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The Secrets of Harry Bright

af Joseph Wambaugh

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Raucous cops, outlaw bikers, and suntanned celebrities collide in a steamy landscape swirling with natural beauty and unnatural death.   Seventeen months ago the California desert revealed the remains of Jack Watson. The rich man's son was found incinerated in a Rolls-Royce, a bullet in his head. Now, a year and a half later, Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective Sidney Blackpool is called into the desert to take on the case. But what begins for Blackpool as an investigation sandwiched between golf games in nearby Palm Springs quickly becomes an obsession.   For the savage beauty of the wastelands holds many secrets. Secrets that stir up Blackpool's long-suppressed nightmares of his own son's death. Secrets that threaten to destroy an entire police department. Secrets that, by rights, should remain forever buried by the wind in the ageless desert sands. In this riveting novel, bestselling author Joseph Wambaugh jolts our emotions while entertaining us with his special brand of bawdy, beautiful, dark humor.… (mere)
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Have been a fan of Joseph Wambaugh for years but finding his books is becoming more of a challenge. During one move maybe 15 to 20 years ago a few of my book boxes never arrived including the one containing most of my unread Wambaugh. For years have been haunting used book stores trying to pick up all of his books that went astray. This is one that I cannot remember ever having and was surprised when I ran across it.

There is something real about the stories Wambaugh writes and they obviously reflect his real world experience with the LA Police department. His first The Blue Centurions was one of the best police stories I have ever read (Im not a fan of police stories) and hooked me on his writings. His non fiction stories give one insight to understand the criminal investigation process and present a human side to those who are caught in and affected by crime including those who are doing the investigations.

As for this one while interesting was a disappointment it felt like it was being written to fulfill an obligation. The story was interesting and the crime intriguing, it was the writing and dialogue that wasn't up to Wambaugh's usual standards. The principle character was ok but felt tired and used up even as he was so described in the story. When we found Harry Bright it felt like he was there for an obvious solution to an occurrence that was far less than it appeared to be on the surface. The answer to all the questions was not a solution but a very sad human experience that left no one with what they wanted.

Would recommend this to a devoted Joseph Wambaugh fan but if you have never read Joseph Wambaugh it would not be the place to start. ( )
  can44okie | Aug 28, 2020 |
A California gumshoe goes after the person who killed the son of a rich man, who has offered the gumshoe lots of money to tell the law whodunnit. The tec has problems with this case because it rubs a sore spot in his own recollection.

As always, Wambaugh is superb. Don't miss it. ( )
  NathanielPoe | Feb 17, 2019 |
I think you've got it right, dabavp - you're left with the ambiguity of which father is delusional and trying to cover his pain in a bad way. I would just add my vote to theirs, as Secrets is one of Wambaugh's more styistically interesting books, as the laugh out loud funny sections turn into horror, recrimination and the opening up of old wounds, while retaining his top class chacterisation and storytelling. A classic middle-period Wambaugh thriller. ( )
  spaceowl | Mar 30, 2013 |
OMG what a ridiculously funny romp. It's my first Wambaugh, although I have seen TV and movie works adapted from his novels. For a murder mystery it's a bit tame, and has an ending I'm still not sure I understand and which may very well have been the point. Wambaugh creates some incredibly humorous characters alongside some laugh out loud storytelling. ( )
  debavp | Jan 25, 2010 |
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Raucous cops, outlaw bikers, and suntanned celebrities collide in a steamy landscape swirling with natural beauty and unnatural death.   Seventeen months ago the California desert revealed the remains of Jack Watson. The rich man's son was found incinerated in a Rolls-Royce, a bullet in his head. Now, a year and a half later, Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective Sidney Blackpool is called into the desert to take on the case. But what begins for Blackpool as an investigation sandwiched between golf games in nearby Palm Springs quickly becomes an obsession.   For the savage beauty of the wastelands holds many secrets. Secrets that stir up Blackpool's long-suppressed nightmares of his own son's death. Secrets that threaten to destroy an entire police department. Secrets that, by rights, should remain forever buried by the wind in the ageless desert sands. In this riveting novel, bestselling author Joseph Wambaugh jolts our emotions while entertaining us with his special brand of bawdy, beautiful, dark humor.

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