Summary: In Wambaugh's gripping new book about life in the country's most sensational police force, the beloved Oracle has been replaced by thin-lipped Sgt. Treacle, but the setting is the same - Hollywood: "America's nut capital" - and some favorite personalities are still around.
When Nate and Bix Rumstead (a supposedly upstanding cop with serious sobriety issues) find themselves caught up with bombshell Margot Aziz, they think they're just having some fun. But in Hollywood, nothing is ever what it seems. To them, Margot is a harmless socialite, stuck in the middle of an ugly divorce from the nefarious bar-owner, Ali Aziz. What Nate and Bix don't know is that Margot's no helpless victim: she's setting them both up so that she can get away with the perfect murder - and still stand to inherit her ex-husbands's ill-won fortune. What SHE doesn't know is that Aziz has replaced her sleeping pills with a poison. And then there's Leonard Stillwater, a small time tweaker whose connection to Aziz is about to shoot him into the big leagues...
Complete with scams, cokeheads, petty (and some not so petty) crimes, HOLLYWOOD CROWS offers the very best of Wambaugh: impeccable plotting, acerbic humor, and plenty of flawed but lovable characters. -- josephwambaugh.net
I am thrilled to be giving away up to five copies of HOLLYWOOD CROWS by Joseph Wambaugh courtesy of Hachette Book Group USA. I have to admit that I haven't read this book yet, but I've read most of Wambaugh's earlier books and I loved them. In fact, in a recent BlogTalk Radio show, author Michael Connelly credits Joseph Wambaugh's characters as inspiration for his Harry Bosch character.
Here's the drill:
For every 15 comments I receive, I will give away another book -- if I get 75 or more, I will give away five books! Leave a comment telling me if you've ever read any of Joseph Wambaugh's books for one entry. If you'd like to double your chances, just blog about this contest with a link back to this post. This contest will run until Sunday, November 9th at 11:59 p.m. EST. I will announce the winner the following day. Good luck!