Floaters by Joseph Wambaugh

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The world-famous America’s Cup regatta has come to San Diego, bringing with it sailors, schemers, spies, saboteurs, and the “cuppies” who love them. Along with them is a gorgeous opportunist named Blaze who unwittingly triggers a pair of murders on the eve of the biggest sailing race of them all. A veteran of twenty years of police work and two failed marriages, Mick Fortney’s life consists of piloting his police patrol boat in Mission Bay and boozing in harbor side saloons. But a “floater” in the bay sends Mick into the world of the superrich and an elite sport shot through with corruption—a world where this water cop is totally out of his element. “Classic Wambaugh, a wildly satirical look at the sport of millionaires, yacht racing, and the obsession of enthusiasts with winning a silver trophy called The America’s Cup” said the Associated Press.
 

About Joseph Wambaugh

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Writer Joseph Wambaugh was born in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 22, 1937. He joined the Marines right out of high school, but later earned both a B. A. and M. A. from California State College in Los Angeles. He worked for the Los Angeles Police Department from 1960 to 1974. His first novel was The New Centurions (1971) and several subsequent novels have been award winners. The Onion Field won an Edgar Award (1984), and Lines and Shadows won the Rodolfo Walsh Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers (1989). He has worked creatively on several film and television projects, including Police Story, The Black Marble, The Choirboys and The Blue Knight.
 
Published November 29, 2011 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Dawn dies on Blaze's front walk and Blaze disappears, horny vice cop Letch Boggs and aging homicide detective Anne Zorn team up to nab the elusive Oliver.

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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 c...

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IT HAS BEEN 22 YEARS (AND 15 BOOKS) since Joseph Wambaugh turned in his LAPD badge for the writing life, but he has never lost his policeman's nose for pretension—or his sense of cosmic humor about the good-and-evil biz.

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