Week of April 2, 2008 | Joseph Wambaugh

This week's guest is Joseph Wambaugh, a true giant in the world of crime writing. Mr. Wambaugh burst onto the publishing scene in the early 1970's. HIs first novel, THE NEW CENTURIONS, is a classic.

Using his experience as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department, Mr. Wambaugh exposed the inner workings of the department in a new and controversial way. He then wrote THE ONION FIELD, a classic in the non-fiction crime genre. Over the next several decades he created an impressive body of both fiction and non-fiction.

Mr. Wambaugh retired nearly a decade ago. During out interview he explains that his friend

James Ellroy told him he needed to write about today's LAPD. Little, Brown published HOLLYWOOD STATION in 2006.

HOLLYWOOD STATION introduced a cast of colorful characters from the Hollywood precinct of the LAPD. It is a wonderful novel filled with cracking dialogue and brilliant plot twists. HOLLYWOOD STATION is now available in paperback.

On this week's show Mr. Wambaugh and I discuss HOLLYWOOD CROWS, the second entry in the Hollywood series. I found the process by which he creates his ideas fascinating ("feeding the force").

I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation.HOLLYWOOD CROWS is a great read; you'll find yourself laughing out loud at the dialogue. Enjoy!


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