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The Glitter Dome

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  717 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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 dangerous filmmaking. ...more
ebook, 290 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Road (first published 1981)
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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
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.
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. There snapshots from a nightmare, rendered so crisply and vividly I still remember them ...more
Good stuff. I think I've been kicked out of that bar
Vicki Elia
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.
Evyn Charles
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
Excellent police story with the usual Jospeh Wambaugh humor.
Not what I expected. A lot of bad language and sexual humor. Nevertheless, an entertaining read.
Nikhil Holmes
4 stars for Storyline. 5 stars for Joseph Wambaugh's creativity!
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. . .
E Jeanne Harnois
Corrupt detectives in a notoriously corrupt police department investigating the murder of a corrupt studio head in a notoriously corrupt industry.
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 Mazzocchetti
Great novel, Wambaugh 2nd best after "The Choirboys"
Just can't get into it.
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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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