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City of Fire | [Robert Ellis]

City of Fire

When a vibrant young woman is found in bed by her hotshot businessman husband, carved from belly to throat with a very sharp knife, the elite Robbery-Homicide Division of the LAPD responds in full force. Best-case scenario for lead Detective Lena Gamble: Nikki Brant's husband killed her, case closed, and on to the next crime scene before the ravenous Hollywood media can get their lurid tabloid machinery up and running.
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Publisher's Summary

When a vibrant young woman is found in bed by her hot-shot businessman husband, carved from belly to throat with a very sharp knife, the elite Robbery-Homicide Division of the LAPD responds in full force. Best-case scenario for lead Detective Lena Gamble: Nikki Brant's husband killed her, case closed, and on to the next crime scene before the ravenous Hollywood media can get their lurid tabloid machinery up and running.

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.

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    Alton Leesburg, FL 01-29-09
    Alton Leesburg, FL 01-29-09 Member Since 2013

    Retired book buyer/book manager for wholesale distributor in the 5 largest northeast states. Prolific reader who was inundated with ARCs.

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    "incredible"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    kathy jasper, GA, United States 01-12-11
    kathy jasper, GA, United States 01-12-11 Member Since 2013

    I started listening to audiobooks to help with my commute to work. I now listen to books while I sew and do my crafts.

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    "Robert Ellis is one of my new FAVORITE authors!"

    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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda Bolton, MA, United States 01-16-12
    Glenda Bolton, MA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good to the last drop!"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 05-19-15
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 05-19-15 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "Too Many Words..."

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen 03-10-15
    Gwen 03-10-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Edge of your seat!"

    Keeps you on the edge of your seat with twists and turns! If you enjoy a good thriller this fits the bill.

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    k 03-05-15
    k 03-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Truly atrocious writing"
    What disappointed you about City of Fire?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Ellis again?

    No.


    What three words best describe Renée Raudman’s voice?

    The narrator is fine.


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 10-21-14
    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 10-21-14 Member Since 2015

    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    "Terrible Reader"

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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