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Hollywood Moon: A Novel | [Joseph Wambaugh]

Hollywood Moon: A Novel

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, LAPD veteran Dana Vaughn and "Hollywood" Nate Weiss, a struggling-actor-turned cop, get a call about a young man who's been attacking women.
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Publisher's Summary

There's a saying at Hollywood station that the full moon brings out the beast - or rather than the best - in the precinct's citizens. One moonlit night, LAPD veteran Dana Vaughn and "Hollywood" Nate Weiss, a struggling-actor-turned cop, get a call about a young man who's been attacking women. Meanwhile, two surfer cops known as Flotsam and Jetsam, keep bumping into an odd, suspicious duo - a smooth-talking player in dreads and a crazy-eyed, tattooed biker. No one suspects that all three dubious characters might be involved in something bigger, more high-tech, and much more illegal.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jeannine Bradenton, FL, USA 12-13-09
    Jeannine Bradenton, FL, USA 12-13-09
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    "A good sequel to Hollywood Crows"

    Fast paced and fun read. As usual Christian Rummel
    does an excellent job.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stanley Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-02-09
    Stanley Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-02-09
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    "Great Entertainment"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 12-29-09
    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 12-29-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun on the beat"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Sparkill, NY, United States 01-21-10
    Patrick Sparkill, NY, United States 01-21-10 Member Since 2006
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    "great rendition"

    aside from a few moments of real hilarity in the reading, this book was all over the place. So many disjointed characters, so few logical connections.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roseanna Lubbock, TX, United States 12-17-09
    Roseanna Lubbock, TX, United States 12-17-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Fun with Great Characters"

    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?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam James Knoxville, TN 05-05-14
    Adam James Knoxville, TN 05-05-14

    "I ain't 'fraid of no ghost." -Brick Tamland

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    "Joseph Wambaugh is the epitomy of consistency."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hollywood Moon?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The "backwards counting" sobriety test given to the drunk driver had me laughing out loud.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Take a ride with LA's finest under a Hollywood Moon"


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Yorba Linda, CA, United States 07-18-12
    Larry Yorba Linda, CA, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2009

    No matter where you go... there you are!

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    "Wambaugh's Best!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hollywood Moon to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Hollywood Moon to and why?

    The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, it was that funny while still being insightful.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

    Ethel


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Reality is insane, and Hollywood police work is the finest example of it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Hilarious, insightful, educational (how identity theft is done) and just a fun, enjoyable listen! I'm dowloading Hollywood Hills right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Littleton, CO, United States 06-06-11
    Daniel Littleton, CO, United States 06-06-11 Member Since 2007
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    "hollywood moon"

    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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    Michael Geib 04-02-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Hollywood Mood"

    I enjoyed this book as a continued story of the "Cops" Wambaugh as written about. It can be read stand alone and still be enjoyed.

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    Carol Gilbertsville, NY, USA 01-30-10
    Carol Gilbertsville, NY, USA 01-30-10
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    "Great Characters"

    Great characters - It was a pleasure to listen to.

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