By Joseph Wambaugh
(Little, Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316045186, 352pp.)
Publication Date: November 24, 2009
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There's a saying at Hollywood station that the full moon brings out the beast--rather than the best--in the precinct's citizens. One moonlit night, LAPD veteran Dana Vaughn and "Hollywood" Nate Weiss, a struggling-actor-turned cop, get a call about a young man who's been attacking women. Meanwhile, two surfer cops known as Flotsam and Jetsam keep bumping into an odd, suspicious duo--a smooth-talking player in dreads and a crazy-eyed, tattooed biker. No one suspects that all three dubious characters might be involved in something bigger, more high-tech, and much more illegal. After a dizzying series of twists, turns, and chases, the cops will find they've stumbled upon a complex web of crime where even the criminals can't be sure who's conning whom.
Wambaugh once again masterfully gets inside the hearts and minds of the cops whose jobs have them constantly on the brink of danger. By turns heart-wrenching, exhilarating, and laugh-out-loud funny, Hollywood Moon is his most thrilling and deeply affecting ride yet through the singular streets of LA.
Joseph Wambaugh, a former LAPD detective sergeant, is the bestselling author of 18 prior works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Choirboys and The Onion Field. In 2004, he was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in southern California.
"Hollywood Moon has everything I love about Joseph Wambaugh--it's funny, then surprising, then suddenly shocking. This third installment in his Hollywood series is his best. The master of the police story just keeps getting better and better."
"Joseph Wambaugh's best book yet. Hollywood Moon is full of hilarious anecdotes that ring absolutely true, and the "through-story" about the Odd Couple computer thieves and the crazed stalker is especially strong. Most of all, I was deeply moved by the story of Dana Vaughn and Hollywood Nate. Re-encountering Nate and the surfer dudes and Compassionate Charley is like coming back to crazy but wonderful old friends. This book also made me eager to find a midget. And bowl with him."
"[B]y turns hilarious, poignant and thrilling.... A meticulously realistic re-creation of cops' daily and, more important, inner lives.... One of the things that sets Wambaugh's cops and crooks apart from those in so many other mysteries and police procedurals is that he fixes both firmly in the same realistic social context.... The difference is that the cops, even in disillusion, retain something decent to which they can cling.... That constant is the spine that runs through Hollywood Moon as it has through all Wambaugh's LAPD novels. It's what allows you to find the black humor genuinely funny and to experience these masterful novels as something more than entertainment."
-Los Angeles Times
"[W]hat other author could present cops, street people, and career criminals with such deadeye credibility? Or transpose slang up and out from the drug world into cop speak with absolutely perfect pitch? Only Wambaugh, former street cop and sergeant with the LAPD and author of 18 works of fiction and nonfiction..... In his latest, his fourteenth novel since the groundbreaking The New Centurions, the cops at Hollywood Station are trying to track a thug whose specialty is vicious attacks on women and various street criminals; in the process, the team sniffs out a high-tech scam. Crimes escalate and fun abounds."
"Full of glimpses into the workings of low-level tech crime, bestseller Wambaugh's entertaining third "Hollywood station" novel (after Hollywood Crows) provides lots of laughs and gasps along with a few tender sighs.... Spare and punchy prose fuels descriptions so on target that readers will feel they are riding shotgun, gazing out on Tinseltown's tawdry landscape."
"Hollywood Moon is the third novel in Joseph Wambaugh's series about the denizens of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division--and it is by far the best.... The story is told in the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master's uniquely readable style.... The book has a fast pace, the mood swings pleasingly from tragic to darkly comic, and the characters are memorable and believable, making Hollywood Moon the most enjoyable Joseph Wambaugh novel in more than a decade."
-San Francisco Chronicle