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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (250 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Wambaugh Narrator: R. C. Bray Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Dinko Babich, a young longshoreman, delivers Lita Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from San Pedro Harbor to a Hollywood nightclub, their lives are forever changed. An unexpectedly tender and moving love story develops among the cops and criminals who occupy the harbor, and soon Dinko and Lita are caught up in terror and peril through no fault of their own.

Some LAPD characters from Wambaugh’s acclaimed “Hollywood Station” series are here: the surfer cops “Flotsam and Jetsam,” aspiring actor “Hollywood Nate” Weiss, and young Britney Small, along with new members of the midwatch, all gamely coping with the wackiness of Hollywood. It’s a tale only Wambaugh could have told, with his trademark dark humor and unflinching eye for detail.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nick | 2/6/2014

    " I just love Wambaugh's Hollywood Cops series, even the corny bits. Highly recommended as audio experiences, especially if you are driving around the same tacky SoCal streets as those he describes, which is the case with me, more or less. There is a great crime policier here, with all the requisite pleasures provided by a master storyteller like Wambaugh---especially setting, detailed police procedure, ethics and morality (or lack thereof), and a lovely cast of nasties. Layered on top like gooey frosting on a standard cake, is the clubhouse of crazies who comprise the central cast of Hollywood Division, including the surfer cops Flotsom and Jetsom, Hollywood Nate (the only copy, certainly the only Jewish cop with a SAG card), the Unicorn, Always Talking Tony, and many others. Wambaugh takes us along on mundane police calls involving domestic violence and, inevitably, trouble amongst the superheroes along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. These are not just comic relief--they often drive the story by providing a key clue. But they ARE comic in an entirely believeable and unforced way - the mantra here ("It's Fucking Hollywood"), like its iconic forebearer ("It's Chinatown, Jake") is a convenient reminder that in some jurisdictions, the volume is permanently turned up to eleven. In this episode, the field of play radiates outward from Hollywood sleaze bars and some scary ethnics (Serbs, Koreans, Russians) to the rarely explored appendage of LA known as San Pedro, home of the city's harbor. I learned a lot about its history and contemporary situation, along with a wonderful group of characters (Croat, Italian, Mexican). Wambaugh is a blast! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jay | 2/5/2014

    " Just loved it, very moving and also very funny. He pokes at everyone and tells a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John McKenna | 2/5/2014

    " Summer reading fun. Wambaughs are cream of the crop because they are exact, based on personal experience; he's a master of the language; his cops and criminals dialogue are spot-on; and last he's got a funny side . . . excelling in the type of gallows humor that cops are famous for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike | 2/3/2014

    " Best one in the series. "

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About the Author
Author Joseph Wambaugh

Joseph Wambaugh, a former LAPD detective sergeant, is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including The Onion FieldThe Blue KnightThe BloodingThe Choirboys, and other fiction and nonfiction works. He has won a number of awards, including the Edgar Award and the Rodolfo Walsh Prize for investigative journalism. He served in the US Marine Corps and later joined the Los Angeles Police Department. With regret he resigned from the LAPD in 1974 after fourteen years of service but continued with his writing. His first four books and his work on the Police Story television series in the 1970s set new standards for subsequent writers, and many acknowledge their debt to him. He lives with his wife in California.