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Another morbid comedy about inner-city beat cops!
on 9 January 1999
I've admired Wambaugh's books since I read THE CHOIRBOYS almost twenty years ago. In spite of the horrors he so effectively expressed, I pursued a career in law enforcement, serving for for years with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. Now I'm writing several police novels of my own. THE DELTA STAR is one of my favorite novels altogether. You get partnered with Detective Mario Villalobos as he investigates the homicide of a prostitute named Missy Moonbeam. You get drunk with the Bad Czech, Jane Wayne, and Rumpled Ronald as they drink away the angst of the street. And you realize that the Gooned-Out Vice Cop's syllogism of people being garbage hits close to home.
This is one of several Wambaugh novels I keep by my word processor. He's not only a veteran cop and a talented writer. Wambaugh's an inspiration.