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Wambaugh once again masterfully gets inside the hearts and minds of the cops whose jobs have them constantly on the brink of danger. By turns heart-wrenching, exhilarating, and laugh-out-loud funny, Hollywood Moon is his most thrilling and deeply affecting ride yet through the singular streets of L.A.
"Darkly funny." ( Los Angeles Times)
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By Ted on 02-25-17
The Crackling Stories Continue
Wambaugh finds stories along civilization’s fault lines. He asks and answers questions about what’s going through the minds of guards along the wall separating the anti-social from the social. And he presents their frustrations as a perspective that’s missing from the smug truths that flow from 24/7 news cycles or academic ‘studies’ tediously designed to prove the convictions of their authors' confirmation-bias.
There are whacky, weird, and bewildering sparks that crackle from walking the beat between what different communities prize as ‘normal’. And these are Wambaugh’s teaspoon of honey to make his medicine go down.
I like these stories… Like the way they’re told and read by Christian Rummel. And I like the talent of Wambaugh that makes me wonder whether the wall between the social and anti-social needs more than guards patrolling it’s perimeter, serious maintenance to fill its cracks and crumblings or even redesign and restructuring..
It’s above the pay grade of guards to heal fault lines. It’s their job to alert us when shudderings increase. Wambaugh’s the guy who’s saying, “Houston, we’ve got problem.” Enjoy this series from the first, “Hollywood Station: A Novel” then through “Hollywood Crows” and then “Hollywood Moon”. I’m downloading the apparent last of the epic, “Hollywood Moon” right now.
That’s the best recommendation I can give.
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By Stanley on 12-02-09
This third installment in the Wambaugh "Hollywood" series does not disapoint.
Fast paced and entertaining, this book holds your interest from start to finish and is well worth a credit.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful