Hollywood station, by Joseph Wambaugh
Wambaugh is a former LAPD detective sergeant, and a terrific and funny writer of crime novels:
They are: Budgie Polk, a 27-year-old firecracker whos begrudgingly teamed with Fausto Gamboa, the oldest, tetchiest patrol officer. Andi McCrea, a single mom who spends her days studying at the local community college. Wesley Drubb, a USC drop-out who joined the force to see some action. Flotsam and Jetsam, two aptly named surfer boys who pine after the petitebut intrepid Meg Takara. And Hank Driscoll, the one who never shuts up.
Together they spend their days and nights in the city’s underbelly, where a string of seemingly unrelated events lures the cops of Hollywood Station to their most startling case yet: Russians, diamonds, counterfeiting. Nothing is too horrific or twisted for Los Angeles. Here, its business as usual.
Hollywood Station is a wonderful, exciting and amusing read!