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The New Centurions by Joseph Wambaugh
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bookshelves: crime-mystery, 5-0

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message 1: by Dan (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dan Schwent How far up in the Kemper Crime Hierarchy is Joseph Wambaugh?


message 2: by Kemper (last edited Jan 24, 2011 09:16AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kemper High. His cop books from this era like this one and The Choirboys were these ultra-realistic and sadly funny stories of what it was really like to be a cop during that time. His non-fiction books like The Onion Field and Lines & Shadows are also very good.

He dropped down the scale for a while in the 80s - 90s with several books that didn't quite meet the standards of early ones, although his non-fiction was always good. He's rebounded of late with his Hollwood cop series where he recaptured his mojo: Hollywood Station, Hollywood Crows and Hollywood Moon. I've only reviewed Hollywood Moon:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Damn it. Now I gotta reread this and Choirboys. Maybe some others. I blame you for this.....


message 3: by Dan (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dan Schwent Sounds good. I'll nab this at the used bookstore on the way home from work.


message 4: by Dan (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dan Schwent Are there recurring characters in Wambaugh's early cop books?


Kemper Dan wrote: "Are there recurring characters in Wambaugh's early cop books?"

The Hollywood books are a series and best read in order. All his other stuff is stand alone.


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