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by Joseph Wambaugh

  • ISBN: 0708813909
  • Category: Thriller & Mystery
  • Author: Joseph Wambaugh
  • Subcategory: Mystery
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks; New Ed edition (1991)
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • FB2 size: 1730 kb
  • EPUB size: 1284 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 109
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The success of the early books happened while Wambaugh was still working in the detective division. He reportedly remarked: "I would have guys in handcuffs asking me for autographs. Beginning with The Black Marble in 1977, Wambaugh devoted at least half of a narrative to satirical observations of the mores and extravagances of the Southern California "rich and famous" lifestyle. The Black Marble parodied dog shows and the fading lifestyle of "old" Pasadena, but not entirely unsympathetically.

It’s a Joseph Wambaugh novel, it is a bit hard for me to accept that there might be a reader who does not know what to expect when reading one of his novels. He writes of the world of cops with knowledge from experience of having been a cop. The most entertaining depictions presented are those of life in a squad room or precinct, where the cops live.

Open Road Integrated Media ebook. The man in the yellow rubber raincoat swayed unsteadily and raised his sturdy arms toward those marbling clouds of incense enveloping the Holy Virgin. Other eyes were reproachful, severe.

The Black Marble book. Joseph Wambaugh books are great reads. Although stories of crime, they are more about people. His characters are quirky

The Black Marble book. His characters are quirky. They are escapes from the world, but still very satisfying. Apr 22, 2019 Julie rated it really liked it. A good read :) I about died laughing at the kettles wrench !

The Black Marble Mass Market Paperback – February 15, 1980. The tough ex-cop who writes the hard-hitting best sellers - a master storyteller whose characters are as powerful and as passionate as his plots.

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The son of a policeman, Joseph Wambaugh (b. 1937) began his writing career while a member of the Los Angeles Police Department. He joined the LAPD in 1960 after three years in the Marine Corps, and rose to the rank of detective sergeant before retiring in 1974

The son of a policeman, Joseph Wambaugh (b. He joined the LAPD in 1960 after three years in the Marine Corps, and rose to the rank of detective sergeant before retiring in 1974. His first novel, The New Centurions (1971), was a quick success, drawing praise for its realistic action and intelligent characterization, and was adapted into a feature film starring George C. Scott. He followed it up with The Blue Knight (1972), which was adapted into a mini-series starring William Holden and Lee Remick

The Black Marble - Joseph Wambaugh.

The Black Marble - Joseph Wambaugh.


Reviews about The Black Marble (7):
Voodoosida
There were errors throughout the book that seriously detracted from the experience. Without that, I would have given it a four. It was written in 1977 and I think it was copied wwith an OCR and not proofread. Other than that, the story was pure Wambaugh. Great cop characters, great cop stories, and that was about it. Some of the lengthy sessions with Philo Skinner I didn't really read. He was a boring crook and I just skimmed through most of those sections.

So, an okay Wambaugh read.
Malalrajas
This book's story never really captured my interest. The 2 main characters were not as appealing as I would have expected they would be while they were being presented and developed, specially, the female one. I had a hard time visualizing these 2 main characters as tired, bitter, wasted and older as I felt the author represented them. They were only 44 and 39! Also, the other characters did not bring from me any sympathy. Maybe it was my mood while reading it while hurricanes were destroying countries and part of USA, but I really did not care about the dog-napping as being that compelling, either - though I did not like reading about the the dog's torture. I have to say, in full disclosure, that I am not attracted to "black comedies"
Kefrannan
This has to be one of the most bizarre mystery cop books I've ever read. A Russian cop, a psycho dog trainer, identical show schaunzers, a suspicious female partner, and a paranoid fading Hollywood Blueblood - all combine to make this a hilarious read. Maybe a bit unbelievable at moments but true life is always stranger than fiction. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Wambaugh - a good laugh that holds ones attention is always appreciated!
skyjettttt
Interesting story about show dogs, greedy kennel owner and police officers. Both the kennel owner and at least one of the police officers are alcoholics. The police officer is trying to get sober while the kennel owner tries to extort money from one of the dog owners.

Good story
Gabar
my ssecond Wambaugh, after reading Choirboys. again a good police procedural, if it fits that genre. So much more, humor mixed with sadness and a rapport with the characters. You have feelings and sympathy for them. A good read and well worth your time.
Najinn
This is typical Wambaugh with deep character development and screwy antics. I just felt the ending did not wrap up all the characters and one intricate subplot. I basically liked the book, but I like Joseph Wambaugh's writings.
Hra
It’s a Joseph Wambaugh novel, it is a bit hard for me to accept that there might be a reader who does not know what to expect when reading one of his novels. He writes of the world of cops with knowledge from experience of having been a cop. The most entertaining depictions presented are those of life in a squad room or precinct, where the cops live. For those without experience as a cop, it might be difficult to imagine it could be as wacky as described in this book. I had no problem accepting it.

A show dog, very valuable, will be kidnapped. A substitute, almost a look alike will be left in its place. To solve and deal with this heinous crime, a plethora of misfits, both in and out of law enforcement, will be mustered. Some of the most important ones are:

Central protagonist and 24 hour-a-day alcoholic police officer, Valnikov, almost beyond the capacity to function on any level resembling human. He seems to speak only in non-sequiturs to partner Natalie.

An entire case that revolves around the theft of a show dog, very important to owner Madeline, a formerly wealthy woman without present-day ready cash, as she cannot sleep unless her dog, Vickie, is in bed beside her

The Terrier King, an unscrupulous dog trainer for show dogs. A dog-napper through a bait and switch theft of Vickie for Tutu.

A squad room full of cops that seem to co-exist despite all their personal and professional flaws.

Partner cop Natalie who keeps the readers interest engaged with the answer to the question of whether she will ever respect Valnikov. She wants to complain about Valnikov to Cpt. “Hipless” Hooker, her boss, but he is too busy retiring.

Millie, just shy of 80 years old, with a belief that twenty-five year old guys are too old for her. She cares more for them than Tutu, her show dog. Alligators also take precedence.

This is a fun read for a weekend.
Solid Wambaugh with some minor glitches but as usual, a pleasurable read better than the majority of other mysteries out there. Other than the wacky injuries, this could almost be a cozy.

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