The Golden Orange

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Open Road Media, Nov 29, 2011 - Fiction - 306 pages
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Ex-cop Winnie Farlowe has been retired from police work due to a back injury, and has been fighting the bottle instead of bad guys ever since. But suddenly he meets Tess Binder, a stunning, three-time divorcée from the Balboa Bay Club where wallets are fat, bikinis are skimpy, and cosmetic surgery is one sure way to a billionaire’s bank account. She believes her father’s suicide was actually a murder and wants Winnie to help her prove it. Death and chicanery flourish amidst ranches, mansions, and yachting parties. Publishers Weekly called it “comic and deeply moving . . .  a stupendous climax . . . virtually sure to be hailed as Wambaugh’s best.” And the San Diego Union-Tribune said, “a profoundly serious work and in reading it I laughed my head off.”
 

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User Review  - BradKautz - LibraryThing

Joseph Wambaugh has written a lot of fiction around police work, something he knows well from his experience as a police officer prior to becoming a writer. I have read his first four books but not ... Read full review

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User Review  - christinejoseph - LibraryThing

Calif. drunk ex-cop - Winnie gets tied in a scheme w/ beautiful girl to get $ - he's tricked - good California's Gold Coast is the home of boat parades, middle-aged women in bikinis, and Winnie ... Read full review

Contents

The Drinkers Hour
The Ghetto
The Virgin
Dream Vision
Starcrossed Lovers
Night of the Lizard
The Nymph 8 Straightahead Guy 9 Oasis
Shells
The Bell Buoy 14 Zeroes 15 Higher Power
The Hound
A Bright Shining Gumdrop
Two Harbors
Dark Water
In Irons
Peachy Sheets
The Wedge 23 The Club

The Hotline
Betsy
The Seawall
La Venganza

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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. 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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