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Joseph Wambaugh, a former LAPD detective sergeant, is the bestselling author of eighteen prior works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Choirboys and The Onion Field. Tim Rutten of the Los Angeles Times' said, "Joseph Wambaugh is one of those Los Angeles authors whose popular success always has overshadowed his importance as a writer. Wambaugh is an important writer not simply because he's ambitious and technically accomplished, but also because he 'owns' a critical slice of L.A.'s literary real estate: the Los Angeles Police Department -- not just its inner workings, but also its relationship to the city's political establishment and to its intricately enmeshed social classes. There is no other American metropolis whose civic history is so inextricably intertwined with the history of its police department. That alone would make Wambaugh's work significant, but the importance of his best fiction and nonfiction is amplified by his unequaled ability to capture the nuances of the LAPD's isolated and essentially Hobbesian tribal culture."
Understandably, then, Wambaugh, who lives in California, is known as the "cop-author" with emphasis on the former, since, according to him, most of his fantasies involve the arrest and prosecution of half of California's motorists. Wambaugh still prefers the company of police officers and interviews hundreds of them for story material. However, he is aghast that these days most of the young cops drink iced tea or light beer, both of which he finds exceedingly vile, causing him to obsessively fume with Hamlet that, 'The time is out of joint.' He expects to die in a road rage encounter. For more information please visit www.josephwambaugh.net or www.hollywoodmoon.com.

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Echoes in the Darkness
by Joseph Wambaugh
On June 25, 1989, the naked corpse of schoolteacher Susan Reinert was found wedged into her hatchback car in a hotel parking lot near Philadelphia's "Main Line."  Her two children had vanished.  The Main Line Murder Case burst upon the headlines--and wasn't resolved for seven years.  Now, master crime writer Joseph Wambaugh...
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Categories: History; True Crime
Harbor Nocturne
by Joseph Wambaugh
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...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
The Choirboys
by Joseph Wambaugh
Partners in the Los Angeles Police Department, they’re haunted by terrifying dark secrets of the nightwatch–shared predawn drink and sex sessions they call choir practice. Each wears his cynicism like a bulletproof jockstrap–each has his horror story, his bad dream, his night shriek. He is afraid of his friends–he is afraid of...
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The Glitter Dome
by Joseph Wambaugh
A New York Times –bestselling police thriller by the author of Harbor Nocturne : Two LAPD detectives look into the murder of a Hollywood studio boss. It’s the wildest bar in Chinatown, run by a proprietor named Wing who will steal your bar change every chance he gets. On payday the groupies mingle there with off-duty LAPD...
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Categories: Action and Adventure; All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
Hollywood Crows: A Novel
by Joseph Wambaugh
When LAPD cops Hollywood Nate and Bix Rumstead find themselves caught up with bombshell Margot Aziz, they think they're just having some fun. But in Hollywood , nothing is ever what it seems. To them, Margot is a harmless socialite, stuck in the middle of an ugly divorce from the nefarious nightclub-owner Ali Aziz. What Nate and Bix...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Bestsellers; Contemporary Fiction
The Blue Knight
by Joseph Wambaugh
Ex-cop turned #1 New York Times bestselling writer Joseph Wambaugh forged a new kind of literature with his great early police procedurals. Gritty, luminous, and ultimately stunning, this novel is Wambaugh at his best--a tale of a street cop on the hardest beat of his life. Twenty and two. Those are the numbers turning in the mind...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Bestsellers; Contemporary Fiction
The New Centurions
by Joseph Wambaugh
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...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Bestsellers; Contemporary Fiction
The Onion Field
by Joseph Wambaugh
This is the frighteningly true story of two young cops and two young robbers whose separate destinies fatally cross one march night in a bizarre execution in a deserted Los Angeles field. From the Paperback edition.
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Categories: True Crime
Hollywood Station: A Novel
by Joseph Wambaugh
A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Joseph Wambaugh invented the modern police procedural thriller. Now in his long-awaited return to the LAPD, he deploys his bone-deep understanding of cops' lives--and a lethal sense of humor--in a stunning new novel. For a cop, a night on the job means killing time and trying not to get...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Bestsellers
Hollywood Hills: A Novel
by Joseph Wambaugh
The legendary Hollywood Hills are home to wealth, fame, and power--passing through the neighborhood, it's hard not to get a little greedy. LAPD veteran "Hollywood Nate" Weiss could take or leave the opulence, but he wouldn't say no to onscreen fame. He may get his shot when he catches the appreciative eye of B-list director Rudy...
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Categories: Bestsellers; Contemporary Fiction
Hollywood Moon: A Novel (Hollywood Station)
by Joseph Wambaugh
There's a saying at Hollywood station that the full moon brings out the beast--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...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Bestsellers; Contemporary Fiction
The Secrets of Harry Bright
by Joseph Wambaugh
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Raucous cops, outlaw bikers, and suntanned celebrities collide in a steamy landscape swirling with natural beauty and unnatural death.   Seventeen months ago the California desert revealed the remains of Jack Watson. The rich man’s son was found incinerated in a Rolls-Royce, a bullet in his head....
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
The Black Marble
by Joseph Wambaugh
Russian-American detective A. A. Valnikov is a burned-out homicide detective who gets teamed with Natalie Zimmerman, twice-divorced with a grudge against men. These unlikely partners are assigned the strange case of a stolen show dog being held for ransom. In this bittersweet tale that the Los Angeles Times called “terrifying and...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
Finnegan's Week
by Joseph Wambaugh
A toxic spill causes a lethal chain reaction for a San Diego cop in this “very funny” New York Times bestseller by the author of The Choirboys ( Kirkus Reviews ). Fin Finnegan, a San Diego police detective and wannabe actor heading straight for a midlife meltdown, is assigned a routine truck theft that turns into a toxic...
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Lines and Shadows
by Joseph Wambaugh
The true story only Joseph Wambaugh could tell. A band of California cops set loose in no-man’s-land to come home heroes. Or come home dead. Not since Joseph Wambaugh’s bestselling The Onion Field has there been a true police story as fascinating, as totally gripping as Lines and Shadows . The media hailed them as heroes....
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Categories: True Crime
The Golden Orange: A Novel
by Joseph Wambaugh
When forty-year-old cop Winnie Farlowe lost his  shield, he lost the only protection he had. Ever  since, he's been fighting a bad back, fighting the  bottle, fighting his conscience. But now he's in  for a special fight. Never before has he come up  against anyone like Tess Binder. She's a  stunningly beautiful, sexually...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
The Blooding: The Dramatic True Story of the First Murder Case Solved by Genetic "Fingerprinting"
by Joseph Wambaugh
Fifteen-year-old Lynda Mann's savagely raped and strangled body is found along a shady footpath near the English village of Narborough.  Though a massive 150-man dragnet is launched, the case remains unsolved.  Three years later the killer strikes again, raping and strangling teenager Dawn Ashforth only a stone's throw from where...
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Categories: Crime & Criminals; True Crime
Floaters
by Joseph Wambaugh
Who else but Joseph Wambaugh could write "a joy, a hoot, a riot of a book" that is also acclaimed as "one of this season's best crime novels"? That's how The New York Times Book Review and Time , respectively, described his last novel, Finnegan's Week . Nobody writes a faster, funnier, more satisfying tale of cops and criminals, the...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
The Delta Star
by Joseph Wambaugh
L.A. Wambaugh-style. A world of cops on the rocks with a twist of murder. A cheap hooker named Missy Moonbeam takes a fatal dive from the roof of a sleazy hotel. But what’s a Caltech phone number doing in her trick book? And how does that connect to a dead private eye and a useless credit card? And what does all that have to do...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
Fugitive Nights
by Joseph Wambaugh
Private investigator Breda Burrows, a sultry, tough-as-nails lady, convinces ex-cop Lynn Cutter to guide her through the netherworld of Palm Springs, the pleasure--and, it seems, murder--capital of the world.
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
Fire Lover: A True Story
by Joseph Wambaugh
An ambitious firefighter hunts a notorious arsonist in the Edgar Award–winning true crime story the New York Times calls “stranger than fiction.” From Joseph Wambaugh, the #1 New York Times –bestselling author of such classics as The Onion Field and The Choirboys , comes the extraordinary story of the chase for the...
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Categories: Social Sciences; True Crime
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