Joseph Wambaugh began his writing career while a member of the Los Angeles Police Department. He joined the LAPD in 1960 and rose to the rank of Detective Sergeant before retiring in 1974. His first novel, The New Centurions, was a quick success, drawing praise for its realistic action and intelligent characterization. His follow-up, The Blue Knight, was adapted into a miniseries starring William Holden and Lee Remick.
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