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Harbor Nocturne

Joseph Wambaugh, the former LAPD detective, multiple New York Times best-seller, and MWA Grand Master, is known as the father of the modern police novel and now, in Harbor Nocturne, he has produced one of the outstanding books of the year. Some LAPD characters from the acclaimed Hollywood Station series are here: the surfer cops known as Flotsam and Jetsam, aspiring actor Hollywood Nate Weiss, and young Britney Small, along with new members of the midwatch, all gamely coping with the wackiness of Hollywood. The story begins in the southernmost Los Angeles district of San Pedro, one of the world's busiest harbors, where an unlikely pair of lovers is caught up in terror and peril through no fault of their own. When Dinko Babich, a young longshoreman, delivers Lita Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from the harbor to a Hollywood nightclub, his life is forever changed as an unexpectedly tender and moving love story develops. Comedy and tragedy are intertwined in the everyday life of the cops and residents of San Pedro Harbor.
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"Joseph Wambaugh has been one of those necessary voices through the years--sometimes angry, sometimes illuminating, often wise, always funny and fascinating--and without him, the lives of many readers would be smaller. Including mine." -Stephen King"Joseph Wambaugh took crime fiction to a whole new level, to something beyond classification. These are stories with depth of character and humor and a cold, hard honesty that rings true with every read. I'm one of the few lucky enough to have already read a copy of Harbor Nocturne. It's Wambaugh at his best!" --Michael Connelly"Highly entertaining... Razor-edged dialogue punctuates the vignette-filled plot. Realistic criminals are well matched by Wambaugh's equally authentic police...in this darkly comic, gritty look at life on the streets." -"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)"Wambaugh embeds the stories he hears from cops within fiercely and ingeniously plotted mysteries...A very fast ride-along, enlivened by cop gallows humor, snarkystreet altercations, and an insistent pull to the dark side." -"Booklist" (starred review)"The sideshow acts Wambaugh presents mix legal justice and rough justice, laughter and tears, so inventively that it's hard to tell until the very end who'll come out on top." -"Kirkus Reviews""The legendary Wambaugh's newest is chock-full of his trademark cop talk and offbeat side vignettes. His ability to weave a complex story together out of seemingly disparate elements lightens up some of the grittiness of big city police work." -"Library Journal"

This installment in Wambaugh's "Hollywood Station" series portrays the horrors of human trafficking and the smuggling across U.S. borders of young women from around the globe for exploitation in the sex industry. Croat longshoreman Dinko Babich's world turns upside down when he shelters Lita Medina, a Mexican illegal who dances topless in a local dive. Lita witnesses another dancer getting into their employer's car the day before the girl's corpse is found in a dumpster, making Lita a marked woman. The foreign-born or first-generation Americans whose parents came to America to plant roots and raise families collide with those here for a quick-illegal-buck and quicker exit when the law approaches. There also are numerous asides about the routine madness encountered daily by big-city police. Wambaugh is not a twist-and-turns writer; his character-driven plots are easy to follow, making them perfect audio fodder. -VERDICT Narrator R.C. Bray does an outstanding job of voicing the numerous foreign accents, jumping with skill and ease between men and women and among multiple nationalities. Overall, a perfect mix of material and narrator-grab it! ["The legendary Wambaugh's newest is chock-full of his trademark cop talk and offbeat side vignettes. His ability to weave a complex story together out of seemingly disparate elements lightens up some of the grittiness of big city police work," read the review of the Mysterious Pr: Grove/Atlantic hc, LJ 2/1/12-Ed.]-Mike Rogers, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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