Unfortunately for Lena, though, she knows that best-case scenarios only happen in the movies. The murder is the first in a series of brutal crimes against beautiful women thought to be perpetrated by the same man, a killer dubbed Romeo in the press. It's the case of a lifetime, and promises to either elevate Lena to the upper echelons of a publicity-hungry department in need of heroes, or bring about a very public and painful fall from grace. Lena has been in the public eye before, on the night her rock-star brother was gunned down on a dark street in Hollywood - an unsolved murder so grisly she's never recovered. She knows the score when the press and the LAPD collide.
As the investigation plays out and a massive forest fire blankets the city with acrid smoke, a cloud of conspiracy descends on Lena's investigation, and she knows she'll have to grind this one out...because Nikki Brant's death just breathed new life into more than one closed case...because the web of conspiracy is spun more intricately than she can possibly imagine... and because Lena knows there's only one rock-solid rule to murder in L.A.: The bigger the spectacle, the deeper the horror.
©2008 Robert Ellis; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Retired book buyer/book manager for wholesale distributor in the 5 largest northeast states. Prolific reader who was inundated with ARCs.
As a longtime listener and reader of mysteries and thrillers this is one of the finest of both these genres combined. Ellis is a breath of fresh air in the congested world of writing. Well plotted, twisty, surprising and excellent character development. Couldn't ask for more.
Listening to audiobooks allows me to multi-task while I play with my dogs or quilt. Having someone read to me is relaxing!
I checked out The Lost Witness through my library and loved it. I then did some research on this author and found that he has only written 4 books. I found City of Fire through Audible and was just as pleased with this book. I contacted the author and found that his first two books only came out as paperbacks ): . The narrator does a very good job with character changes. This thriller is for all that love twist and turns up until the last page and enjoy staying up all night to finish. You will not be able to put this one down!
Just like a good cup of coffee, this book held you to the very end. You were constantly trying to figure out who was the good guy and who was the bad guy -- and who was the really bad guy.
Great story and excellent narration. I am anxious to move to her next story.
It was interesting to have a man write such a striking novel about a woman -- thanks.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Maybe Robert Ellis got paid by the word? How else to explain the tedious detail that’s like sand in a useful machine? Imagine something like,
“She looked down. There was grass. No… not grass, but green, maybe shamrocks? Or maybe just weeds on the surface wet with dew. Dew? Yes, dew that the LA sun hadn’t boiled from beneath her brown shoes. Dew that meant there was a night before. Dew that covered the world. So she looked up and at her watch and wondered about time…”
Get it? Tedious details that advance neither the plot nor narrative, nor even character complexity. I’m reminded of third grade essay assignments that demanded us to hand in 200 words, words we counted and recounted until they added up.
Pity, since the story is good, the plot intriguing, and the characterizations reasonably deep and resonant. I’ll probably get another Robert Ellis novel in hopes that this was the result of maybe a publisher’s need for length rather than a writer’s intent to engage his audience.
Oh yeah… Reneé Raudman read it OK as long as I could get over her wrestling matches with creating believable male voices. But maybe that’s how men sound to women? If so, perhaps women will like her reading more than I did.
The story is just mediocre. The reader makes it worse. Some of her male voices are truly bad. I might give the author, who seems to be getting so much praise, another chance...but not if it's read by Raudman.
The characters are one dimensional. The metaphors and descriptions the author uses are laughable and ridiculous. The plot is completely predictable. I have 3 hours left and I'm not sure I'm going to finish listening. Some of the worst writing I have ever listened to. I'm so disappointed I wasted a credit on this book.
The narrator is fine.
No matter where you go, there you are.
I will have to buy the print version as this reader was so poor I could not finish, not even close. Her inability to differentiate between characters made following impossible. Deadpan, monotone inflection left any emphasis flat and meaningless. It sounded as if she had just learned to read.
The book may have some value, but was wasted by this narration!
The narration would be improved by a deeper voice that is somber and has expression that is appropriate to the situation. In the beginning I would describe this narrator as perky. After a few chapters she is just monotonous.
The narrator detracts so much from the story that it becomes difficult to judge the content. I was impressed by the narration and story of 'The Dead Room'. The quality of this novel is well below that. It is very pedestrian.
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