Sequel to Hollywood Station
by Joseph Wambaugh
Read by Christian Rummel
Hollywood Crows, the sequel to Hollywood Station (also
reviewed on Myshelf.com), is the follow-up to the old detective characters with a new plot. This is my first
Wambaugh mystery and I cannot compare it to his first, but I can say that it was intriguing. Both novels are set on
the streets of Los Angeles. Hollywood Crows begins with your not so ordinary but usual fare of deadbeat
crime stars, but, as the beat goes on, the story reveals an undercurrent of a plotting murder whenever detectives
run into small time criminal action and find connections to big time names cropping up. This leads detectives to
investigate the reasons why these names keep surfacing.
Author and former LAPD detective, Joseph Wambaugh, weaves an intricate story with many subplots and sideways
jags. I found the audio version a slow build to a table-turning ending. Narrator Christian Rummel has an amazingly
versatile range of character voices and much was demanded from him in this reading.
The Hollywood Crows case is wrapped around Ali Aziz, a Boulevard strip club operator, and his soon to be
ex-wife Margot. They both want the other one out of the way and are plotting to get the job done permanently,
enlisting the services of the willing, and the unwilling, as it turns out. Caught in the middle of their nasty
divorce is their young son Nicky. The Hollywood Crows force include some of LAPD’s finest... a suntanned
surfing duo named Flotsam and Jetsam who speak the latest beach lingo, "Hollywood Nate" Weiss, a dutiful SAG card
carrying cop, his friend and comrade, Bix, Ronnie Sinclair and Cat Song, LAPD femme fatales, and Sergeant Treacle
or "chicken lips," to name a few.
In this audio version, Rummel’s voice-overs can be a little disengaging, but with Wambaugh’s masterful character
analysis, no part of their personality was left to speculation. At times Crows was a little hard to follow
because of so many character introductions at various times during the story, but as the plot thickened and the
intensity grew I found myself following the storyline with greater interest and ease. I enjoyed the Hollywood
backdrop as it added a unique and interesting twist to the normal criminal lineup found in other cities.
Good story for a long road trip.
March 25, 2008|
Unabridged Audiobook 10 Cd’s /11 1/2 hours|
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