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The Blue Knight
     

The Blue Knight

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by Joseph Wambaugh
 

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Ex-cop turned #1 New York Times bestselling writer Joseph Wambaugh forged a new kind of literature with his great early police procedurals. Gritty, luminous, and ultimately stunning, this novel is Wambaugh at his best—a tale of a street cop on the hardest beat of his life.

Twenty and two. Those are the numbers turning in the mind of William "Bumper"

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Ex-cop turned #1 New York Times bestselling writer Joseph Wambaugh forged a new kind of literature with his great early police procedurals. Gritty, luminous, and ultimately stunning, this novel is Wambaugh at his best—a tale of a street cop on the hardest beat of his life.

Twenty and two. Those are the numbers turning in the mind of William "Bumper" Morgan: twenty years on the job, two days before he "pulls the pin" and walks away from it forever. But on the gritty streets of L.A., people look at Bumper like some kind of knight in armor—they've plied him with come-ons, hot tips, and the hard respect a man can't earn anywhere else. Now, with a new job and a good woman waiting for him, a kinky thief terrorizing L.A.'s choice hotels, and a tragedy looming, Bumper Morgan is about to face the only thing that can scare him: the demons that he's been hiding behind his bright and shiny badge...

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From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316921466
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
02/28/1972
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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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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Blue Knight 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Cunning-Linguist More than 1 year ago
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)
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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.
Timco More than 1 year ago
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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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.