:09 UTC.

    Wambaugh writing may be dated but hey hit the mark every time.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 14 Feb 2009 17:02:42 UTC.

    Awesome book

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    SOARTMAR, Wed, 04 Mar 2009 14:54:31 UTC.

    Another Wambaugh classic! Truly strikes a nerve.

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    brooklynsergeant, Mon, 30 Mar 2009 20:03:08 UTC.

    It is a wonderful fictional account of Police work. Although fiction we can still see many truths in it pages. We can all identify or be identified as one of the characters in this humorus, serious collection of the life of Patrol. The gallows humor, everyday people we see in our travels of the beat, if we cannot laugh at ourselves, a very big part of life is lost.

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    lenabunnie, Wed, 29 Apr 2009 22:51:14 UTC.

    Made me laugh and cry great book

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    CSP196, Sat, 02 May 2009 14:54:06 UTC.

    I read this book many years ago and will read it again for about the fifth time. Great book, great writer.

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    buck, Fri, 19 Jun 2009 04:27:22 UTC.

    I read this several years ago and it was hilarious. However I seen so many things in this book that happens in real life. The choir practices we had when I was a deputy for Richland County Sheriff Department.

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    keeneagle, Wed, 30 Dec 2009 08:46:47 UTC.

    EXCELLENT reading! I've enjoyed it more than once. HIGHLY recommend.

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