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Major Crimes Unit detective Tom Wade secretly worked with the Feds to nail seven of his fellow cops for corruption…turning him into a pariah in the police department. So he’s exiled to patrol a beat in King City’s deadliest neighborhood… with no back-up, no resources, and no hope of survival.

Now Wade fights to tame the lawless, poverty-stricken wasteland…while investigating a string of brutal murders of young women. It’s a case that takes him from the squalor of the inner-city to the manicured enclaves of the privileged, revealing the sordid and deadly ways the two worlds are intertwined…making his enemies even more determined to crush him.

But for Tom Wade, backing down is never an option...even if it will cost him his life. It’s one reason why bestselling author Janet Evanovich calls Wade “an unforgettable and deeply compelling character in the most original crime novel to come along in years."

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Straight-arrow detective Tom Wade becomes a pariah in the corrupt King City PD. He’s exiled to Darwin Gardens, the city’s poorest, most crime-ridden area, which cops only visit to collect corpses. Two rookies, unwanted by the police chief, are also assigned to the beat, and no one expects Wade or his rookies to survive. Seemingly little troubled by his pariah status or the divorce that came with it, Wade sets out to serve and protect Darwin Gardens and clean up his lawless patch. King City is essentially a western: lone sheriff facing down brutal villains while cowed citizens watch. Hollywood might call this “high concept,” and so might the author, who has written screenplays for many successful TV series. But Goldberg adds depth with an interesting sketch of a city built purely on greed that nourishes itself now with greed, corruption, and social Darwinism. The regular doses of imaginative mayhem and crisp writing make this a page-turner. This is the debut of a series, and the deft Goldberg has successfully set the hook. —Booklist, Thomas Gaughan

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"Lee Goldberg''s King City brings the sensibility of a western to the contemporary crime novel and the result is exhilarating, compelling, and a thrill to read. Tom Wade is an iconic hero with a strong, personal code trying bring order to a lawless frontier...which just happens to be smack in the middle of a dying, industrial American city. He''s an unforgettable and deeply compelling character in the most original crime novel to come along in years," -Janet Evanovich, international bestselling author

King City is a book that only Lee Goldberg could have written. He’s got the high-velocity prose of a best-seller, coupled with the highly visual elements that make his television writing so compelling. Factor in the terrific characters and some very cogent takes on human nature, and you’ve got a rollicking thriller. King City is a pleasure from start to finish." T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times bestselling author of The Jaguar and The Border Lords

" King City is Walking Tall, Die Hard, and Dirty Harry all rolled into one. Hard-driving action and all the satisfaction of a well-told story about a righteous man of courage facing seemingly insurmountable odds. You''ll love it."-Jan Burke, bestselling author of Disturbance and Liar

"I could tell you that Lee Goldberg''s King City is one of the best reads of the year or that Lee is one of my favorite writers for so many reasons--plotting, character, or his incredible sense of humor--but that might ruin the surprise of reading King City for yourself. Suffice to say that Goldberg is one infinitely readable master of crime fiction, and King City is Lee at his best." -Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of The Cold Dish and Hell is Empty

" King City like a 1969 Detroit muscle car. It''s powerful, nasty, loud, and a heck of a lot of fun. Lee Goldberg is at his atmospheric best here, creating a world so authentic the sights, sounds and smells seem to explode from the pages. Detective Tom Wade is a fast, funny three-dimensional protagonist and following him through the cesspool of King City and its outrageous inhabitants is endlessly entertaining." Paul Guyot, writer/supervising producer of the TV series "Leverage"

" King City effortlessly blends the archetypal gunslinger of the Old West, riding into the lawless town to clean up the bad guys, with a modern tale of police corruption, urban decay and neglect....It’s a fast-paced exploration of the decline of the blue-collar industrial heartland of America, and the cop who will not stand by and let that happen on his watch. Fans of the late Robert B Parker will delight in King City, which has the same great dialogue and nicely judged wry humour....A sit-down, straight-through read. Superb." -Zoe Sharp, author of  Hard Knocks

"With Lee Goldberg''s King City you get suspense, romance, humor and shoot-em-up outlaw justice. Picture a modern day High Noon with an incorruptible cop, Tom Wade, putting it all on the line in a town without pity." Joseph Wambaugh, bestselling author of The Blue Knight, The New Centurions, The Onion Field and Harbor Nocturne

About the Author

Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award nominee who has written and produced scores of highly successful network television series, including Diagnosis Murder, Spenser: For Hire, Baywatch, SeaQuest, Hunter, Nero Wolfe, Martial Law, Missing, Monk, and The Glades.

He''s also the author of over thirty novels and non-fiction books, including The Walk, Watch Me Die, Successful Television Writing, My Gun Has Bullets, the long-running Diagnosis Murder and Monk series of original mystery novels, and the new Dead Man series of monthly horror-thrillers for Amazon''s 47North Imprint.

As an international television consultant, he has advised networks and studios in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, China, Sweden, and the Netherlands on the creation, writing, and production of episodic television series.

Goldberg lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter and is already hard at work on the further adventures of Tom Wade.

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Klapaucjusz
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Fun to read
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2018
This book was so much fun to read! OK, there is not much originality in the plot and it is not realistic but it is full of humor and it kept me glued to the pages. It is a story of a tough, incorruptible cop, Tom, moving to the bad neighborhood, and actually changing it for... See more
This book was so much fun to read! OK, there is not much originality in the plot and it is not realistic but it is full of humor and it kept me glued to the pages. It is a story of a tough, incorruptible cop, Tom, moving to the bad neighborhood, and actually changing it for the better. Tom does not have the superpowers like the comic books heroes do but he has almost supernatural luck. In this sense it is like a fairy tale story where goodness is winning despite all the odds. I like fairy tales and I wish Tom Wade was a real person and his adventures were true. Although the plot is not very deep it touches on some real problems of bad abandoned neighborhoods and people living there. The book is very well written; the sentences and chapters seem to flow effortlessly from Mr. Goldberg pen. It definitely deserves five stars in the light thrillers category. But keep in mind that it is a thriller and expect some violence (also bad language and sex).
I am ready for the sequel.
If you are looking for the light, funny and not intellectually challenging entertainment this may be the book for you.
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Bobbie
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King City
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2019
This book certainly kept my interest. Wade has turned everything upside down! I thoroughly enjoyed his tactics to arrest felons and to keep his new area with out crime. I like the way his new rookies felt like they could talk to him. The only thing I didn’t like about... See more
This book certainly kept my interest. Wade has turned everything upside down! I thoroughly enjoyed his tactics to arrest felons and to keep his new area with out crime. I like the way his new rookies felt like they could talk to him. The only thing I didn’t like about the book, what is that it didn’t continue!
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GinnieBee
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The perfect read for a rainy weekend.
Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2019
Officer Tom Wade has been moved to the cities worst slum/crime area as punishment for uncovering corruption within the police department which resulted in a scandal. Shunned by his fellow police officers, he decides to do what he always has done...be true to himself. He’s... See more
Officer Tom Wade has been moved to the cities worst slum/crime area as punishment for uncovering corruption within the police department which resulted in a scandal. Shunned by his fellow police officers, he decides to do what he always has done...be true to himself. He’s tough, smart and compassionate.

The character development is exceptional without being wordy.
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Shel
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Meh
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2020
My first version was intended to apply to a different book, and was a bit harsh. Nevertheless, I may try another book in this series, but maybe not. The main character is a bit of a comic book caricature - I didn''t buy his "I rely on my badge and my willpower and my... See more
My first version was intended to apply to a different book, and was a bit harsh. Nevertheless, I may try another book in this series, but maybe not. The main character is a bit of a comic book caricature - I didn''t buy his "I rely on my badge and my willpower and my dedication to truth, justice and the American way to protect me from scumbags who would cheerfully shoot me, my daughter, and my colleagues just for target practice." I would like more background on the situation (ratting out to the Feds) that got him relegated to the viper pit he finds himself in, and the inner conflict that may have caused - that would flesh out his driving compulsions a bit. The sympathetic people in the neighborhood are right out of "Andy of Mayberry." I''ll probably give it another shot - the writing was competent, the story moved, I just thought the main character was less than complete. My 2 shekels, YMMV.
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Leslie H.
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Integrity at it''s highest.
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters. Tom Wade is a cop in King City. He is put into a group of undercover officers and finds that they are all dirty. The badge means everything to him. He goes to the justice department. He ends up turning them all in. They all go to... See more
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters. Tom Wade is a cop in King City. He is put into a group of undercover officers and finds that they are all dirty. The badge means everything to him. He goes to the justice department. He ends up turning them all in. They all go to jail due to his testimony. Instead of his superiors being happy that he has exposed dirty cops, they treat him like a roach. He gets sent to the very worst part of town that the police stopped responding to a long time ago. In a matter of two weeks he and his two rookies solve a current homicide along with exposing a serial killer that the other police did not even realize was taking place. I enjoyed the characters and want more of them.
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OldHacker
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A good memory was never my strong suit
Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2016
I''ve read this book twice. The second time because I barely remembered the first time which was three years ago. That''s my fault, not the author''s. A good memory was never my strong suit, even in my young adult years. I really enjoyed this book. The author does an excellent... See more
I''ve read this book twice. The second time because I barely remembered the first time which was three years ago. That''s my fault, not the author''s. A good memory was never my strong suit, even in my young adult years. I really enjoyed this book. The author does an excellent job in picturing the scenes. The main character, considered a disgrace by his former cohorts for doing the right thing, is a police sergeant. The police chief of this city has sent him off to man a station in the city slum in hopes that he''ll be killed or quit, but he does neither and continues to be a thorn in his side. The sergeant drops a corpse off at the chief''s house since the chief never bothered to send the MEs or the CSI''s to the crime scene after several hours of waiting. He arrests a couple of deputy sheriffs after they dump a homeless person off in his area.

It''s a fun read with a few sad parts. Maybe I''ll read it again in another 3 years.
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GRC
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This is a Cop book. The Cop is more like Mike Hammer or Marshall Dillon if you know what I mean
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2020
I don''t know how to put it in words but the lead character is my kind of guy. His principles and the law are his life compass and he deals with the problems that challenge them head on. eg....rookie cop did not want to wear his vest because it made him look like a coward so... See more
I don''t know how to put it in words but the lead character is my kind of guy. His principles and the law are his life compass and he deals with the problems that challenge them head on. eg....rookie cop did not want to wear his vest because it made him look like a coward so the hero pulled his gun and shop him in the chest while he was wearing his vest. Rooke never questioned again about wearing the vest.
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Mel Odom
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Great Action-Oriented Read
Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2012
King City by Lee Goldberg was an absolute blast, an easy-reading, turn-the-pages story that took me back to the days when reading was a relaxation of the truest form. Just plug in, detach brain, and cruise through an adventure filled with good guys and bad guys and plenty... See more
King City by Lee Goldberg was an absolute blast, an easy-reading, turn-the-pages story that took me back to the days when reading was a relaxation of the truest form. Just plug in, detach brain, and cruise through an adventure filled with good guys and bad guys and plenty of action.

I''m really glad that this novel is the first of a series. I want to hang out with Sergeant Tom Wade and his little band of do-gooders for a while longer. Wade is good company, and he''s a guy I can root for, one that doesn''t mind taking the bull by the horns.

Wade''s sense of honor propels the story, but it''s the thing that also creates the most conflict. From the opening scene where Wade decides to hand over the corrupt cops he works with, to his unflinching resolve to clean up King City, Wade never wavers from his chosen course or the kind of man he has chosen to be.

The first novel lays all the groundwork and establishes a lot of characters for Goldberg to work with in future volumes. We don''t get to know a lot of history of them, but these are larger-than-life characters, even the ones that are the poor and destitute of King City. I believe Goldberg with add layers and varnish as he continues on the series, and I''m looking forward to it.

Wade''s two patrolmen, Billy Hagen and Charlotte Green, also tend to be stock characters in this first novel. Since the concept was originally intended to be a television series, filling those characters out would have been the duty of the actor/actress chosen, but they''re so engaging in the story that it''s easy to imagine the lives they lead when they''re not onscreen. It''ll be fun to see if what I''ve imagined is close to the truth, and I do want to see more of these characters.

Duke Fallon, King City''s crime lord, is also of stock, vintage character. Lee Goldberg, like me, read a lot of Robert B. Parker''s novels while working on his writing. I see a lot of Spenser''s nemesis Joe Broz in Duke, and I''m loving how similar Duke is to those underworld figures in private eye fiction. In fact, Tom Wade and his situation, to the degree of dropping an outsider into a volatile mix, reminds me of another Parker character, Jesse Stone, as played by Tom Selleck.

Comparing Goldberg''s creation to Parker''s is high praise indeed, and Goldberg matches the books stride for stride, while still echoing the Western themes of High Noon and Tombstone.

I hope Tom Wade is in for a long assignment in King City, and I hope the crime rate doesn''t drop too quickly.
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Gail
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 18, 2021
Real characters, very well written in that the action flowed, dialogue was consistently entertaining and the story was well supported with well described environments. It made me ‘see’ where the characters were. Every word had a purpose, meaning there were no unnecessary...See more
Real characters, very well written in that the action flowed, dialogue was consistently entertaining and the story was well supported with well described environments. It made me ‘see’ where the characters were. Every word had a purpose, meaning there were no unnecessary passages of descriptions of inner monologues that can irritate me. And the narrator was perfect!
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Paul B
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Cheesy and I absolutely loved it!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 21, 2020
A hard nosed, no nonsense cop and a crime king pin who could be, well Wilson Fisk of Daredevil fame (I hear his dialogue as spoken by Michael Clarke Duncan). It’s written like a pilot movie for an 70/80s cop drama of the Starsky and Hutch ilk. It has heart and enough...See more
A hard nosed, no nonsense cop and a crime king pin who could be, well Wilson Fisk of Daredevil fame (I hear his dialogue as spoken by Michael Clarke Duncan). It’s written like a pilot movie for an 70/80s cop drama of the Starsky and Hutch ilk. It has heart and enough character development to make you invest. I hope Lee Goldberg writes many more!
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M. jackson
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I have one problem - it was over too soon
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2018
I''ll blow your head clean off - Dirty Harry. That will give anyone the measure of this book . The author quotes it. A tough guy hated by his colleagues and bosses sent to clean up the dirtiest part of town. A cracking page Turner. This is his first week in a job where his...See more
I''ll blow your head clean off - Dirty Harry. That will give anyone the measure of this book . The author quotes it. A tough guy hated by his colleagues and bosses sent to clean up the dirtiest part of town. A cracking page Turner. This is his first week in a job where his predecessors had been mown down and the only way to survive is by being tough. There is no padding , just in your face action. You can see the film rolling before your eyes as you race to the action packed conclusion. 244 pages you will race through. I kept saying to myself one more chapter before I wash up....... well maybe just one more.........
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Dunyompln
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Loved it!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 31, 2019
Can''t believe I,ve never come across this guy before. Brilliant! Hill Street Blues meets Justified. Great storyline,marvellous characterisation. Lucky me, another Elmore Leonard/Joseph Wambaugh. Time to get another.
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Steve D
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very derivative, but rolls along
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 24, 2014
Seen that Steven Seagal movie where he''s a cop who plays by his own rules, but is so hones that he exposes his corrupt colleagues? Seen Patrick Swayze in "Roadhouse"? Then you don''t really need to read this book. For the rest of you, it''s a "honest cop in a...See more
Seen that Steven Seagal movie where he''s a cop who plays by his own rules, but is so hones that he exposes his corrupt colleagues? Seen Patrick Swayze in "Roadhouse"? Then you don''t really need to read this book. For the rest of you, it''s a "honest cop in a dirty world" novel that rumbles along to its climax without ever giving you the feeling that the hero was in that much danger or that the conclusion was ever in doubt. Bit nothing, really
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