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The Delta Star | [Joseph Wambaugh]

The Delta Star

In death she looks 35, but Missy Moonbeam, a.k.a. Thelma Bernbaum, is only 22 when the cops of Rampart Division find her flattened on the sidewalk. A Nebraska farm girl, Missy came to Los Angeles to act, and died not long after her dream did. The detectives assume that her pimp threw her off a roof - but they couldn’t be more wrong. Missy had a trick at Caltech whose name draws the Rampart detectives into a bizarre conspiracy.
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A dead prostitute leads a gang of cops on a wild international chase

In death she looks 35, but Missy Moonbeam, a.k.a. Thelma Bernbaum, is only 22 when the cops of Rampart Division find her flattened on the sidewalk. A Nebraska farm girl, Missy came to Los Angeles to act, and died not long after her dream did. The detectives assume that her pimp threw her off a roof - but they couldn’t be more wrong. Missy had a trick at Caltech whose name draws the Rampart detectives into a bizarre conspiracy. A beached Soviet sub has Europe on the brink of war, and only Rampart Division can pull the world back from disaster.

They are a motley gang. There’s the Bad Czech, a certifiable psychopath whose chief pleasure is yelling at the Los Angeles Times. There’s Mario Villalobos, whose midlife crisis has made him sentimental. And there’s Jane Wayne, a New Wave fan, sex addict, and proudly violent cop. This case will take them all the way to Stockholm, but they won’t win any Nobel Peace Prize.

©1983 Joseph Wambaugh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Wambaugh's books can be as delightful as a lighthearted Steinbeck novel But using a character's first and last name over and over and over, sometimes on the same page is distracting for me rather than clarifying for me. Maybe just use the last name sometimes? This runs through all of his books. Other than that some of the situations are wonderfully funny and I love his writing style. Some situations are very serious but the author brings a humorous slant. He has great insight into the LAPD. I am glad I moved up the coast.


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