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Lines and Shadows
Lines and Shadows
Author: Joseph Wambaugh
ISBN-13: 9780688026196
ISBN-10: 0688026192
Publication Date: 2/1984
Pages: 383
Rating:
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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3.1 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow Co
Book Type: Hardcover
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Not since Joseph Wambaugh's bestselling The Onion Field has there been a true police story as fascinating, as totally gripping as ...Lines and Shadows. The media hailed them as heroes. Others denounced them as lawless renegades. A squad of tough cops called the Border Crime Task Force. A commando team sent to patrol the snake-infested no-man's land south of San Diego. Not to apprehend the thousands of illegal aliens slipping into the U.S., but to stop the ruthless bandits who preyed on them nightly--relentlessly robbing, raping and murdering defenseless men, women and children.

The task force plan was simple. They would disguise themselves as illegal aliens. They would confront the murderous shadows of the night. Yet each time they walked into the violint blackness along the border, they came closer to another boundary line--a fragile line within each man. And crossing it mant destroying their sanity and their lives.
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A saga of courage, craziness, brutality and humor...one of his best books.
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A true story -- a band of California cops set loose in no-man's-land to come home heroes or come home dead.
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A really interesting and exciting read.
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Not since Joseph Wambaugh's best-selling The Onion Field has there been a true police story as fascinating, as totally gripping as . . .Lines And Shadows. The media hailed them as heroes. Others denounced them as lawless renegades. A squad of tough cops called the Border Crime Task Force. A commando team sent to patrol the snake-infested no-man's-land south of San Diego. Not to apprehend the thousands of illegal aliens slipping into the U.S., but to stop the ruthless bandits who preyed on them nightly--relentlessly robbing, raping and murdering defenseless men, women and children. The task force plan was simple. They would disguise themselves as illegal aliens. They would confront the murderous shadows of the night. Yet each time they walked into the violent blackness along the border, they came closer to another boundary line--a fragile line within each man. and crossing it meant destroying their sanity and their lives.
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A tough, and given it's 1984 date- profhetic look at our Mexican border. Wambaugh's work has authority as well as humanity. Good stuff.
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Joseph Wambaugh explores a phenomenom that is attracting national attention, the wave of immigration from Mexico across the southwestern United States boder, in "Lines and Shadows.

A nonfiction work that the New York Times Book Review called his best book yet". Lines and Shadows leads you into the frightening world of illegal aliens and the vicious bandits who terroize them.

The cops who pose as aliens to break up the bandit ring find themselves crossing and recrossing the unclear lines between law and justice, real life and dangerous myth.
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"A BRILLANT BOOK...WAMBAUGH CHARTS NEW TERRITORY, VIOLENT TERRITORY, DANGEROUS TERRITORY." -LOS ANGELES HERALD EXAMINER