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The Blue Knight

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He's big and brash. His beat is the underbelly of Los Angeles vice—a world of pimps, pushers, winos, whores and killers. He lives each day his way—on the razor's edge of life. He was a damn good cop and LAPD detective. For fifteen years he prowled the streets, solved murders, took his lumps. Now he's the hard hitting, tough talking best selling writer who tells the brutal, true stories of the men who risk their loves every time a siren screams.
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Overview

He's big and brash. His beat is the underbelly of Los Angeles vice—a world of pimps, pushers, winos, whores and killers. He lives each day his way—on the razor's edge of life. He was a damn good cop and LAPD detective. For fifteen years he prowled the streets, solved murders, took his lumps. Now he's the hard hitting, tough talking best selling writer who tells the brutal, true stories of the men who risk their loves every time a siren screams.
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Editorial Reviews

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"A cop's-eye view of police brutality...  courage and compassion... fascinating." --  The New York  Times.

"Wanbaugh has captured the excitement,  terror, pity, and occasional tedium of police work  in a bang-up job of writing." -- The  Boston Globe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316921466
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 12/6/2001
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 1,052,956
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Wambaugh is the New York Times bestselling author of works such as The Blooding, The Blue Knight, and The Choirboys. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to a police officer, Wambaugh graduated with a Master's in English from California State College and served in the LAPD for 15 years. He is the recipient of the Edgar Allan Poe award, the Rodolfo Walsh Prize for investigative journalism, and the Grand Master award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife in California.

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

    more from this reviewer

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    Tired story of a police officer's last three days on the beat

    I was encouraged to read a book by this author after a discussion with someone who happened to be reading a Michael Crichton book (Next).
    You know how they say, never judge a book by it's cover? Well, never judge a recommendation by someone reading an author you enjoy.

    The story lacked plot of any kind. If this was a submission to Readers Digest, the story could have been condensed and had the same effect as it's full blown version - which is to say in one word..."yawn."

    The character development was enjoyable and there were potential stories/plots that could have been fleshed out. If only that were the case.
    I wouldn't recommend this book. (Stick with David Baldacci's True Blue if you're looking for something in this arena)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Waiting on the next one

    I started reading Joe Waubaugh after a review by Micheal Connelly. I have read everything written by Connelly and I have really enjoyed everything by Waubaugh. But I feel left hanging by Waubaugh on this on. The book was excellent but I do wish for another.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    This was the book that started it all for this master of the pol

    This was the book that started it all for this master of the police
    story. I've read all of them over the 35 plus years. His non-fictions
    The Onion Field and The Blooding were absolutely brilliant. The
    Blooding kicked off the DNA phenomena. I hope he lives to be a hundred
    and still writing. The black humor and gritty dialogue just continue to
    make you smile or laugh. He's a special writer like Stephen King and a
    forefather of writers like David Baldacci.......PS he made a star of Ted
    Danson who's role in the movie version of the Onion Field really put him
    on the map................................................

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2007

    Still topical 35 years later

    Wambaugh writes from his experiences as a police officer. This was the first book of his I read and now I'm hooked. His writing is superb, the material is still topical. Nothing changes on the streets except the hair and clothing styles. He captures it all in this gripping novel.

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