“Gated Prey”

Missing evidence, mother and child, hidden agenda, undercurrent of distrust,

Southern California has a plethora of exclusive neighborhoods designed to provide anonymity and security, but a lot goes on behind those security gates. “Gated Prey” is part of the continuing “Eve Ronin” series. Previously Detective Ronin made a few enemies within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and there are unfinished matters that need to be reconciled. Regular readers will hit the ground running with Ronin and the team, and new readers will find that Ronin’s complicated backstory and unique relationships come out as the story progresses. Ronin optioned her life story as a TV series based on past work-related events, and this causes friction for her on the job.  She has to juggle department politics, work several difficult current cases, and control her Hollywood agent, all at the same time

“Gated Prey” opens as Ronin and her partner, Duncan Pavone, are running an undercover operation as the result of ongoing home invasion crimes in gated communities. Ronin is professional and dedicated with depth and purpose. Pavone is retiring soon, and that gives him a temporary “superpower;” he can do no wrong. Ronan and the entire team have several open cases to work, and events unfold quickly over just a few days. The investigations are professional, planned, and organized despite the undercurrent of dislike among coworkers. Some cases are clear cut; some are filled with complex twists and turns, and others come to dramatic and tragic ends which make headline news everywhere.

“Gated Prey” gives readers a feel for the landscape, culture, and varied geography in the greater Los Angeles area.  Of course, there is that “only in LA” car chase and Dr. Hoggly Woggly’s BBQ. (My personal favorite) I received a review copy of “Gated Prey” from Lee Goldberg, and Thomas and Mercer Publishers. The book is well written, quick to read, and filled with fascinating characters in unusual situations. I recommend the entire series; there is a continuing thread of characters and relationships throughout the books, but each story stands alone