City Of Fire (Lena Gamble #1)
The victim had sex recently but the DNA didn't match her husband's. Lena finds info in the home with the number seven on it. Thinking that this was left by the killer, she looks into similiar cases and finds that the DNA matches that of two other women who were killed where other men were convicted.
The author does ...more
Está ambientada en la ciudad de Los Ángeles y esto también me ha gustado, he descubierto zonas de la ciudad, establecimientos, etc... por lo que digo siempre que un libro es un billete de avión a cualquier destino.
Nos encontramos con un asesino en serie apodado Romeo, que ...more
I’m breaking my rule this time because I want to get into the nooks and crannies of this book, so sorry.
The book, the first in a new series starring the detective, Lena Gamble, is the cat-and-mouse game between Gamble, along with her fellow detectives, and a sadistic rapist-killer known affectionately as Romeo. In the background is Gamble’s history wherein her brother was brutally murdered five years ago and corruption concerns in the LAPD itself.
First and foremost, Romeo is a rea ...more
Publisher - Pan Books
Pages - 380
Blurb from Goodreads
When a businessman arrives home to find his wife in bed, carved from belly to throat with a very sharp knife, the elite Robbery-Homicide division of the L.A.P.D responds in full force and Detective Lena Gamble prepares for her first major case.
At first all fingers point towards the victim's husband, but best-case scenarios only happen in films and it soon transpires that this murder is one of a series of brutal crime ...more
WHAT?! SO GOOD. 5 stars, straight up.
I am always searching for a new character series I can get excited about. My dreambook criteria goes like this. One: a kickass female heroine, who is human and knowable with just a sprinkle of tortured. Just a sprinkle! Two: dead bodies. And three: I don't want to be able to figure out the mystery until the author wants me to.
Trying new books, I usually get two-out-three in random combination. This book checks off all three boxes. It's true, there is a Tho ...more
SETTING: Los Angeles
Lena Gamble has recently been promoted to homicide detective with the LAPD. Among her first assignments is to stop a serial killer who is brutally murdering attractive women. His first victim is a pregnant woman; a series of other murders are committed with the police never being able to find anything that will lead them to the perpetrator. Although initially it seems that these are sexual assaults, the murder of a male ...more
Sie wälzte sich im Bett herum, schmiegte die Wange in einen Zipfel ihres Kopfkissens und kuschelte sich noch tiefer hinein. Träumen. Schlafen.
Eine junge schwangere Frau wird tot in ihrem Bett gefunden – vom Bauch bis zur Kehle aufgeschlitzt. Detective Lena Gamble von der Mordkommission in Los Angeles glaubt zunächst, dass die Frau von ihrem Mann getötet wurde. Aber als weitere brutale Frauenmorde verübt werden, wird klar, dass die schrecklichen Taten auf das Konto eines per ...more
This book was actually an assigned reading for my course. Yes, what a change. When I saw that this time it was not another heavy, noted literature work, I almost jumped with joy. From the cover and blurbs, I knew it would be awesome. And it was!
I had a phase with crime novels. I don’t know why it stopped, but I rarely read them anymore. So when I read and finished this book in only two sittings (well, two sessions, to be technically exact, beca ...more
I’m glad I tried it. The story caught my attention from the first chapter. Lena Gamble, the main character, is newly promoted to the LAPD’s elite RHD and investigating two crimes – the five-year-old unsolved murder of her brother and the brutal torture-murder of a young wife. I liked Lena, who for once, wasn’t an alcoholic or ex-alcoholic. The ‘dark sp ...more
The book and story was too long with the places and backstory, could have been 20% shorter. Still, a page-turner, with a few twists.
An an insight in the mind of a serial rapist ...more
What starts off to be a rather humdrum murder mystery, moves into quite a complex story involving several murders and maybe several murderers.
It did take me a while to get interested in continuing this story, but when the first twist came I was hooked. I did like Lena (the heroine cop) I liked ...more
La historia te va llevando poco a poco, me gustan los escritores que te hacen pensar, y eso fue lo que Ellis logró en mi: Llegaba a mis ...more
Robert Ellis ha sabido llevar un libro muy bien ambientado, con unos personajes bastante realistas, y un misterio digno de cualquier ejemplar de novela negra.
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I think he has a winner in Lena Gamble and I hope he continues to write more mystery/thrillers using her as one of the main characters. As with the other 2 books I read, the story kept me guessing who the bad guy(s) were and I didn't have it figured out in advance. Kept me guessing right up to the end. I like these kinds of books where you don't see the bad guy right away, but you are kept on your toes ...more
Ciudad de fuego es una novela policial de las de toda la vida, de esas que gustan leer para ir siguiendo los pasos de los policías y, de las que sabemos tienen alguna trampa donde caer: y caemos. Además, se centra en el caso sin perderse mucho con aspectos de la vida personal de los protagonistas.
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