Lee Goldberg's Lost Hills has gotten an unusual amount of attention. I've seen quite a few professional reviews as well as blog reviews recently. He is a prolific writer of both novels and television shows which may explain his high profile in the press.
His new series features Deputy Sheriff Eve Ronin, who was filmed making an off duty arrest of a popular movie star who was abusing his female companion. The video went viral, earning Eve the name of Death Fist and a promotion to homicide. The promotion, intended to counteract negative press the department has incurred, is not well-received by the rank and file.
Partnered with Duncan Parone, who is counting the days until retirement, Eve's first case is a multiple homicide--but the bodies are missing. So...not just find the killer, but find the bodies, which have been dismembered and removed from the scene. Eve doesn't have the experience for this case, but she does have the driving need to succeed, instinct, and some unexpected support from her partner.
Lost Hills is a fast-paced introduction to Goldberg's new series, and Eve Ronin is a likable and resourceful protagonist.
Kindle Unlimited/Thomas & Mercer
Police Procedural. 2020. Print length: 237 pages.
My TBR queue is quite long again, but there are several new additions I'm looking forward to reading soon:
Safe House by Jo Jakeman
Hidden on the Fens by Joy Ellis
Seven Days in July by Kerry Wilkinson
I've started Why Writing Matters by Nicholas Delbanco. It is an uncorrected proof so there are some areas that are a little confusing, more like episodes of memory as he discusses his mentors and friends, like John Updike, John Gardener, and James Baldwin. His respect and fondness for his mentors have a genuine warmth. I love the section in which Delbanco discusses imitation and the way authors build and often invert on the work of other authors.
Initially, I planned to read a little of Why Writing Matters at a time, put it down, read a mystery, then come back to it. As it turns out, I read about half of it--each time I put it down, I was eager to pick it up again and read more. The book will be published in March, and I may have to buy a physical copy to keep -- I want to read the edited final edition.