The basis for the same-named 1979 feature film, as well as episodes of Southland and Adam-12, The Onion Field is a 1973 nonfiction book by Joseph Wambaugh, a sergeant for the Los Angeles Police Department who would go on to write The New Centurions, The Choirboys, The Glitter Dome and other classic works of realistic police fiction.
The book chronicles the kidnapping of two plainclothes LAPD officers by a pair of criminals during a traffic stop and the subsequent murder of one of the officers; then Wambaugh follows the suspects as they wind their way through the court system, a process that takes up much of the book. A tortuous but revelatory look at the tortoise-like pace of criminal justice, this is a must-read for fans of Wambaugh's police novels as well as true crime stories generally.
- Publisher : Delacorte Press (January 1, 1761)
- Item Weight : 1.68 pounds
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