On Detective Matt Jones's first night working Homicide in LA, he's called to investigate a particularly violent murder case: a man has been gunned down in a parking lot off Hollywood Boulevard, his bullet-riddled body immediately pegged as the work of a serial robber who has been haunting the Strip for months.Read more...
On Detective Matt Jones's first night working Homicide in LA, he's called to investigate a particularly violent murder case: a man has been gunned down in a parking lot off Hollywood Boulevard, his bullet-riddled body immediately pegged as the work of a serial robber who has been haunting the Strip for months. Driven by the grisliness of the crime, Jones and his hot-tempered partner, Denny Cabrera, jump headfirst into the investigation. But as Jones uncovers evidence that links the crime to a brutal, ritualized murder that occurred eighteen months prior, he begins to suspect that there's more going on beneath the surface. When Jones discovers shocking, deep-seated corruption; a high-level cover-up; and his own personal ties to the rising body count, he's no longer sure he can trust anyone, even himself.
- ISBN-13: 9781477827727
- ISBN-10: 1477827722
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
- Publish Date: September 2015
- Page Count: 344
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Series: Detective Matt Jones #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-07-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Rookie LAPD homicide detective Matt Jones, the hero of Ellis’s overheated crime novel, accepts that Kevin Hughes, his best friend and mentor, was killed in a robbery, until another detective’s suspicious death points to a rogue police frame-up of an innocent man for what actually was the first in a series of ghastly ritual murders. Matt’s eager-to-get-along partner, Denny Cabrera, can’t be trusted, and his boss, Lt. Bob Grace, led the earlier, corrupt investigation. While pursuing an insane killer and evading his traitorous peers, Matt is distracted by a growing attraction to Kevin’s widow—and by his obsession with the father who deserted him in childhood. If this were a Michael Connelly novel, Harry Bosch would pull himself together and soldier neurotically onward; in this one, Matt barely keeps himself from unraveling until the story breaks off. The plot offers many opportunities for pulpish melodrama, and Ellis (Murder Season) dives into most of them. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group. (Aug.)