By Joseph Wambaugh
(Grand Central Publishing, Mass Market Paperback, 9780446548519, 480pp.)
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
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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, veteran officers Dana Vaughn and "Hollywood" Nate Weiss get a call about a prowler who's been brutally attacking women. Meanwhile, a pair of cops with the surfer sobriquets Flotsam and Jetsam are on the lookout for a smooth-talking player in dreads and a crazy-eyed, tattooed biker. But something bigger, more high-tech, and much more deadly is about to go down. After a dizzying series of twists, turns, and chases, the cops discover that they've stumbled upon a complex web of crime where even the criminals aren't sure who's conning whom. And for some of the men and women in blue, public duty will exact the heaviest of tolls.
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.
"Darkly funny."—Los Angeles Times
"[W]hat other author could present cops, street people, and career criminals with such deadeye credibility? 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... Crimes escalate and fun abounds."—Booklist
"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."—Publishers Weekly