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Hollywood Station

Hatchette Book Group USA (
Category: Book Reviews
Subcategory: Fiction
Price: $7.99
Average Rating:
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From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Wambaugh's outstanding new novel, his first in a decade, is not only a return to form but a return to his LAPD roots. Times have sure changed since the 1970s, the setting for some of Wambaugh's best earlier works such as The New Centurions and The Onion Field. Grossly understaffed, the officers of Hollywood Station find themselves writing bogus field interviews with nonexistent white suspects in minority neighborhoods to avoid allegations of racial profiling. Crystal meth rules the streets, and crackheads and glass freaks dressed in costume (Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Darth Vader, Elmo) work the tourist strip, bumming money for their next fix. With an impressive array of police characters, from surfer dude partners "Flotsam" and "Jetsam" to aspiring actor "Hollywood" Nate Weiss and single mother Budgie Polk, Wambaugh creates a realistic microcosm of the modern-day LAPD. Today's crop of crime writers, including Michael Connelly and George Pelecanos, obviously owe a debt to Wambaugh. The master proves that he can still deliver. 5-city author tour. (Nov.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 28 Jan 2009 13:59:42 UTC.
    1st review

    Very good book, you get so into it you dont want to put it down. i would recomend it to anyone who likes to read a good book here and there,

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    Anonymous, Fri, 22 May 2009 18:04:48 UTC.

    Glad to see Wambaugh return to a story about patrol cops. For years he had branched out into the Detective Thriller. This book is definitely a return to the likes of his first works which I call the Holy Trinity of Street Cop fiction, "The New Centurions", "The Choirboys" and "The Blue Knight".

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    twoliver, Tue, 08 Sep 2009 21:32:16 UTC.

    It wook a while but I think Wambaugh got back on track. This is a good read and as usual it is fairly easy to find the people you work with inside the pages.

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