Hollywood Moon: A Novel (Hollywood Station) Hardcover – Large Print, 24 Nov 2009
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'Hilarious black comedy... fabulous characters with an enviable turn of phrase and a way with street language that zings off the page' Daily Express. (Daily Express)
'The one truly authentic voice of LA crime' Daily Mirror. (Daily Mirror)
'Wambaugh's best book yet... full of hilarious anecdotes that ring absolutely true' Stephen King. (Stephen King)
'As bracing, honest and smart as anything Wambaugh has written' David Simon, creator of The Wire. (David Simon) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
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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....
(Stop press: I think a sequel Hollywood Hills is in the works...)
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.
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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