Harbor Nocturne (Hollywood Station Series #5)

Harbor Nocturne (Hollywood Station Series #5)

by Joseph Wambaugh
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Harbor Nocturne (Hollywood Station Series #5) by Joseph Wambaugh

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802120540
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 12/04/2012
Series: Hollywood Station Series , #5
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 394,423
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About 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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Harbor Nocturne 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
Joseph Wambaugh and a new LAPD novel – not much more needs to be said, does it? But I will anyway. The characters in this novel fall into two groups: The cops [primarily in what used to be called the Hollywood Division, now Hollywood Station, a name more sensitive to the societal reaction to the old name - - typical of the sensitivity-training-filled culture imposed on the various precinct houses], and the denizens of Hollywood, mostly a mixture of various ethnicities – Asian, Hispanic, Eastern European – the majority of whom, it would seem, brought their less-than-honest proclivities with them from their native lands. The cops with whom readers will be familiar from past Wambaugh novels are, happily, still here. As the book opens, the surfers, “Flotsam” and “Jetsam” [the latter now having a prosthetic leg following a recent incident], are discussing with 28-year-old Sergeant Thaddeus Hawthorne [nicknamed “Sgt. Edgar” for his resemblance to Edgar Allan Poe] his scheme designed to bust a particularly gruesome criminal enterprise headed by a man with a sexually-based fascination with amputated limbs, aided by the aforementioned surf rats. Much of the action takes place in the town of San Pedro, whose churches offer Sunday Masses in Croatian, Italian and Spanish, where we meet Dinko Babich, who describes the town as one “where the ocean meets the ghetto.” Sitting out a suspension from his job at the docks as a longshoreman, he picks up money where he can, primarily doing odd jobs for “facilitator” Hector Cozzo [known as Hector the Collector] tonight entailing picking up a stunning 19-year-old Mexican girl, Lita Medina, from a strip bar near the harbor to a similar enterprise in Hollywood. Dinko is immediately smitten with the girl, ultimately acting as her protector when a series of events [including a couple of murders] threaten her and, by extension, Dinko. The author’s extensive knowledge of, familiarity with and affection for the cops of LA is made very apparent. The non-PC and, one must assume, realistic terms of reference are abundant throughout. Anything weirder than usual and otherwise inexplicable is explained as simply “this is f****** Hollywood!” and “the insanity of Hollywood will eventually overwhelm you.” Despite the fact that it starts out in low gear, the pace picks up as it goes along, and the book packs quite a wallop. Recommended.
Artie_M More than 1 year ago
I have been a devoted reader of Wambaugh. His non-fiction work is great. This piece of fiction is not up to what I know as Wambaugh's work. Slow, complicated character development.
otterly More than 1 year ago
Harbor Nocturne refers to a full moon in the Hollywood Station area. There are a lot of interesting characters in this one, both policemen and civilians. THere is a little sex, but it is not overwhelming. Wiliam Kim is one of the bad guys. A lovable drunk is found one morning to have slept in his favorite dumpster right by a dead woman. A Croatian longshoreman falls in love with a Mexican dancer who cannot dance. It is good to see another Joseph Wambaugh novel. I don't think that it would be suitable for book club discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read every book Joseph Wambaugh has written and this one does not disappoint. It is a continuation of the Hollywood Station series so the featured characters are like old friends.
PlasticEyes More than 1 year ago
I've been to LA many times but only once to San Pedro as I was embarking on a cruise. In addition to his usual great depiction of life in the LAPD, Wambaugh shows us a San Pedro that cruise ship passengers (and even most LA residents) haven't seen. Altogether a very worthwhile read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Joseph Wambaugh. He really keeps you on the edge of your seat.
NookFanIndiana More than 1 year ago
Why is this still selling for $14.85? The hard cover is only $15.84, and the paperback is $9.99. Amazon is $12.99. If you consider printing, shipping, and inventory and personnel costs of selling books in the store. why isn't the ebook version a lot less expensive?
CBH More than 1 year ago
Wambaugh’s readers know of the quality writings he puts out for all of us to enjoy. Harbor Nocturne is no exception. He basically takes you into a big city police force and before you know it, you are there in the briefing room, on a beat, in a squad car, chasing someone down a street, raiding a building, being a part of an undercover operation, or any one of many police actions. You find yourself using some of the language, not always decent, that they use or hear at their many locations of work. You will visit with them at their favorite pastime locations and watch them drink too much and usually say too much. One of the cops worked on the force with a prosthetic foot that he received when in a work-related accident some years ago and he was still very proficient at police work so he was allowed to continue on the job. A prostitution ring had a customer that wanted to be with someone with prosthetic equipment such as this cop had. This same ring also had a lot of involvement from a very bad foreign element with illegal girls that were tightly controlled by the leaders of this ring. The police figured this “prosthetic fetish” would be a great way to get into the gang and eventually bust them. They would murder you faster than you could do them a favor, especially if they suspected you were either trying to cheat them or double-cross them. Not the kind you would take home to mother. But, believe it or not, one of the lower men with a slight connection to the ring actually made a good friend of one of the gorgeous girls and did take her home to mother, being very much in love with her. What a circle of events this created in the mob, the police force, and out in the streets. The story had many connections with dockworkers. Dinko Babich was a young longshoreman who was on suspension from one infraction or another, whichever the union decided. It was Dinko that met the beautiful prostitute through some of his dealings with the lower positioned ringleaders and he persuaded Lita to come and stay with himself and his family. This is only one small part of the book. The actions and reactions of the mob, the police, the dockworkers, both business and personal connections keep the reader going and, in my case, made me shake my head wondering how people can live like this. It is non-stop action that you will enjoy. The small bits I have described are far exceeded by many more similar and possibly stranger in character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True Wambaugh style of real life police drama. The perfect mix of emotions, tragedy, and humor that law enforcement officers everywhere live daily. Another great sequel in the Hollywood Station story line.
boogies1 More than 1 year ago
Characterizations were excellent and believable people who kept you on a ride from the start to the finish.
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Irish54 More than 1 year ago
I love reading Joseph Wambaugh and this book was another page turner. A word of caution to the faint of heart, Mr Wambaugh writes about a very dark and disturbing slice of American culture and if you don't want to hear about urban ugliness, this book is not for you.
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Wambaugh did a good job on this one. The same set of characters from previous books involving Hollywood Station make an appearance, including Nate Weiss, Jetsam & Flotsam, Brittany Smalls, and deadpan Sgt. Murillo. All in all, I thought this wss just another good cop book about LA.
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I just finished re-reading the "Hollywood" novels(they're better the second time) and I am sure to enjoy this new offering.
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