Hollywood Hills
Joseph Wambaugh
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Hollywood Hills
Joseph Wambaugh
Grand Central Publishing
448 pages
July 2011
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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When he agrees to keep an eye on Hollywood film director Rudy Ressler’s ritzy home while he’s away, LAPD veteran Nate Weiss hopes that this will perhaps lead to a closer friendship – maybe even a role in one of the B-list director’s flicks.

Of course, what Weiss considers a “piece of cake” in terms of security turns into his worst nightmare when the estate becomes the target of two groups of bad guys bent on lifting some of its expensive artwork. First there’s Nigel Wickland, an art dealer who isn’t too fussy about how he comes by his paintings.

Then there’s the “Bling Ring,” a group of teenage burglars who have taken to pillaging the homes of the rich and famous. They might also be interested in the goodies the Ressler mansion contains. Now, if two sets of thieves are both focused on the same prize, what might happen if a wildcard contender - a pair of drug-addled copycats - are added to the mix?

The resulting three-ring circus will not only keep Nate Weiss but also surfer cops Flotsam and Jetsam and the rest of the team at the LAPD Hollywood Station more than busy. They are about to have one of the most memorable cases they have ever encountered.

Joseph Wambaugh is already something of a suspense genre legend. The former LA cop, who was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 2004, hasn’t lost any of his edge. He still produces novels that are authentic, fast-paced, humorous and lots of fun to read. If you haven’t read any of the “Hollywood” series yet, this is the one to start with. Then you can backtrack and get caught up on the others!

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Bob Walch, 2011

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