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The Golden Orange Paperback – May 1, 1991
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Understandably, then, Wambaugh, who lives in California, is known as the "cop-author" with emphasis on the former, since, according to him, most of his fantasies involve the arrest and prosecution of half of California's motorists. Wambaugh still prefers the company of police officers and interviews hundreds of them for story material. However, he is aghast that these days most of the young cops drink iced tea or light beer, both of which he finds exceedingly vile, causing him to obsessively fume with Hamlet that, 'The time is out of joint.' He expects to die in a road rage encounter. For more information please visit www.josephwambaugh.net or www.hollywoodmoon.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Joseph Wambaugh's 1990 novel focuses on a boozy ex-cop's love affair with a beautiful society girl on the coast of Newport Beach in Orange County, California. Maybe that's why people are down on it; it's more Raymond Chandler than Ed McBain. Yet I can't help loving "The Golden Orange," one of the most humorous and emotionally compelling novels I have ever read.
There isn't anything here to surprise film noir enthusiasts, though this is much different in tone and story. With his masterly sense of characterization, Wambaugh starts off putting the reader in the shoes of Winnie Farlowe, a hard-drinking 40-year-old forced off the local police because of injury. Adrift, wishing he could return to a job where he mattered, he wastes his small pension drowning his sorrows in one of the few cheap dives in Orange County, occasionally getting a peek at the well-heeled around him.
Winnie's a hard guy not to like, with his sardonic yet humble manner. Told he is ingenuous, Winnie asks: "Is that like ingenious? I used to be ingenious sometimes. Working on homicide gave me ingenious moments." He's so straight up he pays child support for his ex-wife's kids because he adopted them during the marriage. The only thing he's not straight up about is his drinking: "I'm not an alcoholic. I jist shouldn't drink rum!Read more ›
any of his other work, I'd still feel strongly that this one stands on its own. It 'is what it is' as they say and I found it hard to put-down (a rare circumstance for me, when reading fiction) after discovering this book at a church rummage sale, in September, 2008.
As a retired policeman myself (25 years Detroit PD) and a published author (7 titles-check Mark A. Bando on Amazon.com), I suspect that I may be somewhat biased toward stories dealing with retired police officers. However, I believe that any male reader who is dealing with middle age, retirement and looming senior citizenship, could relate to the mysteries of life that Mr. Wambaugh forces us to examine and ponder as this tale unfolds.
He has skillfuly woven the plot and well-developed characters together to make this book a masterpiece in my estimation. It is possible that cops more than the average guy, ponder questions of human behavior and life more relentlessly than the average non-police person. The never- ending quest to discover life's 'meaning' (what's it all about?) and the motivations behind cruel/damaging human behavior are the mysteries examined, but never answered in this book. I like this about the book as well, because these questions are daily puzzled-over by millions, yet seldom discussed or illuminated in any public venue.
Indeed Wambaugh realizes that we can never know the answers, but instead we are left to ponder with jaw-dropping amazement, how deeply personal betrayal can be justified by some individuals, in the greedy quest for materialistic gain.Read more ›
I almost stopped reading the book in the first hundred pages. But like an accident on the highway, I wanted to see how bad it would get. The first half of the book is largely a romance novel of middle aged people with bad track records. Aside from hints of the plot, nothing really happens. Well into the book, the plot finally slowly starts to develop before it is rushed to an end that is very predictable.
The characters are generally unlikeable. The main character Winnie is hard to like when he is a repeated loser and a drunk. He is like the male friend that marries the bad woman despite the advice of his friends. So when he falls into the latest trap(s), it is hard to feel sorry for him.
Amateur writers forged better efforts than this in community college creative writing classes. There was some potential for a good novel here, but Joseph Wambaugh could not find it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not a detective novel. It's a novel about people, about their motivations, about their weaknesses, about their naivete and self-delusions. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SpinChin
I do like Mr. Joseph Wambaugh police books, but like any thing else in life, some are definitely better than the others. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eddie Wannabee
I was always a fan of Wambaugh way back when. There's a whole new group of books I wasn't aware of and this is one of the. Loved every page. Written well, great story, etc. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hilary Franey
Read all waumbaughs books. Hope for one more before he retires. Great stuff. An easy read. entertaining!Published 10 months ago by Dan Till
Typical Wambaugh great story about an alkie ex cop with a great endingPublished 10 months ago by craig boyette
Great story..interesting read..another Wambaugh story that will hold your interest throughoutPublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you want to be entertained, this book is for you. I give it four stars...A well written piece by an experienced author.Published 12 months ago by Michael J. McNelly