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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 Member Since 2015
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    "Hard to put down"
    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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    Lynn Fraser Watertown,WI USA 08-21-15
    Lynn Fraser Watertown,WI USA 08-21-15 Member Since 2012

    walkaway

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    "Needed to reread a favorite book from my 20's"

    This book was a family favorite when I was in my 20's. The book was read by my sister, dad, mother, aunt and so many more. Being poorly bound we held the book together with a rubber band as we passed it to yet another person. All of us loved it.

    A fan of Joseph Wambaugh from that day forward.

    We told everyone that read the book to wait for it, you'll be glad you did. This holds true today too. But now, after rereading it 30 years later I was taken back to the '70s like no other book can take you back. Things that were common to say and do are here for you to laugh at and reminisce. Yes, we have gotten more sophisticated and polished but we once were very politically un-correct.

    Listen to a great detective finds his way back to sanity and a '70s gal blow fizz out of her eyes. (Yep, those damn dog poodle perms.) Leisure suit junkies and old Pasadena run amuck in this fun romp as a would be master mind picks the black marble again and again. Mr. Wambaugh wrote true for the time with plenty of true-to-life laughs.

    0 of 0 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
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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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