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Hollywood Moon

(Hollywood Station Series #3)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,753 ratings  ·  177 reviews
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
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published December 10th 2009 by Little Brown and Company (first published November 24th 2009)
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Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
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
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kevin Allmaras
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jay Connor
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Kathleen Hagen
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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
Bookmarks Magazine
Feb 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mar-apr-2010
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
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
G.H. Eckel
Sep 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
This novel just wasn't for me. If you enjoy the exploits of petty thieves, you'll enjoy this novel. Police procedural... well, it just never happened in the first 100 pages. The writing is clean and some of the descriptions are great but I couldn't find a single character to like. With so many other books to read, I'll DNF this one.
James Cunningham
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one made me cry. Damn you Wambaugh. Damn you.
But also, thanks. Great book to carry me through the end of the school year.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I listened to this audiobook. I learned that this is the third in a trilogy. It is the first Joseph Wambaugh book I have read. I am sure there are back stories I do not know, but I didn’t feel left out. I actually didn’t enjoy the book at first and almost gave up on it. But it grew on me as the story progressed. The cast of characters is quirky and strange. The cops in the Hollywood division are funny, especially the surfer dude cop partners known as Flotsam and Jetsam. Each pair of partners has ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The third installment of Wambaugh's "Hollywood Divison" series, dives the reader into the shift lives of Hollywood Nate, his newly assigned female partner Dana, the duo of Jetsam and Flotsam, and whomever new pops into their ranks. The plot focuses around a sexually frustrated 19 year old predator preying on women and looking to score big by taking forgery jobs from a career criminal who employs other deadbeats to run schemes for him. Hollywood Nate is still trying to make his mark in Hollywood ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, epic, favorites
Wambaugh and Rummell terrific! AGAIN!
“It’s Hollywood” and all that comes with it. The Hollywood Station Series continues with the same excitement, humor and quirky plots as previous books. I’ve already bought Book 4, and am hoping that author Joseph Wambaugh pairs up with narrator Christian Rummel to continue one of my top favored series! I can’t imagine anyone but talented narrator Rummel’s performance in this series with his superb vocal skills. “Hollywood Moon” offers an eccentric collection
Dan Downing
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Joseph Wambaugh, Sergeant Wambaugh to some, must be one of the better-known writers around. Besides a slew of books, some non-fiction, he has had an acting career, has screenwriting credits, a whiff of scandal, and many of his books verge on yellow journalism, exposing the raw underside of different California locals.
His Hollywood Station series is a return to the police procedural, featuring daily cop life and the bleak, soul saving humor police are known for. A pioneer in the use of DNA and an
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The superb narration by Christian Rummel greatly enlivens this, by now formulaic admixture of humor and seriousness, in the third of the Hollywood Station series. Oh, but what a formula it is! The settings are familiar to Angeleans, and Wambaugh's charismatic characters are nearly all three-dimensional. Except for the plot twists, one could have pictured the main partners in crime, "Dewey" and "Eunice", and "Tristan" and "Jersey", in particular, as protagonists in further books or movies. ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This was just ok for me.... from all the reviews, I expected more humor thrown in. Would rather read a James Patterson thriller than this author.

I try to quote something significant from each novel I read, this is the only one noteworthy... one of the criminals is contemplating what just happened and he thinks to himself, "The scientist could almost trap your shadow and use it to catch you somehow…".
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this novel a lot and its quirky cast of characters. Christian Rummel is a phenomenal narrator. He really enhanced this novel and made it a better novel for me. I look forward to listening to other audiobooks narrated by Christian Rummel.

I'd give this novel a rating of closer to 4.5 stars.
Sandra Noonan
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hollywood stories continue

I've been reading Joseph Wambaugh since I was a kid, and he still delivers the best cop books. My Dad, also a fan, was a cop 50 years ago, and always said JW wrote them spot on. The surfer boys are back, as is Hollywood Nate, so expect a ride with lots of laughs along with the serious side. One of my favorite series.
Mike Harper
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
There's no great plot here, but the story moves right along, the cop dialogue is amusing, and everything comes to a climax before boredom sets in.
If Jane Austin had started out as an LA cop, maybe she would have written this.
Or perhaps not.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
A friend of mine recommended this book to me. I unfortunately didn't enjoy it. I have never heard of the writer and this book starts off with loads of characters and you don't really get attach to them. Maybe this book needs more emotion and more focusing on one crime. ...more
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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)
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