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The Lost Witness (Lena Gamble #2)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  490 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
With his novel CITY OF FIRE, Robert Ellis debuted a dynamic new character in Los Angeles detective Lena Gamble, but also captured a vivid picture of the city of Los Angeles. Readers and critics made CITY OF FIRE an instant phenomenon, as the book became a Los Angeles Times bestseller and was named a top summer read by People Magazine, USA Today, and The New York Times.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published 2009)
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Jan 06, 2014 Barbara rated it liked it
In this second book in the series Los Angeles robbery-homicide detective Lena Gamble is on the outs for embarrassing her bosses but is nevertheless assigned the case when the chopped up body of an unidentified young woman is found in a dumpster. The victim is found to be Jennifer McBride, a hooker who may have been blackmailing one of her clients. Lena's job is made more difficult by police higher ups who are interfering with her investigation and bugging her home, apparently in an attempt to ho ...more
When someone has ascended to the top of a profession, others are compared to them, some deservidly, some not.

With "The Lost Witness," Robert Ellis has been compared to Michael Connelly, and I believe that the comparison is correct.

In this story, Lena Gamble, L.A. detective is given a case of a dismembered body found in a dumpster. Lena is disliked by her superiors because of a previous case where a police officer was involved. The result was that for the last six months, Lena has been doing admi
Feb 22, 2009 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cop and mystery fans
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2009
This is a diabolical story with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing all through the book. Just when you think you have it all figured out the author pulls another trick out of his ass. Nevertheless, everything is consistent. Lena Gamble is a cop investigating the murder of a girl who was dismembered. As she tries to find out who killed the girl, she finds herself thwarted by big money interests and by the police that she is working for but she never stops poking around and we follow the ...more
Mark Love
Mar 22, 2015 Mark Love rated it really liked it
I stumbled upon this novel at a used book store. After reading the back cover blurb and a page or two, I was hooked and knew it was going to be a good ride.

Ellis sets a fast pace from the start and it never slows down. His main character, Lena Gamble, is a take charge detective, trying to solve a gruesome murder in the days leading up to Christmas. But this is no simple murder and with each step she takes, Gamble is faced with tough choices and more confusion.

Ellis throws more curves at you than
Apr 09, 2009 Margaret rated it it was amazing
When her last case turned into a media frenzy, Detective Lena Gamble ended up embarrassing her chief. It didn’t seem to matter that she’d caught the killer; higher-ups were still angry and upset about the way it all went down. So her chief punished her by keeping her chained to a desk for eight months, tossing her cases of little interest.

Then, out of the blue, Lena gets assigned to a murder investigation. At first, she’s thrilled—until she checks out the scene, where a young woman was found cho
May 16, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
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Jan 30, 2013 John rated it liked it
Better than average book so why my average rating?

I listened to the book and was totally entertained, got to love a book with awesome twists, and this book has more than its fair share. But like the first book I cannot dig its reality. Meaning too many things don’t make sense but are still great theatre. When I read Jack Reacher, (and I imagine most who have read this book know Jack) I expect reality to bend as Jack is a larger than life character and the un-reality is in context with the Jack R
Aug 07, 2012 Vismay rated it it was ok
It has been a long time indeed, since I last completed a novel. It’s just that I couldn’t get enough time to do so. Anyways I was seriously missing out the fun of critiquing a book for you, imaginary reader, so that I can impose my viewpoints down your gut and make you dance to my tune!!

Jokes apart, the book that I have recently read was indeed 100% pure and refined pleasure. I was taken to a helluva of a ride by Robert Ellis in his crime blockbuster ‘The Lost Witness’.

I think I might have told
Nov 14, 2012 Ptreick rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-reads

Disclaimer: This is not really my "genre," per se.

That said, I love a good story, and this has many elements of a good story: a grisly crime, a tough female detective who may succeed despite the corrupt members of her own squad, sex, money, twists and turns aplenty, and other stuff. That's right, stuff.

I listened to this in my car, and I stayed awake the entire time -- which was good, because I was also driving. There were a few white knuckle-on-the-steering wheel
Judy Churchill
Sep 11, 2015 Judy Churchill rated it really liked it
This is another good book for a day it's too hot to go outside. It's hard to stop reading once you've gotten into the story. Every minute is action filled with the plot zig zagging just when you think you've figured it out. Way too many bodies to count but a good story.
Ken Templeton
Nov 14, 2015 Ken Templeton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The second in a series of three! Mr. Ellis writes detective novels which keep your interest and have surprise endings. I just bought the last novel in this series and look forward to Lena's new case.....
Nov 14, 2015 Sheila rated it really liked it
A vicious serial killer is on the loose in LA and Lena is on the case. One of her biggest problems though is pressure and interference from the people above her in rank. Pretty graphic crime scenes
Gita Sturtevant
Sep 12, 2014 Gita Sturtevant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

fab characters plots within plots storyline excellent an absolutely well written novel I could not put down. please keep writing as so far read . 3 and we are err 2 out of three greats.
Dec 09, 2014 Luvinthislife rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another gem

Mr. Ellis did it again with this second in the Lena Gamble series. Great pacing, strong characters and a multi-faceted plot. Well done sir, well done.
Barbara Elsborg
Aug 16, 2012 Barbara Elsborg rated it really liked it
I think I must have read this one before because I sort of remembered as I was reading. Annoying because I bought it after having enjoyed one of his others. It was still a great read. I love books that twist and turn and take you up alleys only to lead you to a blind end and then throw everything you thought on its head. I love them when they have a satisfactory conclusion and this did. Lena is a brilliant protagonist and I was in her skin as she battled to find the truth and save her bacon! Tru ...more
Gregg Harcus
Slow start but supper fast ending

The book twists and turns with bodies dropping at every turn. Like many of his books the end was not seen coming.
James Fitzgerald
May 10, 2015 James Fitzgerald rated it it was ok
I think this was an overrated book that I finished and said to myself did the author really believe the twist and turns in this book was going to make it believable? the beginning was interesting then it just became a waste of reading time. I did not like this book would not recommend it.
Nov 21, 2015 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a story that has murder, plot twists & characters that are truly human.
Apr 02, 2014 Toyah rated it really liked it
Well written crime novel. Entertaining story line and characters. Full of suspense and surprises.
Sandy Kell
Mar 08, 2015 Sandy Kell rated it really liked it
First rate police procedural set in Los Angeles. I knew it would be good because it was recommended by Michael Connelly!
Jan 09, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it
Phew, what a convoluted and twisted tale. Do yourself a favour and read it.
Oct 31, 2010 Robin rated it really liked it
I personally LOVE police novels, and I love even more police novels with a female protagonist, so of course I enjoyed this one. Ellis main character is Lena Gamble, somewhat on the outs with her bosses (a la Harry Bosch) and saddled with a nearly impossible case. She must discover the identity of a dismembered victim, a task made especially difficult as the victim seems to have assumed a different identity. Solid police detail, good central character, and the story moves right along. If you like ...more
Jun 04, 2015 Lindajk rated it really liked it
A very good read and kept you on your toes. Enjoyed it.
Oct 31, 2014 Darlis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had so many twists and turns in the plot. It was very exciting and hard to figure out.
Apr 20, 2015 Lashana rated it really liked it
I'm a fan. Keep them coming!!
Jul 27, 2014 Rachael rated it really liked it
Solid, fast-paced, strong investigative narrative-great summer fun!
Oct 04, 2012 Kari rated it really liked it
I love crime drama mysteries. I read this before I read City of Fire. I'm not sure how much it mattered other than knowing the City of Fire didn't end too well. I like the style of the author, the way he introduces new characters at the beginning of chapters had me doing my own investigative work, wondering if I missed something and scanning back in the book searching to see who this person was.
Moon Yaa
Mar 27, 2013 Moon Yaa rated it it was amazing
clever.a very good one detective story.personally, i never thought the ending will be end like that. even if u tried your best to predict how the story will end but nahh,far from it. what shocked me the most is the way,the author related everything into one and making me believed that it was true and real...but i guessed it wrong. what a shocking twist in the end of story and the best one ever
Jan 26, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
You don't know the whole story until you turn the last page. More than once I actually said OH MY GOD aloud because of the plot twists Ellis throws in. Not sure why he isn't more well-known, he has most best selling crime fiction writers beat hands-down. Instant fan!
Oct 27, 2013 Ellen rated it really liked it
The second in the Lena Gamble series. I liked this better than the first. Lena is a force to be reckoned with -- smart, brave, and tenacious. She won't let the powers-that-be in the L.A. Police Department keep her down. Enjoyable.
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Robert Ellis is the international bestselling author of "Access to Power", "The Dead Room", and the critically acclaimed L.A. Times bestseller "City of Fire", "The Lost Witness", and "Murder Season" - selected as top reads by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, National Public Radio, The Chicago Tribune, The Toronto Sun, The Guardian (UK), The Evening Telegraph (UK), People Magazine, USA Today, and The N ...more
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