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The New Centurions by [Wambaugh,Joseph]
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Wambaugh is the best in the business - Kathy Reichs

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  • File Size: 997 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (March 25, 2008)
  • Publication Date: March 25, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0015DROW8
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit that Wambaugh's subsequent books (with the exception of The Onion Field) have been major disappointments. Perhaps that is because this, his first novel, is such a wonderful and complete book. Everything else seems to be a valient yet failed effort to recapture to wonder and confusion of this bristling masterwork. It deals with the trials, triupmhs and personal failures of three young cops, the now stock characters of the confused kid, the inept failure trying to make something out of himself and the brainy, yet physically weak intellectual who tries to out smart every situation. It takes them from academy training up through the Watts riots of 1965. The characters are real, innately believable and sympathetic and abhorrent and cruel. I loved this book. With the exception of the brutal novels of James Ellroy, there is no better "cop" fiction available, and it is infinately more realistic than Ellroy's work because we get the sense that Wambaugh truly was there at these events, that he honestly understand s what it is like to be young and scared with a gun and a badge when the whole world is falling apart. It took about four or five books before Wambaugh became just another second rate crime novelist. This is the finest of his almost true-crime fiction. Likely you will burn through this absorbing novel in the shortest time possible. Compelling, funny, action-packed and sad, this is a wonderful book that, within its ever growing sub-genre, will likely never be equaled.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The New Centurions" came as a bit of a surprise to me. I read other Wambaugh works, but they were written more recently. This book was written back in the early part fo Wambaugh's career, and I feel under the false assumption that it was going to be inferior.
Boy, was I wrong. This is the most honest and perfect police novel I have ever read, and I liked it more than the author's later work (which I love).
"The New Centurions" focuses on the lives of three Los Angeles cops from bot camp to their 5 year anniversary on the force. Not a police procedural, the emphasis is rather on the lives of the characters and the various experiences they go through as police officers. Alternately brutal, funny, smart, sad, warm, philosophical, and ugly, "The New Centurions" is an extremely well-done piece of realistic fiction. These characters could be real.
I won't spoil anything here, but I have to recommend this book to anyone interested in the cop lifestyle. I'm going to give this book to my brother who has contemplated becoming a police officer, since I think the realism here can be an eye-opener.
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By A Customer on July 20, 2000
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I chose this book after reading previous reviews, for a summer reading project. I am going into 11th grade and it is mandatory that we read 2 books over the summer. I chose this one and was surprised how amazing it was. My stepfather is a cop and thats why it stood out of the crowd of other books. The book is about 3 men, and how they go from rookies to great cops in L.A. I was totally surprised by the ending, which I wont give away. I recommend this book to a mature teen, or adult. Great characterization and simply, 2 thumbs up!
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Format: Hardcover
Joseph Wambaugh never ceases to entertain me. �The Blue Knight� is one of his earlier works, and so far it�s a very close second to �The New Centurions� for my favorite Wambaugh novel.
The novel tells the story of Bumper Morgan, a Los Angeles beat cop who is three days from retirement. Bumper is a big, fat, loveable glutton with a bit of a sadistic streak. We follow his last few days on the police force while he begrudgingly drives his patrol car through his long time beat in LA. Bumper explains that he prefers walking the beat, but since he�s too old and fat he is forced to drive � his legs aren�t what they used to be.
Bumper tells his own story, and everything is told through his eyes. As usual, Wambaugh�s gifted use of sharp, witty dialogue and scathing �common-man� analysis of the streets brings Bumper�s story to life. Everyone on his beat loves him. Restaurant owners pile heaps of culinary delights in front of him on a daily basis, and it�s obvious Bumper LOVES to eat� many times my mouth started watering while reading the descriptions of a wide variety of foods laid out for this loveable cop.
When he�s not eating (a rare occasion, or so it seems), Bumper meets with other locals: strip club owners, convenience store managers, even homeless bums whom he pays for info on the local crooks. Bumper is proud of himself for paying his informants out of his own pocket rather than paying out of the PDs �kitty�; he thinks it keeps his sources anonymous and safe.
As warm, loveable and thoughtful our hero is, there is a sadistic side to Bumper Morgan as well. He�s not above turning up the heat on the undesirables, and it seems to me that it�s considered to be part of the job for him; certainly nothing to think twice about.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A centurion was literally a Roman officer in charge of a hundred-man contingent of soldiers in a legion of three to six thousand men. They were the front-line leaders who issued forth from Rome for five hundred years, beating barbarians into submission and maintaining law and order throughout the empire. Wambaugh applies this moniker to his unique tale of three rookies issuing forth from the police academy, fresh and idealistic as they set about to clean up Los Angeles.
They have a lot to learn. As it turns out, right and wrong aren't always clearly black and white. Bad guys populate both sides of the law. Rules are subject to interpretation. Justice is slow and convoluted. And life is not fair.
Wambaugh brings his unique real-life experience in LAPD to bear on this story, showing the maturation of cops in believable fashion. The book is a little dated in terms of police procedure, but the underlying story and message are same-day fresh. This is a cut above the typical cop's tale. --Christopher Bonn Jonnes, author of Wake Up Dead.
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