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Another Good Story about Cops in Los Angeles
on May 10, 2015
As usual, Wambaugh tells a good story, and includes his cast of characters from Hollywood Division in this story involving immigrants of various types who populate the Los Angeles area. He involves a story line with some characters you learn to love, at your peril. In the end, it's less humorous than books like Hollywood Moon, and depressing about the pattern of immigration where many of the smarter immigrants find that engaging criminal activity is the easiest way to "succeed" in the United States, and taking advantage of the baser human instincts is lucrative. Unless you are a cop, it's hard to know how realistic the portrayals and procedures are. However, Wambaugh and Michael Connelly are both expert at describing the soul of Los Angeles.