A Detective S Brutal First Case Could Make Or Break Her Career In An Exhilarating Thriller By New York Times Bestselling Author Lee Goldberg 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 Positive Press, Makes Eve The Youngest Female Homicide Detective In The Department S HistoryNow 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 CorpsesEve 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 I ve read a few Lee Goldberg books in the past and was hoping this book would be as good as the previous novels Detective Eve Ronin is a new character and I was curious if the author could create someone different and still achieve the same impact as his other series.Detective Eve Ronin is new to her department, and her fresh status causes the veterans to question her skills At times, her knowledge comes off as bravado and she makes plenty of rookie mistakes, exposing her as human rather than I ve read a few Lee Goldberg books in the past and was hoping this book would be as good as the previous novels Detective Eve Ronin is a new character and I was curious if the author could create someone different and still achieve the same impact as his other series.Detective Eve Ronin is new to her department, and her fresh status causes the veterans to question her skills At times, her knowledge comes off as bravado and she makes plenty of rookie mistakes, exposing her as human rather than a cardboard cutout superwoman Pushed into a lead position on a high profile murder case by her partner Duncan, Eve is caught in what could easily be a losing situation Any mistake could cause her to lose the little respect she has with other officers and detectives.Mr Goldberg pushes the story on every page, keeping the action in high gear This is not to mean this is a high adrenaline novel rather, the detectives are searching for clues and following up on any potential lead in their search for the killer The author s quirky descriptions add humor and spice up the descriptions If you ve never read a Lee Goldberg mystery, this is a great place to start Five stars So often, the protagonist in a police procedural is a grizzled old detective, who has been solving crimes for a coon s age Here, we have Eve Ronin, a newbie to the Homicide department Plucked from the ranks after a viral video of her off duty arrest of an abusive movie star, she becomes the youngest detective in the department Needless to say, the other detectives don t welcome her with open arms Her partner is six months away from retirement and already had one foot out the door So, when a So often, the protagonist in a police procedural is a grizzled old detective, who has been solving crimes for a coon s age Here, we have Eve Ronin, a newbie to the Homicide department Plucked from the ranks after a viral video of her off duty arrest of an abusive movie star, she becomes the youngest detective in the department Needless to say, the other detectives don t welcome her with open arms Her partner is six months away from retirement and already had one foot out the door So, when a gruesome homicide falls into their laps, she s the one that has to solve the crime And gruesome is the key word This is not a book for those that want a cozy mystery But if you like dark and gritty, this one s for you Goldberg has created a great MC in Eve She just felt so real as she struggles to find her way, making rookie mistakes, solve the murder and earn the respect of the other detectives The young murder victims have a lot in common with her youth growing up with a motherinto her acting career than being a mother In fact, her mom provides the teeny bit of humor there is The secondary characters aren t well defined, but this one s all about Eve This book is fast paced and picks up in intensity at the end I didn t see that ending coming at all I could see this being converted into a movie or mini series It s that action packed I listened to this and thought Nicol Zanzarella did a fine job I m not writing summaries despite the convention you can read those on the book description This book is for when you ve finished your entire set of Michael Connelly books, and you really want to read something similar but aren t sure if you can take onelick of Harry Bosch s dark world.Don t get me wrong, this LA is still dark However, instead of Bosch s gritty downtown, it s the true crime world of the woodsy Santa Monica mountains And in true crime world, the decisions of criminals I m not writing summaries despite the convention you can read those on the book description This book is for when you ve finished your entire set of Michael Connelly books, and you really want to read something similar but aren t sure if you can take onelick of Harry Bosch s dark world.Don t get me wrong, this LA is still dark However, instead of Bosch s gritty downtown, it s the true crime world of the woodsy Santa Monica mountains And in true crime world, the decisions of criminals arebizarre, unsettling and unpredictable than they are downtown If downtown is creepy, at least it s a fairly predictable creepy you have zero idea what s going on out there in the woods, people.Where Connelly s Bosch is a moody and irascible alpha dog, Goldberg s protagonist is the ambitious and intrepid parvenu Eve Ronin The characters are well handled, with enough description to visualize them but not so much you drown in the details Ronin s mother stands out as a particularly only in LA character.The action is fast, the premise is surprising, and Goldberg is a master of the genre hitting all of the right high and low points I really liked it but I dinged it 1 star for feeling a little shallow Lacks a higher order theme that challenges worldview the way a Connelly book might.Still Worth the time I read an Advanced Reader Copy of this that I picked up in my Little Free Library In a world where everybody and their great aunt thinks they can write a police procedural, it s Lee Goldberg who shows us how it s done Set in Calabasas and Topanga, just west of Los Angeles San Fernando Valley, the first book in the Eve Ronin series is a fastreading, hard to put down page turner that draws the reader in from page one right to the end Ronin is a newly minted Sheriff s Homicide Detective, promoted to the chagrin of her colleagues based on a viral video of a celebrity arrest, R In a world where everybody and their great aunt thinks they can write a police procedural, it s Lee Goldberg who shows us how it s done Set in Calabasas and Topanga, just west of Los Angeles San Fernando Valley, the first book in the Eve Ronin series is a fastreading, hard to put down page turner that draws the reader in from page one right to the end Ronin is a newly minted Sheriff s Homicide Detective, promoted to the chagrin of her colleagues based on a viral video of a celebrity arrest, Ronin proves her worth in solving a triple murder so bloody even the Manson clan would ve been scared to enter The writing is smooth, and should find wide appeal The characters are drawn so well they come alive and the settings are legitimate It s obvious that the author has a strong familiarity with the area