Joseph Wambaugh Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Joseph Wambaugh Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

All of Joseph Wambaugh’s novels deal with police officers, primarily in Southern California. Their environment is completely outside the experience of most middle-class Americans, for it is populated with drug dealers, drifters, pimps, prostitutes, addicts, panhandlers, murderers, and thieves. Supplementing the bad guys are the outcasts, outsiders, and victims: welfare mothers and their families, abused children, old and disabled pensioners, illegal immigrants, the mentally incompetent, and the chronically disaffected. Middle-class values have disappeared, and what are usually considered normal attitudes and behaviors seem nonexistent. In the cultures of the barrio and the ghetto, and even among the wacky rich, police officers...

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