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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (750 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Wambaugh Narrator: Christian Rumme Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hollywood Station Series Release Date:
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In Wambaugh’s gripping new audiobook about life in the country’s most sensational police force, the beloved Oracle has been replaced by thin-lipped Sgt. Treacle, but the setting is the same—Hollywood: “America’s nut capital”—and some favorite personalities are still around.

When Nate and Bix Rumstead (a supposedly upstanding cop with serious sobriety issues) find themselves caught up with bombshell Margot Aziz, they think they’re just having some fun. But in Hollywood nothing is ever what it seems. To them Margot is a harmless socialite, stuck in the middle of an ugly divorce from the nefarious bar-owner, Ali Aziz. What Nate and Bix don’t know is that Margot’s no helpless victim: she’s setting them both up so that she can get away with the perfect murder—and still stand to inherit her ex-husbands’s ill-won fortune. What she doesn’t know is that Aziz has replaced her sleeping pills with a poison. And then there’s Leonard Stillwater, a small time tweaker whose connection to Aziz is about to shoot him into the big leagues.

Complete with scams, cokeheads, and petty (and some not so petty) crimes, Hollywood Crows offers the very best of Wambaugh: impeccable plotting, acerbic humor, and plenty of flawed but lovable characters.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Through the eyes of an eccentric collection of beat cops, Wambaugh gives a compelling picture of what policing is like under the federal monitor appointed to oversee the real LAPD after the Rampart corruption scandal.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Rummel] excels at the flip cop jargon as well as a variety of ethnic accents…Wambaugh’s latest novel in audio may leave listeners cynical about the LAPD, but they’ll be enthusiastic over Rummel’s performance.”


  • “Classic Wambaugh cop stories, culled from actual cops, delivered in inimitable style. Wambaugh’s acid take on the post–Rodney King LAPD and the resultant consent decree and rule by bureaucrats is worth reading in itself. Another terrific Wambaugh ride-along.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Sassy transvestites and surfer-dude cops are among the eclectic characters deftly portrayed by Rummel in this tongue-in-cheek police tale…[Rummel’s] varied vocals, including the deep baritone of a seasoned cop, the pinched pitch of a politically correct sergeant, and the breathless palaver of a rich blond ditz, help make this a treat for Wambaugh fans.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alarra | 2/4/2014

    " When I saw this one was centred around Hollywood Nate (from Hollywood Station) I groaned, but I actually enjoyed this one more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Graden | 1/29/2014

    " Wambaugh still has it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alecia | 1/28/2014

    " I have been reading Wambaugh's "Hollywood" police procedurals in no particular order. They are all very good reads, and this one is no exception. I am reminded of Ed McBain's police procedurals set with separate plot lines and recurring characters. McBain's series was set in a fictional city, and Wambaugh's in the very real Hollywood, also with recurring characters. The dialogue and characters are good, as are the separate plot lines, which sometimes turn very noirish. I like an author where I feel like I'm in "good hands". This is one of those authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol Foisset | 1/24/2014

    " If you enjoy Wambaugh you'll love this book. "

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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.