Lee Goldberg: Lost Hills


Eve Ronin Book #1

Deputy Eve Ronin has been transferred to homicide in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

She became a viral sensation dealing with an abusive actor and the Sheriff’s Department needed some good press to offset a scandal.

The homicide detectives that worked their way up through the ranks are not happy, and let her know about it every chance they get.

Ronin won’t let that stop her. She’s been given the lead in a brutal triple homicide and she will do the job, ignoring the jibes, and learning everything she can.

Lee Goldberg has written this book with a fresh perspective. He walks us through Ronin’s thought processes, her rational determination to do things right, and follow the leads in a thorough manner.

The book is quick read but it’s solid, even weighty, and well constructed. There is enough characterization to make an impact without lag. I suggest you stay with this one and see what else Goldberg has up his sleeve for Ronin.

~ June Lorraine

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8 responses to “Lee Goldberg: Lost Hills”

  1. Sorry, I can’t read this one. I only got to the fifth chapter and saw that the author did not research his subject matter, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and its Homicide Bureau. As a former LASD homicide detective, I hoped this guy got it right, but no such luck. There has never been a “Robbery Homicide Division” within LASD; there are no homicide detectives at the local stations “Lost Hills,” and I refuse to read anything where basically the author guesses or uses what he has learned by watching Bosch. And then, to insinuate that any homicide detective (LAPD in this case) would move a car with a victim in order to kiss off a case is absolute absurdity. Write what you know or take the time to know what you write. I won’t be reading anything from this author. If you want to read authentic crime fiction about the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, read the Dickie Floyd Detective series.

      • I certainly understand your position on this, but to think that a work of fiction would follow an absolute reality when it comes to characters and their positioning in a book is a bit of a stretch. This book is fiction, the detectives at Lost Hills are fiction, the characters are fiction. Both the good ones and the bad ones.

        In my 18-years of being around police officers at all levels, I’ve taken the good with the bad. Is it impossible to say that the moving of the car in any police service would happen…who knows? But I have known of better things and worse things that have taken place.

      • Well some of us like our fiction to not be absurd. And no, no cop in LA is going to move a murder victim just to kiss off a call. I guarantee that.

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