Book Giveaway: Joseph Wambaugh’s HOLLYWOOD HILLS

Little, Brown is releasing Joseph Wambaugh‘s Hollywood Hills on November 16 but generously letting me throw three copies out into the crowd now. This is the latest in the author’s Hollywood series which started with Hollywood Station and it features characters from the previous novels.

The product description:

The legendary Hollywood Hills are home to wealth, fame, and power–passing through the neighborhood, it’s hard not to get a little greedy.

LAPD veteran “Hollywood Nate” Weiss could take or leave the opulence, but he wouldn’t say no to onscreen fame. He may get his shot when he catches the appreciative eye of B-list director Rudy Ressler, and his troublemaking fiancée, Leona Brueger, the older-but-still-foxy widow of a processed-meat tycoon. Nate tries to elude her crafty seductions, but consents to keep an eye on their estate in the Hollywood Hills while they’re away.

Also minding the mansion is Raleigh Dibble, a hapless ex-con trying to put the past behind him. Raleigh is all too happy to be set up for the job–as butler-cum-watchdog–by Nigel Wickland, Leona’s impeccably dressed art dealer. What Raleigh doesn’t realize is that under the natty clothes and posh accent, Nigel has a nefarious plan: two paintings hanging on the mansion’s walls will guarantee them more money than they’ve ever seen.

Everyone’s dreams are just within reach–the only problem is, this is Hollywood. A circle of teenage burglars that the media has dubbed The Bling Ring has taken to pillaging the homes of Hollywood celebutants like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, and when a pair of drug-addled young copycats stumbles upon Nigel’s heist, that’s just the beginning of the disaster to come. Soon Hollywood Nate, surfer cops Flotsam and Jetsam, and the rest of the team at Hollywood Station have a deadly situation on their hands.

Hollywood Hills is a raucous and dangerous roller coaster ride that showcases Joseph Wambaugh in vintage form.

Want a copy? To enter, leave a comment telling me which Hollywood home you’d like to, ah, sneak into if you were a member of the Bling Ring. Me, I’d like to see the inside of Spielberg’s home because he might have cool memorabilia from his movies. If the Ark of the Covenant is just sitting around in the den, I’m taking it for sure.

To be eligible, you also have to:

  • be a subscriber or Twitter follower (tell me which)
  • have U.S./Canada address (no P.O. boxes)

Giveaway ends next Monday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m. PST. Winners will be randomly selected then announced here and on Twitter. I won’t be e-mailing you so please check back to see if you win. Alternate winner(s) will be chosen for any prize(s) not claimed within 48 hours.

Now, let’s hear your thieving hypotheticals!



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    Kathy P
    November 2, 2010 at 7:04 am

    I would like to sneak into Tom Cruise’s home.

    I follow by email and on GFC.

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    Elizabeth Duncan
    November 2, 2010 at 7:42 am

    I would like to see Peter Falk’s home in Beverly Hills and try on his raincoat.

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      Elizabeth Duncan
      November 2, 2010 at 10:56 am

      Sorry, forgot to say. I follow on Twitter and subscribe.

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    Mystery Dawg - Aldo
    November 2, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Marlon Brando’s – Would love to have been a fly on the wall.

    I’m a subscriber and follower on Twitter.

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    November 2, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Don’t laugh, but it would be Kid Rock’s place. I saw it on a special late one night (maybe MTV Cribs?) and was just blown away. The guy’s got real taste and I could totally see myself absconding a few items.

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    November 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I want to see what all the hoo hah is over Candy Spelling’s monstrous mansion!!

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    Carol Wong
    November 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I love roller coaster styles rides in a book. I am an e-mail subscriber and
    live in the U.S. It has been a while since I have read anything by Joseph Wambaugh, I miss him!


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    November 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    i would like to visit my friend darlene’s house…

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    November 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Having been a KISS fan since age 6, I’d love to run wild in Gene Simmons’ house. Specifically his office, which is basically a museum of every KISS item ever made. And I’d definitely be seeking out – and taking with me – any unreleased material I could find, audio or video.

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    November 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Would love to visit Brando’s/

    Email subscriber.


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    Naomi Johnson
    November 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Don’t count me in the contest, but I’d love to see Liz Taylor’s house. I wanna see the room where she keeps all the eyeshadow.

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    November 4, 2010 at 6:07 am

    I’d love to see Jack Nicholson’s place.

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    Anita Yancey
    November 7, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I would like to sneak into Bruce Willis’s home. I’m a big fan of his movies.

    Email subscriber!


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    Carol M
    November 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I’d like to sneak into Harrison Ford’s home!

    I’m an email subscriber.

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