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King City [Kindle Edition]

Lee Goldberg
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Book Description

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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Audio Edition Review: “Goldberg begins his tale on a moment of high tension – with Wade facing down one of the crooked cops – and lets up on the action only to add dimension detail to the characters and the town he has created. Patrick Lawlor, one of Brilliance Audio’s more active readers, understands the need for maintaining a fast, almost breathless pace, but he also knows when to slow things down enough for listeners to share Wade’s danger or savor his clever victories.” -Mystery Scene magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 460 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (May 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YYOJ1W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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96 of 109 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the Vine shills this is a darned good read July 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I first noticed what I call the Vine effect some time ago as I noticed that a product I was researching had nothing but five star reviews all from reviewers in the Vine program. My interest was piqued as I noticed more and more that favorable reviews of books and other products at which I was looking had a preponderance of higher-rated reviews from members of the Vine program than other regular purchasers.

So here is a book By Lee Goldberg which exhibits some of the same tendency. Approximately 50% of the 5 star and 75% of the 4 star reviews are from Viners. Then you have the review bot folk as I like to think of them that appear to read dozens of books a week and have time to write reviews as well. I actually bought this book because I wanted a distracting read and one that was going to be fast-paced with witty dialogue and snappy characters. I was not disappointed. THe one downside, mentioned by others, is that the work does read a bit at times like directions for stage or screen but this disappears after the stage was set for King and the city.

The reason I gave it 4 stars is due to this scene-setting which appeared a little contrived. Are some of the scenes plausible? Well not really but I do not expect all my fiction to be an exact replica of what goes on in the real world so the idea of a lone police officer facing down a gang of thugs in the projects does not bother me that much especially if it goes towards establishing the character and approach of the main proponent as it does in the book. However some of the situations in the book have been borrowed from real-life.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a new sheriff in town... May 1, 2012
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Detective Tom Wade is ostracized by the King City Police Department after helping the Justice Department bust the entire MCU for corruption. Now, his old partner won't take his calls, his wife filed for divorce and the police chief reassigns Wade as a uniformed officer working a substation in the most crime-ridden section of town, Darwin Gardens. Aptly named for it's survival of the fittest mentality. Not a demotion, per se, a "lateral move"; one that the chief knows will either break Wade or kill him.

But the chief underestimates the man who lives by the badge, who lives to serve and protect the people, even if they do remodel his Mustang with tire irons the first day.

Working out of a run-down station that used to be a porn shop, Wade valiantly attempts community policing in an area inhabited by drunks, addicts, hookers, gangsters, murderers, rotting buildings and guys who urinate on Mrs. Copeland's garden. His only co-workers are two rookies: Billy, who barely graduated from the academy and Charlotte, a black woman blatently relegated to this assignment because of her gender. Wade realizes even three experienced officers can't man the Gardens alone, but he is determined.

The author, Lee Goldberg, has borrowed from the stories where the lone, unwanted sheriff rides into a lawless town to dispense some much needed justice, and dropped it in a contemporary setting. And he has done it with a strong, likeable, central character and a great sense of humor. All the elements are there, but the town saloon is a pancake house, the owner smokes while wearing his oxygen tank, the deputy used to work at Best Buy, the bad guy wears $2500 silk track suits and his horse, well it was the Mustang, but that's in the shop now.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exhilarating taut police procedural May 15, 2012
Format:Paperback
The FBI arrested the entire King City Major Crimes Unit on corruption charges. The only exception is thirty-five years old Detective Tom Wade who worked undercover with the Justice Department for two years. Seven cops are convicted while Tom testified against them and has been kept on administrative leave by Police Chief Reardon.

Everyone associated with KCPD including family members loathe Tom for destroying the lives of his peers and their dependents. Reardon assigns him to work the deadliest and most impoverished slum in the city Darwin Gardens where survival of the fittest is tested every moment. Tom says nothing in spite of knowing he has been given a death sentence. However, being an honest cop is who he is and with little help, Tom and his team of two unwanted rookies investigate a serial killer viciously murdering young women.

Paying homage to Frank Serpico, this is an exhilarating taut police procedural as one honest cop brings down a corrupt department but pays the price in his personal life and on the job where he wears the "Scarlet Letter" of traitor. Fast-paced from the moment Tom enters a hostage situation involving one of the cops he turned in and never slows down as he works a deadly beat with two tyros; one barely graduated the academy and the other a black female who the brass wants to force out as racially and sexually undesirable. Diogenes would have found his honest man in Tom, but even the Greek mythical traveler would wonder whether honesty is the best policy.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars not up to expectation
Fair - interesting but not one of the best!
Published 3 days ago by Joan Skidmore
3.0 out of 5 stars King City was a fast and very predictable story. ...
King City was a fast and very predictable story. It was a filler read over the 4th Holiday. Sorry, ant say that I blew me away as usual.
Published 23 days ago by Stephen J Gossman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Summer read
This is a decent summer read, for the price
Published 25 days ago by Marissa1016
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Cop Bad Force
Tom Ward is a good cop in a bad force, trying to make a difference . A good read and hopefully the first of new series from Lee Goldberg.
Published 1 month ago by Syd Swan
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
For such a critically acclaimed TV writer and producer, this novel sure sucked. I don't know what happened or where his talent went. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christopher M Belcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining book
This is my second book by this author & I've really enjoyed both of them. The book has a colorful cast of characters, the
storyline is exciting with lots of action, & I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peggy Yost
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
This book grabs you from the first page. The main character is likeable and you find yourself rooting for him. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia J. Emerick
4.0 out of 5 stars KING CITY by Goldberg
First time I have read a Goldberg novel. First book I have read where the cop begins by exposing his fellow "men in blue" and the results imposed on him by his fellow... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carol
3.0 out of 5 stars Updated western
Change the setting and I could see Gary Cooper in the lead role. The characters are only missing the appropriate shade of hat. That being said, it was still an entertaining read.
Published 2 months ago by T Stricker
5.0 out of 5 stars Justice served
Lee Goldberg's books are funny,real, very well written but most of all each carry their own message of what is important in life. I finish everyone with a great feeling.
Published 2 months ago by Norma Jeanne
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More About the Author

Lee Goldberg is an ex-Navy SEAL, freelance Sexual Surrogate and a professional Pierce Brosnan impersonator.

Okay, that's not true. But he wants this biography to be really exciting, so pay attention. If things bog down, I've been instructed to add a car chase or some explicit sex.

Here's the real story. Lee Goldberg writes books and television shows.

His mother wanted him to be a doctor, and his grandfather wanted him to go into the family furniture business. Instead, he put himself through UCLA as a freelance journalist, writing for such publications as American Film, Starlog, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle (He also wrote erotic letters to the editor for Playgirl at $25-a-letter, but he doesn't tell people about that, he just likes to boast about those "tiffany" credits).

He published his first book ".357 Vigilante" (as "Ian Ludlow," so he'd be on the shelf next to Robert Ludlum) while he was still a UCLA student. The West Coast Review of Books called his debut "as stunning as the report of a .357 Magnum, a dynamic premiere effort," singling the book out as "The Best New Paperback Series" of the year. Naturally, the publisher promptly went bankrupt and he never saw a dime in royalties. (But the books are available on the Kindle as "The Jury Series")

Welcome to publishing, Lee.

His subsequent books include the non-fiction books "Successful Television Writing" and "Unsold Television Pilots" ("The Best Bathroom Reading Ever!" San Francisco Chronicle) as well as the novels "My Gun Has Bullets" ("It will make you cackle like a sitcom laugh track," Entertainment Weekly), "Dead Space" ("Outrageously entertaining," Kirkus Reviews), "Watch Me Die" ("as dark and twisted as anything Hammet or Chandler ever dreamed up," Kirkus Reviews).

"Take me now," she moaned, "you hot writer stud."

She tore off her clothes and tackled him onto the floor, unable to control her raging lust. Nothing excited her more than being around a writer with a big list of books.

Got your attention again? Good. I don't know about you, but I was starting to nod off. Where was I? Oh yes...

Goldberg broke into television with a freelance script sale to "Spenser: For Hire." Since then, his TV writing & producing credits have covered a wide variety of genres, including sci-fi (SeaQuest), cop shows (Hunter, The Glades), martial arts (Martial Law), whodunits (Diagnosis Murder, Nero Wolfe), the occult (She-Wolf of London), kid's shows (R.L. Stine's The Nightmare Room), T&A (Baywatch), comedy (Monk) and utter crap (The Highwayman). His TV work has earned him two Edgar Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America.

His two careers, novelist and TV writer, merged when he began writing the "Diagnosis Murder" series of original novels, based on the hit CBS TV mystery that he also wrote and produced, and later wrote the 15 bestselling novels based on "Monk," another show that he worked on. He's also the co-creator of Amazon's "The Dead Man" series of monthly horror novellas and the author of the crime thriller "King City." Most recently, he teamed up with Janet Evanovich to write the New York Times bestselling books "The Heist" and "Pros & Cons."

But perhaps he's best known for his pioneering work mapping the human genome and negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Goldberg lives in Los Angeles with his wife and his daughter and still sleeps in "Man From UNCLE" pajamas.

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