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Hollywood Moon (Hollywood Station Series #3)

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There's a saying at Hollywood station that the full moon brings out the beast--rather than the best--in the precinct's citizens. One moonlit night, LAPD veteran Dana Vaughn and "Hollywood" Nate Weiss, a struggling-actor-turned cop, get a call about a young man who's been attacking women. Meanwhile, two surfer cops known as Flotsam and Jetsam keep bumping into an odd, suspi ...more
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Published November 24th 2009 by Little, Brown and Company
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Joseph Wambuagh is a former LAPD detective and Mystery Writers of America Grand Master who practically introduced the idea of cops being actual human beings in novels like The New Centurions and The Choirboys by giving honest portrayals of police work and the toll it takes based on his experience in the ’60s. He has also written some great non-fiction true crime novels like The Onion Field. He took a long break from fiction after the mid-’90s, but his series of books based on a group of patrol o ...more
If you love police procedurals that are both funny and poignant then you have to read Hollywood Moon. But don't start there. Read Hollywood Station and Hollywood Crows, then get Hollywood Moon. This series is wonderful not only because it is well written, but because it does something few police procedurals do, and that's tell their story from the viewpoint of the front line cops. This is not another homicide detective novel following the exploits of a crime from beginning to end, this is about ...more
Love Wambaugh. Got an advance copy and finished the book in two sittings. I've been a fan since THE NEW CENTURIONS. Am glad he's still writing. This is the third in a series about Hollywood cops. I haven't read the other two, but will be picking them up asap.

Love the two surfer dude cops. Great way to give some kookiness to what you know is going to be a violent, sometimes graphic and sad story of a beat cop.
This review is for the unabridged audio version which I actually won in a giveaway.

I listened to Hollywood Moon while on a road trip to California. It literally made the miles fly by. For me that is saying something. Some books on CD can literally pull you into their story so you almost forget where you are. Hollywood Moon was like that for me.

I had not read nor listened to the two previous books in this series, but I didn't feel lost at all. The story showed moments in the patrol life of the po
Jay Connor
It has taken me a while to warm up to this new series from Wambaugh. "Hollywood Moon" is the third and by far the best of the "Hollywood Station" series. I loved Wambaugh and his characters all the way back to college and 1973's "The Onion Field" thru "The Golden Orange" onto the Harry Bright series even into the very weak "Floaters." But over this arc, plot and character were getting weaker and thinner. I believe Wambaugh would agree with me because he retired in the 90's. But for those of us w ...more
Kevin Allmaras
Hollywood Moon is a fun fast paced novel based on the LA precinct located in Hollywood. I would say a little bit better than Hollywood Crows. Flotsam and Jetsam the two surfer Hollywood cops make a funny and serious return with Flotsam's fear of clowns and some other crazy antics. The storyline is based on a young latino male who is trying to get out from under his mothers control. As Malcolm the young latino is rebelling against his mother his anger towards her and other women of her age is mou ...more
It's never a dull moment for the cops of Hollywood Station. The overarching plot is about a master of disguise, a handful of con men, and a handsome teenager just beginning to embrace his inner psychopath. In addition, there are plenty of little asides along the way - funny and/or poignant conversations between the cops, bizarre incidents with criminals, and the like - which keep the action moving. All the characters were great, but I enjoyed the surfer cops the most. Something about the lingo m ...more
All the cops from 6X63 precinct of the Hollywood Station are back in Hollywood Moon. There are surfer cops, Flotsam and Jetsam, “Hollywood Nate” Weiss, the lovely Dana Vaughn, and several other cops.

Things are never as they seem in Hollywood. The latest case involves a man by the name of Cue Dewey Gleason. Gleason is a man of many faces and names. He runs a big operation. Gleason may be a master of disguise but even he is having trouble keeping straight, who is double crossing whom. The forecas
Bookmarks Magazine
Wow, was Patrick Anderson of the Washington Post reading the same book as the other critics? He was not impressed by an endless stream of immature and highly offensive anecdotes. Was it the case of double necrophilia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery that sent him over the edge? Hollywood Moon was an undeniable hit with the rest of the critics, who thoroughly enjoyed its dark humor, finely drawn characters, emotional depth, and fast-paced plot. The hilarious beach duo Flotsam and Jetsam, "who sh ...more
This is the last book I read in 2010, and it was a good one. It's hard to mix entertaining fiction with good writing, plotting, dialogue, and realistic characters. But, much to my delight, Joseph Wambaugh does just that. I read his latest book before this one, so I am actually going backwards with this LAPD crew. I will happily read the other two in this group that he wrote before Hollywood Moon. His writing reminds me a bit of Ed McBain's, except McBain placed his policemen in a fictional city, ...more
Wambaugh does not fail! This book was filled with wonderful characters many of course on duty with LAPD and other on the wrong side of the law! His descriptions and details as well and conversations between characters are just fantastic - at times I truly found myself laughing out loud! I didn't know this was series - but now that I do, I will have to back track and move forward! I will be following "Hollywood Nate" from now on! Thanks, Wambaugh, for another outstanding book! For those of you wh ...more
With his latest book, Joseph Wambaugh proves once again that he is a peerless storyteller and a master of the cop novel. Hollywood Moon is typical Wambaugh -- a wild ride through some of L.A.'s meanest streets, featuring quirky and all too human cops and pathetic, twisted and all too human bad guys.

The plot is well crafted and has good pace. Wambaugh has the knack of writing books that build to a climax, leaving the reader hurriedly turning the pages to get to the end while at the same time wis
At least one review and comment said this reminded them of an Elmore Leonard novel. It certainly does for me. It features a mix of violence, humor, little characterization, with no critical thinking required. It comes across as being written to be turned into a movie that requires little or no critical thinking. In other words, mindless entertainment.

One can read into this novel a strong support for the high level of violence perpetrated by police throughout the country, which apparently has gon
The only thing wrong with Wambaugh's "Hollywood" series is that I can't make them last more than a couple days. They're immensely clever, funny, tragic, engrossing... With most authors who have multiple story lines in one novel, you get hooked on one and rush through the others to get back to the one that interests you. But with "Hollywood Moon" (and the other "Hollywood" books), I got completely hooked on every story line. I LOVE these books!
I blame the fact that I even chose this book on the fact that William kept trying to foist Westerns on me in the audio book section of the library, which put me in a hurry. It starts out horrible, and although it improves by the end, it is never a wholly satisfying read. Too many characters, too few of whom you get to know well enough to really care about.
Another solid outing by Joseph Wambaugh. His cast of LA's finest seem more like a group of misfits disguised a cops rather than actual cops. But they get the job done and done well. The story develops along several lines finally resolving itself with a tragic ending for one of the most endearing characters. Hollywood Moon is a great read.
Should have had more about the cops, instead is more like mediocre crime novel--First draft of an Elmore Leonard novel.

Okay. This is the third of the Hollywood station series I have read and this one is arguably the weakest as it is the least about the cops.

All three have shifted between the stories of the cops (day to day experiences) to a developing crime story of usually, not the smartest criminals. As the novels have progressed, they have increasingly spent more and more time on the crimina
Gail Cooke

Ever since Joseph Wambaugh, a former LAPD detective sergeant, burst on the scene well over 30 years ago with a startling thriller, The New Centurions, this author has been keeping readers engrossed and entertained, which is putting it mildly. With Wambaugh's background his stories have an unparalleled gritty realism fueled by shotgun dialogue - he knows cop-speak, which fires every page. His characters are sharply etched making us either shiver or laugh.

Apparently, there's a saying in Hollywood
Alex Gherzo
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I'm so glad whenever Wambaugh comes out with a new book. Years ago his books were the basis for a TV series called "Police Story" that were the most realistic police procedural stories ever done. They showed cops as failable human beings with problems just like everyone else.
The latest of his Hollywood Division series books has moved him further from the deeper character angst that his earlier books had, but he makes up for it by mining the humor that resides in the crazy cop characters(Flotsam
Kathleen Hagen
Hollywood Moon, by Joseph Wambaugh, b-plus, narrated by Christian Rummel, produced by Hachette Audio, downloaded from

This is the third book in the Hollywood Station series. We see many of the same cops: I particularly like the surfer cops, Flotsam and Jetsam, the cop with an agent to become an actor, three very strong women cops, with Dana being the most senior. I particularly find Rummel’s surfer accents to be laugh-out-loud funny. In this book, the cops are called to the scene of a
Freda Labianca
This one for me, was just another story. It didn't overwhelm me, or disappoint me. It did nothing for me. It did not stand out in any way, for me at all.
There was loads of filthy language, I guess to be expected by cops. Though one would like to live in a make believe world thinking cops are not vulgar. This story proves otherwise. The vulgarity didn't help keep my attention. The other bad thing, on audiobook the cd's end very abruptly.
There was also sensitive subjects throughout. Again to be ex
I didn’t know Hollywood Moon was the third in a series when I picked it up but reading the previous two aren’t necessary to picking things up here. Revolving around the cops on the Hollywood Beat, there are the usual suspects: the wannabe-actor, the surfer boys, the tough-female, the minority representatives…

In addition to the cops, the story features small-time con artists running scams – a husband-and-wife team whose interactions do no favors for the institution of marriage – and their “runner
#3 in the Hollywood series.

Hollywood series - Episodic view of Hollywood cops and their irreverent take on life and the citizens they protect. Tying it all together is the ongoing saga of a husband and wife team of identity thieves and the runners they employ. The mantra heard from all the cops: "This is fucking Hollywood".
Kathy Bennett
This is the second Wambaugh 'Hollywood' book I've read, having read 'Hollywood Crows' last year. I enjoyed this one quite a bit more. There were a number of the same characters in this book as the previous one, and it was good to read about them again. Where Wambaugh shined in this story, is the characterization of the crooks - especially Eunice. But he also did a great job of capturing the cops as well. In particular, the females.

This is a fast-paced, and surprisingly educational story, with s
I'm a Wambaugh fan from way back, so I'm slightly biased. His initial books were awesome, then he got repetitive and just kind of boring. The Hollywood Station series show Joe W. back near his best. This is the third in the series and easily the best of the three, mainly due to the improved plotting of the criminal storyline. Deals with identity theft and the myriad ways it's done, from computer hacks to meth-heads jacking mail boxes, all part of the same gang. There is another storyline, dealin ...more
Debra Pawlak
This is the third book in Joseph Wambaugh's Hollywood Station series and the best yet. The twists and turns kept me reading till three a.m. The cast of recurring characters are like old friends. Looking forward to the next installment!
Wayne Zurl
This third installment of the Hollywood Station series continues to star the regular cast of cops and street weirdoes: Hollywood Nate, Flotsam & Jetsam, et al. Wambaugh is a pro at police procedurals and never disappoints by littering the pages with strange and quickly resolved patrol scenarios that may or may not all connect close to the finish line where the big finale ends in grand style.

This isn’t going to appeal to the fan of mindless action cop stories written by those with an overacti
Mary P.
I haven't read Joseph Wambaugh for awhile and now want to go back and re-read all of his books. This book runs the gamut of emotions. It makes you laugh out loud and makes you grateful for what you have and for whom you're not.
I really enjoyed this and the characters were all very interesting. It was especially interesting when they went to places I've been like Musso and Frank, Mel's, Kodak Theater and Graumann's.
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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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Hollywood Station Series (4 books)
  • Hollywood Station (Hollywood Station, #1)
  • Hollywood Crows (Hollywood Station, #2)
  • Hollywood Hills (Hollywood Station, #4)
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