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 L.A.
©2009 Joseph Wambaugh; (P)2009 Hachette
"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)
"Darkly funny." (Los Angeles Times)
This third installment in the Wambaugh "Hollywood" series does not disapoint.
Fast paced and entertaining, this book holds your interest from start to finish and is well worth a credit.
I have read several books in this series and they never fail to get a giggle out of me.The things these guys get into are just too bizarre not to laugh at.The narrator read with feeling,which is needed for an audio book and he came through very well here.I do miss the Oracle,however.
I really like the recurring characters in the "Hollywood" series. The action, dialogue, and situations seem realistic to me--seems like an inside look at contemporary LA. The narrator, Christian Rummel, does a fine job of consistently differentiating the characters without going overboard on dialects or pitch. I would like to be able to hear the early Wambaugh New York police genera publications--should I hold my breath for those to appear in the Audible library?
Absolutely. Wambaugh touches such a realistic nerve with me. It feels like there's almost nothing fictional about it. Very enthralling read, as with other books I've read from this author.
Wambaugh kills a character off in each of his "Hollywood Station" series novels. The character he rid this book of thoroughly shocked me. It brought a genuine sadness to me. Very memorable just for the sheer emotion I felt from the scene.
The "backwards counting" sobriety test given to the drunk driver had me laughing out loud.
"Take a ride with LA's finest under a Hollywood Moon"
Wambaugh is very consistent in the quality of penmanship in this series. I would recommend reading all of the "Hollywood Station" series, beginning with the first. However, this book is easily read as a stand-alone novel.
Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
I chose the headline as a witty shot at the third, and by far the weakest of the ex-LAPD officer first three works dedicated to the cops of Hollywood Station. Far too much time was dedicated to the criminal "gang" in this feature. Their days were as repetitive as their thoughts and their were too many pages of both. As they usually are, the police officers were far better drawn and quite a bit more interesting than those of the criminal element in the series.
And as usual in one of the authors books; a cop dies. It's one of the staples of all of Wambaugh's books. If you're new to his novels learn to accept that a character that you've come to care about will die.
Overall I would recommend this selection only if the listener has read or listened to the two initial books in the series and enjoyed them.
The audio was absolutely better than print. The narrators's ability to do different character voices (especially the raspy voice of heavy smoker Ethel) was astounding. I have hearing loss but could easily understand everything the narrator was saying.
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, it was that funny while still being insightful.
Reality is insane, and Hollywood police work is the finest example of it all.
Hilarious, insightful, educational (how identity theft is done) and just a fun, enjoyable listen! I'm dowloading Hollywood Hills right now.
Wambaugh is back! I thought this book was great from the opening lines to the closing credits. I really hope he continues to write about these characters, it is fun thinking they are really out there. Rummel does a great job with the reading!
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