Eve Ronin, Book 1
From the publisher:
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 positive press, makes Eve the youngest female homicide detective in the department’s history.
Now Eve, with a lot to learn and resented by her colleagues, has to justify her new badge. Her chance comes when she and her burned-out, soon-to-retire partner are called to the blood-splattered home of a missing single mother and her two kids. The horrific carnage screams multiple murder—but there are no corpses.
Eve has to rely on her instincts and tenacity to find the bodies and capture the vicious killer, all while battling her own insecurities and mounting pressure from the media, her bosses, and the bereaved family. It’s a deadly ordeal that will either prove her skills…or totally destroy her.
Lee Goldberg is an incredibly talented writer. He has written all sorts of things, including numerous series and my personal favorite, the Fox & O’Hare series, humorous thrillers written with Janet Evanovich (sorry, I quit that series when Lee did,) all kinds of mysteries and TV tie-ins, and from his Wikipedia page, “several different TV crime series, including Diagnosis: Murder, A Nero Wolfe Mystery, Hunter, Spenser: For Hire, Martial Law, She-Wolf of London, SeaQuest, 1-800-Missing, The Glades and Monk.” There are lots more, check out his website. My point being, the man has writing chops.
This new series features the very young, new homicide detective Eve Ronin, a Gen Z’er capitalizing on a viral video. But she is also smart and tough and willing to put up with the old boys network to get her job done. She is partnered with a cop on the brink of retirement, and they make a terrific team. The setting is Los Angeles, and Goldberg does a great job explaining the intricacies of jurisdictions and makes it fun. If you like police procedurals, and I do, this is an excellent newcomer to the genre. There are lots of twists and I never saw the ending coming.
This is a smartly written entry into a new series, and I am bummed that I have to wait a whole year for the next book!
LOST HILLS by Lee Goldberg. Thomas & Mercer (January 1, 2020). ISBN 978-1542091893. 240p.
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