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Harbor Nocturne by Joseph Wambaugh
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Jul 02, 12

bookshelves: 2012, crime-mystery, 5-0
Read from June 28 to July 02, 2012

Joseph Wambaugh’s collection of beleaguered cops that make up the LAPD’s Hollywood Division are back and dealing with the general stupidity, weirdness and brutality that makes their jurisdiction so unique. This usually means breaking up fights among the costumed ‘superheroes’ hustling the tourists or dealing with a domestic dispute between a couple of tweakers by getting them to do a duet of Sonny and Cher’s I Got You Babe.

This entry borrows a page from The Wire by also having a story based around a bunch of women being illegally smuggled into the country that get killed by an accident in the storage container they were in. Along with a storyline of a good natured pothead longshoremen from San Pedro falling for an beautiful illegal Mexican immigrant stripper who overheard something she shouldn’t have about that accident and on the run from a Korean and Russian gangster, Wambaugh also mixes in bizarre undercover operation where an LAPD officer who lost a foot in a car accident is recruited to run a sting involving apotemnophilia.

Wambaugh’s got a well established rhythm by now with this series where he mixes in random scenes of humor and tragedy that the cops encounter into an overall storyline. There’s an especially touching scene where a couple of cops have to deal with an elderly woman who refuses to admit that her husband has just died while taking a nap.

It’s another entertaining entry to this series, but it doesn’t break any new ground.
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message 1: by Melki (new)

Melki Sheesh - there's a lot going on in this book.
Most authors are satisfied with one storyline and a subplot. Slackers!

Kemper Melki wrote: "Sheesh - there's a lot going on in this book.
Most authors are satisfied with one storyline and a subplot. Slackers!"

Wambaugh does a good job of shifting the focus around to give you an idea of all his craziness going on.

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