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Lost Hills (Eve Ronin Book 1) Kindle Edition
An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
“A cut above the rest.” —Philadelphia Inquirer (Spring 2020 Best Book selection)
“An energetic, resourceful procedural starring a heroine who deserves a series of her own.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This nimble, sure-footed series launch from bestseller Goldberg…builds to a thrilling, visually striking climax. Readers will cheer Ronin every step of the way.” —Publishers Weekly
“A cop novel so good it makes much of the old guard read like they’re going through the motions until they can retire…the real appeal here is Goldberg’s lean prose, which imbues just-the-facts procedure with remarkable tension and cranks up to a stunning description of a fire that was like ‘Christmas in hell.’” —Booklist
“A veteran writer of countless mystery series…Lee Goldberg’s taut Lost Hills…shines a light on the lesser-known SoCal crime-fighting agency. He excels at employing realistic forensics, ratcheting up the department’s political tensions and using the region’s real-life wildfires in climatic scenes while leavening the proceedings with just the right amount of cop humor…” —Los Angeles Times
“Goldberg brings out the best of the growing genre of crime in the Los Angeles arena. The landscape and the atmosphere of the region play a key role in making this novel a success. Eve Ronin makes a stellar lead character for what appears to be the beginning of a crime series. The payoff provides some surprises as well as a satisfying resolution.” —Associated Press
“Lost Hills is an enjoyable read that shows Goldberg, a two-time Edgar Award winner, at the top of his game. The prose is lean and the pacing is superb. There is no filler here; every sentence earns the space it occupies on the page…There are a lot of series out there, but Eve Ronin and Goldberg’s fast-paced prose should put this one on the radar of every crime fiction fan.” —National Public Radio
“[Eve Ronin is] a great character and her debut story does not disappoint. The police procedure appears to be as authentic as Goldberg can make it without being in law enforcement himself.” —The Oklahoman
“[The] suspense and drama are guaranteed to keep a reader spellbound…” —Authorlink
“This sterling thriller is carved straight out of the world of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner…Lost Hills is a book to be found and savored.” —BookTrib
“What a police procedural should be: a clever and likable lead detective, a supporting cast of both hardworking and lazy cops, wisecracking (and occasionally ribald) station house banter, a smattering of quirky characters, a fast pace, a faithful depiction of investigative techniques, and a writing style as precise as a sniper’s rifle.” —New York Journal of Books
“Lost Hills is phenomenal.” —The Real Book Spy
“[A] police procedural that shrugs off the norm in favor of rocking its own path. More notable is a genuinely original female protagonist, Eve Ronin. An intriguing story, snappy dialogue, and clever use of language give the narrative a fizz. Add to that a dark tense atmosphere that builds to a nervy denouement and you have a winner.” —NB Magazine
“Goldberg’s smooth way with a yarn is in evidence here, as his ability to mix mayhem with mirth, but the particularly well-crafted plot with its hardboiled action, forensic detail and, especially, its fully dimensional heroine, move it a step up and away from his previous fiction.” —Mystery Scene Magazine
“Goldberg’s storytelling is vivid and powerful, and his characters well-drawn and believable.” —Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
“[A] brisk, character-driven police procedural…good fun, marked by smart plotting and sharp dialogue.” —Mystery Scene Magazine
“With Lost Hills, Lee Goldberg has introduced a remarkable, tenacious female detective in Eve Ronin. She’s flawed, but determined. Inexperienced, but courageous. Outmanned, but defiant. Goldberg places this unlikely hero in a problematic, fast-paced pursuit to find a killer, effectively establishing her as the reliant hero we’ve always wanted…and deserved.” —Paperback Warrior
“Lost Hills is Lee Goldberg at his best. Inspired by the real-world grit and glitz of LA County crime, this book takes no prisoners. And neither does Eve Ronin. Take a ride with her and you’ll find yourself with a heroine for the ages. And you’ll be left hoping for more.” —Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Lost Hills is what you get when you polish the police procedural to a shine: a gripping premise, a great twist, fresh spins and knowing winks to the genre conventions, and all the smart, snappy ease of an expert at work.” —Tana French, New York Times bestselling author
“Thrills and chills! Lost Hills is the perfect combination of action and suspense, not to mention Eve Ronin is one of the best new female characters in ages. You will race through the pages!” —Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Twenty-four-karat Goldberg—a top-notch procedural that shines like a true gem.” —Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire series
“A winner. Packed with procedure, forensics, vivid descriptions, and the right amount of humor. Fervent fans of Connelly and Crais, this is your next read.” —Kendra Elliot, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author
“Brilliant! Eve Ronin rocks! With a baffling and brutal case, tight plotting, and a fascinating look at police procedure, Lost Hills is a stunning start to a new detective series. A must-read for crime fiction fans.” —Melinda Leigh, Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author
“A tense, pacy read from one of America’s greatest crime and thriller writers.” —Garry Disher, international bestselling author and Ned Kelly Award winner
From the Publisher
After a viral video shows an off-duty takedown, Sheriff’s Deputy Eve Ronin suddenly finds herself taking on a new role as homicide detective...and her colleagues aren’t so thrilled with her sudden promotion. She wants to do well, but she’s not always right. She’s tossed into a role bigger than she could have imagined, and she needs her colleagues’ support. But when a new killer shows up on the scene, Eve must put aside the department politics and media pressure. She’ll stop at nothing to catch a murderer—there’s no room for her to make a mistake.
Lost Hills had me on the edge of my seat until the very last page. Eve Ronin is a character like no other. In the words of Michael Connelly, “Take a ride with her and you’ll find yourself with a heroine for the ages.”
- Megha Parekh, Editor
- ASIN : B07JW53H22
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (January 1, 2020)
- Publication date : January 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 7447 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 241 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542091896
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,984 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In 1974 and 1978, I ran for city council in a small southeast L.A. County city. After the ‘74 the police department tried recruiting me, while I was in the Navy. That recruitment attempt entailed my riding in police cars and getting an eye-witness view of what it meant to be a patrolman. I LOVED IT. BTW, Lindsay Lohan & I spent 8 minutes in the same jail, for different reasons. When I did, I was about 15 years old. I was released to my older brother and not charged with any crimes. Of course, this fact had no bearing on my recruitment by Sergeant Grant years later.
“Lost Hills” is an excellent portrayal of what readers would experience if they accompanied police officer staff on patrol through their neighborhoods.
WRITING & EDITING: Realistic and a fair approximation of the dialogue, but without the pulp fiction sort of gallows humor of some other novels. Mind you, the writing doesn’t rise to the quality of Wambaugh, and it is not a literary classic. In between both extremes, it will excite few, but also, will alienate very few.
BLUSH FACTOR: I think few people who abhor Street language, especially the eff-word, will read this genre. While there definitely are a few eff-words, they are not excessive. More to the point, if there weren’t some, I would not respect the portrayal of the folks depicted.
I enjoyed the story almost as much for the mystery as for the nostalgia, wondering how my life might have been, had I traded my sailor’s uniform for a career in law enforcement.
A fun read. I certainly will read future books by this author.
The investigative team is made up of the older veteran who is literally counting down the days before he retires and a female detective brand spanking new to the Robbery/Homicide Division. The two work well together, quite realistically in fact, since Duncan Pavone and Eve Ronin have settled on the division of duties in their team; Pavone is going to take a step back to protect himself for his future retirement and Eve is going to be in charge of the investigation they are assigned.
Eve is very young and inexperienced to be a detective and she unashamedly admits to taking advantage of a situation in order to get her promotion to detective. That's not a usual character type for a female police officer and I am glad to say this author handled that situation in a way that kept me from disliking Eve. The descriptions of the crime scene are definitely more than a little unsettling and you need to know that is not going to bother you before you begin reading because those descriptions go on for a long, long time. This story also involves young children as victims with injuries that made me uncomfortable.
There are some revelations at the end of the story which were definitely unexpected by me and even with the hints I could see with hindsight I still didn't work out all the details of the crime. I was a little disappointed with the ending because it seemed more abrupt than necessary. The book is less than 250 pages long; surely there was enough room to finish off two threads to let readers know what the results were with those two situations.
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This is my first book by this author and my first book from Amazon's Thomas and Mercer line. It's a pretty decent read that the start of the tale doesn't prepare you for and part of me wonders if that was deliberate or if the editors didn't bother giving enough feedback as the author's an established one (though I thought he was new, never having heard of him); I'm 50/50 with it.
So, first things first. Eve Ronin. A little too similar to Eve and Roarke, the detective heroine and her husband from JD Robb's long-running Eve Dallas series, and I think that's a mistake, but as this is seemingly book 1 of several to come, I don't suppose there's a lot that can be done about it. And, Eve Ronin shared more than a few traits with Eve Dallas: her ability to rub people up the wrong way, the unwilling subject of (*a*, so far in this Eve's case) high profile take down of a famous person, colleagues with their noses out of joint, colleagues who distrust her, bribing colleagues (which is an inside joke in the ED series), colleagues' dawning respect, an absentee parent (OK, admittedly, ED's abandoned her, and worse), that they follow their instincts against reason and logic, and they're both headstrong... I could go on and on, but I think you get the gist.
But, the mystery and investigation were pretty spot on. I didn't quite buy how much she was being harassed - to the point of being a form of bullying - by colleagues (isn't that against the rules, in 2019, even in the USA, or are things still behind the times there, as with many other basic issues?) but I liked that she didn't need a partner (nor does ED, though she has a sidekick, as does this Eve) and didn't rely on anyone, though yes, she did the sensible thing and delegated. I didn't get to know her enough - the author didn't make me like her (although, I didn't like ED at first, as she was just too abrasive but when she fell for Roarke in book 1, the storyline found another angle for me, a reader of primarily romance) and other than her the tidbits about strange mother, I couldn't relate to her. With ED, I suspect that that was deliberate, but I didn't get the same feeling here - this Eve didn't have anything that stood out, that made her different or made me think she'd be revealed in fits and starts. And, would a woman really dress in clothes from the day before, and not put on deodorant, because when she sniffs her pits, she deems them OK? I mean, this happens when she's in her own home, has access to a bathroom and wardrobe! At least ED showers a lot, lol! Yes, things were getting hot in her case, but seriously, that was ick. I think it's clear that this tale is written by a guy, as the female perspective wasn't quite right, and no, I don't mean that in any kind of sexist way, just that he didn't make her complex or layered, and didn't give her any kind of unique appeal.
The book had all the tech specs present and executed, but I've not warmed to this Eve and I wouldn't buy the next book, though I would read it in KU.
Ignore the hyperbole of the description, this is a written by numbers, bog standard serial killer story with nothing to distinguish it from all the other similar books out there. Eve is your bog standard, neurotic, driven heroine with emotional baggage and a sense of humour bypass and most of her male colleagues are stereotyped sexist, lazy douchebags with the exception of one who plays the obligatory father figure. Of course she is given the lead in a spectacularly nasty homicide. To comment much further would be to indulge in spoilers which I won't do, but suffice to say the killer is pretty unconvincing. but hey, it was free, it's readable enough and it whiled away a train journey
I liked the feel of the book from the very start. It is efficient in introducing key characters, including the location. The book reminded me a little of the early Faye Kellerman Peter Decker books, when they were set in California. I liked the descriptions of the locations, starting with where Mulholland Highway meets Mulholland Drive. It felt concrete and I wanted to look up the locations on Google Earth. Later I did, and they were just like the description.
There is an immediate affinity with Eve, the young woman made good because of her treatment of an abusive celebrity, and Duncan, a man less than months from retirement who does not intend to overexert himself in the field, giving Eve more responsibility than she would expect at that age. But, from that early introduction, which could be very cliched, the characters of these two main protagonists are plumped out and expanded. They feel like real people. They also seem competent as do all the police. They may have conflicting perspectives and priorities but it all seems realistic and to a certain extent reasonable. Even the teasing that Eve receives for the reason for her meteoric rise is not overplayed.
The story progresses with solid police-work and forensic investigation although Eve herself may have to learn to look after herself better if she is to survive. She doggedly uncovers clues and information and worries at it until she constructs a theory of the case that takes into account everything that they have found. It ends with a very exciting sequence of cop against natural forces and human politics. I look forward to book two in the series - even if the wait will be at least a year!