With his novel City of Fire, Robert Ellis debuted a dynamic new character in Los Angeles detective Lena Gamble, but also captured a vivid picture of the city of Los Angeles. Readers and critics made City of Fire an instant phenomenon, as the book became a Los Angeles Times bestseller and was named a top summer read by People magazine, USA Today, and The New York Times.
Now Lena Gamble is a cop held in disgrace by department higher-ups for the explosive way the Romeo case played out, though she’s still hailed as a hero by her colleagues for catching the killer. For her punishment, she hasn’t handled a real murder investigation in eight months. When the chief finally tosses her a case, she’s thrilled until she gets a look at the scene and realizes he’s probably setting her up to be exiled once and for all: The victim is unidentified, and there are no witnesses, and no leads. Just the body, chopped into pieces and dropped in a Dumpster—gruesome enough to ensure that once again the media will be following Lena’s every move.
Robert Ellis delivers another high-speed, commercial, powerful read, featuring one of the most engaging and vibrant police characters on the shelf today.
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 a la Michael Connelly with pulse-pounding Dean Koontzian psychological suspense.”
“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.”
“Propulsive plot . . . A scorcher of an ending . . . City of Fire looks to win [Ellis] an ever-wider audience.”
“City of Fire’s brisk, complex plot is enhanced by realistic characters, a credible view of L.A., and an attention to detail that should put Ellis on many must-read lists. Ellis excels at vivid writing and the expert plotting keeps the reader off-kilter.”
---South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“This book is fast, gruesome, and twisted, like a scarcy Jodie Foster movie. Ellis makes it easy to be terrified.”