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Fugitive Nights von Joseph Wambaugh
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Fugitive Nights (Original 1992; 1995. Auflage)

von Joseph Wambaugh

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Playground for the rich, arena for the powerful, graveyard for the unlucky--welcome to Palm Springs!   For some, it's the pleasure capital of the world. For other, it's a city of last chances, a paradise on the edge of the desert. For soon-to-be-ex-cop Lynn Cutter, sweating out a disability pension, it could become a point of no return.   As a rule, Cutter wouldn't give a private investigator the time of day, but Breda Burrows is the exception to every rule. Sultry, blue-eyed, long-legged, and tough as nails, Breda can be very convincing, and she's convinced Cutter to be her guide through the glittering netherworld of Palm Springs--an explosive mix of silicone, Geritol, old money, and murder.   The trail begins with the monied socialite wife of a philandering husband. The wife doesn't care about her husband's infidelity, but she does want to know why he's made a secret deposit--at a sperm bank. What Cutter wants to know is the identity of the strange, violent man hubby is meeting in the desert--a man known only as the fugitive.… (mehr)
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Info:Random House Value Publishing (1995), Hardcover
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The person who wrote the jacket-leaf essays said This is "one of Wambaugh's most skillful, baffling, entertaining and suspenseful novels ever." I believe that writer was correct. It's a great novel. Buy the book whydoncha? ( )
  NathanielPoe | Feb 17, 2019 |
his is the first Wambaugh that I’ve read that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy beginning to end. While all over the place story lines are usually his forte, this time it didn’t work for me at all. Not a single character stood out enough to be truly likeable and it really wasn’t until the frenzied finish that anything actually made any semblance of sense. ( )
  debavp | Nov 26, 2012 |
There was an interesting story here, with just the right amount of twists and turns...unfortunately, for me, the writing ruined the reading experience.

For most of the book, the characters weren't much better than stereotypes, and stereotypes which they'd done little to transcend by the end of the book. And then, there were the exclamation points. Mature writing rarely needs exclamation points, outside of dialogue, but even a less conservative writer/reader than me would have to come to the conclusion that Wambaugh overused them here, and to a ridiculous extent. Unfortunately, this meant that what should have been the most suspenseful moments in the book were nearly turned comical, and the story became more of a farce than a mystery at various points because of the less-than-adept writing.

Simply, Wambaugh needed a better/harder editor, and a bit of restraint. A bit more time spent on characterization would have helped as well. In short, you won't find me picking up another of his books, or recommending him to other readers. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Nov 11, 2012 |
police procedural

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  aletheia21 | Mar 17, 2012 |
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Playground for the rich, arena for the powerful, graveyard for the unlucky--welcome to Palm Springs!   For some, it's the pleasure capital of the world. For other, it's a city of last chances, a paradise on the edge of the desert. For soon-to-be-ex-cop Lynn Cutter, sweating out a disability pension, it could become a point of no return.   As a rule, Cutter wouldn't give a private investigator the time of day, but Breda Burrows is the exception to every rule. Sultry, blue-eyed, long-legged, and tough as nails, Breda can be very convincing, and she's convinced Cutter to be her guide through the glittering netherworld of Palm Springs--an explosive mix of silicone, Geritol, old money, and murder.   The trail begins with the monied socialite wife of a philandering husband. The wife doesn't care about her husband's infidelity, but she does want to know why he's made a secret deposit--at a sperm bank. What Cutter wants to know is the identity of the strange, violent man hubby is meeting in the desert--a man known only as the fugitive.

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