The New Centurions by Joseph Wambaugh

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Ex-cop turned #1 New York Times bestselling writer Joseph Wambaugh forged a new kind of literature with his great early police procedurals. Here in his classic debut novel, Wambaugh presents a stunning, raw, and unforgettable depiction of life behind the thin blue line.

In a class of new police recruits, Augustus Plebesly is fast and scared. Roy Fehler is full of ideals. And Serge Duran is an ex-marine running away from his Chicano childhood. In a few weeks they'll put on the blue uniform of the LAPD. In months they'll know how to interpret the mad babble of the car radio, smell danger, trap a drug dealer, hide a secret, and-most of all-live with the understanding that cops are different from everyone else. But for these men, these new centurions, time is an enemy. The year is 1960. The streets are burning with rage. And before they can grow old on this job, they'll have to fight for their lives...

About Joseph Wambaugh

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Joseph Wambaugh, a former LAPD detective sergeant, is the bestselling author of 18 prior works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Choirboys and The Onion Field. In 2004, he was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in southern California.
Published April 1, 2008 by Grand Central Publishing. 388 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Humor & Entertainment, Crime. Fiction

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It’s been nearly four decades since Joseph Wambaugh — then Sgt. Joseph Wambaugh of the Los Angeles Police Department — emerged with a first novel called “The New Centurions.”

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