The Golden Orange Author:Joseph Wambaugh "When forty-year-old cop Winnie Farlowe lost his shield, he lost the only protection he had. Ever since, he's been fighting a bad back, fighting the bottle, fighting his conscience. But now he's in for a special fight. Never before has he come up against anyone like Tess Binder. She's a stunningly beautiful, sexually spirited three-time divorcee... more » from Newport Beach--capital of California's Golden Organge, where wallets are fat, bikinis are skimpy, and cosmetic surgery is one sure way to a billionaire's bank account."
"Nearly a year ago Tess Binder's father washed up on the beach with a bullet in his ear. The coroner called it suicide, but to Tess it means the fear of her own fate. And Winnie Farlowe is a man willing to follow wherever she leads--straight into the juicy pulp of the Golden Orange, a world where money is everything, but nothing adds up...where death and chicanery flourish amidst ranches, mansions, and yachting parties."
"In his long-awaited new novel, best selling author, Joseph Wambaugh combines harrowing suspense, scathing humor, and a moving portrait of a man on the brink of self-destruction."« less
Wambaugh takes Willie and Tess on what seems like a golden trip. Willie is pulled out of the bottle for a while then things began to not be what they seem to be. It's a suspenseful trip, played out among the crowd that is used to money, uses money, and most of all needs money. I enjoyed the trip. This is the first Wambaugh I have read but it will not be the last.