Hollywood Crows (Hollywood Station Series #2)
The novel centers around several police officers at the Hollywood Station, including members of the Community Relations Office (the CROs--Crows). The police are weird enough, including Flotsam and Jetsam, two surfers; "Hollywood" Nate Weiss, who dreams of becoming a movie star; "Doomsday" Dan Applewhite, near retirement and terrified of something messing it u ...more
Whilst some of the characters were entertaining and interesting such as Nate, Margot and Ronnie, some of them bored the hell out of me - e.g. ...more
The strong attraction to Wambaugh's tragic-comic characters from a precinct house was there. Perhaps not as fully realized as in "Moon" but certainly compelling. The big difference is that Wambaugh's weakness for plo ...more
We’re back with Wambaugh working at Hollywood Station, the weirdest station you’ll ever find-with cops who are surfers who say “dude”, with cops who want to be actors and are always auditioning for something, and then with “normal” cops. Hollywood Crows are the Community Relations Officers, the ones that talk to neighbors about turning down the volume, not parking i ...more
Hailed as "the master of the modern police story" (St. Petersburg Times), Wambaugh is renowned for his groundbreaking, gritty portrayals of police work in the City of Angels. Critics lamented that, unfortunately, copycat writers have flooded the market in recent years, consigning the once-innovative dialogue and storylines to the realm of the clich_
I hope F.X. Mulroney pops up again in a Wambaugh novel in the future.
Like it's predecessor, "Hollywood Station", "Crows" (short for LAPD's "Community Relations Of ...more
Through Joseph Wambaugh's characterizations he makes us either love or hate, s ...more
One of the crows is Hollywood Nate Weiss. Nate is a stand up good guy as well as good-looking. During one of his routine stops, he meets a gorgeous woman by the name of Margot Aziz. Margot invites Nate over for dinner and some drinks. What ...more
However, the narrative in "Hollywood Crows" was the w ...more
Coming from a family with career law enforcement members, I enjoy Wambaugh's work. Wambaugh's books are filled with language, characters and situations that ring true to the world of law enforcement and are not like so many other works that might be good stories but aren't plausable, if you have any knowledge of the profession. This was one of Wambaugh's lighter reads and the ending was satisfying even with the one character's story line that broke my hear ...more
Wambaugh gives us such authentic-sounding dialog in HOLLYWOOD CROWS you'd think he lived amo ...more
Many of the characters from that first book are back but several have disappeared and some new ones added. I wish Wambaugh had left the old crew intact and added new members. That was how Ed McBain did it in his 87th Precinct series and Del Shannon did it in her Luis Mendoza series. It gives those books a stro ...more
The CROWS (Community Resource Officers) of the Hollywood Station of the Los Angels Police Department are the group tasked to handle community relations/complaints that don't require any force; you know, the really important issues such as homeowners association meetings an ...more
Now, the story itself was no classic. The final rise of action and climax could have come straight out of a T.V. crime series, in the way t ...more
I didn't enjoy Hollywood Crows quite as much as I did the previous book as I missed some of the characters which didn't appear in this book and didn't feel that the "new" cops were as likeable or memorable as some of those from the earler novel.
Again the book is episodic and we see stor ...more
I had also forgotten that Wambaugh ...more
Hollywood Station series - A spiritual sequel to Hollywood Station (2006), different officers and perpetrators but the same feel for police dialogue and their take on civilians. Hollywood's Community Relations Officers (CROws) and the officers of Hollywood North beco ...more
There were so many characters, though, that none of them took on a real personality. And the book read like the highlights of a police blotter, with the best anecdotes from a career as a real life Hollywood cop. Overall the book was full of anecdotes and really didn't have much of a plot, although it pulled many of the characters together for one story at the end.
I like books t ...more
Similar to Hollywood Station, there is a longer plot which involves a sleazy businessman/gangster (here Arab as opposed to Russian in the other) and a coninving not bright drug addict (here is on crack rather than Meth).
I will probably read the next one in the serie ...more
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“What?” Ronnie said.
“All I said was,” Jetsam said to Flotsam, “You should cap the little surf Nazi if you wanna turn him into part of the food chain, not torpedo him till he’s almost dead in the foamy.”