Joseph Wambaugh Hollywood Crows: A Novel

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Hollywood Crows: A Novel

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Hollywood Crows When LAPD cops Hollywood Nate and Bix Rumstead 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 nightclub-owner Ali Aziz. What Nate and Bix don't know is that Margot's no helpless victim: the "femme fatale"... Full description

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It’s all very well being a legend, but if people think you’re no longer doing the thing that made your name celebrated, you run the risk of being yesterday’s news. Joseph Wambaugh’s esteem among crime readers couldn't be higher, with such books as The Onion Field and The Choirboys assuring him of Olympian status. But those classics were written many years ago – so it was a cause for considerable celebration when Wambaugh stormed back into the field after a period of silence with the much-acclaimed Hollywood Station, in which the author demonstrated that all his old skills were firmly in place. And now here’s Hollywood Crows to demonstrate that this was no flash-in-the-pan comeback.

Hollywood Crows is Wambaugh once again back in the groove, delivering the kind of effortlessly entertaining, sardonically funny crime tale at which he has few equals. We are back with the policemen of Hollywood Station, still up against it with unrealistic workloads, the irritating demands of political correctness and (worst of all) the myriad assortment of sleazy crime and criminals that they have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. Sergeant Jason ‘Chickenlips’ Treakle is the new and destabilising element in the force, a man who believes very much in going by the book -- and in not upsetting the delicate sensibilities of his superiors. Nate ‘Hollywood’ Weiss is stuck with the unrewarding job of community relations, and neither man is taken seriously by their colleagues, who believe that this they are not involved in real police work. But then Hollywood Nate becomes involved with the seductive Margot Aziz, in the throes of an acrimonious divorce from a strip club proprietor. And things become very complicated indeed when Margo decides to frame Nate and his colleague Bix as part of a scheme involving a ‘perfect’ murder.

This is delicious stuff -- not quite vintage Wambaugh, perhaps (it’s broader than his earlier books), but sharp, funny and deliriously plotted. Wambaugh admirers will feel that they have certainly got their money's worth. --Barry Forshaw.

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"You won't want to put this one down, but you won't want to finish it too quickly, either. You will want to savor every beautifully choreographed scene and every hilarious exchange of dialogue. And you'll need a few moments to catch your breath between laughs. Joseph Wambaugh is a true master."--Peter Robinson, author of Friend of the Devil and Aftermath

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