Joseph Wambaugh is the hard-hitting bestselling writer who conveys the passionate immediacy of a special world. He was a police officer with the LAPD for 14 years before retiring in 1974, during which time he published three bestselling novels. Over the course of his career, Wambaugh has been the author of more than 20 works of fiction and nonfiction, all written in his gritty, distinctive noir-ish style. He's won multiple Edgar Awards, and several of his books have been made into feature films and TV movies. He lives in California with his wife.
YA-The owner of a waste-hauling firm shaves costs by mislabeling drums of highly toxic pesticide and dumping them illegally. When two deaths result, Fin Finnegan teams up with civilian and Navy investigators to solve the series of related crimes. Wambaugh fans expect a fast-paced plot, gritty and colorful characters, sex, rough language, and bloody fights. They'll find it all here, plus a subtly woven environmental message.-Judy Sokoll, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
A San Diego police detective trails a stolen truck full of toxic chemicals; BOMC alternate in cloth. (Aug.)