Saturday, March 29, 2008

2008 Book 25: The Choirboys

Book #:25

Book Title:The Choirboys

Author:Joseph Wambaugh

Publisher:Dell Publishing

Pub. Date:April 1987

Started:March 27, 2008

Finished:March 29, 2008

Time to Read:3 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"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."


Review:I was introduced to the writing of Joseph Wambaugh by my husband, when we were combining our book collections upon moving into our first shared home. What a treat!

Prolific as a writer about the realities of being a police office in the turbulent 60s and 70s, Wambaugh paints a picture that's almost hard to understand in these sanitized times of political correctness. But in doing so, it's clear to see that the raw scenes depicted are accurate still-shots of under-the-table bribes, police groupies offering free sex, beatings committed in the name of self-defense, and the all-to-real world of walking and protecting on the streets.

Instead of making the reader revile the police officers for their behavior, Wambaugh creates scenes that shows that these cops are human, too, and could be someone in your very own life. These choirboys go up, down, and sideways in efforts to do their jobs and stay alive - and along the way, the reader becomes their cheering fan.

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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