City of Echoes
On Detective Matt Jones’s first night working Homicide in LA, he’s called to investigate a particularly violent murder case: a man has been gunned down in a parking lot off Hollywood Boulevard, his bullet-riddled body immediately pegged as the work of a serial robber who has been haunting the Strip for months. Driven by the grisliness of the killing, Jones and his hot-temp...more
Robert Ellis introduces a gritty, new LA Homicide cop, Matthew Trevor Jones, the first in the series, CITY OF ECHOES an intense, fast-paced Hollywood noir-style detective crime thriller.
Matt Jones is excited about celebrating his promotion to Hollywood Homicide, with his friend over dinner and drinks, when he receives a call from his supervisor, Bob Grace. He is to start the following day.
An em ...more
This is not nearly of the caliber of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series, but defini ...more
In "City of Echoes" , by Robert Ellis, has all and I mean ALL of the ingredients of the modern police police procedural thriller.
First there is the detective, in this case, Matt T. Jones who was recently promoted to the detective murder squad. Of course, Det. Jones has some issues: a father who walked out, leaving a wife and small boy ( Jones) in poverty; mother dies, leaving Jones to live with relatives. So --feelings of abandonment, resentment and authority issues.
Then, the crime. As Matt is ...more
“He felt his heart, which no longer beat, contract, and he wondered if there was anything in the world as painful as not being able to protect the people you loved.”― Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels
Agony. Such an interesting word, with such an interesting origin. “Late 14c., "mental suffering" (especially that of Christ in the Gar ...more
On the other hand, I'm on my 15th Bosch novel at this point, and I ...more
Matt was brand new to Hollywood homicide he had come from a different department and had worked narcotics. The night bef ...more
First of all, I just read a book by David Archer, a very good book, BUT for someone who writes the same kinds of books as Robert Ellis does the difference is just amazing. LOL, so I had to stop reading Archer books for a while so I could read something with some good old-fashioned swearing. Some F-bombs. The kind of swearwords 99.9% of cops and killers use. Ahhh, I feel so much better now.
I really did like Matt but I was a little skeptical about his partner Denny, he ...more
Narrator: Nick Podehl
Good plot, problematic writing style, did not like choice of narrator.
CoE, the debut to Ellis' detective series set in LA, turned out better than I thought it would be because it seemed like another average cop thriller/murder mystery in the first 25%. Then it got interesting.
But Ellis' writing is very different from The Dead Room, which I also thought started off as mediocre. IIRC, I didn't notice anything in Ellis' writing in The Dead Room ...more
The story is about a new homicide detective for the LAPD, Matt Jones. He is brought in on his first day to investigate a murder of a man who has been riddled with bullets and is unrecognizable. Matt finds himself led into a string of gruesome murders and he slowly realizes that he can't trust anyone around him. Lies and corruption begin to surface and Matt is led to question everyone and everything.
At first this book was a little slow. I had a ...more
This is my first book by Robert Ellis. Somehow or other I bought this book on the Amazon site that provided an audiobook via Audible. The book is well written; the pace is fast. I found the s ...more
This is the story of a new homicide detective investigating the death of a fellow police officer in the City of Angels and how it ties into a web of intrigue surrounding a rash of serial killings. I read this book extremely quickly, and while it definitely kept me guessing, I never felt any kind of connection to the characters or a feeling like anything major was at stake. It mostly felt like a typical n ...more
I will say I am not exactly a fan of film noir and that is how this felt to me. The whole grey room with the private dick and woman in distress, etc. But that being said it was ok. I wouldn’t say it is a favorite. I wouldn’t even say that I will rush to read the next one but it keep my attention mostly.
I never really connected with the characters. Any of them really. And the thriller part of it wasn’t all that thrilling. But again it sorta kept my attent ...more
I am definitely looking forward to more from Robert Ellis and his character Matt.
City of Echoes is a non-stop thrill ride, with so many twists that your head is going to spin. There is so much going on in this story, but Robert Ellis does a superb job of ke ...more
Robert Ellis has done really well in writing about a very believable character who has a lot of things on his plate. It starts with him meeting a friend, but ends up a different way than expected.
A thoroughly engaging book that was really easy to read and I was impressed with the way the book flowed from beginning to end.
This is the first book in the series and I am looking forward to reading more in the series.
The novel is full of twists and just when you think Ellis is winding the story down, he takes off in a new direction. My only regret is Amazon has already listed book two for advance sale. Sort of takes a lot of the suspense out of the ending.
Worth the read.
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Robert Ellis is the international bestselling author of Access to Power, The Dead Room, the critically acclaimed Lena Gamble novels, City of Fire, The Lost Witness, and Murder Season, and the Detective Matt Jones series, City of Echoes (2015) and The Love Killings (2016). His novels have been translated into ten languages and selected as top reads by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, National Public Ra...more