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The Choirboys | [Joseph Wambaugh]

The Choirboys

Partners in the Los Angeles Police Department, they’re haunted by terrifying dark secrets of the nightwatch - shared predawn drink and sex sessions they call choir practice. Each wears his cynicism like a bulletproof jockstrap - each has his horror story, his bad dream, his night shriek. He is afraid of his friends–he is afraid of himself.
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Publisher's Summary

Partners in the Los Angeles Police Department, they’re haunted by terrifying dark secrets of the nightwatch - shared predawn drink and sex sessions they call choir practice. Each wears his cynicism like a bulletproof jockstrap - each has his horror story, his bad dream, his night shriek. He is afraid of his friends–he is afraid of himself.

©1975 Joseph Wambaugh (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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"Stark...orgiastic...brilliant. Wambaugh's finest book." (Los Angeles Times)

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    "The Start of a Great Writing Career"

    Joe Wambaugh used this book to climb out of the patrol car and into the libraries, movie screens and TV's of America.
    Wambaugh was a LAPD street cop when he crafted this great novel of policemen, perps and after work parties. Written in the late 1970's,without the censorship of political correctness we now suffer under, Wambaugh makes you laugh and share the pain.
    Hopefully you listen to any of Wambaughs more modern novels of Hollywood Station, but this is where he started and it is worth a brief detour into the 70's to listen.

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    Susan 05-21-14
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    If you could sum up The Choirboys in three words, what would they be?

    Brutally honest humans


    What other book might you compare The Choirboys to and why?

    Glitter Dome, same author- more about old style police and LA cops.


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Good listen, held my attention.

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    Would you listen to The Choirboys again? Why?

    this is an earlier wambaugh ... dark, edgy, not as humerous or zany as the later Hollywood series ... narrator is excellent ... story is a character study, or, rather, multiple character studies (each of which is given a unique signature by Oliver Wyman) ... there are a lot of comic elements that don't appeal to me, personally, but will appeal to other senses of humor. thought provoking. you hope no law enforcement agency operated like this, but you fear some just might have.


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