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Hollywood Hills by Joseph Wambaugh
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Feb 08, 11

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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 only by James Ellroy, particularly in the dissolute-lifestyles genre that he commandeers in the Hollywood Station books. Wambaugh has not only managed to keep his edge; he's continued to hone his craft. For a crime writer 40 years in the game, that's cause for celebration. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

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