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."
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
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
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
"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
"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
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.