Books: Those Blues in the Knights

THE GLITTER DOME by Joseph Wambaugh; Morrow; 299 pages; $12.95

Through five bestsellers, four films and two television series, Joseph Wambaugh's characters have altered America's view of its police. His Los Angeles officers are neither the lone-eagle heroes of reactionary fantasy nor fascist mercenaries cracking the skulls of the innocent. They are, instead, ordinary, besieged working men and women whose lives are presented with war-zone humor, lively plots and a refreshing lack of night-school sociology. In Wambaugh's newest novel, those servants have grown a little less civil, and the quiet desperation of their...

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