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Murder Season (Lena Gamble Novels) Hardcover – December 6, 2011

4.4 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Lena Gamble Novels Series

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Praise for The Lost Witness

“The plot zigs and zags like a slalom course. . . .  Once you start The Lost Witness, you'll stay with it.”
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Scorching… Ellis succeeds masterfully in both playing fair and pulling surprise after surprise in a story that feels like a runaway car plunging down a mountain road full of switchbacks.”
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for City of Fire

“Robert Ellis’s City of Fire is a gripping, spooky crime novel.”
--The New York Times

“A no-holds-barred, barnburner of a thriller that blends Los Angeles--style crime fiction à la Michael Connelly with pulse-pounding Dean Koontzian psychological suspense.”
--Chicago Tribune

“The book is terrific.”
--Janet Evanovich, People magazine

City of Fire is my kind of crime novel. Gritty, tight, and assured. Riding with Detective Lena Gamble through the hills of Los Angeles is something I could get used to. She’s tough, smart, and most of all, she’s real.”
--Michael Connelly

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

ROBERT ELLIS is the international bestselling author of Access to Power, The Dead Room (a No. 1 Amazon.com bestseller in the US and UK), and the critically acclaimed Los Angeles Times bestseller City of Fire, The Lost Witness, and Murder Season - selected as top reads by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, National Public Radio, The Chicago Tribune, The Toronto Sun, The Guardian (UK), The Evening Telegraph (UK), People Magazine, USA Today, and The New York Times. His novels have been translated into more than ten languages and are read in more than thirty-five countries.

Born in Philadelphia, Robert moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a writer, producer, and director in film, television, and advertising. Robert studied writing with Walter Tevis, author of The Hustler, The Man Who Fell to Earth, and The Color of Money, and with John Truby, screenwriter and author of The Anatomy of Story. His books have garnered praise from authors as diverse as Janet Evanovich and Michael Connelly. For more information, visit him online at robertellis.net.
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Product Details

  • Series: Lena Gamble Novels (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st Printing edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312366175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312366179
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Chris Mottola on January 6, 2012
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Another great addition to the Lena Gamble chronicles.

The series once again captures the ennui of our times in hard, precise prose.

I believe it was Hammett who once said about a character, "She could use sex like a blackjack."

Robert Ellis uses commas in much the same. If you are a fan of hard-boiled literature, this is for you. (But treat yourself and start with _City of Fire_.)
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Robert Ellis's new addition to his Lena Gamble series is an amazing book, filled with twists and turns that you will not see coming. Ellis has created one of the best characters in the genre. Lena is confident and persistent in what she does. However, her scars are real and make her more determined to see that justice is upheld no matter what the cost. The book has a presence about it. As I read it, I imagined it as a film, in black and white, with that eerie sense that something wrong is right around the corner. The long wait for the new Lena Gamble book was well worth it. I so hope that a new one is in the future. It would be devastating to lose characters like Lena and company and the nail-biting, up-all-night stories they tell. You must read this book. However, you should start with the first Lena book so that you fully understand her story and that of the other characters Ellis created.Long live Lena Gamble and the man who brought her to life. Lena, you rock!
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Thanks to my Kindle, I've discovered a new author. I've very much enjoyed Robert Ellis' Lena Gamble series. Fast read but not light on plot or intelligence. I'm a voracious reader, love books about crime and forensics, and usually have the mystery figured out in the first few chapters. Mr. Ellis did a good job keeping me uncertain about my idea of who was the guilty party in each novel.

Take a read...I think you'll enjoy this series like I do.
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It is just the beginning of spring in Los Angeles, but the heat has come in early this year, with temps reaching 117 degrees, and with it the murder season. Homicide detective Lena Gamble is called in the middle of the night to the scene of a shooting at a celebrity hangout, where the owner of the club and a patron are found dead. The patron is 25-year-old Jacob Gant, acquitted just days before in a very high-profile and volatile case involving the rape and killing of a 16-year-old girl. Think George Zimmerman in Florida, a recent case analogous only in its bare facts: a young and seemingly innocent person killed by an older one for no apparent reason.

Another notorious case is brought up here as well: OJ's murder trial, where someone thought by the public to be guilty is freed by an LA jury. As in that case, there is outrage as to the way the case has been handled, or mishandled, by the LAPD and its forensics lab. There is strong feeling that the girl's grief-stricken father is responsible, and much evidence to support that theory. The public of course sees it as completely justifiable. Under the spotlight from the public and the media, Lena and others believe she is the designated scapegoat for the police department.

There are twists and turns galore, with many a red herring. The reader will be in doubt as to who did what, as are the police, until the very end. Not all of the plot was credible to this reader, nor were some of the scenes depicting one male character after another nearly breaking down with tears and near collapse one minute and filled with homicidal rage the next. But as the author says, "humanity can be shed as easily as clothing. Everything you know about someone can change in the blink of an eye."

Fair enough.

An interesting and suspenseful read, the book is recommended.
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Well, at the very least Robert Ellis always gives the reader a great, twisted plot and very well developed characters. Like the other Gamble books, this plot has plenty of characters who are certainly capable of doing the bad deeds and plenty of evidence that can lead the reader down the wrong paths to a culprit. That means that the reader is certainly entertained and kept guessing to the very end. There is also plenty of bad politics involved -- those who should be doing the right thing actually doing very bad things to cover their asses! Lena Gamble is a very strong character, one well worth reading. She has the integrity that other characters should have. I certainly hope Ellis is busy writing more about her. I am anxiously awaiting another dose of Lena. I highly recommend all Ellis books and Lena Gamble books in particular.
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By A Customer on December 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
At the latest Hollywood in-crowd spot Club 3 AM, someone shoots and kills two people. Police Detective Lena Gamble arrives at the murder scene to lead the official investigation. She knows the media will follow her with a frenzied microscope and the brass will gladly let her take the media's hits while claiming the accolades.

However that was her feelings before she learns the identities of the victims. Club owner Johnny Bosco had high level political connections and twenty-five year old Jacob Gant recently was acquitted of raping and murdering sixteen year old Lily Hight due to police missteps in the latest trial of the century. Gamble knows this case is a nightmare as the prime suspect is Lily's father who has the court of public opinion turning him into a hero. The detective looks closer at the Gant investigation led by seemingly unbalanced Dan Cobb and finds other discrepancies in the case put together by Deputy DA Steven Bennett. Meanwhile District Attorney Jimmy J. Higgins sees the homicides as a springboard to a state office while Gamble turns to another Deputy DA Greg Vaughan.

The latest LAPD Gamble police procedural (see The Lost Witness) is an exciting thriller that focuses on the taint of the judicial system when it fails to protect the innocent as the measure of success is convictions. Filled with plenty of suspense and taut twists, fans will relish Murder Season as Gamble works a convoluted case under the scrutinizing public spotlight.

Harriet Klausner
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