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Hollywood Hills (Hollywood Station Series #4)

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The legendary Hollywood Hills are home to wealth, fame, and power--passing through the neighborhood, it's hard not to get a little greedy.
LAPD veteran "Hollywood Nate" Weiss could take or leave the opulence, but he wouldn't say no to onscreen fame. He may get his shot when he catches the appreciative eye of B-list director Rudy Ressler, and his troublemaking fianc e, Leon
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Published November 16th 2010 (first published January 1st 2010)
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Have you ever wanted to read a scene in which Superman gets his ass kicked by Marilyn Monroe and Catwoman while the Hulk holds a purse and pleads for everyone to stop fighting? Then this is the book for you.

Breaking up fights among the people dressed up as movie stars and superheroes outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theater is just one of the weird and sometimes dangerous situations the cops of Hollywood Station have to deal with. In Wambaugh’s fourth entry into the series, there’s the usual parade
Giovanni Gelati
Back in the day I used to read all of Joseph Wambaugh’s novels: The New Centurions, The Blue Night, The Choirboys, The Black Marble, The Glitter Dome, The Onion Field (non-fiction). It seems I have missed nine novels since and four non-fiction books. I am not going to list them; you can see them on the inside of the novel, Hollywood Hills when you crack it open. Let’s get into the action shall we?
“The legendary Hollywood Hills are home to wealth, fame, and power--passing through the neighborhood
Lisette Brodey
I was delighted to win this book in the Goodreads Giveaway. I had never read any of Joseph Wambaugh’s Hollywood Station novels and was eager to do so.

Wambaugh weaves the lives of the cops of Hollywood Station into the story. The reader gets a true-to-life taste of the craziness that a Hollywood cop sees in a typical night.

In Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills, there are a string of robberies going on by a teenage group of burglars known as “The Bling Ring.” Raleigh Dribble, an ex-con (fraud and tax e
I had not read a Wambaugh in many years. I had a little trouble getting into it as it's not the type of mystery I usually read. The police team in the first chapter were surfers and I felt like I was reading a foreign language ... I'm from the midwest after all! They became 2 of my favorite characters in the book!! I enjoyed how the characters developed through each chapter focusing on them & their interactions with each other. I knew early on what the main crime was going to be, but not how ...more
Mary Gramlich
Hollywood Hills
Hollywood Station Series #4
Joseph Wambaugh
November 2010 - Little, Brown & Company - Hardcover, 356 pages
ISBN-13: 9780316129503

This series stays fresh and exciting and this book proves it

Every city has its story and is filled with every manner of character willing to tell you all about what makes them tick, the more personal the better. In Joseph Wambaugh’s latest Hollywood Hills series he explores this theory and writes the story from every perspective possible in rapid fire s
Dean Summers
This is Joseph Wambaugh’s twentieth book. Of the twenty, I have read twenty, and I am eager to read numbers twenty-one, twenty-two, and following. Five of the twenty have been works of “literary journalism,” true-crime explorations after the fashion of Truman Capote’s “non-fiction novel,” In Cold Blood. Hollywood Hills is among Wambaugh’s fifteen works of fiction. Whether fiction or non-fiction, all his books are true to life. And all his books are about cops on “the job.”

Wambaugh was himself a
SETTING: Hollywood, CA
SERIES: #4 of 4

Leona Brueger is a rich widow, and her mansion’s walls are covered with fine art. When she decides to go on a vacation to Italy with her latest lover, B-list director Rudy Ressler, her nearly bankrupt art dealer, Nigel Wickland, comes up with an elaborate plan to steal two of the paintings and replace them with photographic look-alikes. He enlists the aid of Leona’s new butler, Raleigh Dibble, who is an ex-con who is tempted by the hefty pay-off. H
Gerald Kinro
The main thrust of the story puts a wealthy Hollywood matron’s art collection at risk. While she and her film director husband are in Europe, her art dealer and butler steal two of her prized paintings and replace them with imitations. However, two young drug addicts are after the same prize. Things become violent and deadly.

Included are sub-plots involving officers of the Hollywood Station—their wants, needs, and ambitions-- who become involved in of this deadly violence. Wambaugh adeptly weav
Solid. Engaging. Entertaining. I haven't read any Joseph Wambaugh books in a long time. The narrator on this book is excellent. The character development is spot on Hollywood. I couldn't help but laugh. The story line melds smoothly and progresses right along. A decent read. I may well catch up with the Joseph Wambaugh books that I have missed.
Charly Fitzpatrick
It must be years, decades even since I read anything by Joseph Wambaugh, but I got "Hollywood Hills" in a jumble sale and its pretty good. It is, of course, about American cops - here LAPD and the Hollywood Station. It is also and I did not realise it until after I finished it, one of a series. However you do not need to have read the others to enjoy this.

It is 30 years since Wambaugh was a cop but he gets stories from serving officers that go into his books. And the cops are all interesting cha
This is the 4th book in a series written by Wambaugh. This is the first book I have read by that author.

I found this book difficult to read. The first half of the book was slow and hard to follow. In the second half the pace picked up, but still the author kept leaving the main idea of the book and going to other little tales of police work in Hollywood. After reading a few reviews from people who have read all his books, apparently that is his style. He has a plot or main story in mind, but th
Nemo Erehwon
This book is the fourth in Wambaugh's Hollywood stations quartet. Though the series is still good, this book does not rise to the excellence of the first two.

The series is reminiscent of a whacked out version of Hill Street Blues. But this is Hollywood; everything is screwy here.

Those familiar with the series will be pleased to see recurring characters patrolmen "Hollywood" Nate, Flotsam and Jetsam are again at work, along with several new characters

There is also a the side caper which weaves ar

overall a insightful view of the LA cop world - very funny but seems realistic in an overstated way at the same time.
Ok--I'm going to be in the minority and I'm ok with that. Lots of things I liked about this novel: knowing Southern California references (In N Out, SAG card) , the surfer cops flotsam and jetsam, the familiarity with LAPD police procedure. What made me decide not to finish it: lots of gratuitous profanity. Sure, I know cops swear, but they defecate too and I don't need detailed accounts of either one. Also, sorry, but the reference to Oedipal sex didn't seem exotic, it just seemed weird. So--I' ...more
Pretty good old-school Wambaugh. A series of humorous and interesting police war stories, obviously gleaned by the author from the cops he hangs around with, woven into a core crime story, this one involving art theft, surfers, and druggies. The only off-putting aspect of the story is Wambaugh's insistent dropping of celebrity names, as if it's news that famous people live in or near Hollywood. Perhaps he thought he'd boost sales if names like Lindsay Lohan and Brangelina were splashed across th ...more
William Bentrim
Hollywood Hills by Joseph Wambaugh

Hollywood Hills returns to the goofy scene of Hollywood Moon.
Hollywood is goofy. I have a nephew who works on the 911 phone line. He, as well as those whom I know work the emergency room, confirms that a full moon seems to bring out those who aren’t wrapped as tight as the rest of us. A cop story in traditional Wambaugh style that memorializes the insanity that seems to be Hollywood.

The characterizations are so rich, vi
Oleg Kagan
This book was recommended to me by Dawn, a Page at my library, who noticed that I was looking for a new audiobook to listen to. When I told her I liked quirky characters, she recommended Hollywood Hills. Now that I've finished Joseph Wambaugh's book, I am thankful for her recommendation, though not for the reason originally given.

Hollywood Hills is a relatively slow-paced book for a mystery; though stuff kept happening, the three developing narratives did not collide until well past the middle o
The last book in Wambaugh's "Hollywood" series is more of everything that makes the series so enjoyable. The formula doesn't change but the players do and the masterful way that he maneuvers the pieces of the puzzle to their ultimate conclusion is once again quite effective and the banter between the characters pops right off the page. The criminal plan in this installment is centered around art theft and deception and once again a couple of drug addled micro-criminals somehow complicate things ...more
Mal Warwick
Chalk up another successful novel in Joseph Wambaugh's continuing saga of the fascinating "coppers" in the country's most colorful police precinct, the guys and gals of Hollywood Station. In an earlier post I reviewed the three previous novels in this ongoing story (, back when I was so foolish as to assume that they constituted a trilogy. Not so, clearly: there's just too much life left in the surfer cops, Flotsam and Jetsam; Hollywood Nate, who is still ...more
This was the latest of Wambaugh's series involving the Hollywood Station (Hollywood Station, Hollywood Crows, Hollywood Moon) of the L.A.P.D. While I find all of his books satisyingly entertaining, I think this series has run its course on freshness. The same cast of characters (Hollywood Nate Weiss, Flotsam and Jetsam, continue to run across the same brand of losers and scammer's inhabiting their beat. Wambaugh mines a lot of humor in their dealings with the tweakers and costumed charact ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Hollywood Hills, by Joseph Wambaugh, A-minus, narrated by Christian Rummel, produced by Hachette Audio, downloaded from

We have the Hollywood Station cops again, unforgettable characters like Nate Weisman who has his union card and wants to be an actor. Flotsam and Jetsam, the two surfer cops, and others we’ve met before. Again we have Wambaugh artfully weaving together sub-plots. There are Jonas and Megan, two kids totally hooked on drugs and trying to emulate the “bling ring”. They
Evyn Charles
Hard to think that this author could get better after writing so many books but he does... This is the latest installment of the Hollywood Station series. I couldn't read it fast enough and yet hated to be done with it.
The cops seem like old friends to me now. Great empathetic characters full of nuances and range; the dialogue is funny and brilliant, and the intertwined plot(s) work beautifully. There are some heart wrenching scenes as well. In this book, it's impossible to keep a dry eye at the
I love a good police story, and I love a bit of Hollywood glitz and glamour so when I read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy. After reading the first chapter that came complete with a pair of surfer dude cops known to the rest of their team as Flotsam and Jetsam and I thought I’d made the right choice. Over the next few chapters however new characters and plot threads were brought in and I found myself becoming less sure about what the plot of the story actu ...more
I won this book a long time ago, and my copy has always been at the bottom of all the stacks of books I have hanging around because I am not a lover of mysteries or crime books. I read the author's "Onion Fields" a long time ago and thought it was fine.
Well, this is so very, very funny, and I laughed out loud during a very long airplane journey, recently. What skill to mingle the violence of large city crimes with the rediculousness of humans and many urban types and their behvaiors. The dialog
Bookmarks Magazine
Critics compared aspects of Joseph Wambaugh's latest novel to James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake, Raymond Chandler's noir classics, and -- wait for it -- the work of British historian Edward Gibbon (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire): an overstatement in all three cases, to be sure, though the kernel of truth in each is based on Wambaugh's reputation as a crime writer's crime writer. In fact, he's a master of language, human nature, and narrative pyrotechnics rivaled these days ...more
Everyone's dreams are within reach, the only problem is, this is Hollywood. A circle of teenage burglars (The Bling Ring) is pillaging homes of Hollywood celebutants like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, and when a pair of drug-addled copycats stumbles upon the heist, that's just the beginning of the disaster to come. Good novel, but a disappointing ending.
Bruce Snell
I have to give this one a mixed review - the first half of the book was slow and rambling. Wambaugh usually rambles a bit, giving the reader some perspective on each of the principals before finally getting around to bringing it all together. The problem was that in this book, it appeared that he couldn't figure out where he was headed, and just wandered until he got there. Whole sections of conversations could have been eliminated because it was either irrelevant, boring, or you had to be there ...more
Paula Dembeck
Another “airport book”.

The 4th in the “Hollywood” series, although I am not reading them in order.

LAPD detective “Hollywood Nate” continues to try to get into the movies. He hooks up with B list director Rudy Ressler and his wife and hopes to get a break. Rudy’s wife Leona has a valuable art collection and an art dealer who covets the art is planning on stealing it while the couple is on a month long vacation in Tuscany. Meanwhile, the couple have hired an aging movie star to house sit and provi
LAPD's Hollywood Station deals with some of the strangest lawbreakers anywhere, as shown in Wambaugh's fourth novel to feature Hollywood Nate Weiss, surfing police Flotsam and Jetsam, and the rest of the series' colorful crew. In the main plot line, the paths of a pair of drug-addled thieves--high school dropout Jonas Claymore and housemate, Megan Burke--converge and collide with those of snooty art dealer Nigel Wickland and sleazy part-time butler Raleigh L. Meanwhile, Wambaugh diverts with sma ...more
Fredrick Danysh
The story plot is good involving the police of Hollywood Station in Los Angles investigating a burglary ring and murder. The phony stereotype language does detract from an otherwise enjoyable read. The characters are also stereotypes.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Hollywood Station Series (4 books)
  • Hollywood Station (Hollywood Station, #1)
  • Hollywood Crows (Hollywood Station, #2)
  • Hollywood Moon (Hollywood, #3)
The Onion Field The Choirboys The New Centurions Hollywood Station (Hollywood Station, #1) The Blue Knight

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