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Lost Hills

Eve Ronin, Book 1
Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
Series: Eve Ronin, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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Lost Hills is Lee Goldberg at his best. Inspired by the real-world grit and glitz of LA County crime, this book takes no prisoners. And neither does Eve Ronin. Take a ride with her and you’ll find yourself with a heroine for the ages. And you’ll be left hoping for more.” (Michael Connelly, number one New York Times bestselling author)

“Thrills and chills! Lost Hills is the perfect combination of action and suspense, not to mention Eve Ronin is one of the best new female characters in ages. You will race through the pages!” (Lisa Gardner, number one New York Times bestselling author)

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.

©2019 Lee Goldberg (P)2019 Brilliance Audio, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

Lost Hills is what you get when you polish the police procedural to a shine: a gripping premise, a great twist, fresh spins and knowing winks to the genre conventions, and all the smart, snappy ease of an expert at work.” (Tana French, New York Times bestselling author)

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Excellent Procedural...

Wow! This is a very good book! Eve Ronin is a new homicide detective. The youngest on the force. She was caught on video taking down a popular actor who was sexually harassing a woman in a parking lot. The video went viral and Eve became a celebrity cop. The city needs public approval and gave her a choice of departments to be promoted to. It’s difficult to run an effective investigation when to rest of your department either doesn’t take you seriously or resents you for having such good luck.
A woman and her two children are murdered. There’s lots of blood but no bodies. Eve’s soon to retire partner puts her in charge of the investigation. She finds clues, conflicts and strikes deals to further the investigation. With a shockingly good ending!
Nicol Zanzarella does a fantastic job narrating.
This book is very HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Outstanding freebie!

Well, it's free to borrow with Kindle Unlimited. Without Kindle Unlimited, if purchased at Amazon, the price is $6.98 plus tax and you get the Kindle version and the Audible version.

Lee Goldberg writes for excitement and enjoyment; and he delivers. People who wish to nit pick novels for realism will not enjoy his works. Narrator Nicol Zanzarella is among the very best. She never disappoints.

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Great Story Flow

Wow......... that should be enough, but I have to keep typing to get enough words...... wow

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Immensly Satisfying

Wonderfully engaging and quick moving read... Nice story w/ good procedural aspects... Only really one character, but she’s the series lead and leads well... Good all the way through, and great at the end... Read it in a sitting w/ no breaks, that’s 5* material as far as Im concerned;). p.s. it’s a read and listen for free on Kindle Unlimited, which makes this a no brainer...

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Read this Book

This starts as a police procedural and turns into a thriller. All I can say it was one of those books that you hate to see end.

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Lost Drama

The prolific Lee Goldberg introduces a new series with Lost Hills, starring newly minted L.A. County Sherrif's Department homicide detective Eve Ronin. Even as he continues to add entries to his Ian Ludlow series, the next one due in April, he has now started the Ronin series, set in and around his own hometown of Calabasas, with #2 due in early 2021.

Eve is an inadvertent YouTube hero, which her fellow detectives resent and her mother thinks she can parlay into an acting career. She is immediately thrust into a triple homicide investigation at the start of the short and quick Lost Hills, and solves most of it herself, sometimes against orders from her superiors.

I noted in my review of the upcoming Ludlow book Fake Truth that I could easily sum it up just by saying, Lee Goldberg does it again! I can't say that about Lost Hills. Although it's good, quick, and addictive, it reads like an ordinary episode of a TV police procedural. It lacks the depth of Harry Bosch, which it is clearly modeled after (Eve even listens to a Bosch auidobook and analyzes him in her mind).

Most of the clues Eve solves come too easily, too quickly -- rarely is she stymied once she decides to pursue something. Yet the major clue that brings the case together for her is one she misses -- even though as a reader, it was obvious right from the start. It strains credulity that she overlooked it for so long.

One of the other things I love about Lee Goldberg is that despite writing genre fiction, he always take care to craft good characters. He tries to do so with Eve, but for me, I feel like everyone here from Eve on down is a stock character, characters we have seen many times before. The only thing somewhat new is her YouTube fame, but even that has become a worn trope (social media influence in general, not necessarily YouTube).

So I'm somewhat disappointed that Goldberg has, for the first time in six of his novels that I've read in the past 18 months, not done it again. Maybe it's me, maybe it was inevitable that I would grow over-accustomed to his style. But I don't think so -- I just read Fake Truth last month and loved it. I just felt these dots connected too quickly, except for a key dot that should have connected quickly but didn't.

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Enjoyable read

Looking forward to the next one in the series. Great characters and exciting plot line.

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ok story, not that enthralled with main character

was able to finish and basically enjoyed it. Doubt I will continue with the series.

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road trip book!

great story, suspense until the very end. it was great listening on my road trip.

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Det. Eve Ronin Has a lot to prove...

Eve Ronin wanted to be a homicide detective and her shot came when she her takedown of a celebrity hotshot went viral. Eve’s famed takedown couldn’t have come at a better time. The LA Sheriff’s office was under heavy scrutiny due to several investigations to police brutality and illegal activity going on in the prison. Eager to take advantage of Eve’s fame, the Sheriff promotes her to a homicide detective. Pairing her up with a cop counting down his days to retirement. Eve is determined to show the Captain and the other detectives that she isn’t just a distraction from what’s going on at the prison.

Eve’s first case appears to be a gruesome triple homicide. Trying to not see her past in the lives of the victims, Eve quickly zeros in on potential suspects. Following her instincts and tracking down all of the evidence tenaciously, Eve feels she’s missing something vital to the case. As it finally comes together, Eve must risk her life and put her career in jeopardy to follow her gut.

The first in a new series, the characters are likeable and well-written. I look forward to the next installment.

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  • 01-03-20

If You're in the Right Mood . . .

I’ll admit straight away, I picked this up on a whim as it was new out and I had never read any of Lee Goldberg’s books before. I wanted a fairly light break from an historical fiction binge I was in the middle of and you know what? It really fitted the bill. Right off the bat I found myself warming to Eve, her situation having been catapulted into a new detective position off the back of some incredible luck and also her partner, Duncan, a much older detective nearing retirement. They are immediately relatable characters which in a book of such relative brevity is extremely important. It was helped significantly by a quality performance behind the microphone by Nicol Zanzarella, she maintained the momentum throughout, produced a credible Eve and most impressively provided a fairly authentic voice for Duncan. Quite something.

The story itself is a fairly detailed police procedural with a mystery that I enjoyed, albeit one where it did rely a little heavily on the crime scene investigators missing an aspect I am sure would have been spotted. It is well done though otherwise with some clever turns to the writing. I enjoyed the humour of Eve’s social media-fuelled notoriety and the resulting nickname but more seriously the way that the central crime scene was largely described by the senior crime scene tech. Hearing the gruesome details related through the flat dispassionate and consummately professional tones of the CSI somehow added a chill and a horror to it all that perhaps a florid and emotive description would not have. In amongst the forensic detail a truly ghastly story emerges.

Elsewhere, although it did provide some additional lighter moments I wasn’t totally taken by Eve’s relationship with her wannabe actress mother, but well, it’s an LA thing I guess.

So, I wouldn’t want to suggest that this is likely to be one of the great series in detective fiction but for a relatively quick, exciting read with relatable characters and a pleasing central mystery it’s probably worth consideration.

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