“Lost Hills”

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detective Eve Ronin works in Robbery-Homicide Division out of the Lost Hills Station in Calabasas. She is called to investigate a missing family and instead finds a house covered with blood. Something awful happened in that house, and it was going to be her job to find out what it was.

Goldberg gives a nice shout out to Michael Connelly when Ronin comments on Connelly’s Harry Bosch crime novels. Bosch’s problem, she concludes, is that he did not know how to play politics; she had already proven that she could, and now she had to prove she could do the job.

This case is more complex than anything Ronin has tackled before. Her investigation is planned and well thought-out but certainly unconventional. She takes deliberate and careful steps, building on what has been learned, but somehow a key piece of the puzzle is missing. Just when she thinks things are coming together, here comes another complication.

Goldberg pulls readers into the story with a feel for Hollywood geography and echoes of things that actually happen. The lives of the supporting characters are intertwined with the entertainment industry, and the action has a TV feel. Personalities are unique, well defined, and consistent. Supporting characters are going to auditions, eager for parts, and reminiscing about past roles.

“Lost Hills” is described as book one in the series, so I cannot wait to see what Eva Rodin will be up to next. I received a review copy of “Lost Hills” from Lee Goldberg and Thomas & Mercer Publishing. The characters are complex and the ending unexpected. It is quick to read and filled with suspense, action, and emotions.