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Mick Fortney and his partner Leeds manage to cruise above the standard policestress-pools of coffee and Pepto-Bismol--they're water cops in the "Club HarborUnit, " manning a patrol boat on San Diego's Mission Bay. A typically roughday's detail consists of scoping out body-sculpted beauties on pleasure craft, rescuing boating bozos who've run aground, jeering at lifeguards, and haulingin the occasional floater who comes to the surface.
But now their days are anything but typical, because the America's Cupinternational sailing regattas have come to town and suddenly San Diego isswarming with yacht crazies of every nationality, the cuppies who want to lovethem, and the looky-look tourists, racing spies, scam artists, and hookers whoall want their piece of the action. It's the outstanding body and jauntysmile--full of mischief, full of hell--of one cuppie, a particularly fieryredhead named Blaze, that gets Leeds and Fortney's attention. First Leedsdrowns in frustratingly unrequited boozy love from afar. Then, with herincreasingly odd behavior, Blaze tweaks every one of their cop instincts, alerting them that something's not quite right on the waterfront.
Indeed, Blaze will soon lead Detective Anne Zorn and Mick Fortney along abizarre criminal trail that would be hilarious if itdidn't wind up just asnasty as it gets, with a pair of murders right on the eve of the biggestsailing race of all.
Filled with all of Joseph Wambaugh's trademark skills--laugh-out-loud writing, crackling dialogue, outrageous excitement, and, of course, plenty of raunchyveteran cops who leap off the page-- "Floaters" is Wambaugh at the very topof his form.
Praise for Joseph Wambaugh's "Finnegan's Week":
"A master storyteller...Wambaugh dazzles." -- Digby Diehl, "Playboy"
"Funny, exciting, and ultimately touching." -- "Chicago Tribune"
"One of the best novels Joseph Wambaugh has written...Wambaugh is in rareform." -- "San Francisco Chronicle"
"Wambaugh is at the top of his form here...raunchy and often hilarious."-- "Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
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.
In Wambaugh's (The Golden Orange, Morrow, 1992) latest, San Diego cops investigate murder during the America's Cup.
Praise for Joseph Wambaugh's Finnegan's Week "A master storyteller...Wambaugh dazzles." -- Digby Diehl, Playboy "Funny, exciting, and ultimately touching." --Chicago Tribune "One of the best novels Joseph Wambaugh has written...Wambaugh is in rare form." --San Francisco Chronicle "Wambaugh is at the top of his form here...raunchy and often hilarious." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A plot to sabotage New Zealand's entry in the America's Cup regatta forms the premise for Wambaugh's latest police thriller, a slow-moving affair that nonetheless features the author's usual rough-and-tumble prose as well as an intriguing examination of both aquatic police work and the world of competitive yachting. The prime conspirator is Ambrose Lutterworth, the "Keeper of the Cup," an aging real estate agent and yachting enthusiast. Ambrose hopes to prevent the trophy from leaving its temporary home at the San Diego Yacht Club by using expensive call girl Blaze Duvall to coerce the city's harbor crane operator into damaging the powerful New Zealand boat in dry dock, ensuring an American victory. Blaze's conspicuous trail is picked up by a pair of harbor cops, Fortney and Leeds, who receive some vital assistance from a couple of vice cops. Wambaugh takes too long to develop Lutterworth's unimaginative scheme and to link an eventual murder to the posh world of the America's Cup. The sparks fly, however, when the sabotage plan unravels and an attempted blackmail results in another murder. The author's trademark sardonic writing is in full force here, and the police material is, as always, authentic, with the harbor cops' antics particularly entertaining. This may not be Wambaugh's high water mark, but it's not his low tide, either. (June)