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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 Rummel Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hollywood Station Series Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781600241543
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In Wambaugh’s gripping new audiobook about life in the country’s most sensational police force, the beloved Oracle has been replaced by thin-lipped Sgt.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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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 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 Graden | 1/29/2014

    " Wambaugh still has it. "

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

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 1/18/2014

    " Another Wambaugh Hollywood police novel, with a mix of some believable and some not-so-believable cops, cons and dialog and situations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 1/13/2014

    " I have enjoyed many of Wambaugh's books, and this one was ok, though a bit too predictable. I loved the "surfer" cops, and think he could easily do another book just concentrating on them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/12/2014

    " Twists and turns aplenty, great characters, frustrating but ample plot. I'd never read it again, but learning about the Hollywood cop scene was refreshing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/29/2013

    " Wambaugh is reliably entertaining. I like recognizing some of the territory of Los Angeles. This is a continuation of stories of characters assigned to the Hollywood station. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/12/2013

    " good "junk food" reading - nothing special, but quick and entertaining. The pop culture references made me chuckle out loud! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 11/20/2013

    " I haven't read on of his books in a long time, I still recall the Choirboys with a fond memory. I am hoping I like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rog Harrison | 11/17/2013

    " This book had been in my room untouched for over a year but when I finally got round to reading it I enjoyed it though the plot was implausible. I would probably be tempted to read his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 11/11/2013

    " This is Wambaugh of old, back in his old haunts -- Hollywood Precint -- so if you liked Black Marble, Delta Star, Blue Knight and the rest of the early Wambaugh novels, you will like Hollywood Crows. wwl "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindig | 10/23/2013

    " welcome back! funny and wry and grim. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 10/17/2013

    " Much like the previous Hollywood Station and the third one, Hollywood Moon, this is a compilation of sometimes humorous anecdotes about the life of officers in the Hollywood beat. Only later in the novel, Joseph Wambaugh ties them all together with a neat bow, a tragic one also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 9/22/2013

    " An excellent police procedural - Wambaugh at his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 4/2/2013

    " a great throwback to Wambaugh's earlier novels...a good read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha | 8/21/2012

    " Not a who-done-it or anything like it. Not much of a story either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 4/9/2012

    " Everything by Joseph Wambaugh is good to great. This one is very good. Perfect pitch characters and dialogue and several scenes I will likely never forget. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/5/2011

    " I don't think anyone does modern noir better than Wambaugh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 10/28/2011

    " Not his best, in my opinion. I usually whole heartedly and thoroughly enjoy Wambaughs books but this seemed to drag in the last third. The outcome was inevitable (and quite sad). I reserve my overall opinion with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 9/28/2011

    " Incredibly depressing. I loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 9/19/2011

    " Excellent sequel to his "Hollywood Station" and another chance to spend some time on patrol with Wambaugh's cops. At turns laugh out loud funny and touching. Wambaugh's work has the ring of authenticity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bebe | 5/26/2011

    " Book on CD - it was allright, a couple of interesting characters otherwise predictable, nothing like the Choirboys or the Onionfield. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flynt | 5/6/2011

    " Now I'm all UTD on my cop lingo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 4/4/2011

    " Love Wambaugh's books. This one has some really funny moments.....like when the 300# drunk sits on the dead baby....I guess ya gotta be there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bebe | 3/21/2011

    " Book on CD - it was allright, a couple of interesting characters otherwise predictable, nothing like the Choirboys or the Onionfield. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 3/18/2011

    " It's been at least 20 years since I read a novel by Wambaugh but I was desperate. Try spending 3 months in Florida when you don't have a library card and have read bags and bags of old books I bought years ago. I found this new in hardback for $1 so it was worth the try! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/6/2011

    " I really like Wambaugh's sense of humor. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurie (Kwiltreader) | 11/1/2010

    " Gave up on it...didn't seem to go anywhere...didn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 9/14/2010

    " I don't think anyone does modern noir better than Wambaugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 7/1/2010

    " Certainly entertaining if that's what you want. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 6/4/2010

    " Much like the previous Hollywood Station and the third one, Hollywood Moon, this is a compilation of sometimes humorous anecdotes about the life of officers in the Hollywood beat. Only later in the novel, Joseph Wambaugh ties them all together with a neat bow, a tragic one also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 5/24/2010

    " Gritty police stories as only Wambaugh could do. Humor evident but suffering as well. "

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About the Author
Author Joseph WambaughJoseph Wambaugh, a former LAPD detective sergeant, is the bestselling author of seventeen prior works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Choirboys and The Onion Field. In 2004, he was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in southern California.
About the Narrator

Christian Rummel has recorded many audiobooks in a variety of genres and won two AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, he has worked with Theatre for a New Audience and Clubbed Thumb and also appeared in several episodes of Law & Order.