Harbor Nocturne (Hollywood Station Series #5)

Harbor Nocturne (Hollywood Station Series #5)

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by Joseph Wambaugh
     
 

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Joseph Wambaugh, the former LAPD detective, multiple New York Times best-seller, and MWA Grand Master, is known as “the father of the modern police novel” and now, in Harbor Nocturne, he has produced one of the outstanding books of the year. Some LAPD characters from the acclaimed Hollywood Station series are here: the surfer cops known as… See more details below

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Joseph Wambaugh, the former LAPD detective, multiple New York Times best-seller, and MWA Grand Master, is known as “the father of the modern police novel” and now, in Harbor Nocturne, he has produced one of the outstanding books of the year. Some LAPD characters from the acclaimed Hollywood Station series are here: the surfer cops known as “Flotsam and Jetsam”, aspiring actor “Hollywood Nate” Weiss, and young Britney Small, along with new members of the midwatch, all gamely coping with the wackiness of Hollywood. The story begins in the southernmost Los Angeles district of San Pedro, one of the world’s busiest harbors, where an unlikely pair of lovers is caught up in terror and peril through no fault of their own.

When Dinko Babich, a young longshoreman,delivers Lita Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from the harbor to a Hollywood nightclub, his life is forever changed as an unexpectedly tender and moving love story develops. Comedy and tragedy are intertwined in the everyday life of the cops and residents of San Pedro Harbor.

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Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
You know the streets are safe when Joseph Wambaugh is on the job. Harbor Nocturne is the latest in the author's great (on the way to immortal) police procedurals about the cops at Hollywood Station who take the dangerous shift that begins at sunset.
—The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly
MWA Grand Master Wambaugh ventures into L.A.’s San Pedro district in his highly entertaining fifth novel to feature his Hollywood Station crew (after 2010’s Hollywood Hills). Surfer cops “Flotsam and Jetsam” get their first “intelligence-gathering mission” to ferret out the “money guys” behind a ring of erotic massage parlors, whose human trafficking operation may have resulted in the deaths of 13 Asian immigrants smuggled in a container at San Pedro’s shipping yards. Jetsam’s amputated foot is their entry to a wealthy Russian with an infatuation with amputees. Meanwhile, a Romeo and Juliet love burgeons between Dinko Babich, a Croatian longshoreman, and Lita Medina Flores, a Mexican dancer whose roommate’s sister was among the container’s victims. Razor-edged dialogue punctuates the vignette-filled plot. Realistic criminals are well matched by Wambaugh’s equally authentic police, including “Hollywood Nate” Weiss and a lazy cop nicknamed Unicorn, in this darkly comic, gritty look at life on the streets. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
Harbor Nocturne is proof positive that the master hasn’t lost his touch. This highly entertaining book, possibly his best fiction since The Choirboys, has it all.”
Mystery Scene Magazine
Los Angeles Times
“Narrator R.C. Bray does an outstanding job of voicing the numerous foreign accents, jumping with skill and ease between men and women and among multiple nationalities. Overall, a perfect mix of material and narrator—grab it!”
Library Journal

Mystery Scene Magazine
“The sideshow acts Wambaugh presents mix legal justice and rough justice, laughter and tears, so inventively that it ’s hard to tell until the very end who’ ll come out on top.”
Kirkus Reviews
Booklist
“Razor-edged dialogue punctuates the vignette-filled plot. Realistic criminals are well matched by Wambaugh’s equally authentic police.”
Publishers Weekly [starred review]
BookPage
“Once more reveals the secret that the best crime novels are not about how cops work on cases but how cases work on cops.”
—Michael Connelly
Los Angeles Times - Michael Connelly
“Once more reveals the secret that the best crime novels are not about how cops work on cases but how cases work on cops.”
—Michael Connelly
Sound Commentary
“Another do-not-miss novel from a living legend of contemporary crime fiction.”
BookPage
Library Journal
Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Wambaugh introduces readers to another Los Angeles neighborhood, the port of San Pedro. But never fear, favorite characters such as surfer cops Jetsam and Flotsam (Hollywood Hills) make their appearance, as does most of the LAPD Hollywood Station crew. A human trafficking ring catches their attention when 13 dead Asians are found inside a shipping container. Terrified by the news, two of the young women already enslaved in the sex trade try to flee. However, freedom is not an option, and those runaways will be hunted down. On a lighter note, a secondary plot gives Jetsam a cameo role in a creative sting operation involving illegal elective amputations. VERDICT The legendary Wambaugh's newest is chock-full of his trademark cop talk and offbeat side vignettes. His ability to weave a complex story together out of seemingly disparate elements lightens up some of the grittiness of big city police work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802120540
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/04/2012
Series:
Hollywood Station Series, #5
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
445,372
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.40(d)

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