Floaters (Mass Market)

A Novel

By Joseph Wambaugh

Bantam, 9780553575958, 304pp.

Publication Date: March 3, 1997

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLSER • “This is vintage Wambaugh, a rollicking and ribald tale, laced with black humor.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune

Harbor cops Fortney and Leeds have a good time patrolling San Diego’s Mission Bay, scopingout body-sculpted beauties on pleasure craft, rescuing boating bozos who’ve run aground, and haulingin the occasional floater.

But now their days are anything but typical, for theAmerica’s Cup regattas have come to town and San Diego swarms with sailors, schemers, spies, and saboteurs,and the cuppies who want to love them. It’s a randy cuppie named Blaze who tweaks their cop instincts thatsomething’s not quite right on the waterfront—and it’sBlaze who sets off a bizarre criminal trail that wouldbe hilarious if it didn’t wind up just as nasty asit gets, with a pair of murders right on the eve of thebiggest sailing race of all.

Praise for Floaters

“There’s only one Joe Wambaugh. He’s a really important American writer.”—Jonathan Kellerman

“[Wambaugh] dazzles with his intimate knowledge of police life, black humor, raunchy dialogue, and a cast of nineties choirboys. . . . A cop’s expertise and the literary power of a master storyteller.”—Digby Diehl, Playboy

“The author’s trademark sardonic writing is in full force here.”Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Joseph Wambaugh is the hard-hitting bestselling writer who conveys the passionate immediacy of a special world. He was a police officer with the LAPD for 14 years before retiring in 1974, during which time he published three bestselling novels. Over the course of his career, Wambaugh has been the author of more than 20 works of fiction and nonfiction, all written in his gritty, distinctive noir-ish style. He's won multiple Edgar Awards, and several of his books have been made into feature films and TV movies. He lives in California with his wife.

Praise For Floaters: A Novel

Praise for Joseph Wambaugh's Finnegan's Week:

"A master storyteller...Wambaugh dazzles." -- Digby Diehl, Playboy

"Funny, exciting, and ultimately touching." --Chicago Tribune

"One of the best novels Joseph Wambaugh has written...Wambaugh is in rare form." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Wambaugh is at the top of his form here...raunchy and often hilarious." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)