Harbor Nocturne by Joseph Wambaugh

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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.

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 April 3, 2012 by Mysterious Press. 560 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sex, crime and whackiness in dark and cynical humor. Los Angles in all it's ravaged beauty

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Readers of Joseph Wambaugh's latest Hollywood Station police procedural novel, "Harbor Nocturne" (Mysterious Press, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, 336 pages, $27.00) will be entertained by the usual suspects of the Hollywood station on Wilcox Avenue, and -- as a bonus -- they'll get a good basic l...

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