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The Black Marble | [Joseph Wambaugh]

The Black Marble

He is a damned good cop -- a burned-out homicide detective wrapped around a Smith & Wesson .38 and a vodka bottle. She is his partner -- twice divorced, nursing a grudge against men, obsessed by the awful temptation of love.
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He is a damned good cop -- a burned-out homicide detective wrapped around a Smith & Wesson .38 and a vodka bottle. She is his partner -- twice divorced, nursing a grudge against men, obsessed by the awful temptation of love.

©1978 Joseph Wambaugh (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    Linda Yacolt, WA, United States 09-15-11
    Linda Yacolt, WA, United States 09-15-11
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Wambaugh's characters are a bit over the top and can startle you initially. This narrator held my attention throughout. He made you feel part of the story. He made me laugh out loud at times and sad at others. A good story and a great team.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vic Graninger 05-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Wambaugh is a great story teller"
    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked Oliver's voice for the Russian characters in this book - he also did a good job with Natalie. The depth of the voices he used helped the listener to understand the characters - why they did what they did - they became three dimensional and you actually cared about them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I fell in love with the Hollywood station series - then I listened to Harbor Nocturne and found it captivating so when I stumbled onto Black marble I had to listen to it to see if Joseph Wambaugh's first novels were as good as his later ones. I found the writing to be good - Joseph has definitely matured in his writing - I would recommend all of his works as I said he is a great story teller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JEFF FT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 05-17-10
    JEFF FT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 05-17-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Really bad"

    Three hours into this book and you still don't know what it's about. Don't waste a credit on this one. Perhaps it's this writers style, but it sure wasn't for me.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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