“Joseph Wambaugh has been one of those necessary voices through the years--sometimes angry, sometimes illuminating, often wise, always funny and fascinating--and without him, the lives of many readers would be smaller. Including mine.” Stephen King
“…highly entertaining…Razor-edged dialogue punctuates the vignette-filled plot. Realistic criminals are well matched by Wambaugh’s equally authentic police…in this darkly comic, gritty look at life on the streets.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Joseph Wambaugh, former LAPD detective, multiple New York Times
best seller, and Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, is known as “the father of the modern police novel.” With Harbor Nocturne,
he has produced a Dickensian tale of crime and corruption sure to be one of the outstanding books of the year.
Set in the southernmost Los Angeles
district of San Pedro, one of the world’s busiest harbors, an unlikely pair of lovers are unwittingly caught between the two warring sides of the law. When Dinko Babich, a young longshoreman, delivers Lita Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from the harbor to a Hollywood
nightclub, their lives are forever changed. Their paths cross with many colorful characters introduced in Wambaugh’s acclaimed best-selling Hollywood Station seriesthe surfer cops known as Flotsam and Jetsam, aspiring actor “Hollywood Nate” Weiss, young Britney Smallalong with new members of the midwatch. These lives with seemingly nothing in common will all collide as they gamely cope with the weirdness and wackiness of Hollywood
Suspense and tragedy are intertwined in the everyday life of the cops and residents of San Pedro Harbor
, with the unflinching eye for detail and dark humor that only Joseph Wambaugh can provide.