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  • Unknown Binding: 470 pages
  • Publisher: W F Howes Ltd (2007)
  • ASIN: 1846329590
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
If you read only one novel about the police this year, Hollywood Station would be an excellent choice.

There can be no finer heroes that those who serve in a police force that's under severe scrutiny like the LAPD is today. These officers have to deal with the sins of those who have been expelled, the excesses of those who want to avoid those sins being repeated, and the loss of respect in the public. Hollywood Station provides a fascinating and sympathetic look at what it's like to serve in the middle of such challenges. You'll be both fascinated and repelled by what's revealed.

In the Hollywood of today, Joseph Wambaugh takes us through the crime that's spawned by meth users, the day-to-day violence experienced by the homeless, the disgusting things that people do to those they claim to love, the dangers of selling oneself on the streets, the petty schemes of career criminals, and the outrage that ordinary citizens feel about these signs of human decay.

In parallel, we see the world of the police officer . . . both those who are new to the force and long-time veterans. They find themselves sexually attracted to each other as women are increasingly in the force . . . even though the marriages that result won't work. Their motives for joining are often a wide mark away from the reality, but they find the work rewording and sometimes even fun.

The continuing story in the book reminded me of an 82nd precinct case. In this instance, two meth users find material while fishing in a mail box that leads to a jewel heist. Emboldened by the experience, the thieves decide to go after bigger game . . . with serious consequences for everyone involved.

The back stories of the cons and the cops are well done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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It's been literally decades since I've read a Joseph Wambaugh police procedural thriller. Once his plots left the realm of the LAPD, I lost interest. But he returns with all the old panache with HOLLYWOOD STATION first published in 2006, 14 years after the legendary Chief Daryl Gates retired, or, as some say, was forced out by the 1992 riots that followed the wretched Rodney King episode. It's a new world for the force.

The characters of this novel are the law officers and miscreants they police in the Hollywood Division, which I drive through every day on the way to work unaware of the human dramas and comedies bubbling just below the surface. It's the beat that includes Grauman's Chinese, the Walk of Fame, the Kodak Theater (of the Oscars) and the famous HOLLYWOOD sign. On a broader scale, it's interesting to learn the author's take, as seen through the eyes of his cop heroes, on the doldrums the LAPD has entered under Gates' lackluster successors and the current activist city mayor. The federal consent decree, under which the department currently operates, is particularly odious. Only the watch of the current police chief achieves a hint of approval.

The crimes and misdemeanors of Hollywood's low-life, and the situations confronting L.A.'s finest, are often bizarre. You couldn't make this stuff up, and I suspect that Wambaugh hasn't. At the book's beginning, he gives credit to the police officers of Los Angeles, San Diego and Palm Springs for providing him with anecdotal stories. So, even if the Hollywood Division isn't quite so lively on a daily basis as depicted, the stretch to the imagination is more about frequency than substance and the descriptive "Hollyweird" perhaps has basis in fact.

Wambaugh is back! And I've already got his latest book, HOLLYWOOD CROWS (involving many of the same protagonists), on my Wish List.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable read 9 Feb 2008
I stumbled across this new book and bought it on the strength of the memory of the last Wambaugh I had read years before 'The Black Marble' which I'd remembered I'd enjoyed very much at the time. My only concern was that it might feel a little dated to me - this has happened before when I've read again authors I'd enjoyed in years past. But no, it was fresh, lively, amusing, very entertaining. Very good in fact.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrillingly real police procedural 17 Aug 2007
By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE
Few writers can match the thrilling veracity of Wambauugh at his best, and this is the master back near his best. Funny and bleak, thrilling and sickening, idealistic and cynical - no one evokes the the blasted world of the street cop and the blighted existence of the criminal so authentically.

Dark, compelling and bleakly funny - this blows Wambaughs many imitators (Michael Connelly, et al) out of their shoes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wambaugh's Tinseltown Blues 3 Feb 2007
By nickyb
I was amazed to see this book at Heathrow Airport just after Christmas and snapped it up. A new Wambaugh after all these years. Before I started reading it I read an interview with Wambaugh who spoke about his bitterness towards the authorities and how they had treated the LAPD post-Rodney King. And this sentiment towards officialdom runs strongly through the book. Wambaugh is obviously upset with the tarnishing of the LAPD and the conditions under which they have to work. Apart from all that it's close to a classic Wambaugh but not quite there. At one point I wasn't too sure if there was going to be a strong central storyline flowing through the book but eventually it became clear who we had to keep within our sights. Some lovely characters were created and some hilarious stories of polcing were told. I was not surprised to read that Wambaugh is in talks with the TV companies to produce a series based on Hollywood Station. Thanks heavens Wambaugh is back.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a long time fan
One of Wambaugh's book The Choirboys was made into a film. I was part of a group of policemen asked to attend a viewing in Oxford to help the council decide what category it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Merewoodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Top writer
I stopped reading Wambaugh years ago, he just disappeared off my radar. What a mistake! This is where it all started again for me, I just love this book and couldn't tell you how... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mike Mood
1.0 out of 5 stars Laboured
I couldn't get into this. Wambaugh is one of my favourite authors, but this book just didn't ring true. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jim 8888
5.0 out of 5 stars back to his best
Mr Wambaugh is back. If you enjoyed The Choir Boys you are you are going to love this. Hollywood Station has all the crazy zany characters that will have you laughing out loud in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. T. Heywood
5.0 out of 5 stars a damn good read
Lots of twists and bloody funny at times. You feel like your there watching it all take place. Very well written book.
Published 10 months ago by Hamish B
3.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Station
Love Joseph Wambaugh and his style of writing. Hollywood Station is a gritty series of vignettes held together by central theme, the brave men and women of the LAPD. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pauli J
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
It's been sometime since I read this author but it certainly won't be the last.makes me wonder if there was some connection with Hill Street Blues as the story format is similar.
Published 13 months ago by Raymond Holden
5.0 out of 5 stars Can Hollywood be as zany as this?
Reading this book has convinced me of one thing above all else. I wouldn't want to live in Hollywood and most certainly not want to be a police officer there
Published 13 months ago by seejay
3.0 out of 5 stars Cop Fiction
I purchased Hollywood Station when it was in a Kindle Sales so wasn't really sure what I was going to get. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great police yarn
If you like Wambaugh then you will not be let down with this. 7 more words required? 3 more words required?
Published 18 months ago by Paul Herbert
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