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Hollywood Hills by Joseph Wambaugh
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Nov 29, 2011

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This was the latest of Wambaugh's series involving the Hollywood Station (Hollywood Station, Hollywood Crows, Hollywood Moon) of the L.A.P.D. While I find all of his books satisyingly entertaining, I think this series has run its course on freshness. The same cast of characters (Hollywood Nate Weiss, Flotsam and Jetsam, et.al) continue to run across the same brand of losers and scammer's inhabiting their beat. Wambaugh mines a lot of humor in their dealings with the tweakers and costumed characters roaming the streets of Hollywood. He also manages to weave a couple of interesting crime plots among the humorous escapades but the books all are the same otherwise.
This book has a couple story lines going on between all the cop humor mayham. One involves a couple of tweakers stumbling in on a plot by an art gallery owner and butler trying to steal some expensive paintings from a client's home. Another involves a rookie female cop involved in a shooting which leaves a child parentless.
Wambaugh is a gifted writer who started out with more serious police crime procedurals and non-fiction in his earliest books (New Centurians, Blue Knight, Onion Field) and then gradually drifted between the more humor aspects of cop-life and the more serious aspects. I liked his early books better but the more recent ones are still fun to read albeit becoming more and more repetitious.

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