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Lost Hills

(Eve Ronin #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  19,684 ratings  ·  1,244 reviews

A detective’s brutal first case could make or break her career in an exhilarating thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg.

A video of Deputy Eve Ronin’s off-duty arrest of an abusive movie star goes viral, turning her into a popular hero at a time when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is plagued by scandal. The sheriff, desperate for mor

Kindle Edition, 237 pages
Published January 1st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lost Hills by Lee Goldberg is a 2020 Thomas & Mercer publication.

This new series is off to an impressive start!

Eve Ronin has leveraged the viral YouTube video of her off duty arrest of a famous Hollywood actor into a promotion to robbery/homicide. Everyone knows that, although she might be capable, her promotion was mainly police department cosmetics, and her colleagues don’t bother trying to hide their resentment towards her.

Eve is partnered with a jaded, worn out, veteran detective about to
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio

So often, the protagonist in a police procedural is a grizzled old detective, who has been solving crimes for a coon’s age. Here, we have Eve Ronin, a newbie to the Homicide department. Plucked from the ranks after a viral video of her off duty arrest of an abusive movie star, she becomes the youngest detective in the department. Needless to say, the other detectives don’t welcome her with open arms. Her partner is six months away from retirement and already had one foot out the door. So, when a
In a world where everybody and their great aunt thinks they can write a police procedural, it's Lee Goldberg who shows us how it's done. Set in Calabasas and Topanga, just west of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, the first book in the Eve Ronin series is a fastreading, hard-to-put-down page-turner that draws the reader in from page one right to the end. Ronin is a newly minted Sheriff's Homicide Detective, promoted to the chagrin of her colleagues based on a viral video of a celebrity arrest, R ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
LOST HILLS by Lee Goldberg is first book in the Eve Ronin police procedural and is set in California. In this book, the reader is introduced to Homicide Detective Eve Ronin. When a video went viral of her when she was a deputy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), the sheriff quickly promoted her to detective. The LASD desperately needed some positive press, but Eve is resented by her colleagues, teamed up with a soon-to-retire partner, and feels pressure to prove herself to ev ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m so excited to share this shiny, new mystery thriller series from Lee Goldberg! My first book from him, and now I know why he’s a bestseller!

Lost Hills is the first installment in the Eve Ronin series. Eve becomes a high profile cop when she arrests an abusive movie star, and in turn, the sheriff promotes her due to the need for good press for the department. You see, the arrest is well-received by the community, and Eve becomes popular overnight. Now she’s the youngest female homicide detec
Andrew Smith
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I was attracted to this book by the promise of ‘the real world grit and glitz of LA County crime’ and ‘this book takes no prisoners’. Yeah, sounds right up my alley! I hadn’t come across Lee Goldberg before but a quick bit of research told me that he is the author of more than half a dozen series as well as having written extensively for television. OK, good enough for me, I’m in.

Deputy Eve Ronin was recently promoted to detective after a relatively short time on the force. Her rapid rise was a
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was eager to get my hands on this latest novel by Lee Goldberg, hoping that it would be as exciting and full of twists as some of his other work. I was not disappointed with this crime thriller that kept me guessing as the story progressed. Eve Ronin had her fifteen minutes of fame when she took down a criminal and someone posted the entire event to YouTube. That notoriety has made her a household name in the Los Angeles environs and catapulted her into the highest ranks of the Los Angeles Cou ...more
Adrian Dooley
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Deputy Eve Ronin when off duty tackles an abusive movie star on the street and a video of it goes viral.
The sheriff looking for some positive PR for his department promotes her to homicide detective, the youngest in the forces history, and partners her with a veteran six months from his retirement.

The other detectives resent her, thinking she doesn’t have what it takes and is only in that position because of politics. When a triple murder happens on her doorstep it’s her chance to prove she do
Sheila Beaumont
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I love Lee Goldberg's Monk books too, but I do think this is the best thing he has written. Homicide detective Eve Ronin is a brilliant, amazing protagonist, the supporting characters are very well portrayed, the pace is fast, the writing is excellent, the Calabasas area in the throes of Santa Ana winds and wildfire is vividly depicted, and the ending totally surprised me. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next Eve Ronin book. ...more
The Cats’ Mother
I’ve read and adored this author’s two Ian Ludlow thrillers, and happily have an ARC of the third up soon. While those are clever and funny spoofs of the action genre, this was a more traditional straight police procedural that reads like an homage to the Harry Bosch series - he is even mentioned so I’m not imagining it! It’s an exciting cinematically-written thriller, with a suitably kick-a** heroine, but is just a little too derivative to earn 5 stars.

Eve Ronin is the youngest detective in the
Tinichix (nicole)
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a good solid read. I choose to do this on audio and it was a shorter one but did not lack substance. The narrator was good and I enjoyed the story. I enjoyed the protagonist, sometimes with this genre I feel like it’s harder to connect with the characters but I thought this had more substance than most in that area. It wasn’t too technical and kept me guessing. It was very descriptive and felt original. This is my first book by this author and I was not disappointed.
Terence M
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-Stars - "I really Liked It!"
Lee Goldberg - Lost Hills (Eve Ronin, #1) [Audible]
Audiobook - 06:41 Hours - Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella

From my Reading Activity:
(1) "A most enjoyable zingy new crime novel, although at 6:41 hours, probably a little short?"
(2) "An excellent crime/police procedural, with an interesting main protagonist, Homicide Detective Eve Ronin. Listened in two sittings (while lying down) and most enjoyable."

How often do we (meaning me I guess) complain about a book being too l
Dee Arr
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read a few Lee Goldberg books in the past and was hoping this book would be as good as the previous novels. Detective Eve Ronin is a new character and I was curious if the author could create someone different and still achieve the same impact as his other series.

Detective Eve Ronin is new to her department, and her fresh status causes the veterans to question her skills. At times, her knowledge comes off as bravado and she makes plenty of rookie mistakes, exposing her as human rather than
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars. This is my first Lee Goldberg book. Definitely an author to follow!
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
The only books by Goldberg I have read so far were the series he wrote with Evanovich. I guess that's why I expected something light and funny. This is something completely different. Nevertheless, I really liked what I got.

Goldberg knows his craft very well. He can easily write a solid story with likeable characters and an intriguing end. It's not for those who like a lot of twists, at least when it comes to the first half of the book because there are many surprising and thrilling moments in t
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a good young rival to Harry Bosch in his younger days when he took no bullshit and did it his way without being over the top. I look forward to more stores involving Detective Eve Ronin. A very good story. A good tight pace to it and good on the procedure. Good main characters and I hope her partner stays on, but if not that is how it rolls. I liked how she mentioned she read Harry Bosch books and felt sorry for him lol. The good thing is that she is not a female copycat of Harry, there is ...more
It's probably closer to a 3.5 stars. My failure to round it up was because this seems to core Eve as almost a super power of some kind. For me, she's just a bit over the top. And the amounts of carnage here are also expansive to the point that any subtlety in undertones of characterizations are just lost.

But- there are huge amounts of upside to this particular Goldberg invention. For one thing he writes concise and the entire novel is not too long; it does not hold excess dialog or "he said, sh
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
TIL that Lee Goldberg is a man. This is apropos of nothing but for some reason I thought the name = a woman. I also learned that he is responsible for a bunch of stuff I love like Monk so I will probably be hunting down more of his work.

This is a December First Reads book for Prime Members and let me say I am pleased with my choice. This is a very readable, fast paced, mystery featuring a character who is compelling and troubled without being a total psycho. In the book Goldberg h/ts Michael Co
I can't help but to compare Lost Hills to Harry Bosch series. I keep thinking Eve will run into Bosch at some point, lol. I think the plot was good with likable main characters. Eve is a rookie detective assigned to work with a soon to retire partner who can show her the ropes. Seems to be the other way around.
I missed humor from Lee Goldberg, there were a few jokes here and there but that's how I remember his writing. Will definitely read the next one. 3.5 stars
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The first book in a new series from Lee Goldberg featuring Eve Ronin of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Eve is now a homicide detective in the LASD Robbery-Homicide Division thanks to the arrest she made of an abusive movie star that was caught on video, posted to YouTube, and went viral. The LASD was embroiled in a scandal and Eve's promotion as the youngest female homicide detective in the department’s history will give the department some much needed positive press. But colleague ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Familiar author, new character; no-brainer, then, to snap it up as my Amazon First Reads selection for December 2019. As it turns out, it's a solid police procedural that introduces L.A. County Sheriff's Department Homicide Detective Eve Ronin, who earned a transfer after pulling off a win at her previous job that resulted in considerable media facetime. Needless to say, her fellow (literally) officers are less than thrilled that she's in their midst. For the most part, that includes her about-t ...more
Judy Lesley
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Lee Goldberg is a new author for me and the description of the book was intriguing so I selected this story from the Amazon First Reads program for December.

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 i
Mark Baker
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2020
Thanks to a well-time viral video, Eve Ronin has become the youngest person promoted to the homicide department of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Her new co-workers aren’t treating her with a lot of respect, so she knows she has to prove herself. That chance comes when she and her partner, Duncan Pavone, are called to the scene of a crime in Calabasas. A friend has called to report that Tanya Kenworth never showed up for work. The house where Tanya lives is covered in blood in ever ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

What starts as a straightforward police procedural, slowly becomes more complex until about 2/3 through. Then a twist leads to an acceleration of clues and surprises. The rush to the climax is superb, unputdownable in every way.

As usual with my reviews, please first read the publisher’s blurb/summary of the book. Thank you.

I enjoyed the scenes between Eve and her mom much more than I thought I would. They're deeper than cliché. The first meeting between them has a surreal quality. Very
Bob Mayer
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced, fun and a heck of a character in Eve Ronin. She lives up to her last name. It's LA all the way; I:m NY all the way so it's always interesting to read about a city I'm not familiar with.
Another winner from Lee! Get copy and enjoy.
TV police drama
I look forward to next weeks episode.

Eve a newly promoted detective and her overweight donut eating soon to be retired partner are on the case. Cliches aplenty. Effortless reading.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this novel on a whim and absolutely loved it. Highly, highly recommended!!!
❤Marie Gentilcore
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, 2020, e-book
I really enjoyed this book and I am so glad it is a series as I already want more Eve Ronin, a detective in the LAPD. The story was fast paced and exciting all the way to the end. And, even though the crime was horrific, I enjoyed following along as Eve worked the case. Look forward to reading more in this new series.
Paul Ataua
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Eve, a newly promoted detective, and her close to retirement partner, Duncan, set out on their first of what might be many cases to come. It’s okay, maybe even more than okay, but not great. Maybe I just expect too much of my detectives. I want more story around the story, and more depth to the characters. Helped me pass a few lazy hours.
Kevin Dowson
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you know you should be onto a winner before you even turn to page one. A Los Angeles set police procedural / thriller with a testimonial from Michael Connelly? And written by Lee Goldberg? Yes please. It's fair to say I went into this one with expectations sky high.

Delighted to report that I wasn't disappointed. Goldberg's usual excellent writing with just the occasional droplet of (usually dark) humour, and a believable female lead character, strong where it matters with enough vulner
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#1 New York Times Bestselling author Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee whose many TV writing and/or producing credits include "Martial Law," "SeaQuest," "Diagnosis Murder,""Hunter," "Spenser: For Hire," "Nero Wolfe," "Missing." "Monk" and "The Glades." He's also the co-author of the Fox & O'Hare series with Janet Evanovich (The Heist, The Chase, The Job, The ...more

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