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)
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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 truths that flow from 24/7 news cycles or academic ‘studies’ tediously designed to prove the convictions of their authors' 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 teaspoon of honey to 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 that makes me wonder whether the wall between the social and anti-social needs more than guards patrolling it’s perimeter, serious maintenance to fill its cracks and crumblings or even redesign and restructuring..
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 problem.” Enjoy this series from the first, “Hollywood Station: A Novel” then through “Hollywood Crows” and then “Hollywood Moon”. I’m downloading the apparent last of the epic, “Hollywood Moon” right now.
That’s the best recommendation I can give.
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?
The Hollywood series was good for the first two books, but this one dragged! It was as if the author had a deadline he had to meet. It was certainly not his best work!
As a fan of Wambaugh for many years, I will chalk this experience up to a single bad experience. On to book 4 in the series!
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.
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