Eve Ronin is called Deathfist around the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department because of one particularly viral video. It may or may not be fair, but she’ll need the kind of strength implied by that nickname in her latest case. Fires have swept through the brush around Lost Hills, and that means dead bodies are sure to turn up. One of the cold cases is a young woman who disappeared six years ago after she reported a rape. Another found corpse had been feuding with her actor neighbor, with escalating tension. To Eve’s dismay, both cases link back to the Sherriff’s department. Meanwhile, all of Hollywood wants a piece of Eve’s story, including her divorced parents. Goldberg, who must write while he sleeps to have so many books and movie scripts, has created a compelling hero whose dedication to justice is constantly being misinterpreted as limelight stealing, and paired her with a please-don’t-let-me-die-on-a-case-before-I-retire mentor/partner who is often more concerned with what’s the next meal. A lot of thrills and a little humor are added to the mix, resulting in a thoroughly enjoyable police procedural.— Daniel Goldin
A cold case heats up, revealing a deadly conspiracy in a twisty thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg.
A catastrophic wildfire scorches the Santa Monica Mountains, exposing the charred remains of a woman who disappeared years ago. The investigation is assigned to Eve Ronin, the youngest homicide detective in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, a position that forces her to prove herself again and again. This time, though, she has much more to prove.
Bones don't lie, and these have a horrific story to tell. Eve tirelessly digs into the past, unearthing dark secrets that reveal nothing about the case is as it seems. With almost no one she can trust, her relentless pursuit of justice for the forgotten dead could put Eve's own life in peril.