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Tom Wade is a determined cop and a relentless man of action - equal parts Harry Bosch and Jack Reacher - who battles police corruption and a ruthless crime lord, against impossible odds. Once part of King City's elite Major Crimes Unit, Sergeant Wade secretly worked with the Justice Department to nail seven of his fellow detectives for corruption...costing him his marriage and making him a pariah in the police department. So he's exiled by his superiors to one of King City's most notorious and violent neighborhoods - a poverty-stricken, gang-ridden hellhole known as Darwin Gardens. It's a de facto death sentence. But Wade doesn't fight the potentially fatal reassignment.

With just two rookie officers to help him, Wade does the only thing he's wired to do: his job. He moves into an apartment above the substation and then, vastly out-numbered and out-gunned by local gangs, sets out to enforce the law anyway with courage and an unwavering moral code, slowly earning the respect of his newbie officers, the neighborhood residents, and even Darwin Gardens' most feared crime lord.

When a young woman's brutally beaten corpse is dumped in a Darwin Gardens parking lot, Wade uncovers a history of similar killings ignored for years by a police department more interested in politics than justice. So he embarks on an investigation that leads from the squalor of the inner city to the manicured enclaves of the privileged, revealing the complex, sordid, and deadly ways that the two worlds are intertwined....and making him even more hated by those determined to crush him. But for Wade the only thing that matters, in the words of his father, is "what you stand for and how strong you stand for it." With that motto long ago etched into his psyche, there's no backing down; there's only what's right - even if it means sacrificing his life.

King City brings the sensibility of a classic western to the contemporary crime novel, and the result is an exhilarating read that reinvigorates a tired genre.

©2012 Lee Goldberg (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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118 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By QueenKatieMae VINE VOICE on May 1, 2012
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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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on 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.

Harriet Klausner
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