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Publisher's Summary

Tom Wade is a determined cop and a relentless man of action - equal parts Harry Bosch and Jack Reacher - who battles police corruption and a ruthless crime lord, against impossible odds. Once part of King City’s elite Major Crimes Unit, Sergeant Wade secretly worked with the Justice Department to nail seven of his fellow detectives for corruption…costing him his marriage and making him a pariah in the police department. So he’s exiled by his superiors to one of King City’s most notorious and violent neighborhoods - a poverty-stricken, gang-ridden hellhole known as Darwin Gardens. It’s a de facto death sentence. But Wade doesn’t fight the potentially fatal reassignment.

With just two rookie officers to help him, Wade does the only thing he’s wired to do: his job. He moves into an apartment above the substation and then, vastly out-numbered and out-gunned by local gangs, sets out to enforce the law anyway with courage and an unwavering moral code, slowly earning the respect of his newbie officers, the neighborhood residents, and even Darwin Gardens’ most feared crime lord.

When a young woman’s brutally beaten corpse is dumped in a Darwin Gardens parking lot, Wade uncovers a history of similar killings ignored for years by a police department more interested in politics than justice. So he embarks on an investigation that leads from the squalor of the inner city to the manicured enclaves of the privileged, revealing the complex, sordid, and deadly ways that the two worlds are intertwined….and making him even more hated by those determined to crush him. But for Wade the only thing that matters, in the words of his father, is “what you stand for and how strong you stand for it.” With that motto long ago etched into his psyche, there’s no backing down; there’s only what’s right - even if it means sacrificing his life.

King City brings the sensibility of a classic western to the contemporary crime novel, and the result is an exhilarating read that reinvigorates a tired genre.

©2012 Lee Goldberg (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 05-05-18

Excellent pulp fiction!

The 1994 movie Pulp Fiction defined a hard hitting, and often humorous, crime fiction genre that was most typical 20 to 40 years earlier. Lee Goldberg is a throwback to that era. The book is also written almost like a script for a movie the opening episode of a TV series. Goldberg is certainly well known for his humorous crime novels, but King City has little of humor although it does tend toward the outrageous. In summary, King City is a good, quick listen with strong narration. One should re=member that Lee Goldberg puts out massive volumes of writing for the book, TV, and movie markets. His works are not for book snobs. In Marxist language he writes for the proletariat rather than the bourgeoisie.

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First time listening to an audiobook

Would you consider the audio edition of King City to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version yet

What was one of the most memorable moments of King City?

Tough call here, I would say the whole story was memorable.

What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Patrick was a very good narrator, he put feeling into the story along with changing his voice for each character. Wasn't like listening to a computerized voice
Patrick made the story come alive.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at times

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Average at best

I got turned off constantly listen to "he said" "she said".... Over and over and over..... Story was a bit far fetched but still enjoyable...

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  • Dubi
  • New York, NY
  • 07-13-18

Fresh Deja Vu

Just as Assault on Precinct 13 is Rio Bravo transposed from the Old West to South Central, just as Fort Apache The Bronx is an update of Fort Apache the western, so too is King City an example of a Western trope -- new sheriff trying to clean up lawless frontier town -- retold in a contemporary inner city. In this case, a cross between Seattle and Spokane, where disgraced cop Tom Wade (disgraced because he exposed police corruption) has to tame crime-ridden Darwin Gardens before Darwin Gardens eats him up.

Too many times, in too many books and movies and TV shows, it's deja vu all over again, with the same old characters faced with the same old problems coming up with the same old solutions. King City is exactly that -- stock characters, standard plot, expected resolutions. But wait -- something different is going on here:

It's called good writing. Despite coming straight out of central casting, Wade and his two deputies, his few allies, and his many antagonists all seem like real people, with distinct characters, whom you can empathize with. The world building -- in this case, a contemporary big city with a historical arc, political environment, and socio-economic structure -- is well planned. And the familiar plot lines seem fresh to us because they're fresh to the characters.

Most of all, King City benefits from Lee Goldberg's straight-ahead storytelling. A veteran of TV writing (Monk), numerous literary collaborations (Janet Evanovich, Dead Man series), and dozens of novels, Goldberg is so prolific that he has no choice but to be straightforward and concise. The action and character building starts immediately, with a midnight phone call, and dialogue carries it along, in classic show-don't-tell mode. All of which makes for excellent writing and a quick satisfying listen, despite the unshakable familiarity of it all.

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I CANT STOP SMILING!!

We Love Lee goldberg!! He is very funny and creative. His characters are so wacky and interesting that you just smile thru most if the book. Try it and I guarantee you'll live it.

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Interesting premise corny story and jokes

This may be an unfair review as I just finished a Don Winslow book but this was a cheesy story and all of the characters seemed to have the maturity of middle school boys.

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  • Joel W
  • New York, NY United States
  • 05-20-18

<br />Lightweight read

Light read filled with a lot of cliche characters and worn story. Goldberg writes well, but we've seen all of this before.

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Teacher meet Tom Wade

Great read! As always Goldberg 's wit and sarcasm are unparralled. He manages to bring strong moral messages to his characters without taking away from the action and suspense of the story. I always enjoy his books. Fans will love this one. Hope to see more of these characters in future novels!