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City of Echoes by [Ellis, Robert]
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Like a gunshot echoing through the canyons above LA, this unsettling mystery reverberates with misdirection, distortion, and voices from the past.

Rookie LAPD detective Matt Jones gets thrown into the deep end on his first day working Homicide, and from there, the novel’s title becomes especially apt. Choices and actions resound through the story, with different implications as time goes on. Matt witnesses the return of a copycat killer—unless it’s the original, circling back again. The echoes catch up to Matt as well: he feels alone in the world, but people from his past keep coming back to haunt him.

Author Robert Ellis orchestrates an array of muted facts and half-heard stories, creating an unnerving composition. His incomparable main character, Matt, is left to filter out the truth from the noise, his allies from his enemies. His situation reminded me of a harsh wake-up call I had about a friend of mine many years ago. I had seen hints of her selfishness, but I gave her the benefit of the doubt—until I got burned. It doesn’t always feel good to have your instincts about people confirmed. Matt learns this lesson more than once in City of Echoes. In fact, choosing the right people to trust quickly becomes a matter of life and death. He struggles, and he doesn’t always make the right choice at the right time, but those shortcomings only made me sympathize with him more. I had faith in Matt even when things got dark—and echoes of his story will be ringing through me for a long time to come.

- Kjersti Egerdahl, Editor


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On Detective Matt Jones’s first night working Homicide in LA, he’s called to investigate a particularly violent murder case: a man has been gunned down in a parking lot off Hollywood Boulevard, his bullet-riddled body immediately pegged as the work of a serial robber who has been haunting the Strip for months. Driven by the grisliness of the killing, Jones and his hot-tempered partner, Denny Cabrera, jump headfirst into the investigation. But as Jones uncovers evidence that links the crime to a brutal, ritualized murder that occurred eighteen months prior, he begins to suspect that there’s more going on beneath the surface. When Jones discovers shocking, deep-seated corruption; a high-level cover-up; and his own personal ties to the rising body count, he’s no longer sure he can trust anyone, even himself.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2506 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (1 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R3KUZP0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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City of Echoes by Robert Ellis is the first book in the planned Detective Matt Jones series. This hardboiled, crime and mystery thriller follows Matthew Trevor Jones who is excited about his promotion to Hollywood Homicide, and raring to celebrate at Musso & Frank to celebrate with his friend and mentor Kevin Hughes unmindful of the pricey menu. But when his new supervisor Lieutenant Bob Grace called to inform him of a murder in Hollywood, and asking him to investigate, Matt texted Hughes, “Dinner off. Call me.”

When Matt reached the scene of the murder which was directly across the LAPD community station, he was in for a big shock. The murder victim was none else but his friend Kevin Hughes. With most of his possessions missing, Matt reluctantly accepted that it was a robbery horribly gone wrong. But when another detective died under suspicious circumstances, the deaths point to something more sinister and frightening. A killer was out in the open preying on easy victims from the LAPD. It was up to Matt to find the killer and avenge the horrible death of his friend. But can Matt trust his partner Denny Cabrera and his boss, Lt. Bob Grace?

As the plot unfolds, author Robert Ellis takes the reader on a thrilling action-filled ride to its heady climax. The story also delves into Matt’s fixation with his father who left him during his childhood and the unlikely romance between Matt and Kevin’s widow. The ending is somewhat a tame affair though it is still surprising. City of Echoes by Robert Ellis is a well-conceived story with incredible characters populating the book, especially the main protagonist LAPD detective Matt Jones whose character has been finely developed.
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I finished it but think its a waste of time. I found the plot hackneyed and too fantastic for me to lose myself in the book.
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Disappionting. A lot of narrative action but unconvincing. The first of several with these characters?
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By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 December 2015
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Hero gets shot too many times, and makes unrealistic recoveries. However as it is fiction, there is sufficient action to make me want to read it to the end, rather than abandoning it as I seem to do with so many other books these days.
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By Kjane TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 August 2016
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This really got me in, and had a few unexpected twists. Cop killings and a deranged serial killer. Looking forward to reading more in this series.
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I could not put it down! A fascinating story line with some great twists and turns, perhaps not always believable!
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Good fast paced story line with a number of twists right to the end.
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By M L Downes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 September 2015
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Excellent book couldn't put it down, can't wait for the next one.
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