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3.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 5 3.60 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Wambaugh Narrator: Adam Grupper Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hollywood Station Series Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9781594838033
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A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Joseph Wambaugh invented the modern police procedural thriller. Now, in his long-awaited return to the LAPD, he deploys his bone-deep understanding of cops’ lives—and a lethal sense of humor—in a stunning new novel.

For a cop, a night on the job means killing time and trying not to get killed. If you’re in Hollywood Division, it also means dealing with some of the most desperate criminals anywhere. Now the violent robbery of a Hollywood jewelry store quickly connects to a Russian nightclub and an undercover operation gone wrong, and the sergeant they call the Oracle and his squad of quirky cops have to make sense of it all. From an officer who dreams of stardom, to a single mother packing a breast pump, to partners who’d rather be surfing, they’ll take you on a raucous ride through a gritty city where no one is safe—especially not the cops.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I have been waiting a long time for this book.”

    Michael Connelly

  • “Outstanding…With an impressive array of police characters…Wambaugh creates a realistic microcosm of the modern-day LAPD. Today’s crop of crime writers, including Michael Connelly and George Pelecanos, obviously owe a debt to Wambaugh. The master proves that he can still deliver.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A triumphant return. Not only does Wambaugh give readers his usual feast of black humor, as well as deliver another cast of edgy LAPD cops and wacko denizens of the street, but he also portrays how life for LA cops has changed in the last twenty years. The novel is both a celebration of street cops and an elegy for the old LAPD…High-voltage suspense drives the tale, and as always, Wambaugh’s characters, language, and war stories exude authenticity. Terrific.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Grupper brings listeners a vivid, memorable, highly entertaining audio experience. Granted, Wambaugh's people fairly leap off the page, but this interlocking series of characters and crimes, freaks and egomaniacs, heroes and villains fully deserves the one-man audio theater of our reader.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D.V. Berkom | 2/4/2014

    " Love Wambaugh! I read the others in this series before this one (the first) and enjoyed them, as well. If you like realistic police procedurals with laugh-out-loud humor mixed in, you'll like this series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/12/2014

    " It was like a long episode of CSI but longer and poorly written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 1/12/2014

    " Nancy 4 stars; Ron 3 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coach A | 1/4/2014

    " I liked this book very much, but it is very Wambaugh formula which is totally alright with me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 1/2/2014

    " I have enjoyed Wambaugh books over the years. This is a new series about the hollywood division. Never really warmed up to the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/24/2013

    " Funny cop humor and good plot. Not the easiest book to read, it bounces around a lot but if you watch a lot of cop shows on TV you should be ok with that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 12/8/2013

    " This was a pretty entertaining book. Full of dialogue between the characters. It became apparent very early in the book that Wambaugh is a former cop. At times it seemed like some of the characters could be sitting in a shift briefing in Apple Valley. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/13/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not really what I was expecting. After a few chapters I started thinking how much it reminded me of the old cop series "Hill Steeet Blues". After a little investigating, found that series and others used ideas from Wambaugh's writing. Will definitely read more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie | 11/13/2013

    " Great! Good diverting fiction with great dialogue, quirky characters and a fast-paced, multi-layered plot. This is #1 in Wambaugh's "Hollywood Station" series. Looking forward to the others! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip | 11/6/2013

    " My grandfather recommended this to me. I've always enjoyed cop-dramas on the big and small screens. Why not try a cop book? Written by a retired LA Cop, this book is written from the perspective of the good guys and the bad guys. Full of humor, drama, and heroics, this was an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/30/2013

    " this is just a good piece of cop novel popcorn. i read this a couple of months ago. yiur life won't be changed by it, but you can shut off your brain for awhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 3/18/2013

    " Wambaugh starts out writing what appears to be a book about disjointed experiences in the lives of officers at a L.A. station, but entwines them together for a quick and exciting finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coki | 8/4/2012

    " listening to - well read. Slice of life in LAPD with overarching thriller. Good cop/criminal characters as well as multiple anecdotes illustrating life on the Hollywood beat. relatively clean in terms of violence and sex, some language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 7/15/2012

    " Wambaugh back to form! It's engaging, funny and smart. You'll look at police officers in a whole new way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 5/20/2012

    " I felt a pretty good book. Small stories that intertwine into a thrilling end. My first from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 8/20/2011

    " Fun book to read, especially being in law enforcement. Not a literary masterpiece, but an entertaning book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emory | 8/6/2011

    " A character development tour de force. It hardly even bothers with a plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kenny McGinnis | 7/3/2011

    " Interesting characters, very uninteresting plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 4/27/2011

    " Excellent read in the Hollywood Station series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 4/26/2011

    " Wambaugh has been a favorite writer of ours for many years.
    He combines drama and humor well. His police are very human
    and very real. He's at his best creating the small vignettes
    of everyday police work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hrn1947 | 4/21/2011

    " same charactures, same pace. pretty funny "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coki | 2/27/2011

    " Lots more of the main plot with less of the vignettes about the cops. But more emotional/less humor than usual. I liked it! Listened to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 2/8/2011

    " started out good and now has turned into a ridiculous storyline and a bungled robbery, etc and its kind of lame and annoying and predictable. Ended pretty good though...worth a read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graden | 1/11/2011

    " I good police procedural. You really feel for the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 1/4/2011

    " Many of the same LAPD cops we have come to know and love in the previous three Hollywood books return here. The many intersecting subplots revolve around an effort to steal some art from a wealthy widow's home in the Hollywood Hills. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Adam Grupper is a voice artist and actor. His audiobook narrations have earned six Earphones Awards and a nomination in 2008 for the prestigious Audie Award. His Broadway performances include Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, 45 Seconds from Broadway, The Wild Party, Guys and Dolls, among others. He has appeared in films such as Trophy Kids, Music & Lyrics, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Two Weeks’ Notice. On television, he has appeared in The Sopranos, Third Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Ugly Betty, and As the World Turns.