"That's not very good thinking, Hec." You're an office pogue. The word was coined by Father Willie Wright for Roscoe to use in reference to people since Rules felt that the word "asshole" was overused in police work, and the word scrotum too long. It features an ensemble cast including Charles Durning, Louis Gossett Jr., Randy Quaid, and James Woods. Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2012. Wambaugh's previous LAPD novels, The New Centurions and The Blue Knight, had been conventional and straightforward portrayals of his experiences. He was a police officer with the LAPD for 14 years before retiring in 1974, during which time he published three bestselling novels. And don't . Rules hates the city and lives on a "ranch" sixty miles from it, "east of Chino".

It's a story about a group of dysfunctional cops who turn to alcohol,, debauchery and peer support to survive the horror of their job.

They might bring in some lawyers to the trial board. Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2009. "Guess you're right," Chief Lynch conceded grudgingly. "They deserve it, sir." Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. In short, they might hurl a pail of defecation into the air conditioning." I meant the choir practice." Due to the popularity of the book, the slang term "choir practice" became a somewhat popular euphemism for off-duty recreational activities even if it does not involve alcohol. The theme of police officer suicide (also known as "eating your gun"), which runs through many of Wambaugh's books, provides a grim undercurrent to the black humor of the novel and suggests a sub-conscious motivation for their activities. choir practice!" A nineteen-year veteran, Whalen considers anyone with less tenure a rookie. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Joseph Wambaugh: 4 Complete Novels Includes Blue Knight, Black Marble, New Centurions and Choirboys, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. In 1995 the novel was selected by the Mystery Writers of America as Number 93 of The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time. Yanov, their field supervisor, comment to his superior at the conclusion: "They weren't troublemakers...they were just policemen. Not a wrinkle on that smirking kisser. because that's where i'm sending you on the next transfer, you incompetent fucking pansy!" There's a problem loading this menu right now. 10 wild and crazy guys, before Steve Martin made the phrase famous--along with the women who take the guys' minds off the brutal life of a cop in '70s L.A. Still a hot book, Wambaugh wrote this almost 40 years ago! No . It was perhaps Commander Moss' finest hour. No one could understand them. Reviewed in the United States on February 29, 2020.

Chief Lynch kept all callers waiting precisely three minutes before coming to the phone, unless his secretary told him it was an assistant chief or the chief of police himself or one of the commissioners or a city councilman or anyone at City Hall who reported directly to the mayor. Whaddaya trying to say?" He is afraid of his friends–he is afraid of himself. Ultimately the film was unsuccessful and critically panned. Please try again. . It had to do with Moss' IQ score of 107. $9.99. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Or, "Whaddaya trying to say? If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you grow your business. The first edition of the novel was published in 1975, and was written by Joseph Wambaugh. From a background of poverty and abuse, Niles is uncomfortable with all relationships, hastily marrying a coed. I'd personally like to see every one of them in Folsom Prison. Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date. Or, most frequently heard, "Whaddaya mean?

Fire them all." .

well, look, sir, the watch commander of Personnel is a former detective. "Sorry sir. On the surface Niles is the dominant of the two. The book is a series of vignettes following the experiences of each set of partners.

Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. I may still have them...loved "The Choirboys" There was so much humor, and also sadness in the book. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Paperback. It simply could not be made up.

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The Choirboys is a tragicomic parody about the effects of urban police work on young officers, seen through the exploits of a group of Los Angeles police officers in the Wilshire Division of the Los Angeles Police Department while an investigation is being conducted into an alleged shooting that took place in Macarthur Park, a frequent hangout of the group.

$29.99. I kept reading, thinking it would get better.

His ex-wife's father is one of Los Angeles' top black attorneys who convinced the divorce judge to order Potts to pay nearly half of his salary in alimony and child support, so that Potts now rides an old Schwinn bicycle to work.

Auto Suggestions are available once you type at least 3 letters. Each of the officers is disillusioned, to varying degrees, that many of the people they're paid to protect are not unlike the suspects they arrest, and that the ridiculous regulations of their department are onerously enforced on them while their commanders (without skills in police work) indulge themselves hypocritically.

Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime. Unable to add item to List. What was happening in 1975? The Choirboys (ISBN 0-440-11188-9), a novel, is a controversial 1975 work of fiction written by Los Angeles Police Department officer-turned-novelist Joseph Wambaugh. But with the retirement of a senior deputy chief it had been called to Moss' attention by none other than Deputy Chief Lynch who didn't think the promotion board would consider a man for such a high police post who possessed an IQ of only 107. But this book is right behind them, and might pass "The Stand," when I read it again. Funny, serious and sometimes sad but very much an exceptional story. He beamed proudly. The main characters of this fiction, mystery story are American Law Enforcement, . Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. Whalen is the only choirboy who never attended college. "Should get twenty." Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2018.

Moss despised Lynch for having a do-nothing job and a specially ordered oversized desk. The chief tilted back in his chair, lifted his wing tips to the desk top, raised up his rust colored hairpiece and scratched his freckled rubbery scalp. A group of Los Angeles cops decide to take off some of the pressures of their jobs by engaging in various forms of after hours debauchery. One of the first books by Wambaugh I ever read. Henry "Roscoe" Rules, 29, is a five-year veteran of the LAPD. For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. Whaddaya mean?"".

We'll give the others a trial board and a six month suspension, but we'll take care of it quietly. The bastards deserve to be in jail as accessories to a killing. I had all of his books collected, once, but time and tide have put them 'somewhere'. Choirboys are the bottom of the police food chain and predominantly 'unencumbered' males. "No, sir." Wambaugh has a special gift when it comes to telling a story. Grow Your Child's Library with Top Young Reader Series, Knock Knock Gifts, Books & Office Supplies, Buy One, Get One 50% Off Holiday Boxed Cards, Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser. Audio CD. He attained the rank of major as a reservist in the Air Force. Lynch's own IQ was 140. orgy. However, unlike Roscoe Rules, he isn't "an insufferable prick," although he has the same contempt for most "civilians, police brass and station supervisors, and all members of the Civil Service Department." "Some goddamn shrink at General Hospital's saying that killer's nuts." Wambaugh himself refused to have his name associated with the film, as he considered it to be an extremely poor interpretation of his novel. Commander Moss did not send Lieutenant Treadwell to Watts. You never been anything but an office pogue. say . After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. "But I wish you'd talk to your secretary. "Because that boogie might live in Watts. "Chief, it's about the MacArthur Park orgy."