New York: Delacorte Press, 1975. First Printing. Cloth. SIGNED by the Author on the half title, tall 8vo, gray-blue cloth with gold lettering on spine, archival mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) depicting a policeman's baton designed by Bob Antler, gold endpapers, 346 pages. Very Fine / Fine. Item #6187
Joseph Wambaugh (born 1937) is a bestselling American writer known for his fictional and non-fictional accounts of police work often set in Los Angeles. He has been nominated for 4 Edgar Awards (winning 3), and was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.
"This is the truest novel I've ever written," said former Detective Sergeant Joseph Wambaugh about his first police novel since leaving the force. In 1995, The Choirboys was selected by the Mystery Writers of America as Number 93 of The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time.
It's about the exploits (often drinking and sexual) of several cops in the Wilshire Division of the LAPD, while an alleged shooting took place in the Los Angeles Police Department while an investigation is being conducted into an alleged shooting that took place in Macarthur Park, a frequent hangout of the group.
A group of ten patrol officers on the nightwatch conducts end-of-shift get-togethers they euphemistically call "choir practices" (possibly to hide their true nature from superiors but actually a sardonic reference). These "choir practices" almost always involve heavy drinking, complaints about their superior officers, and war stories (and, occasionally, group sex with a pair of lusty, overweight barmaids). They hold the choir practices in MacArthur Park
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