From Publishers Weekly
The LAPD's Hollywood Station deals with some of the strangest lawbreakers anywhere, as shown in MWA Grand Master Wambaugh's amusing fourth novel to feature Hollywood Nate Weiss, surfer cops Flotsam and Jetsam, and the rest of the series' colorful police crew (after Hollywood Moon). In the main plot line, the paths of a pair of drug-addled thieves--high school dropout Jonas Claymore and his down-on-her-luck housemate, Megan Burke--converge and collide with those of snooty art dealer Nigel Wickland and sleazy part-time butler Raleigh L. Dibble with results both absurd and tragic. Meanwhile, Wambaugh diverts with smaller episodes about such odd Hollywood denizens as the Wedgie Bandit and the Goths, a couple whose dress and house channels the Addams family. Veteran police officer Della Ravelle's sage mentoring of young officer Britney Small lends some gravity to this deliciously convoluted caper. (Nov.)
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Critics compared aspects of Joseph Wambaugh’s latest novel to James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake
, Raymond Chandler’s noir classics, and—wait for it—the work of British historian Edward Gibbon (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
): an overstatement in all three cases, to be sure, though the kernel of truth in each is based on Wambaugh’s reputation as a crime writer’s crime writer. In fact, he’s a master of language, human nature, and narrative pyrotechnics rivaled these days only by James Ellroy, particularly in the dissolute-lifestyles genre that he commandeers in the Hollywood Station books. Wambaugh has not only managed to keep his edge; he’s continued to hone his craft. For a crime writer 40 years in the game, that’s cause for celebration.