The Delta Star by Joseph Wambaugh

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A cheap hooker known as Missy Moonbeam takes a fatal dive from the roof of a seedy hotel, but what was she doing with a Caltech phone number? And what does that prestigious think tank have to do with a Russian sub, the Nobel Prize, and the prostitute’s murder? The cops of LAPD’s Rampart Division will have to find out. Publishers Weekly said of Wambaugh’s book, “for all the raunchiness, color and humor, his story is very moving . . . another delight, a wonderful, winning book.”

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 Road. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What could possibly be the connection between the 1981 Soviet-sub-in-Sweden crisis (the prologue here) and the cops of the L.A.P.D.'s Rampart Station?

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