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
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!
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.
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.
This is a must read for people who like police novels. If you want to find out what really happens on Hollywood Blvd and the surrounding area, this is a must read.
Wambaugh at his best
I don't write many reviews; however, I had to comment on this book. I have long been a fan of Police mysteries and having been a cop in L.A., loved reading about them. Once a Waumbaugh fan, having loved his first two books, I was hoping this book would light that spark... but it is a dud! It was as if he had a deadline and just threw a bunch of characters together in a hat, and tried to somehow put it together in the end. Unless you just want to kill time, you'd be better off reading bulletin boards... at least they'd keep you entertained.
Should have been placed in the comedy section. A series of slightly funny stories does not a mystery make.
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