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The Grand Master of the police procedural returns to the Los Angeles Police Department in a gripping new audiobook about life in one of the more sensational police forces.

They call him the Oracle. He's got 46 years under his belt and more hash marks than a football field. More importantly, he has a crew of cops to look out for on the streets of Hollywood. From his understaffed office at Hollywood Station, he keeps a close eye on his squad who spend their day in patrol cars, and their nights in the underbelly of a city that never sleeps. As they make their way from the drug dens to dirty street corners, a string of seemingly unrelated events lures the cops of Hollywood Station to their most startling case, reminding them that nothing is too horrific or extreme for Los Angeles.

In his long-awaited return to the LAPD, Joseph Wambaugh takes his listeners on a raucous ride through the streets of Los Angeles and into the heart of the LAPD, where no one's safe from the gritty city - especially the cops.

©2006 Joseph Wambaugh. All Rights Reserved; (P)2006 Hachette Audio. All Rights Reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Outstanding....The master proves that he can still deliver." (Publishers Weekly)
"A triumphant return....High-voltage suspense drives the tale, and as always, Wambaugh's characters, language, and war stories exude authenticity." (Booklist)

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He's Back!

This book ROCKS! This is a wonderful representation of classic Joseph Wambaugh. Funny and gritty. The LAPD cops in this book are real people not the shallow righteous crime fighters of TV and movies. I LOVED this old school style Wambaugh novel and I can't recommend it too much!

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Terrible. Shocked by how bad this book is.

I can't believe how bad this is. The narration is terrible but, in fairness, he doesn't have much to work with. Anytime the surfer cops are involved it is painful to listen to. If you want an LA police story, I suggest you stick with one of Michael Connelly's fabulous books.

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The worst

This is one of the worst books I've listened to since joining Audible about 5 years ago. Its an easy listen, but so offensively sexist and racist it made it hard to finish. I hate it when authors or film makers take a shallow stab at an alternate look at such issues and then in doing so reinforce the same stereotypes and prejudices. Yuck.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful