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3.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 5 3.79 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Ellis Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781423336914
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 2/18/2014

    " Listened on audio. Police procedural. Very good, I didn't see the end coming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 2/7/2014

    " Not a bad crime Thriller, holds the interest without really setting the world alight. Nice descriptions of the LA setting. Decent plot, but I felt I've been here before with the 'cop got issues' lead character.. Poor man Michael Connelly in my opinion.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora King | 2/7/2014

    " First in the Lena Gamble series. A good crime book. A serial killer who is targeting women in their homes. Lena's brother's unsolved murder from 5 years before heats up again. Both stories intertwine and Lena must face that there is someone in the police force who may have killed her brother. A very good start for the series. Good twists and turns all the way until the end. Will read more in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Farmer | 2/5/2014

    " Had me until about halfway through then it petered out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Elsborg | 1/27/2014

    " Really exciting thriller. I hadn't worked out who'd done what until it was revealed. The only thing I wondered about was how the guy had managed to get into the houses. I must have missed something there. But with so many twists and turns in the plot, offering the reader the villain and then snatching him away again, it was hard to keep track at times. Read it all at one go!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/21/2014

    " Wow, this was an intense book full of twists and turns. I really didn't know who killed Lena's brother until the last moment. Lena was a great character and I look forward to reading more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sylvie Fox | 1/17/2014

    " Not quite enough suspense or character development for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica Gadsden | 1/9/2014

    " Not quite enough suspense or character development for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/7/2014

    " This started out a bit slow because it seemed to "pat". I kept wondering what was to come - there had to be more to the story than the husband killed the wife scenario. It soon changed into a very fast paced, high stress ongoing investigation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Boshears | 12/23/2013

    " Just discovered Robert Ellis and he is great. Keeps you guessing right up till the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace P. | 12/13/2013

    " Love it. All I want to do is read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky Beltz | 11/29/2013

    " Great story, but very hard reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 11/18/2013

    " very exciting and an interesting double plot where the plots are intertwined "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 11/18/2013

    " A female cop still struggling with her brother's death 5 years before becomes involved in an intriguing case that brings new information on what really happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Patterson | 10/7/2013

    " Great writer, hope he does many more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erjanoco | 8/15/2013

    " Oh I liked this book! Set in LA with good characters, gritty drama and ends with a twist. I will read other Robert Ellis novels "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 7/2/2013

    " I can't rave about this book. If I had been "reading" it, I might have put it aside for something else, but on audio I enjoyed it. A detective novel with a few interesting twists and turns along the way. I hate admitting this about a book, but it was quite forgettable once it was done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arica | 4/26/2013

    " Great crime book mixed w/a little Hollywood juice too. It is bloody and twisted in parts... so beware! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 8/3/2012

    " LOTS of f-bombs, graphic (yes I'm a prude), but the story kept me going. Ending tricked me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carl | 6/2/2012

    " A crime drama involving a detective and grim interludes from her past that have intertwined themselves in to a murderers serial killings "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ricardo | 12/11/2011

    " It was entertaining, and the twist at the end was good, but not a book that stands out amongst so many others "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 5/8/2011

    " Couldn't put it down. I knew it had some twists and turns and I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen, but I was wrong! I read this out of order, after the Lost Witness. Knowing more about her brother's murder makes me almost want to read Lost Witness again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aleisha Z Coleman | 3/26/2011

    " Travis always gets me a great murder mystery for Christmas. This was on Stephen King's list of top ten something of 2008 and Travis loves Stephen King. Murder Mysteries are my genre of choice for easy, put-me-to-sleep-night time reading. This fit the bill with a nice little surprise at the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylol | 3/2/2011

    " I loved it!

    OK it's another detective novel with the same kind of murders that I'm always reading about but it's still fun to read. And the last couple of chapter make it worth reading :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 7/13/2010

    " Had me until about halfway through then it petered out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 3/17/2010

    " Great writer, hope he does many more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/8/2010

    " very exciting and an interesting double plot where the plots are intertwined "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carl | 1/3/2010

    " A crime drama involving a detective and grim interludes from her past that have intertwined themselves in to a murderers serial killings "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arica | 9/21/2009

    " Great crime book mixed w/a little Hollywood juice too. It is bloody and twisted in parts... so beware! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 6/20/2009

    " Not a bad crime Thriller, holds the interest without really setting the world alight. Nice descriptions of the LA setting. Decent plot, but I felt I've been here before with the 'cop got issues' lead character.. Poor man Michael Connelly in my opinion.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erjanoco | 4/29/2009

    " Oh I liked this book! Set in LA with good characters, gritty drama and ends with a twist. I will read other Robert Ellis novels "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 2/20/2009

    " Love it. All I want to do is read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 2/10/2009

    " Listened on audio. Police procedural. Very good, I didn't see the end coming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 9/27/2008

    " This started out a bit slow because it seemed to "pat". I kept wondering what was to come - there had to be more to the story than the husband killed the wife scenario. It soon changed into a very fast paced, high stress ongoing investigation. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis is the international bestselling author of Access to Power, The Dead Room, and the critically acclaimed Lena Gamble novels. His books have been translated into more than ten languages and selected as top reads by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, National Public Radio, and more. Born in Philadelphia, Ellis moved to Los Angeles to work as a writer, producer, and director in film, television, and advertising.

About the Narrator

Renée Raudman is an actor and multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.