Lines and Shadows

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MysteriousPress.com/Open Road, Nov 29, 2011 - True Crime - 382 pages
This is the true story of a squad of San Diego cops, posing as undocumented immigrants, whose mission is to police the no-man’s-land by the international border where men, women, and children cross in the dead of night only to fall prey to ruthless Mexican bandits waiting to rape, rob, and murder them. The Chicago Sun-Times described it as “a saga of courage, craziness, brutality and humor comparable to The Onion Field for storytelling and revelatory power.” Newsday said, “splendidan utterly fascinating true-crime story.”

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LINES AND SHADOWS

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Strange and powerful cop-fact, from a past-master of cop-fiction: the story of ten San Diego police officers assigned to patrol, on foot, at night, the cactus-filled, snake-infested canyons along the ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

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. 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. Since then Wambaugh has continued writing about the LAPD. He has been credited with a realistic portrayal of police officers, showing them not as superheroes but as men struggling with a difficult job, a depiction taken mainstream by television’s Police Story, which Wambaugh helped create in the mid-1970s. In addition to novels, Wambaugh has written nonfiction, winning a special Edgar Award for 1974’s The Onion Field, an account of the longest criminal trial in California history. His most recent work is the novel Hollywood Moon (2010).

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