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The Onion Field (original 1973; edition 2007)

by Joseph Wambaugh

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Title:The Onion Field
Authors:Joseph Wambaugh
Info:Delta (2007), Paperback, 512 pages
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Joseph Wambaugh was a cop, not an author and it shows in his first nonfiction novel "The Onion Field." The book isn't artfully written -- I found the structure (opening with backgrounds on the four principle people involved in the crime) to be a bit off-putting.

Fortunately for Wambaugh, he has plenty of great material to draw from in his telling of the murder of police officer Ian Campbell. It was one of California's longest cases court cases and he does make effective use of all of the information available to him. The story was interesting, but not super compelling.

That said, I enjoyed the book much more than the movie. ( )
  amerynth | Apr 24, 2014 |
Tried 3 times now. Last time i tried was on November 1 2011
  Marlene-NL | Apr 12, 2013 |
I could not get into this at all and had to put it back. ( )
  debs4jc | Apr 16, 2012 |
Gripping ( )
  Faradaydon | Mar 10, 2011 |
A brutal, relentless account of an ugly assassination of a policeman. Wambaugh tells the tale with masterly ease, but its inherent sadness is so great it makes for a tough read. ( )
  mrtall | May 22, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385341598, Paperback)

This is the frighteningly true story of two young cops and two young robbers whose separate destinies fatally cross one March night in a bizarre execution in a deserted Los Angeles field.

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This is the frighteningly true story of two young cops and two young robbers whose separate destinies fatally cross one march night in a bizarre execution in a deserted Los Angeles field.

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