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The Choirboys
The Choirboys
Author: Joseph Wambaugh
Powerful dark comedy about ten men in blue - a patrol squad attempting to stay sanein an insane world. The five seta of partners on LAPD nightwatch are men of varying temperaments and backgrounds, but they are joined together by the job.
ISBN: 152151
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 306
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.

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Publisher: Delacorte Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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I can see the appeal this book might have had when it was published, a very dark and gritty look at big-city policing in a certain era. But it's definitely dated now, and although the description calls this a "dark comedy", I didn't see it that way.

The story, actually a series of interrelated vignettes, shows officers who are not just "boys being boys", letting off steam; they are petty criminals that the admittedly flawed system fosters. There may be more to the tale, a deeper, more tragic element to the lives of these men, but crude language and even cruder behavior quickly wore out both my tolerance and my patience, and I stopped reading before I could find it.