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Publisher's Summary

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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Great listen/book. Believable intertwined plots, and Adam Grupper's reading is superb;very fluid and his instant use of different voices for the different charcters gives the reading a "movie" type feel. GOOD JOB ADAM!!

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Deborah
  • shallotte, NC, United States
  • 01-08-07 IS classic Wambaugh

The first chapter of this book is VERY off-putting. Two supposedly older cops talking in surfer/valley girl accents that nearly drove me crazy, dude. Also, I thought might be a collection of vignettes from one LAPD division, but it was more than that. Eventually, all the threads come together and the crime/investigation unfolds before your eyes. Classic Wambaugh style. It is a pretty good listen.

I was a little bothered by the somewhat overdone narration for some parts, but the overall story kept me listening even when the narration was not very good. I wouldn't rate it up there with Wambaugh's best or even second-best, but it's okay.

If you've liked Wambaugh in the past, just get passed the first, oh, 20 minutes or so and you'll be really, dude.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 10-15-16

It's Wambaugh! Nuff Said, K?

This guy's the gold standard for procedurals. The gold mining continues in Hollywood Station. Hadn't read a Wambaugh in years... Listened to this and the master pulled me right back. Adam Grupper's fine.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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I think the old master has returned. Yes, this is better than his last and approaches to the level of his novel entitled "Lines and Shadows." The story is a must read!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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typpical Wambaugh authenticity

Mixes anecdotes about the daily life of a LAPD street cop with a story line to make this an interesting read. As an ex-consultant for the LAPD who rode around in police cars with the troops, I can attest to the authenticity - periods of routine and boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror relieved by the "black humor" of the streets. I liked the read. It's not destined to be a classice but if you like cop stories, you'll like this book.

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  • Betsy
  • Lima, OH, USA
  • 02-09-07

Hollywood Insider - Narrator Saves the Day

I have to agree with the other reviewer who talked about this book getting off to a slow start. I was not impressed with the depiction of the characters or the different plots as they began. Towards the middle of the book the pace and character development and pace picked up but it never got to any great level of satisfaction for me. The end felt rushed, predictable and anticlimactic. As usual Adam saved the book with his presentation. It is a good book if you are in to cop stories about cops without a true "mystery" in the works. At the end of the day, had I bought this book in paper form I would have tossed it out after the first chapter.

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Wambaugh does it again

You would have to have been a policeman who worked teh streets of Hollywood for the LAPD to fully appreciate this story. I was and I do.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great listen! Love the narration

This was my first Wambaugh book and I really enjoyed it a lot. Adam Grupper is a great narrator! Loved it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Charles
  • Charlotte, NC, USA
  • 06-28-09

Great Stuff

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Wambaugh's ability to bring his characters to life. I typically don't like fiction, but his characters and stories seem based on real events and people and I actually feel like I am learning something along with enjoying the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Utter waste of space

This book is so boring its not even funny. Its a collection of little stories that tries to shock or impress, but completely fails to do so. So the book is fragmented, and comes across as reporting disconnected snippets. But to be fair, I couldn't get past the second hour - may be it will get better. However I cannot stand to hear more to find out... Give it a miss!

5 of 8 people found this review helpful