The Choirboys Author:Joseph Wambaugh This is the truest novel I've ever written. — So says former Detective Sergeant Joseph Wambaugh about the first police novel he has written since leaving the force. It is a powerful dark comedy about ten men in blue--a patrol squad attempting to stay sane in an insane world. — The five sets of partners on LAPD nightwatch are men of varying temper... more »aments and backgrounds, but tey are joined to gether by the job and they have elected to share some of their pre-dawn hours in MacArthur Park in relaxation drink and sex sessions they euphemistically call "choir practice."
Their relaxations are extraordinary, but so are their daily encounters. For these men, choir practice is a release from the horrors of nightwatch, a way of trying to forget. But the memories and nightmares go with them, even to choir practice.
The Choirboys is fiction, but every major scene in it happened; the most bizarre events depicted are all real. Joseph Wambaugh gives us action scenes reminiscent of In Cold Blood and surrounds them with humore scenes equally strong. For this is the story of a group of men endangered ultimately not by the violence of their jobs but by their choice of off-duty entertainment. The result is a novel as boisterous and freewheeling as a Rabelaisian romp and as chillingly authentic as only a veteran police officer could make it.« less