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Wambaugh, Joseph

Works: 306 works in 1,624 publications in 11 languages and 60,041 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Case studies  Biographies  True crime stories  Thrillers (Fiction)  Humorous fiction  Romance fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Drama 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of screenplay, Scenarist, Contributor, Conceptor, Creator
Classifications: PS3573.A475, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Joseph Wambaugh
Hollywood Station : a novel by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

52 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 2,960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Under the leadership of their sergeant, known as "The Oracle," the crew of the LAPD's Hollywood Station take on their toughest case yet as they deal with the Russian mob, diamonds, counterfeiting, and grenades
Fugitive nights by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

46 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Palm Springs, California, Breda Burrows, a brash, good-looking, tough-talking ex-policewoman determined to make it as a private investigator, teams up with a soon-to-be-ex-cop and a young policeman in a search for a fugitive
Hollywood crows : a novel by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

37 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When LAPD cops Hollywood Nate and Bix Rumstead 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 nightclub-owner Ali Aziz. What Nate and Bix don't know is that Margot's no helpless victim: the femme fatale is setting them both up. But Ms. Aziz isn't the only one with a deadly plan.--From publisher description
The onion field by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

62 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 2,820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the events and aftermath of a confrontation between two criminals and two policemen in a California onion field
Finnegan's week by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

43 editions published between 1967 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

San Diego police detective Finbar Brendan Finnegan and two female investigators--an environmental crimes cop from the District Attorney's Office and a U.S. Navy investigator--try to make sense of a conspiracy involving deadly toxic waste and a theft of U.S. Navy goods
The blooding by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

33 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 2,712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The true story of the Narborough village murders."
Echoes in the darkness by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

31 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 2,644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A true murder story, this book is based on the Main Line Murder Case in which a high school teacher was found dead in an automobile in Upper Merion, Pennsylvania, and her two children had disappeared
The Golden Orange by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

39 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 2,560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Newport Beach, on the Gold Coast of California's Orange County, a forty-year-old ex-cop becomes the target of an unknown assailant after he meets a beautiful divorcee
Hollywood moon : a novel by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

29 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 2,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is saying at Hollywood station that the full moon brings out the beast, rather than the best, in the precinct's citizens. One moonlit night, LAPD veteran Dana Vaughn and "Hollywood" Nate Weiss, a struggling actor turned cop, get a call about a young man who's been attacking women. Meanwhile, two surfer cops known as Flotsam and Jetsam keep bumping into an odd, suspicious duo, a smooth talking player in dreadlocks and a crazy eyed, tattooed biker. No one suspects that all three dubious characters might be involved in something bigger, more high tech, and much more illegal. After a dizzying series of twists, turns, and chases, the cops will find they've stumbled upon a complex web of crime where even the criminals can't be sure who's conning whom. The author gets inside the hearts and minds of the cops whose jobs have them constantly on the brink of danger. By turns heart wrenching, exhilarating, and laugh out loud funny, this novel is his most thrilling and deeply affecting ride yet through the singular streets of Los Angeles
The secrets of Harry Bright by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

35 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 2,417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When wealthy, young Palm Springs resident Jack Watson is shot and then incinerated in his Rolls Royce, his father seeks revenge by calling on LAPD homicide detective Sidney Blackpool to sort things out
Fire lover : a true story by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

28 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From master crime writer Joseph Wambaugh, the acclaimed author of such classics as The Onion Field and The Choirboys, comes the extraordinary true story of a firefighter who may have been, according to U.S. government profilers, "the most prolific American arsonist of the twentieth century." Growing up in Los Angeles, John Orr would watch in awe as firefighters scrambled to put out blazes with seeming disregard for their own lives. One day he would become a fireman himself, and a good one. As a member of the Glendale Fire Department, he rose through the ranks, eventually becoming a fire captain and one of southern California's best-known and most-respected arson investigators, as well as a writer of firefighting articles and finally of a fact-based novel. But there was another, unseen life, one that included many women, a need for risk, and a hunger for recognition. While Orr busted a string of petty arsonists, there was one serial criminal he could not track down. The fire lover used the same simple yet devastating device and was unerring in his execution. His lethal handiwork led to the death of four innocent people and countless millions of dollars worth of property damage. Homes, retail stores during business hours, fields of dry brush in stifling summer heat -- little was safe from his obsession to see them burn. But after years of terror and destruction, he would make a mistake. He would leave behind a precious clue that investigators would use to lead them to the true identity of the fire lover, to the shock and disbelief of the firefighting community. Chilling, colorful, and vivid, Fire Lover is Joseph Wambaugh at his best. He explores the making of a deviant personality, the fascinating intricacies of fire science, the uneasy relationship between firefighting and law-enforcement communities, and a legal system gone haywire. Based on his trademark meticulous research, interviews, case records, and thousands of pages of court transcripts, Wambaugh fashions a powerful narrative. You will never look at fire the same way again
The new centurions by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

58 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depicts the brutal experiences and rigorous training endured by three Los Angeles police officers--idealistic Roy Fehler, ex-Marine Serge Duran, and frightened Augustus Plebesly--as they become cops working the dangerous streets of 1960 Los Angeles
The delta star by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

40 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Los Angeles homicide detective Mario Villalobos' investigation of a seemingly routine murder leads him to a famous university where the struggle for recognition, funds, and the Nobel prize may have high costs
Lines and shadows by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

37 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 2,289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells of the work of the Border Crime Task Force, a San Diego police squad dedicated to apprehending the bandits who prey upon illegal aliens
The glitter dome by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

54 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the murder of a major film studio's president in Hollywood, two veteran homicide detectives discover the extent to which they have been seduced by Hollywood
Floaters by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

23 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As yachtsmen prepare for the America's Cup, currently held by the U.S., one man decides on some patriotic sabotage. He concocts a scheme to damage a foreign yacht, the main challenger, which is in dry dock in San Diego. The scheme is foiled by Officer Fortney, but not before there are two murders
The choirboys by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

67 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 2,240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Partners in the Los Angeles Police Department, they're haunted by terrifying dark secrets of the nightwatch -- shared predawn drink and sex sessions they call choir practice. Each wears his cynicism like a bulletproof jockstrap -- each has his horror story, his bad dream, his night shriek. He is afraid of his friend -- he is afraid of himself
Harbor nocturne by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

31 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 2,189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 amid the investigation of a horrifying human-trafficking ring. 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 the two are caught in the crosshairs of the multitude of cops and criminals, the law-abiding and the lawless, who occupy the harbor"--Dust jacket
The blue knight by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

45 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in English and held by 2,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the three days before his retirement from the Los Angeles police force, Bumper Morgan intensifies his activities on his beat, with disastrous results
The black marble by Joseph Wambaugh( Book )

43 editions published between 1970 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this novel, Joseph Wambaugh presents a major surprise: a tale in which crime is secondary to love, and dogs are sometimes more important than people. For here is the strange world of dog shows, the stranger story of a dognapping extortion scheme, and, right in the middle of it all, the most unusual of love stories
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Hollywood Station : a novel
Fugitive nightsHollywood crows : a novelThe onion fieldFinnegan's weekThe bloodingEchoes in the darknessThe Golden OrangeHollywood moon : a novel
Alternative Names
Joseph Wambaugh

Joseph Wambaugh American writer

Joseph Wambaugh Amerikaans schrijver

Joseph Wambaugh amerikansk författare

Joseph Wambaugh amerikansk skribent

Joseph Wambaugh écrivain américain

Joseph Wambaugh scríbhneoir

Joseph Wambaugh scrittore statunitense

Joseph Wambaugh US-amerikanischer Krimiautor

Vambo, Džozefs 1937-

Wambaugh Joseph Aloysius Jr.

Wambough, Joseph.

Wambough, Joseph 1937-

Вамбо Дж.

Вамбо Джозеф

Джозеф Уембо

Джоузеф Уомбо

Уэмбо Джозеф

ג'וזף וומבאו

ואמבו, ג'וזף

ואמבו, ג'וזף אלוזיוס

جوزيف وامبو

چوزيف وامباوج

ウォンボー, ジョゼフ


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