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Joseph Wambaugh

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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 Master of Arts degrees.

In 2004, he was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in southern California.


Average rating: 3.95 · 58,882 ratings · 2,914 reviews · 30 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Onion Field

4.11 avg rating — 20,734 ratings — published 1973 — 36 editions
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The Choirboys

4.04 avg rating — 6,001 ratings — published 1976 — 32 editions
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The New Centurions

3.93 avg rating — 3,677 ratings — published 1970 — 24 editions
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Hollywood Station (Hollywoo...

3.80 avg rating — 3,482 ratings — published 2006 — 39 editions
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Hollywood Crows (Hollywood ...

3.87 avg rating — 2,222 ratings — published 2008 — 36 editions
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Hollywood Moon (Hollywood, #3)

3.90 avg rating — 2,027 ratings — published 2009 — 27 editions
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Fire Lover: A True Story

3.73 avg rating — 2,080 ratings — published 2002 — 15 editions
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The Blooding

3.97 avg rating — 1,899 ratings — published 1989 — 22 editions
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Harbor Nocturne

3.95 avg rating — 1,875 ratings — published 2012 — 20 editions
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The Blue Knight

3.89 avg rating — 1,876 ratings — published 1972 — 23 editions
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“You have to experience it, in order to speak about it with authority. Joseph Wambaugh says it with an air of that same authenticity, in his stories of contemporary Police activities, and, with a disarming tongue in cheek, frankness. ”
Joseph Wambaugh, The Choirboys

“Bill Bradfield gave Jack Holtz the stare, but Jack Holtz stared back and said, “That bullshit only works on intelligent people.”
Joseph Wambaugh, Echoes in the Darkness

“Flotsam said, “He thinks I shouldn’t do surfboard self-defense on four squids that flip us off and stole my juices when I was rippin’. They thought it was cooleo till one of them caught my log upside his head when I snaked him on the next wave.”

“What?” Ronnie said.

“All I said was,” Jetsam said to Flotsam, “You should cap the little surf Nazi if you wanna turn him into part of the food chain, not torpedo him till he’s almost dead in the foamy.”
Joseph Wambaugh, Hollywood Crows

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