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:

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Publication Order of Hollywood Station Books

Hollywood Station (2006)Description / Buy at
Hollywood Crows (2008)Description / Buy at
Hollywood Moon (2009)Description / Buy at
Hollywood Hills (2010)Description / Buy at
Harbor Nocturne (2012)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The New Centurions (1970)Description / Buy at
The Blue Knight (1972)Description / Buy at
The Choirboys (1976)Description / Buy at
The Black Marble (1977)Description / Buy at
The Glitter Dome (1981)Description / Buy at
The Delta Star (1983)Description / Buy at
The Secrets of Harry Bright (1985)Description / Buy at
The Golden Orange (1990)Description / Buy at
Fugitive Nights (1992)Description / Buy at
Finnegan's Week (1993)Description / Buy at
Floaters (1996)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Onion Field (1973)Description / Buy at
Lines and Shadows (1984)Description / Buy at
Echoes in the Darkness (1987)Description / Buy at
Blooding, The (1989)Description / Buy at
Fire Lover (2002)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Crown Crime Companion(1995)Description / Buy at
Silent Night, Deadly Night(2016)Description / Buy at

Note: Harbor Nocturne was also published as Nocturne.

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One Response to “Order of Joseph Wambaugh Books”

  1. Mark: 9 years ago

    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.


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