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Three Ways to Die [Kindle Edition]

Lee Goldberg
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Book Description

Three Dazzling, Widely-Acclaimed Stories From New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Lee Goldberg in One Thrilling Collection.

In "Jack Webb's Star," a struggling reporter comes up with a bizarre scheme in a desperate attempt to reinvigorate his love life.

In "Remaindered", a once-famous novelist embarks on a self-financed book tour through middle America to save his career...and discovers a novel way to die.

In Bumsicle, a homeless woman freezes to death, unlocking troubling memories for a weary cop and a powerful Chief of Police.


"Lee Goldberg's Jack Webb's Star is a riotous caper crime with a nasty twist..." --Los Angeles Times

"Jack Webb's Star is a darkly funny story about a heist that could only happen in Hollywood. The author is on top of his game," Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"I loved everything about it. More awesomeness from Lee Goldberg," Sara Gran, author of "Dope" and "Come Closer."

"Remaindered is brilliant! Hilarious, suspenseful, with booksigning sequences that induce PTSD... bravo!" Barry Eisler, bestselling author of "Hard Rain."

“Lee Goldberg has the goods.” William Link, Emmy Award winning writer/co-creator of "Columbo" and "Murder She Wrote"

"One of the wiliest short stories I've read in many years. Lee Goldberg at his very best," Ed Gorman, Mystery Scene Magazine

"...and best of all, "Jack Webb’s Star," Lee Goldberg’s hilarious contemporary tale of a struggling TV writer, his commercial actress wife, a traffic school led by an unfunny
stand-up comic, and Joe Friday's star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk
of Fame," Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

"Top billing should go to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch story, 'Suicide Run,' and to Lee Goldberg's 'Jack Webb's Star'—the former for the detection and the latter for biggest laughs," Publisher's Weekly

Editorial Reviews


"Lee Goldberg's Jack Webb's Star is a riotous caper crime with a nasty twist..."  --The Los Angeles Times

"Jack Webb's Star is a darkly funny story about a heist that could only happen in Hollywood. [Lee Goldberg] is on top of his game." Seattle Post Intelligencer

"Remaindered is brilliant! Hilarious, suspenseful, with booksigning sequences that induce PTSD... bravo!" -- Barry Eisler, bestselling author of "Hard Rain."

"Top billing should go to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch story, Suicide Run and to Lee Goldberg's Jack Webb's Star--the former for the detection and the latter for biggest laughs"
--Publisher's Weekly

"Remaindered is one of the wiliest short stories I've read in many years. Really laughed my ass off when I read it. Lee Goldberg at his very best,"" -- Ed Gorman, author of "Trouble Man."

About the Author

Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award nominee. His TV writing and/or producing credits include "Hunter," "SeaQuest,"  "Diagnosis Murder," "Martial Law," "Monk" and "The Glades." His many books include "My Gun Has Bullets," "The Walk," "The Dead Man: Face of Evil," and the "Diagnosis Murder" and "Monk" series of original mystery novels

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  • Language: English
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Three Were Great! July 14, 2009
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Jack Webb's Star:

After I got into it a bit, I thought it was a prelude to "The Walk". I later realized that it was either an 'afterward', an alternate reality, or it just had a similarity in it with Christopher Walken's part in both.

Either way, it was a terrific short story.


This one seemed shorter than the others, but it didn't need to be long to make its point. Good twist.


I liked this one best. It called to mind Stephen King's "Misery".

Mr. Goldberg definitely knows how to craft a short story. Each one leaves you satisfied, yet wanting more.

Length: 1290 locations (It took me about 45 minutes to read them all)

Rating: R for content and some language

Favorite Quote: "I like cat books, especially the ones where they solve murders. If you're smart, you'll write a cat book." This was said to an author who had had a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun reading January 4, 2011
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This was fun reading. It's a welcome break to read some short well written stories. I wish there was a book full of them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Wonderful! February 26, 2010
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I wasn't sure about this as I've never read books along this line. From the first page I was caught and couldn't stop. I cringed, I worried, I laughed, I wondered, and I laughed some more! Incredible clever is the best I can say to sum it up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three excellent short stories, ready when you are. January 19, 2012
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Okay, so I write a lot of reviews and my ratings run the gamut of stars from 5 to 1 (not to mention the books I'd like to give negatives to if I only could). That being said, this book rates 4 3/4 stars with me. Containing three distinctly-different well-written short stories, this book has everything you could want for a quick diversion. The author bundles humor, irony, sex, murder and very descriptive text into great little stories which will leave you wanting more. Although brief, each story has admirable character development, and the author definitely has the ability to put you into the middle of the action. Really, you can't go wrong with any of these quick, down and dirty stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars three excellent crime capers January 16, 2011
"Jack Webb's Star". Writer Kevin Dangler and about two dozen other offenders attend traffic school overlooking Jack Webb's Star. He meets a bunch of lunatics including armed robbery convict turned construction worker Titus Watkins who seen Kevin's wife perform an XXX taxi scene with Christopher Walken. They team up on a theft of a star that leads to much more.

"Bumsickle". After two decades on the police force, Spokane Police Detective Bud Flanek knows he still thinks like a dick as he did when he joined due to the recruiter's luscious looking breasts. He has managed to achieve a consistent level of mediocrity though at times that bar is too high. His current case involved the homicide of the thirty-something Jane Doe Caucasian with no ID except her visage is his wife who he has not seen in two years.

"Remaindered. Kevin's first novel Frost Bite was a monster success that had him singing along side of Elmore and alphabet Grafton. His second thriller Do Unto Others tanked. His latest tale Twisted Sheets was bought by a minor publishing firm. Kevin is on a signing tour of his former best-seller, which is why he is at a K-Mart in Spokane where he meets his greatest fan Megan. He thinks she is a sign from God, but will soon revise who sent her into his life.

This short collection contains reprints of three excellent crime capers with loosely interrelated twists. Lee Goldberg is at his best in each of them as appreciative fans of short mysteries will testify.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leads you down a path March 19, 2012
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After sitting on my Kindle for a long while, I finally got around to reading Three Ways to Die.

I found the three short stories delightful. Goldberg has a talent for leading you down a path and then blindsiding you with a delightful twist.

I was a little bit disappointed with what I received based on what I was anticipating from the title ... but maybe that, too, is a reflection of how Goldberg provides a different twist on things.

More than anything else I was likely hoping that the stories were a bit longer and maybe it's the Kindle presentation rather than what was written that was disappointing ... after all with a Kindle you can't get an idea of how long a book is as you would when you pick up a physical book and it's size gives you a clue.

Short stories are nice, and have their place, but with Goldberg's talent for weaving a tale, I believe he is not giving us enough to feel like we're getting a decent feed in the length of these stories. Give us a bit more, please.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly satisfying murders! November 29, 2010
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I came across this book totally by accident, downloaded it to my Kindle, and was delighted to be reminded of the pleasures of good short story writing. It was a surprise to find short stories in this murder/detective genre.

Each of these three stories was told in a different voice, each unique. In each case, someone either "got away with murder" or was found out when they thought they had committed the perfect crime. The author knows his way around human nature and the darker side of human emotions. In one story, he gave his protagonist the chance to act on this kind emotion in a circumstance which, if we found ourselves in it, would love to do the same but would never have the nerve. This cleverly pulls the reader into the interesting mindset of being surprised how satisfying it was to have the character get away with it. In another story, the plot is reminiscent of a Sherlock Holmes story when the reader discovers at the end how a seemingly innocent death was actually a murder.

These were fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I got this book
All three short stories were very entertaining. I'm glad I got this book.
Published 6 months ago by Clint
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Enjoyed this book very much. Lee Goldberg is a writer worth buying.
Published 9 months ago by amazon.buyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky stories
The book contains three quirky stories. The first one had so many "F" bombs that I wasn't sure what I was getting into. Glad I went on to read the other 2. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JEAN1949
3.0 out of 5 stars Clever novellas, but...
It is hard to know how any of these would become or be integrated into larger works. Nice distractions, but nothing could stand alone. A little too predictable.
Published 20 months ago by James M. White
4.0 out of 5 stars Goldberg is a fun writer
First of his books that I have read. It won't be the last. This was a good recommendation by my oldest daughter Debbie.
Published 22 months ago by PalmCoast
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable if short read
Three very neatly written, well placed tales of murder, mystery and "a-ha" moments. Makes for a nice afternoon read on the patio or beach
Published 22 months ago by Jeff K.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
The book was good. I like short stories because I don't have a lot of time to read. These were well written and kept my attention.
Published 22 months ago by tammy bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Lee Goldberg is my new favortie Author!! This is a little different than his other books but great read also!
Published on January 21, 2013 by Lueroyce J. Conrad
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
I was hoping for a horror book, something that would make me get a little creeped out, but I just ended up laughing during and after the stories. But a nice quick read.
Published on January 18, 2013 by Steph
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It
Really good read. I think it was a free download at the time so that was an added bonus for sure.
Published on December 28, 2012 by Jeremy
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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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