|Publisher:||Grand Central Pub|
|Publish Date:||Oct 2007|
|Number of Pages:||417|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.48|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.0 x 6.75 x 1.25|
Writer Joseph Wambaugh was born in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 22, 1937. He joined the Marines right out of high school, but later earned both a B. A. and M. A. from California State College in Los Angeles. He worked for the Los Angeles Police Department from 1960 to 1974. His first novel was The New Centurions (1971) and several subsequent novels have been award winners. The Onion Field won an Edgar Award (1984), and Lines and Shadows won the Rodolfo Walsh Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers (1989). He has worked creatively on several film and television projects, including Police Story, The Black Marble, The Choirboys and The Blue Knight.
Thirty-five years after the debut of The New Centurions, the grand master of cop fiction is back with another inside look at life in the Los Angeles Police Department. But whereas Wambaugh used the 1965 Watts riots as the backdrop to Centurions, here he chooses post-Rodney King Los Angeles to present a new set of challenges to today's Los Angeles cops. Handcuffed by a paranoid, stifling bureaucracy, Wambaugh's police characters are deeply flawed but intensely devoted to protect and serve the citizens of America's second-largest city.
Holding the troops of Hollywood Station together is the Oracle, a sergeant who has been on the force for almost 50 years. Wambaugh removes the layers from the street-tough cops and exposes their unique blend of bravado and fallibility, but he has proven to be equally adept at examining the psyche of tweaker's, scam m ers, pimps, and murderers. The realities of police work aren't glamorous, even in a precinct straddled by the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It's been more than 20 years since Wambaugh's last LAPD novel; let's hope the next one doesn't take as long. Recommended for all fiction collections. Ken Bolton, Cornell Univ. Lib., Ithaca, NY
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A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Joseph Wambaugh invented the modern police procedural thriller. Now in his long-awaited return to the LAPD, he deploys his bone-deep understanding of cops' lives--and a lethal sense of humor--in a stunning new novel.
For a cop, a night on the job means killing time and trying not to get killed. If you're in Hollywood Division, it also means dealing with some of the most desperate criminals anywhere. Now the violent robbery of a Hollywoodjewelry store quickly connects to a Russian nightclub and an undercover operation gone wrong, and the sergeant they call the Oracle and his squad of quirky cops have to make sense of it all. From an officer who dreams of stardom, to a single mother packing a breast pump, to partners who'd rather be surfing, they'll take you on a raucous ride through a gritty city where no one is safe. Especially not the cops.
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