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The Secrets of Harry Bright
by Joseph Wambaugh (Goodreads Author)
Seventeen months ago the California desert revealed the remains of Jack Watson. The rich man's son was found incinerated in a Rolls-Royce, a bullet in his head. Now, a year and a half later, Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective Sidney Blackpool is called into the desert to take on the case. But what begins for Blackpool is an investigation sandwiched between go ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 307 pages
Published May 7th 1987 by Sphere
(first published 1985)
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The Secrets of Harry Bright is Joseph Wambaugh's best novel. He had moved beyond the police tales of urban LA, but had not become the chronicler of suburban crime. Wambaugh has never been a great prose stylist, but he is a tremendous story teller. This book explores the mutual tragedies of the investigator and of his wealthy client.
Сред най-добрите криминалета, които съм чел. Мистериозно убийство, шайка некадърни ченгета, малък курортен град в пустинята, два броя детективи от Холивуд, единият от които по-скоро би играл голф, отколкото да разследва престъплението, банда рокери-производители-на-амфетамини (под ръководството на огромно черно бивше ченге), един Хари Брайт с трагичното минало и още по-трагичното настояще, плюс още и още. Да не говорим, че стилът на Уомбо е чудесен.
Joseph Wambaugh has a wonderful writing style that compares to no one. The humour is first rate as are the characters. This book was no different. I found it incredibly likeable but at the s some time found it a bit lacking I can' t pinpoint how or why but it was. Nonetheless the characters and humour alone made it worth the read.
Two LAPD cops travel out to the desert to find out what really happened to a rich guy's teenage son, who was found in a burned out car but with a bullet in him. Interesting tale as there seems to be no logical explanation as to how this could have occurred. Fun story.
Great book. My first from this author. The basics is a murder a year old in a small desert town. The rich father gets two detectives from LA to come down and look at the cases based on a tiny bit of new evidence. The firs half of the book introduces the great number of characters and the events of the crime. Ultimately the book is more about the characters than the crime.
Another book by one of my favorite authors Joseph Wambaugh I've read it and re-read it. About the Palm Springs area, one of my favorite places to visit, I love the way Wambaugh describes the sun over the mountains, seen it and loved it, he took me back there.
This is a decent story and plot about self discovery for the protagonist - Black Sid. The pace of the novel is slow to start but picks up mid way through... The only real detractor in my opinion is the amount of foul language - a bit salty, eh.
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 ...moreMore about Joseph Wambaugh...