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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; First Edition edition (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184724811X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847248114
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.3 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,077,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... it is a huge pleasure to make the reacquaintance of such cops as Hollywood Nate... The plot features romance, tragedy, but above all comedy as an avalanche celebrates 'Dizzyland' in all its weirdness' Evening Standard.

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The cops of Hollywood Station don't police your typical cop beat. Midgets-for-hire, meth tweakers, steroid-pumped monsters, costumed crackheads, drag queens and trannies populate the boulevards and back streets of Los Angeles' most surreal precinct. Even dead hobos writing cheques from beyond the grave and an intimate assault with a Barbie doll are all in a day's (or night's) work. The cops themselves aren't exactly typical either. There's Hollywood Nate, who still dreams of movie stardom but is worried that he's too good-looking to be a character actor; Dana Vaughn, a tough no-nonsense cop who can't stand the fact that her fellow officer Leon Callaway has turned from chauvinist pig to guardian angel since she saved his life; and Aaron Sloane, who has fallen head over heels in love with his beautiful, more experienced partner Sheila Montez, but is too terrified of her to do anything about it. But there's a darker side to Hollywood's weirdness. All that glitz and glamour provide the perfect cover for the city's underworld, and in a place where anything goes, even small-time crime can easily get out of control. Fraudster Dewey Gleason and his chain-smoking, wisecracking wife Eunice - the real mastermind of the pair - have a nice line in mail-box theft and stealing credit cards. But when they hatch an audacious kidnap plan without knowing that their hired help lives a double life as a serial sex attacker, things start to get very dangerous indeed.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Harris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jan 2010
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I can't praise this book enough. It is the third in a series (following Hollywood Station and Hollywood Crows and is similar to them in style and content, following a few days in the lives of police officers based, not suprisingly, in Hollywood (the repeated theme being that weird stuff happens all the time - because it's HOLLYWOOD!)

We also hear about the machinations of a loose crowd of petty crooks - identity thieves: a rather pathetic would be actor, Dewey Gleason, doing the legwork for his (far cleverer, but bossy) wife Eunice. Though they sound a bit clichéd, they are compelling, though repellant, figures. Interwoven with both these strands is a darker theme, as a young and angry man finds he enjoys frightening and attacking women. All of this comes together in a dramatic climax. There's no "whodunnit" element in this at all - we know all along what's going on, just not how it will play out (though clearly it will end in tears).

So - much of the interest is in the interplay of the characters, especially the police, a number of whom reappear from the earlier books (if you haven't read the others there would be no problem starting with this one, though - but you'll want to read them afterwards) and in the bizarre anecdotes which Wambaugh clearly sources from real incidents (some of these might make potential visitors to LA think twice about going....

Highly recommended.

(Stop press: I think a sequel Hollywood Hills is in the works...)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Dec 2009
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Ever since Joseph Wambaugh, a former LAPD detective sergeant, burst on the scene well over 30 years ago with a startling thriller, The New Centurions, this author has been keeping readers engrossed and entertained, which is putting it mildly. With Wambaugh's background his stories have an unparalleled gritty realism fueled by shotgun dialogue - he knows cop-speak, which fires every page. His characters are sharply etched making us either shiver or laugh.

Apparently, there's a saying in Hollywood that a full moon brings out the beast not the best in those who make that city their home. It's surely true in HOLLYWOOD MOON as we're introduced to some of the most off-the-wall loonies imaginable. Unimaginable, yes, but in Wambaugh's hand very real.

Trying to look after the city's good and dreadful are some of the most realistically drawn officers in print. There's Dana Vaughn, a super savvy, self-assured woman officer known for having "the smartest mouth at Hollywood Station." She's partnered with Hollywood Nate, a wannabe movie star who's yet to be discovered. Nate doesn't much care for Dana because "she snarked him about his vanity."

There's also another team known as Flotsam and Jetsam, surfer cops. What a pair! "Flotsam wore his two-inch hair gelled up in front like a baby cocka-too, and Jetsam's was semispiked, both coifs streaked with highlights not provided by sun."

Out in the city there's Jakob Kessler, a pudgy, stoop shouldered frightening German who has dispatched runners throughout the city to steal credit cards. He's making piles of money. Thing is he's not German, he's not stoop shouldered and he's not Jakob Kessler. He's Dewey Gleason, an expert at disguise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Mar 2010
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I've been a fan of Joseph Wambaugh's writing since I read his first book years ago. "Hollywood Moon" is the latest - and hopefully not the last - book in his "Hollywood" series. Wambaugh's novels are not police procedurals. There are plenty of great writers who write plot-driven procedurals. Wambaugh writes character-driven novels that happen to be about police officers and the people and situations they run into while on duty. (And sometimes off-duty, too). In "Hollywood Moon", Wambaugh brings back many of the cops we're familiar with from past "Hollywood" novels. We meet again "Flotsam" and "Jetsam", two surfer-dude cops who'd much rather be riding the waves that patrolling the streets of Hollywood. And, "Hollywood Nate", a late-30's good-looking cop - with a SAG card - who's trying and trying to get into acting. Wambaugh also introduces new cops, and, of course, a new crew of villains, who spend most of their time and energy trying to dupe the good citizens of Los Angeles out of money, using a variety of methods and schemes.

Like most Wambaugh novels, this one has a bittersweet ending. Because Wambaugh is such a good writer, most readers feel like his characters are "real" and we feel invested in their lives. The cops and the criminals and the hangers-on are all interesting.

Wambaugh's writing is not for everyone. He's "politically incorrect" to an amazing degree, so if you're easily offended, don't read his books. For those of us who like a little "incorrectness", he's a great read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. D. M. Kirby on 22 Nov 2009
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This is the third in Joe Wambaugh's `Hollywood' series; the first two were great - this one is even better. Characters from the first two books reappear - Flotsam & Jetsam are, thank goodness, back again, as is "Hollywood Nate" Weiss. He teams up with a newcomer, the desirable Dana Vaughn and the two of them set to work tracking down the frighteningly psychotic Malcolm Rojas. But there are newcomers to Hollywood Station: the sleazy R.T. Gibney, the vulnerable Sarah Messinger and the rather inexperienced undercover officer Harris Triplett - all of whom I hope will resurface in future novels. The villains are top-notch: Dewey Gleason - failed actor and identity thief, the willing tool for the brains of the outfit, his dreadful wife, Eunice - plus two henchmen who attempt criminal sophistication with varying degrees of success.

The style of Wambaugh's writing has never been bettered; the conversations between the luckless Harris Triplett and the street workers are particularly hilarious and `The Oracle' is present at Hollywood Station to issue sound advice to the young coppers, from beyond the grave.

Whatever any other books you may miss, don't miss this one.
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