Joseph Wambaugh is an American author of crime fiction, mystery novels and true crime non-fiction. Before becoming an author, Wambaugh served in the U.S. Marines and then joined the LAPD, where he served 14 years and made detective sergeant. Wambaugh often sets his novels in Los Angeles, where he often creates police officers with flawed personalities, rather than heroic, but maybe unrealistic cops.

Joseph Wambaugh made his fiction debut in 1970 with the novel The New Centurions. Below is a list of Joseph Wambaugh’s books in order of when they were oriignally released:

Publication Order of Hollywood Station Books


Hollywood Station(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hollywood Crows(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hollywood Moon(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hollywood Hills(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Harbor Nocturne(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


The New Centurions(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Blue Knight(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Choirboys(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Black Marble(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Glitter Dome(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Delta Star(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secrets of Harry Bright(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Golden Orange(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fugitive Nights(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Finnegan's Week(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Floaters(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


The Onion Field(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lines and Shadows(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Echoes in the Darkness(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Blooding(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fire Lover(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: Harbor Nocturne was also published as Nocturne.

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  • Mark

    Having been an ex cop and lover and admirer of Joseph, I eagerly anticpate his next novel coming out. However. There sees to have been a slowing down of his output recently. I hope that Joseph can get usback on track with another great novel in the not too distant future.