Released: Jan 2010
Reviewer: L J Hurst
Initially, L. J. Hurst worked in the backrooms of the media industry. He now divides his time between work for an international scientific publisher and a rather more British independent bookseller. In years past he was a regular attendee at the Shots on the Page Festivals from whence Shots Mag sprung
Hollywood Moon is Joseph Wambaugh’s third book in his Hollywood Station series (Hollwood Station, 2006, and Hollywood Crows, 2008, were the first two) and I doubt that it is meant to be the last. Based on the patrol cops who work the beat, it features some of the officers from the first books and some new. Some cops stick around, some cannot get out, some cops get killed, some cops come back to duty, some cops come back to duty changed men and women, responding to their colleagues in different ways, and still all of them follow the ethos of their forebears on the boulevards and parking lots of weirdsville. If you’re working the night shift then you are even more likely to hit on by the moon-struck.
On the opposite side of
the world of good and evil there are some nasty little rodents nibbling
at civilisation. There are rats picking on the transvestite prostitutes,
there are wolverines gulping down identities and spitting them out in
fraudulent transactions, there are beasts of burden who are carrying
home other people’s property, there are chameleons who change their
appearance before they visit each of the petty thieves working for them.
There are lice planning to live on the rats and suck their lifeblood,
following them furtively back to their burrows. And there are monsters
who are just starting to test their teeth with some voyeurism and some
backdoor action. It takes a while to see the pattern – in his own way,
Joseph Wambaugh camouflages the developing storylines just as nature
breaks up the lines of zebras and tigers, but somewhere about a third of
the way in you start to see how these feral beasts of LA have become
imprinted and who and what is going to become their target or targets.
The questions then becomes can Hollywood Nate, Dana Vaughn, Aaron Sloane
and the other officers on the night shift start to put the evidence
together in time to put a few traps in the way of the crooks and
psychos before even more blood flows?
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