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Publisher's Summary

There's a saying at Hollywood station that the full moon brings out the beast - or rather than the best - in the precinct's citizens. One moonlit night, LAPD veteran Dana Vaughn and "Hollywood" Nate Weiss, a struggling-actor-turned cop, get a call about a young man who's been attacking women. Meanwhile, two surfer cops known as Flotsam and Jetsam, keep bumping into an odd, suspicious duo - a smooth-talking player in dreads and a crazy-eyed, tattooed biker. No one suspects that all three dubious characters might be involved in something bigger, more high-tech, and much more illegal. After a dizzying series of twists, turns, and chases, the cops will find they've stumbled upon a complex web of crime where even the criminals can't be sure who's conning whom.
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.
©2009 Joseph Wambaugh (P)2009 Hachette
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Critic Reviews

"Spare and punchy prose fuels descriptions so on target that readers will feel they are riding shotgun, gazing out on Tinseltown's tawdry landscape." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Darkly funny." ( Los Angeles Times)
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4 out of 5 stars
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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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Stanley on 12-02-09

Great Entertainment

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.

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