The first half is an easy five stars. The writing is pure excellence, oozing emotion and foreshadowing the imminent tragedy. There's a scene with bagpiper playing 'flowers of the forest' and i challenge you not to be overwhelmed with sadness after reading it. The second part did lose my interest in places but this is through no fault of the author. The legal case goes on forever with a great deal of repetition. First published in 1973, The Onion Field covers the story of the brutal encounter between two LAPD cops and two career criminals in, well, an onion field. I won't go into the outcome except to say the criminals got the best end of the deal, especially when the death penalty was struck down in California. Compelling reading, even the tedious courtroom scenes unraveling with their own grim, ironic dramas. Wambaugh's early writing, such as this nonfiction title, is generally regarded as his better output. I hope to read more of his nonfiction somewhere downstream. The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh
The Onion Field tells the truelife story of two young Los Angeles Police Department detectives who are kidnapped by two robbers in 1963, and the subsequent ordeal of all four men.
The book is structured like an episode of television’s Law and Orderthe first half of the book focuses on the crime, while the second half focuses on the numerous, protracted criminal prosecutions that follow the incident.
Wambaugh raises important questions about the purpose of the criminal justice system (punishment, retribution, rehabilitation?), the criminal legal process and disparity between official policy and actual police practice.
Wambaugh illustrates how our system of laws exist to protect the criminals and police departments exist to protect the ‘integrity’ of those institution per se, but there is no system or institution that protects with similar zeal and diligence the rights of police officers, victims, or prosecutors, i.e., the three parties most intimately associated with the crime (besides the criminal).
The Onion Field makes it understandable why police protect one another when faced with allegations of misconduct by civiliansthey have to protect themselves because the system is not there to protect them.
This is a classica mustread for true crime geeks. The only buzz kill for me was in the dragging pace that consumes several areas of the book.
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I'll try again now that it's only $1.99 on Amazon.
An odd and mysterious story taking place in the heat and dust of Los Angeles during the early Sixties, The Onion Field is a completely unforgettable crime novel.