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 more...more
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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 ...more
This book is for when you've finished your entire set of Michael Connelly books, and you really want to read something similar but aren't sure if you can take one more lick of Harry Bosch's dark world.
Don't get me wrong, this LA is still dark. However, instead of Bosch's gritty downtown, it's the true crime world of the woodsy Santa Monica mountains. And in true crime world, the decisions of criminals ...more
“Lost Hills” by Lee Goldberg is an absorbing police procedural and thriller that serves as an introduction to a new series character, Eve Ronin. Due to a viral video of Eve taking down an arrogant Hollywood action star, stopping his assault on his female companion in a parking lot, she’s fast-tracked to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s elite Robbery Homicide squad as its youngest and first female detective. The men repeatedly deride her as “ ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I read a lot of police procedurals, most of which I rate a high of 4 stars. “Lost Hills” gets 5 stars, because it’s enjoyable enough to be a “must re-read” for me. I’ve pre-ordered the Audiobook version and will be listening to it in January, when it’s released.
This imaginatively-plotted police procedural is worth reading for the quirky characters, sly humor, and excellent sense of place. “Lost Hills” is set in the City ...more
Female Homicide Detective--check. Detective's first name, Eve--check. Murder mystery with some twists--check. It's been a while since I've read some of the books in J.D. Robb's Death series, so there may be other similarities. This series does not take place in the future, however. And so far there's no romance involved.
I don't read a lot of mystery novels, but there wasn't a Fantasy or Science Fiction book offered on First Reads this month. So I picked ...more
This was the free Prime book that I chose this month and I am so glad I did. I could not put this book down. I cannot wait for more books to be added to this series, the writer has an amazing style. This is not a book I would typically pick, it would usually be a cozy mystery or something less realistic maybe. It had a good story that was drawn out enough while still being fast paced. The characters are good and well written, especially Eve. It kind of reads like a tv show and I loved ...more
Amazing! A fast paced rolllercoaster of a ride. I couldn’t read this book fast enough. It had a satisfying ending.
Maybe I’m a bit biased having grown up in the south west San Fernando valley and experiencing these type of fires.
There were scary moments during fires where I didn’t know if my friends houses were going to survive or be chunks of burned embers.
One of the things that irks me more than it should is when writers take liberties with geography. ...more
Loved the characters, the plot, the development....and the writing was excellent. BUT.....I get sooooo tired of having to skim through much too many explicit scene descriptions....and this author really took it to extremes. I mean, all great for local residents but, please......I live in Texas and don't visualize all these highways and landmarks. I mean, do Highways 71, 29, 18, Enchanted Rock, etc., etc., Mean anything to most?! Tell me it's a highway, ...more
His newest creation is believable and did not give off those odd vibes when a writer crosses gender lines in the development of a protagonist. Eve is a character whose backstory is pure Hollywood, but her instincts and intellect make her relatable to all lovers of police dramas. There is a lot of room for growth in her ...more
Lee Goldberg has written an exciting and intense story with LOST HILLS. Murder, mayhem, and more political chicanery than Congress.
Eve Ronin is an interesting character I am looking forward to reading more about. She has new job and a partner getting ready to retire, a mother without a clue, and a sister who is on the ball. Superiors that are busy playing politics round out the cast.
The writing style is spot on and brings the story fluidity. Thank you, Mr. Goldberg.
It's no secret Lee Goldberg is a writer worth reading. This first book in the Eva Ronin series is another fast, exciting novel by Goldberg. I was hooked after reading the first few pages of Lost Hills. Eve Ronin is the youngest detective ever to be assigned to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Robbery Homicide Division. Her partner Duncan Pavone is 163 days away from retirement. They are assigned to investigate what happened in a house that is covered in an unbelievable amount of blood. ...more
Great fun. Just read from beginning to end on a cross-country flight. Good story , with a police detective that should have many more crimes to solve. Recommend to anyone that likes a well-written page turner that feels like a fast action movie.
I enjoyed this read and the twists in the action. This is the first time I have read this author, and I’m more than a little ashamed to say, the first time I have heard of him... Can’t wait to read more. But, sorry, I never liked the Monk TV or the way Monk was portrayed in the series. ( Sorry again. I’m really glad I didn’t know about the Monk connection until I read this great story. I may not have given it a chance.). So glad I read this book. Thanks Kindle for choosing it as a ...more
I'm starting to think I'm pretty critical of books, but this one was excellent! I honestly wouldn't change anything about it. I wasn't rolling my eyes or skimming, and I finished it in one go. Just sat down to read it and never put it down. I'll definitely look forward to any future books in this series. Lee Goldberg is always good, but this one really worked for me. Awesome offering from Kindle First. Thanks, Amazon!
This is an outstanding police procedural. It took a little luck for Eve Robin to move up in Police Department and a lot of her co-workers felt it was a fluke. However, she proved herself in Lost Hills. Horrific murders and no bodies were the least of her problems, but she persevered the case. She is a little OCD, but I would want her on my case. I hope that this is just the beginning of a great new series!
This book has everything - interesting story, believable characters, and an exciting finish. Eve Ronin is an excellent protagonist. However, the world class plotting is what puts it over the top. There are no loose ends. Every scene has a purpose. Plus, the story keeps pulling you in. It is easy to see why Lee Goldberg is an award-winning author.
Eve Ronin is strong as a detective and in the way she handles the misogynistic men (mostly other cops) who cross her path. Yet like any smart and savvy woman new to her job, Eve knows she has a lot to learn and isn’t afraid to ask for help or acknowledge her mistakes. The murders are gruesome, the killer is twisted, and I look forward to reading more Eve Ronin novels.
Could not put this book down! I'm really glad I chose it as a first read this month, it was well written and exciting. I've read quite a few of Lee Goldberg's books and enjoyed them. It was a good mystery kept me guessing all the way. Eve the detective was portrayed as a strong women which I appreciate, can't stand it when women are portrayed as weak. Looking forward to the next book.
This is a fast-paced police procedural with a not so complex main character. Eve Ronin is a cop made famous by happenstance. However, she maneuvers that situation to get on the detective squad in Los Angelos. She is driven to be the best officer she can. She proves she.is worthy of her new status when she is able to get the evidence needed to convict a serial killer.