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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon January 15, 2010
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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