• Title: Harbor Nocturne
  • Author: Joseph Wambaugh
  • ISBN: 9780802126108
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Harbor Nocturne 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
    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, theirs lives are forever changed, as their love develops amongIn 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, theirs lives are forever changed, as their love develops among the myriad cops and criminals who occupy the harbor 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 spot on humor that only a master of the form like Joseph Wambaugh can provide Their paths will cross with many colorful characters introduced in Wambaugh s acclaimed bestselling Hollywood Station series the surfer cops known as Flotsam and Jetsam , aspiring actor Hollywood Nate Weiss, young Britney Small, along with new members of the midwatch Humor, love, 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 spot on humor that only a master of the form like Joseph Wambaugh can provide.

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    1. Joseph Wambaugh’s collection of beleaguered cops that make up the LAPD’s Hollywood Division are back and dealing with the general stupidity, weirdness and brutality that makes their jurisdiction so unique. This usually means breaking up fights among the costumed ‘superheroes’ hustling the tourists or dealing with a domestic dispute between a couple of tweakers by getting them to do a duet of Sonny and Cher’s I Got You Babe.This entry borrows a page from The Wire by also having a story [...]

    2. Cliched and overworked. The ghastly plot had not a single surprise. The characters are cardboard racial stereotypes: the Mexican pole dancer with a heart of gold; the Croatian slacker momma's boy who is changed for the better by the Mexican dancer with a heart of gold; the Croatian momma who cooks great quantities of food, who at first hates Mexican pole dancer but who changes her mind when son begins to shave and sit up straight; the Italian pimp; the scary Korean in black glasses who garrotes [...]

    3. This book, like all Wambaugh books, has laugh out loud lines and some sad parts. The "Hollywood Love Story Award" in Chapter 8 is hilarious, with the couple singing "I got you babe" in a happy ending to a domestic violence call.This book is more true to life of what it like to be an police officer than many police procedurals, in that Wambaugh was an LAPD cop for about 10 years. He said that he knew it was time to leave the LAPD when a suspect asked him for his autograph while he was handcuffing [...]

    4. There may just be no writer alive who more accurately writes L.A. in all its ravaged beauty. Told with grit, biting observations of the denizen that populated Los Angles and the surrounding area, and often with an extravagance that any Angelino could tell you isn’t extravagance at all. Los Angeles may just be the one place on earth where truth IS stranger that fiction. If his bad guys seem over the top to the reader, then the reader has never spent any significant time in L.A. because in L.A. [...]

    5. Harbor Nocturne by Joseph Wambaugh belongs to the Hollywood Cop series begun with Hollywood Station. It's an ensemble novel with cop characters that appear in several novels of the series: Only the victims, stooges, and perpetrators change. Some of the action in Harbor Nocturne takes place in Hollywood, but as much takes place in San Pedro, aka "Fishtown," the Port of Los Angeles, which used to be the fishing port once upon a time. Here we have smuggling Asian immigrants in shipping containers, [...]

    6. I'm so surprised about Harbor Nocturne--I really liked it! I'm just surprised Joseph Wambaugh (not to be morbid) is still kicking out the books, and that he wrote this one that is set, basically, almost at the apartment building I live in, in San Pedro, California.I used to read the Wambaugh books when I was a teen; I mean, that is literally damn near 40 years ago! I look at the book jacketwhen I was 15, Wambaugh looked like an old ex-cop (which I believe he is--on this jacket it just says he wr [...]

    7. The zany police officers of Hollywood Station's midwatch are back at it. Highlighted in this book are Flotsom and Jetsom, the surfer cops, who use the craziest, kookiest tactics to apprehend the bad guys. This series of books interweaves several story lines, all coming together nicely at the end. Classic bad guys vs. the cops, but very fun to read. The cop lingo and antics the officers pull are good for a few giggles, even though the story lines are pretty simple. I could see this actually happe [...]

    8. In LAPD's Hollywood Division, the surfer cops are called upon to go undercover for a human trafficing case. Many familiar characters are back as the area of San Pedro is investigated by the police. Wambaugh uses some unusual relationships in his story.

    9. Followed my "first 100" rule but couldn't force myself to read page 101. Disappointing, especially for Wambaugh.

    10. The author continues with most of the usual cast of Hollywood cops, dealing with the usual panoply of Hollywood characters. This time the action also centers around the San Pedro area, with the central story line involving a complex web of illicit human trafficking, nightclub dancers, and lots of cash circulating among the mostly thuggish players. Characteristic of the Hollywood Station series, the actual locations described in the story are often readily identifiable by the reader familiar with [...]

    11. I seem to remember enjoying Wambaugh in the past. But this one not so much. Characters mostly caricatures, unique elements of the settings exaggerated, plot ending disturbingly predictable, procedural stuff not credible. But there was some good, too. I can't fault the technical writing skills, nor was there anything wrong with the pulled-from-the-headlines basic plot. When not overloading us with the craziness of Hollywood and the South Bay, the book provides some concise, well-drawn sketches of [...]

    12. First of Joseph Wambaugh's books I've read, but have always enjoyed his television and/or movie productions. Felt like I was there with the characters and was fully involved. Great mystery and thriller.

    13. The fifth in the Hollywood Station Series. Just a great book. Humor, action, great characters, plot. The terribly sad ending affected me greatly. Interesting history of culture geography occupation interesting points of San Pedro. A real guided excursion around the town. I'm still sad days later.

    14. Joseph Wambaugh Paints Los Angeles in Many Clashing ColorsWhen you read Joseph Wambaugh on the endlessly diverse “coppers” of the LAPD or the equally colorful denizens of their turf, you know you’ve met the truth. Listen as he describes three of Hollywood’s zoned-out derelicts:“Their shirts and trousers were so stained and filthy they’d lost their color and seemed to sprout from them like fungus. Two had splotchy skin with open sores, and there were not twenty teeth among them. As yo [...]

    15. Joseph Wambaugh and a new LAPD novel – not much more needs to be said, does it?But I will anyway.The characters in this novel fall into two groups: The cops [primarily in what used to be called the Hollywood Division, now Hollywood Station, a name more sensitive to the societal reaction to the old name - - typical of the sensitivity-training-filled culture imposed on the various precinct houses], and the denizens of Hollywood, mostly a mixture of various ethnicities – Asian, Hispanic, Easter [...]

    16. Wambaugh, a former L.A. cop, has churned out over twenty novels pulling on experiences he went through ‘on the job.’ He tells us there are two types of cops; that since the years after the Rodney King beating the department became full of “risk-averse cops who wanted to get through their closely supervised careers safely” and the “retro action-oriented risk takers, who always ran straight to the sound of guns.” He makes it pretty clear which one he would have us believe he is.The cop [...]

    17. Harbor Nocturne, by Joseph Wambaugh, a-minus, Narrated by r. C. Bray, Produced by Highbridge Company, downloaded from audible.This is another in the Hollywood Station series, which I find heart-warming and funny, especially the police dark humor. In this one, which is more of a love story than usual, Dinko, doing a friend a favor, takes Lita Medina to her home from a Hollywood nightclub where she is working. He finds that Lita, a young Mexican girl, is one of the young women tricked into coming [...]

    18. Bestselling author, Joseph Wambaugh is known for his gritty novels about Los Angeles and Southern California, and Harbor Nocturne is no exception. If it were a film, I'd rate it an R for sex and violence. This is definitely an adults-only novel, and not something for the squeamish among us adults. Drugs, sex, violence, and corruption - but no rock and roll sadly enough.San Pedro is a little harbor town that's part of the southwestern Los Angeles mega-metro area but, like all of the other little [...]

    19. I actually listened to this book on the way to and from work and at the gym. I probably listened to it a couple of times on a walk, too. There were definitely some funny parts, and I liked that it was set largely here in San Pedro. But in a lot of ways, I thought it was really cheesy and at times annoying. Obviously this author is talented, and I don't want to make it sound like I could do any better, but I guess I felt like it was written too much for what the author considers the *average* per [...]

    20. I just love Wambaugh's Hollywood Cops series, even the corny bits. Highly recommended as audio experiences, especially if you are driving around the same tacky SoCal streets as those he describes, which is the case with me, more or less. There is a great crime policier here, with all the requisite pleasures provided by a master storyteller like Wambaugh---especially setting, detailed police procedure, ethics and morality (or lack thereof), and a lovely cast of nasties. Layered on top like gooey [...]

    21. The harbor district in San Pedro in Los Angeles is the center of action in this story. Besides the business activity around the busy port, the area is made up of many ethnic grops and adult entertainment clubs.The overworked LAPD is attempting to patrol an area that has many street gangs and other residents who don't speak the same language as the police.Dinko Babich is a second generation Croatian. He works on the docks but is currently suspended from work. He does a favor for a friend and take [...]

    22. I like Joseph Wambaugh. Have been a fan of his since his first novel came out based on an incident that happened in San Diego. There's no cop show on TV that's quite like cops, crime, underbelly, dark side, etc. quite like through Joseph Wambaugh's eyes! He's a humorist, too. An excellent one. And he is an ex-cop with lots of time actively spent on the police force. Who, for instance could describe a brand new degreed sergeant with a bunch of older experienced whom he enticed to become part of a [...]

    23. I loved The Choirboys and was deeply affected by The Onion Field it's seems like decades ago. I was surprised to see he was still writing, so I tried this (from 2012?) to see if he still had it.The style is same and there is a heathy cynicism. Yes the cliches are there, but there appeared some wry truth and some of the dark humour of the choirboys. It kept me interested, absorbed and distracted which is probably all I wanted. Safe thriller with some oddball moments.I suppose I shouldn't have bee [...]

    24. The story involves Hector Cozza a local talent agent who scouts top dancers across various hillbilly clubs to upgrade them to the top league of pubs owned by the hot shots who employee Hector. But an urgent errand forces Cozza to ask his childhood buddy Dinko to drive his latest find a sexy Mexican named Lita to a pub in town to get his bosses approval before hiring. Dinko a longshoreman on a break instantly falls in love with her. But does as he was told not before handing her his card. Then a [...]

    25. This story is set in the Los Angeles harbor community of San Pedro and contains many of the police characters of the Hollywood Station: “Hollywood Nate” Weiss, the actor wannabe; the surfers “Flotsam” and “Jetsam”; and Britney Small, one who had to actually shoot someone in the line of duty. Duke Babich, a longshoreman transports a young Mexican dancer, Lita Medina, to a club, he falls in love and takes her home instead. A poignant love story develops as they are caught up in the act [...]

    26. #5 in the Hollywood series. Wambaugh's ensemble cast of Hollywood cops have their usual, entertaining adventures around a story tied to different aspects of human smuggling and a fascinating look at the Croation community in San Pedro. It was my only encounter with the word ćevapčići since it appeared on a lunch menu in Darmstadt, Germany about 25 years ago.Hollywood series - Surfer cops "Flotsam and Jetsam" get their first "intelligence-gathering mission" to ferret out the "money guys" behin [...]

    27. While this doesn't say that it's a Hollywood Station novel, it is. The only difference is that there isn't quite as much focus on the cops and the parallel stories of the bad guys take most of the spotlight. Once again Wambaugh saddens me with the ending of his stories but in real life not everything ends with 'happily ever after'. Flotsam/Jetsam are highlighted more and I got my laughs from them (Transient Jeopardy sounds fun!). Nate and Britney are there and there were a couple of other office [...]

    28. Surfer cops 'Flotsam and Jetsam' get their first 'intelligence-gathering mission' to ferret out the 'money guys' behind a ring of erotic massage parlors, whose human trafficking operation may have resulted in the deaths of 13 Asian immigrants smuggled in a container at San Pedro's shipping yards. Jetsam's amputated foot is their entry to a wealthy Russian with an infatuation with amputees. Meanwhile, a Romeo and Juliet love burgeons between Dinko Babich, a Croatian longshoreman, and Lita Medina [...]

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