Harbor Nocturne (Hollywood Station Series #5)

Harbor Nocturne (Hollywood Station Series #5)

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by Joseph Wambaugh
     
 

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In the latest masterpiece from “the father of the modern police novel,” comedy, tragedy, and suspense intertwine in a Dickensian tale set in Hollywood.See more details below

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In the latest masterpiece from “the father of the modern police novel,” comedy, tragedy, and suspense intertwine in a Dickensian tale set in Hollywood.

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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

“Joseph Wambaugh has been one of those necessary voices through the years—sometimes angry, sometimes illuminating, often wise, always funny and fascinating—and without him, the lives of many readers would be smaller. Including mine.” –Stephen King

“Joseph Wambaugh took crime fiction to a whole new level, to something beyond classification. These are stories with depth of character and humor and a cold, hard honesty that rings true with every read. I'm one of the few lucky enough to have already read a copy of Harbor Nocturne. It's Wambaugh at his best!” —Michael Connelly

“Highly entertaining… Razor-edged dialogue punctuates the vignette-filled plot. Realistic criminals are well matched by Wambaugh’s equally authentic police…in this darkly comic, gritty look at life on the streets.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Wambaugh embeds the stories he hears from cops within fiercely and ingeniously plotted mysteries…A very fast ride-along, enlivened by cop gallows humor, snarky
street altercations, and an insistent pull to the dark side.” –Booklist (starred review)

“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

“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.” –Library Journal

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.
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
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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802126108
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Series:
Hollywood Station Series, #5
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
495,201
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author


Joseph Wambaugh is the #1 bestselling author of eighteen prior works of fiction and nonfiction, including The New Centurions, The Choirboys and The Onion Field. He lives in Southern California.

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