When Nate and Bix Rumstead (a supposedly upstanding cop with serious sobriety issues) find themselves caught up with bombshell Margot Aziz, they think they're just having some fun. But in Hollywood, nothing is ever what it seems.
To them, Margot is a harmless socialite, stuck in the middle of an ugly divorce from the nefarious bar-owner, Ali Aziz. What Nate and Bix don't know is that Margot's no helpless victim: she's setting them both up so that she can get away with the perfect murder - and still stand to inherit her ex-husbands's ill-won fortune.
What SHE doesn't know is that Aziz has replaced her sleeping pills with a poison. And then there's Leonard Stillwater, a small time tweaker whose connection to Aziz is about to shoot him into the big leagues.
Complete with scams, cokeheads, and petty (and some not so petty) crimes, Hollywood Crows offers the very best of Wambaugh: impeccable plotting, acerbic humor, and plenty of flawed but lovable characters.
©2008 Joseph Wambaugh; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Wambaugh finds stories along civilization’s fault lines. He asks and answers questions about what’s going through the minds of guards along the wall separating the anti-social from the social. And he presents their frustrations as a perspective that’s missing from the smug policies flowing from 24/7 news cycles or academic ‘studies’ tediously designed to prove the convictions of their author's confirmation-bias.
There are whacky, weird, and bewildering sparks that crackle from walking the beat between what different communities prize as ‘normal’. And these are Wambaugh’s honey-loaded teaspoons that make his medicine go down.
I like these stories… Like the way they’re told and read by Christian Rummel. And I like the talent of Wambaugh to make me wonder whether the wall between the social and anti-social needs more than guards patrolling it’s perimeter, like serious maintenance or even redesign and new construction to fill its cracks and crumblings.
It’s above the pay-grade of guards to heal fault lines. It’s their job to alert us when shudderings increase. Wambaugh’s the guy who’s saying, “Houston, we’ve got a problem.” Enjoy this series from the first, “Hollywood Station: A Novel” then through “Hollywood Crows” and now “Hollywood Moon”. I’m downloading the apparent last of the epic, “Hollywood Hills” right now.
That’s the best recommendation I can give.
Great and fun ride. The author brings in witty thoughtful and silly characters. At the same time crafts a good tale around it. This was my first of Joseph Wambaugh's books - now on to the next one!
Architectural Photographer based in Florida
All of Wambaugh's Hollywood series are simplistic comic views into the Hollywood division's diverse characters. I really enjoyed each of them and look forward to more from Wambaugh. Recommended for light reading.
I've always loved Joe's stuff, well, most of it. The two Hollywood Station books are great. Wish they would put Black Marble on Audio. That Rocks!
He has done it again. As a former LAPD officer who worked the streets of Hollywood I can fully appreciate the interpersonal relationships and how they relate to create this wonderful story.
This is one of the best books Joe has written in years. I laughed until I cried and then I really did get sad in the end. Joe please bring this entire crew back for another book. I actually felt like they were friends.
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