Sunday 18 March 2018

Review: Hollywood Moon by Joseph Wambaugh

(Quercus £17.99)

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.

Irish Independent

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