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The Black Marble

by Joseph Wambaugh

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 romantic," the partners will find much more than they ever could have imagined. Cosmopolitan called it "fast, colorful and gripping . . . as touching as it is breathlessly entertaining."

The Blooding

by Joseph Wambaugh

For the first time, Joseph Wambaugh turns his attention outside the United States to deal with two murders in neighboring English Midlands villages-ancient villages that still have whitewashed Tudor cottages, pavements too narrow for passing baby prams, streets barely wide enough for two cars, and churches or pubs as the sites of community life. What intrigues the master of true-crime writing is that out of the sleepy setting grew a landmark case: the first murders solved by genetic fingerprinting. The victims of the terrifying rape-murders -two fifteen-year-old girls who do not know each other-have in common one fatal mistake: they choose to walk village footpaths bordering the lands of a psychiatric hospital. Forever after, the names Ten Pound Lane and The Black Pad will evoke fear and dread. The murders occur three years apart, and during all those years the members of the Leicestershire constabulary never give up their search. The local newspapers cooperate by keeping the cases alive. And the families of the victims try to cope with the chaos of their existence.

The Blooding

by Joseph Wambaugh

This is the suspenseful and powerful true story of the discovery of DNA identification by a university geneticist in the Midlands of England--which changed the world of forensic science and police work forever--and of its very first use in the hunt for a serial killer who terrorized a quiet English village. Playboy said, "this book holds the tension and excitement of an imaginative police novel." Yet every word of it is true.

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 himself.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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 himself.From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Delta Star

by Joseph Wambaugh

The cops of Rampart station follow a trail of corruption where genius and greed mix to create murder.

The Delta Star

by Joseph Wambaugh

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."

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 reconstructs the case from its roots, recounting the details, drama, players and pawns in this bizarre crime that shocked the nation and tore apart a respectable suburban town. The massive FBI and state police investigation ultimately centered on two men. Dr. Jay C. Smith--By day he was principal of Upper Merion High School where Susan Reinert taught. At night he was a sadist who indulged in porno, drugs, and weapons. William Bradfield--He was a bearded and charismatic English teacher and classics scholar, but his real genius was for juggling women--three at a time. One of those women was Susan Reinert. How these two men are connected, how the brilliant murder was carried off, and how the investigators closed this astounding case makes for Wambaugh's most compelling book yet.

Echoes in the Darkness

by Joseph Wambaugh

William S. bradfield is a respected high school teacher in Philadelphia. Jay C. Smith is the retired principal. Both are rather strange men with questionable reputations when it comes to women. When one of Bradfield's many lovers is found murdered in her car and her children disappear, Bradfield and Smith are both suspects. This true story follows the cases of the accused killers and the lives of the people who fell under their influence. Wambaugh pulls no punches in this gritty thriller.

Finnegan's Week

by Joseph Wambaugh

Set in San Diego, a detective story.

Finnegan's Week

by Joseph Wambaugh

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 chemical spill, setting off a bizarre chain reaction of death and murder on both sides of the Mexican border. Fin is forced to team up with Nell Salter, a sexy female investigator, as well as an equally fetching US Navy investigator who wants to learn all that Fin can teach her--and that's saying a lot. The New York Times Book Review called it "a frolic, a joy, a hoot, a riot of a book." And Entertainment Weekly said, "superbly crafted and paced, deliciously funny, but fundamentally, as always, deadly serious."

Floaters

by Joseph Wambaugh

The world-famous America's Cup regatta has come to San Diego, bringing with it sailors, schemers, spies, saboteurs, and the "cuppies" who love them. Along with them is a gorgeous opportunist named Blaze who unwittingly triggers a pair of murders on the eve of the biggest sailing race of them all. A veteran of twenty years of police work and two failed marriages, Mick Fortney's life consists of piloting his police patrol boat in Mission Bay and boozing in harbor side saloons. But a "floater" in the bay sends Mick into the world of the superrich and an elite sport shot through with corruption--a world where this water cop is totally out of his element. "Classic Wambaugh, a wildly satirical look at the sport of millionaires, yacht racing, and the obsession of enthusiasts with winning a silver trophy called The America's Cup" said the Associated Press.

Fugitive Nights

by Joseph Wambaugh

Three mis-matched people, only one of them a cop, pursue a bald, burly man who disappears in the California desert. The trail leads from remote canyons to the golden boulevards of Palm Springs, to smart hotels and ultra-chic parties, and a high-speed chase through a celebrity golf tournament.

Fugitive Nights

by Joseph Wambaugh

Playground for the rich, arena for the powerful, graveyard for the unlucky . . . welcome to Palm Springs! The wealthy socialite wife of an impotent husband wants to know why he's made a secret deposit--at a sperm bank. Former LAPD cop turned PI Breda Burrows is on the case, and she retains soon-to-be retired Palm Springs cop Lynn Cutter as a guide, leading this odd couple straight into danger. "Hilarious and chilling . . . had me wide-eyed and alert until the very end" said The New York Times Book Review.

The Glitter Dome

by Joseph Wambaugh

The effects of the Hollywood scene on 4 sets of police partners enmeshed in the glamour and grime, the hustle and horror of Los Angeles.

The Glitter Dome

by Joseph Wambaugh

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 cops, including homicide detectives Martin Welborn and Al Mackey, who get assigned the case of a murdered Hollywood studio boss who may have been involved in some very strange and dangerous filmmaking. Hilarious at times, heartbreaking at others, this book was likened by theNew York Daily News to a "one-two combination that leaves the reader reeling."

The Glitter Dome

by Joseph Wambaugh

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 cops, including homicide detectives Martin Welborn and Al Mackey, who get assigned the case of a murdered Hollywood studio boss who may have been involved in some very strange and dangerous filmmaking. Hilarious at times, heartbreaking at others, this book was likened by theNew York Daily News to a "one-two combination that leaves the reader reeling."

The Golden Orange

by Joseph Wambaugh

Ex-cop Winnie Farlowe has been retired from police work due to a back injury, and has been fighting the bottle instead of bad guys ever since. But suddenly he meets Tess Binder, a stunning, three-time divorcée from the Balboa Bay Club where wallets are fat, bikinis are skimpy, and cosmetic surgery is one sure way to a billionaire's bank account. She believes her father's suicide was actually a murder and wants Winnie to help her prove it. Death and chicanery flourish amidst ranches, mansions, and yachting parties. Publishers Weekly called it "comic and deeply moving . . . a stupendous climax . . . virtually sure to be hailed as Wambaugh's best." And the San Diego Union-Tribune said, "a profoundly serious work and in reading it I laughed my head off."

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 known as "Flotsam and Jetsam", aspiring actor "Hollywood Nate" Weiss, and young Britney Small, along with new members of the midwatch, all gamely coping with the wackiness of Hollywood. The story begins in the southernmost Los Angeles district of San Pedro, one of the world's busiest harbors, where an unlikely pair of lovers is caught up in terror and peril through no fault of their own. When Dinko Babich, a young longshoreman,delivers Lita Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from the harbor to a Hollywood nightclub, his life is forever changed as an unexpectedly tender and moving love story develops. Comedy and tragedy are intertwined in the everyday life of the cops and residents of San Pedro Harbor.

Hollywood Crows: A Novel

by Joseph Wambaugh

Margot Azia is divorcing her husband, the proprietor of a strip club, but they have a fortune and both of them want it. Enter Nate Weiss, a cop hungry for stardom and love. Sequel to Hollywood Station.

Hollywood Hills

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 Ressler, and his troublemaking fiancée, Leona Brueger, the older-but-still-foxy widow of a processed-meat tycoon. Nate tries to elude her crafty seductions, but consents to keep an eye on their estate in the Hollywood Hills while they're away.Also minding the mansion is Raleigh Dibble, a hapless ex-con trying to put the past behind him. Raleigh is all too happy to be set up for the job--as butler-cum-watchdog--by Nigel Wickland, Leona's impeccably dressed art dealer. What Raleigh doesn't realize is that under the natty clothes and posh accent, Nigel has a nefarious plan: two paintings hanging on the mansion's walls will guarantee them more money than they've ever seen.Everyone's dreams are just within reach--the only problem is, this is Hollywood. A circle of teenage burglars that the media has dubbed The Bling Ring has taken to pillaging the homes of Hollywood celebutants like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, and when a pair of drug-addled young copycats stumbles upon Nigel's heist, that's just the beginning of the disaster to come. Soon Hollywood Nate, surfer cops Flotsam and Jetsam, and the rest of the team at Hollywood Station have a deadly situation on their hands.Hollywood Hills is a raucous and dangerous roller coaster ride that showcases Joseph Wambaugh in vintage form.

Hollywood Moon

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 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 LA.

Hollywood Station

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 killed. If you're in Hollywood Division, it also means dealing with some of the most desperate criminals anywhere. Now the violent robbery of a Hollywood jewelry store quickly connects to a Russian nightclub and an undercover operation gone wrong, and the sergeant they call the Oracle and his squad of quirky cops have to make sense of it all. From an officer who dreams of stardom, to a single mother packing a breast pump, to partners who'd rather be surfing, they'll take you on a raucous ride through a gritty city where no one is safe. Especially not the cops.

Lines and Shadows

by Joseph Wambaugh

This is the true story of a squad of San Diego cops, posing as undocumented immigrants, whose mission is to police the no-man's-land by the international border where men, women, and children cross in the dead of night only to fall prey to ruthless Mexican bandits waiting to rape, rob, and murder them. The Chicago Sun-Times described it as "a saga of courage, craziness, brutality and humor comparable to The Onion Field for storytelling and revelatory power." Newsday said, "splendidan utterly fascinating true-crime story."

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