Harbor Nocturne - Joseph Wambaugh

Harbor Nocturne

By Joseph Wambaugh

  • Release Date: 2012-04-03
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 91 Ratings


Joseph Wambaugh, the former LAPD detective, multiple New York Times best-seller, and MWA Grand Master, is known as “the father of the modern police novel” and now, in Harbor Nocturne, he has produced one of the outstanding books of the year. Some LAPD characters from the acclaimed Hollywood Station series are here: the surfer cops known as “Flotsam and Jetsam”, aspiring actor “Hollywood Nate” Weiss, and young Britney Small, along with new members of the midwatch, all gamely coping with the wackiness of Hollywood. The story begins in the southernmost Los Angeles district of San Pedro, one of the world’s busiest harbors, where an unlikely pair of lovers is caught up in terror and peril through no fault of their own.

When Dinko Babich, a young longshoreman,delivers Lita Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from the harbor to a Hollywood nightclub, his life is forever changed as an unexpectedly tender and moving love story develops. Comedy and tragedy are intertwined in the everyday life of the cops and residents of San Pedro Harbor.


  • Been There...Done That

    By CAG-LSO
    The book crackles with the realism of a police radio. Joseph Wambaugh has again proven himself a skilled observer and reporter of the human condition. Although a work of fiction, every chapter revived memories of similar scenarios experienced during more than four decades of police work in Los Angeles. Although Wambaugh's police career was relatively brief, he has effectively conveyed the sights, sounds and smells of the street to his readers
  • Solid work

    By MedStar14
    I grew up on Wambaugh's outstanding first books. Read each of them more than once. I have read all of his newer books and have also enjoyed them. Many have complained that the newer books are different. They are. It is because police work is different. After 25 years in law enforcement I am impressed with how Wambaugh weaves tales and builds characters, yet within the current framework of the job. Society is more litigious. Officers have transitioned from post-Vietnam boomers to more current generations where college degrees are required. Donuts have been replaced with bagels. I am happy to see that Wambaugh has made his current books dynamic and accurate. The Choirboys and Blue Knights of old are gone. The spirit lives on though, in a different incarnation, through Wambaugh's current day characters.
  • Harbor Nocturne

    By Mbglazier
    Joseph, You did it even better than Hollywood Moon or Hollywood Crow. Sex, money, booze, & violence when connected to familiar LA locations works well. My personal favorite is Chester Tolles delivering the Tune up, which was a nice departure from the the underlying storyline . Mike B.
  • Yawn

    By swamijim
    What's happened to Wambaugh? It may be a "procedural," yes, but does the procedure have to be so slow? I'm three chapters into it and cannot stand how slow it is. Sorry. Bye bye, Joe.
  • Harbor nocturne

    By Charly potatoes
    Jw strikes again. I've read all his books. Love his dialogue. Buy it ,it's a good read. You won't be disappointed . Besides if you don't buy it, God will kill a kitten!