... 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.
From the Inside Flap
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.
From the Back Cover
Hollywood Station isn't your typical police division, but in Hollywood Moon the cops of that surreal place seem called upon to deal with an even greater share of weirdness than normal. A prowler has been violently attacking women, and officers 'Hollywood Nate' Weiss and the captivating Dana Vaughn are in hot pursuit, with Nate on edge because his no-nonsense, whip-smart partner has a knack for making him feel like a rookie. And there's an even darker side to the weirdness. Cue the enigmatic crook Dewey Gleason, master of disguises. Each of his many identities is crafted for the execution of some under-the-radar racket. When, with his henchmen, he hatches an audacious plan, things get very violent indeed.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Joseph Wambaugh served with the LAPD for fourteen years. The author of The New Centurions and The Onion Field, recently republished by Quercus, he is internationally recognised as one of crime fiction's Grand Masters. He lives in California.