Edward Gibbon
Book review: 'Hollywood Hills' by Joseph Wambaugh
Book review: 'Hollywood Hills' by Joseph Wambaugh

It's Joseph Wambaugh's world. Other crime writers just live in it. Beginning with his 1971 novel, "The New Centurions," and his 1973 nonfiction masterpiece, "The Onion Field," the former Los Angeles Police Department detective all but created the modern L.A. police procedural. Wambaugh's work chronicles the true lives of those involved in the dirty business of law and order, and has provided the foundational language, style and conventions for the countless writers who have tried, with mixed results, to follow in his footsteps. " Hollywood Hills," Wambaugh's newest novel, is a cogent reminder that he remains on the beat, and as effective as...