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City of Fire: A Novel (Lena Gamble Novels) by [Ellis, Robert]
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When a vibrant young woman is found in bed by her hotshot businessman husband, carved from belly to throat with a very sharp knife, the elite Robbery-Homicide division of the LAPD responds in full force. Best-case scenario for lead Detective Lena Gamble: Nikki Brant's husband killed her, case closed, and on to the next crime scene before the ravenous Hollywood media can get their lurid tabloid machinery up and running.

Unfortunately for Lena, though, she knows that best-case scenarios only happen in the movies. The murder is the first in a series of brutal crimes against beautiful women thought to be perpetrated by the same man, a killer dubbed Romeo in the press. It's the case of a lifetime, and promises to either elevate Lena to the upper echelons of a publicity-hungry department in need of heroes, or bring about a very public and painful fall from grace. Lena has been in the public eye before, on the night her rock-star brother was gunned down on a dark street in Hollywood--an unsolved murder so grisly she's never recovered. She knows the score when the press and the LAPD collide.

As the investigation plays out and a massive forest fire blankets the city with acrid smoke, a cloud of conspiracy descends on Lena's investigation, and she knows she'll have to grind this one out . . . because Nikki Brant's death just breathed new life into more than one closed case . . . because the web of conspiracy is spun more intricately than she can possibly imagine . . . and because Lena knows there's only one rock solid rule to murder in L.A.: The bigger the spectacle, the deeper the horror.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1134 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (29 May 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000V21146
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars For Harry Bosch Lovers! 16 September 2015
By Jackie - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love Harry Bosch (Michael Connelly), then you will love this book, character, and series. I've finally finished all the currently published Bosch books, so I went looking for another great police procedural murder mystery. I came across Robert Ellis and City of Fire. Since it is placed in LA, I thought this would be a good choice since the Bosch books are placed in LA. A nice change of pace is that this book has a female homicide detective as the heroine, Lena Gamble. Lena is still grieving the death of her brother, still thinking that it was a homicide instead of a suicide. But she now faces a serial killer, and a twisted killer at that. Something similar to the Bosch books, there is plenty of police politics that get involved in both Lena's brother's death and the search for the serial killer. Is the commissioner ignoring the truth about her brother's death, is Lena's friend her brother's killer? Will the serial killer make Lena another of his victims? There is really good character development in this story and a lot of twists and turns in the plot to really keep the reader guessing how it will all turn out. And I really loved how LA becomes another character in the story. Massive wildfires add even more tension to the story. I'm really glad I bought and read this book and have already started the next Lena Gamble novel. I highly recommend City Of Fire and Robert Ellis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I have recently come to Ellis books and like his style 16 September 2015
By Willie Jett - Published on Amazon.com
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I have recently come to Ellis books and like his style. He writes a layered complex story line and keeps you engaged. Some authors are very linear and just plod along. Ellis makes it more interesting than that. Characters are not over drawn and believable people. He seems to avoid most of the cliches and tells a compelling story. I occasionally get annoyed with authors who interject politics or use their books as a means of preaching to the reader, and Ellis avoids all of that. I was easily hooked on his books as I was on James Elroy's earlier works because they take place where I live. I get a kick out of authors who include local bench marks I can identify. I have lived in the Glendale, Silverlake area for most of my life and its fun to see the references. It even goes back to James M. Cain who lived in Burbank and set many of his works like Mildred Pierce and Double Indemnity in Glendale. He even works Glendale into The Postman Always Rings Twice when someone is taken to the hospital. You can easily picture the road house as Newcombs Ranch on Angeles Crest Highway.
Anyway, Ellis provides me with my local reference indulgence. Obviously a very bright author, he can weave many plot lines and details into a compelling and interesting story. I like his style and he keeps you engaged. This is one of the "Can't put down" books.
Another thing I am sensitive about is authors who tread water while filling up a book. They write one sentence and then back it up with a paragraph or two of useless information designed to get the word count up to publishing level. That padding is a time waster and annoying. I don't get that in his novels. He keeps it tight and the story moving forward. Recommended. In many ways he reminds me of Michael Connelly and that's a very good thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars L.A. crime at it's best! 16 August 2016
By L. Pederson - Published on Amazon.com
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As a native Southern Californian, I am always on the lookout for good stories set in a familiar setting. Lena Gamble is a believable homicide detective who's deductive reasoning leads us from one chapter to the next with great anticipation. Ellis's descriptions of the Southland and his characters' movement through it paint a vivid picture and add to the richness of his novel. This is definitely a book I just wanted to "gobble-up" in one setting!
4.0 out of 5 stars Many twists and turns make enjoyable reading 6 October 2016
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I enjoyed the many twists and change of direction in this novel. Each time one feels you are on to the plot and it is heading even in an unpredictable direction but you have the theme, it changes again and so you need to re-assess your thoughts on the story line. Lena is a somewhat tough character without the usual lovers etc often included, she seems to have a mutual understanding with several work colleagues recognising her talent as a detective, maybe one day she may have a mate, male or female.Guess only the writer knows this one. Her mind is quick to simulate situations and these are often bought up in special moments which surprises one because it was used in another part of the story or even she recalls history into the current storyline and this is repeated bringing another dimension to the novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars City of Fire 14 January 2016
By Kindle CUSTOMER WARD - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good who dunit police procedural. Complex story, many different leads to follow. You think you have it solved but watch out you may not. More twists and turns than a winding crooked mountain road with no brakes on your vehicle. Buy the book from Amazon it is worth the price of admission.
Amazon Customer Ward