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A New York Times–bestselling police thriller by the author of Harbor Nocturne: Two LAPD detectives look into the murder of a Hollywood studio boss.

It’s the wildest bar in Chinatown, run by a proprietor named Wing who will steal your bar change every chance he gets. On payday the groupies mingle there with off-duty LAPD cops, including homicide detectives Martin Welborn an
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ebook, 290 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (first published 1981)
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Tfitoby
HRF Keating claims this as Wambaugh's finest work of fiction in his rundown of the best 100 works of crime and mystery; the former policeman turned author famed for his realistic portrait of the boys in blue as something less than heroic being something of a literary sensation in the 70s when coppers were still considered to be choirboys (which is infact one of Wambaugh's other titles) as opposed to flawed human beings sometimes incapable of resisting a bribe, of falsifying evidence to make thei ...more
Ben Loory
Jul 05, 2016 Ben Loory rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading a lot of mysteries these days off this 100 best mysteries of all time list by H something something Keating. Some of them have been ok and some less than ok but this was the first one I hit where I was like, oh, maybe Keating and I just have really different taste in books? Because this was terrible. Just stupid and obvious and trying to be funny but not funny and no attention to language and really boring characters and just went on and on and on and on. like, there was nothin ...more
Rebekkila
This is my first Joseph Wambaugh novel and I loved it. At times I cringed and other times I laughed out loud.The crime at the heart of the novel takes a backseat to the characters that are trying to solve it. I will without a doubt read more of this author's books.
Erik
Jan 29, 2016 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe Wambaugh's version of The Enormously Successfully Author Goes To Hollywood, Learns How Poorly Writers Are Treated There And Gets His Revenge In Prose Novel.

Hollywood revenge novels are usually breezy and sarcastic, in the vein of Get Shorty, but Wambaugh doubles down on the bleak realism of The Choirboys to the point of outright nihilism. The most likable and sympathetic character in the entire novel is a suicidal, impotent drunk whose claim to fame as a detective is "clearing" murder cases
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Diana
Apr 22, 2013 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was far too young when I read this book. Sixteen year old girls should not necessarily dive into the hard, gritty, dysfunctional world Wambaugh's characters inhabit. My memories of the book, which I haven't picked up since I closed the cover on the last page almost 20 years ago, are of sharp, cold details, like the color of an old stain in a bare mattress and the acrid stench filling a small, derelict room. They are snapshots from a nightmare, rendered so crisply and vividly I still remember t ...more
Katherine
Dec 29, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wambaugh brings noir to the LAPD. The 6 detectives in this novel try to solve the murder of an important Hollywood studio boss, but they cannot determine who committed the crime among a number of possibilities. The tone is bleak as the detectives drink, cheat and lie their way through life.
Jim
Dec 06, 2011 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff. I think I've been kicked out of that bar
Ed
Feb 10, 2017 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Wambaugh continues his string of best sellers about the LAPD. This 1981 entry features a pair of homicide detectives.

Police Novels - It's the wildest bar in Chinatown, run by a proprietor named Wing who will steal your bar change every chance he gets. On payday the groupies mingle there with off-duty LAPD cops, including homicide detectives Martin Welborn and Al Mackey, who get assigned the case of a murdered Hollywood studio boss who may have been involved in some very strange and danger
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Rachel
Jan 13, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only Joseph Wambaugh novel that I happen to finish, plus I liked the way that it ended bittersweetly even if one of my favorite characters happened to die off at the end.

Not as offensive as the next book, The Delta Star, to anyone born within the past three decades but still will ruffle some feathers. Believe me, I almost flew it across the room(but was a library book, so I couldn't), because the actions of a certain character that I thought I could tolerate when yet, I forget I was part of
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Evyn Charles
Mar 23, 2009 Evyn Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prior to this, I had only read 2 of Joseph Wambaugh's book--an early one "The Onion Field" and a recent one "Hollywood Station" and enjoyed both of them but did not truly appreciate his writing until "The Glitter Dome."
Lots of well-developed characters, humor, drama. If anything, there is almost too much content. Detectives cut creative corners in order to get rid of cases instead of actually solving them; others are total thugs or dimwits. Most are just humans trying to get through an insane jo
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Jeff Benham
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Graham P
Like a crude sitcom, Wambaugh plays 'The Glitter Dome' for laughs. One absurd situation after the other, and the tone is playful and at times endearing in a knee-jerk, ham-fisted way. But there is a savage streak under it all, and when it's present, the novel excels. Martin Welborn and Al Mackey make a great detective team. As the novel progresses, the more real they become. Everybody else is caricature.
D-day
Aug 21, 2011 D-day rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-myst-list
A glimpse into the lives of LAPD homicide detectives investigating a murder involving hollywood elite. Along the way the reader meets a number of memorable characters. The book has laugh out loud moments, but also some very tragic moments. A very enjoyable book. Highly recommended for crime fans.
Jmrathbone
I have read more than ten of Joseph Wambaugh’s books and liked most. The exception to this is “The Glitter Dome” which dragged out too long. Some readers found it to be funny; it wasn’t my style of humor I guess. I saw no laughs.
Vicki Elia
Feb 21, 2014 Vicki Elia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a delight to read a noir crime thriller that was not written as an era-specific or noir work. The 1970's came slamming back into that blurry focus of the wretched past with every sentence. Wambaugh's prosaic language thrives in the midst of the abject pathos of the world of crime.
Lisa
Mar 31, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
Just can't get into it.
Veronica Harris
Paperback Donated April 2012
Terry Zamzow
Jan 11, 2015 Terry Zamzow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites
Nan
Jul 14, 2009 Nan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read for mystery book club. Very rough, raw, and cynical. The policemen that I know don't talk like that! But then I live in the heartland, not California! So what can I say. . .
Michael Lisk
Not as good as The Onion Field or Echoes in the Darkness.
Don
Oct 10, 2014 Don rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Not what I expected. A lot of bad language and sexual humor. Nevertheless, an entertaining read.
Bill
Jun 25, 2010 Bill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just took too long for me to get through this one. I had a hard time staying interested. It seemed to drag out too much for me.
Andrea
Jul 16, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mistery
Great novel, Wambaugh 2nd best after "The Choirboys"
E Jeanne Harnois
Jan 30, 2013 E Jeanne Harnois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Corrupt detectives in a notoriously corrupt police department investigating the murder of a corrupt studio head in a notoriously corrupt industry.
Kevin Spaeth
Oct 05, 2015 Kevin Spaeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Wambaugh book. This was especially enjoyable because it gave you a look into the Hollywood from 30 years ago
JoyAnna
Aug 04, 2014 JoyAnna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Excellent police story with the usual Jospeh Wambaugh humor.
Stacey
May 02, 2016 Stacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining, comedic and serious. This book wasn't a 'can't put down' type book but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Terry Axelrod
Terry Axelrod rated it it was amazing
Jun 30, 2016
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Joseph Wambaugh, a former LAPD detective sergeant (1960-1974), is the bestselling author of twenty-one prior works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Choirboys and The Onion Field. Wambaugh joined the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in 1960. He served 14 years, rising to detective sergeant. He also attended California State University, Los Angeles, where he earned Bachelor of Arts and M ...more
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