Review: Hollywood Moon by Joseph Wambaugh
Published 20/02/2010 | 05:00
When it's a full moon in Hollywood, that's when the cops know the looney toons come out to do mischief. On one such night, veteran LAPD cop Dana Vaughn and 'Hollywood' Nate Weiss, a struggling actor turned policeman, get a call about a young man who has been attacking women.
Meanwhile, two surfer cops known as Flotsam and Jetsam keep bumping into an odd and suspicious duo -- a smooth-talking player with dreadlocks and a crazy-eyed, tattooed biker. No one suspects that all three characters might be involved in something bigger, more hi-tech and much more illegal.
As the night draws on, there are lots of dizzying twists, turns and chases as Dana and Nate come to realise they have stumbled on a complex web of crime that will ultimately lead to violence and tragedy.
Now in his early 70s, former LAPD policeman Joseph Wambaugh, author of the classic New Centurions, delivers a punchy slice of LA life that fizzes with black humour and is packed with memorable, odd characters who live life balanced on the knife-edge of sanity. Great stuff.