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    Lines and Shadows by Joseph Wambaugh

The media hailed them as heroes. Others denounced them as lawless renegades. A squad of tough cops called the Border Crime Task Force. A commando team sent to patrol the snake-infested no-man's-land south of San Diego. Not to apprehend the thousands of illegal aliens slipping into the U.S., but to stop the ruthless bandits who preyed on them nightly--relentlessly robbing, raping and murdering defenseless men, women and children.

Year: 1984
Genre: Police ProceduralTrue Crime

    Finnegan's Week by Joseph Wambaugh

Fin Finnegan is a San Diego police detective and wannabe actor who's passing midlife crisis and heading straight for midlife meltdown. The last thing he wants when he's gearing up for a TV audition is a routine truck theft case. The last thing he needs after three messy divorces is a sexy female investigator assigned to the case. Fin's abysmal luck is holding out--he's got not only the theft investigation but an uneasy alliance with two strong-willed women, each working a separate angle of his once-simple case.

Year: 1993
Genre: Police Procedural

    Floaters by Joseph Wambaugh

Mick Fortney and his partner Leeds manage to cruise above the standard policestress-pools of coffee and Pepto-Bismol--they're water cops in the "Club HarborUnit, " manning a patrol boat on San Diego's Mission Bay. A typically roughday's detail consists of scoping out body-sculpted beauties on pleasure craft, rescuing boating bozos who've run aground, jeering at lifeguards, and haulingin the occasional floater who comes to the surface.

Year: 1996
Genre: Police Procedural

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1984Lines and Shadows by Joseph Wambaugh Police Procedural, True Crime, San Diego, Non-Fiction
1993Finnegan's Week by Joseph Wambaugh Police Procedural, San Diego
1996Floaters by Joseph Wambaugh Police Procedural, San Diego