The Delta Star Author:Joseph Wambaugh In this fascinating police novel, Joseph Wambaugh mixes the think-tank world of Nobel Prize chemistry with the underworld of cops and killers. — In October 1981 a Soviet submarine carrying nuclear-tipped torpedoes ran aground in restricted Swedish waters. The story made world headlines. But homicide detective Mario Villalobos and the other cops... more » at Rampart Station, Los Angeles Police Department, had more immediate things to worry about: Why was a street walker named Missy Moonbeam pushed from the roof of the Wonderland Hotel? How come her trick book contained the telephone number of Caltech, one of the world's finest institutions of scientific learning? How did The Bad Czech, the meanest, maddest cop in the division, end up with a dead man's credit card instead of his own?
Joseph Wambaugh is back with his cops-gone-crazy brand of humor, and a cast of wild, wonderful characters, including Hans and Ludwig of the K-9 Corps (Ludwig is the dog); Rumpled Ronald who, with two days to a pension, thinks he'll never make it; Policewoman Jane Wayne, who has the hots for The Bad Czech; and at center stage, Detective Mario Villalobos and his newfound girlfriend Lupe Luna. Villalobos links the Soviet sub with an L.A. homicide by pushing himself far past his limits when he comes across a set of scientific symbols called delta to delta star.
With its extraordinary power, viidness and war-zone humor, The Delta Star follows in the gripping tradition of Joseph Wambaugh's previous best sellers...but with a new scientific twist.« less