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Harbor Nocturne

Fiction: Mystery & Detective
Unabridged   10.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/03/2012

Harbor Nocturne

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Audio CD ISBN:9781611747843
Digital Download ISBN:9781611747850


In the latest masterpiece from “the father of the modern police novel,” comedy, tragedy, and suspense intertwine in a Dickensian tale set in Hollywood.

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Product Description

When Dinko Babich, a young longshoreman, delivers Lita Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from San Pedro Harbor to a Hollywood nightclub, their lives are forever changed. An unexpectedly tender and moving love story develops among the cops and criminals who occupy the harbor, and soon Dinko and Lita are caught up in terror and peril through no fault of their own.

Some LAPD characters from Wambaugh’s acclaimed “Hollywood Station” series are here: the surfer cops “Flotsam and Jetsam,” aspiring actor “Hollywood Nate” Weiss, and young Britney Small, along with new members of the midwatch, all gamely coping with the wackiness of Hollywood. It’s a tale only Wambaugh could have told, with his trademark dark humor and unflinching eye for detail.


“Narrator R.C. Bray does an outstanding job of voicing the numerous foreign accents, jumping with skill and ease between men and women and among multiple nationalities. Overall, a perfect mix of material and narrator—grab it!”
      —Library Journal

“Bray’s narration is excellent as he portrays a myriad of colorful characters, vivid descriptions, and accents that include Croatian, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. And his amazing comedic ability brings to life to the witty dialog.”
      —Sound Commentary

“Once more reveals the secret that the best crime novels are not about how cops work on cases but how cases work on cops.”
      —Michael Connelly

“Razor-edged dialogue punctuates the vignette-filled plot. Realistic criminals are well matched by Wambaugh’s equally authentic police.”
      —Publishers Weekly [starred review]

“A very fast ride-along, enlivened by cop gallows humor, snarky street altercations, and an insistent pull to the dark side.”
      —Booklist [starred review]

“The sideshow acts Wambaugh presents mix legal justice and rough justice, laughter and tears, so inventively that it ’s hard to tell until the very end who’ ll come out on top.”
      —Kirkus Reviews

“Another do-not-miss novel from a living legend of contemporary crime fiction.”

Harbor Nocturne is proof positive that the master hasn’t lost his touch. This highly entertaining book, possibly his best fiction since The Choirboys, has it all.”
      —Mystery Scene Magazine

Author Bio

JOSEPH WAMBAUGH is a former LAPD detective, multiple New York Times best-selling author, two-time Edgar winner, Strand Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and Mystery Writers of America Grand Master. Known as “the father of the modern police novel,” he has written 14 novels and 5 works of nonfiction including The Onion Field, The New Centurions, and The Choirboys, which were all made into feature films. He lives in Los Angeles.