“Movieland” by Lee Goldberg is book four in the “Eve Ronin” series; the main characters continue from the previous books, but each stands alone. The story unfolds in Ronin’s first–person narrative, and she shares any details from her past that new readers might need. This book is an opportunity for readers to spend time with Ronin; she drives the plot. The story is not about the end, the story is about the trip with Ronin.
Ronin loves her job as a detective in the Lost Hills Sherriff’s Department robbery-homicide division. She is from a “show biz” family, and a TV pilot based on one of her “high profile” case is now in development. Her personal life is a mess, and she struggles to control the chaos in her job and the contingent of other deputies at Lost Hills who hate her. Her life is so much more complicated than any reality TV show could possibly be.
Malibu Creek State Park, twelve square miles of mountains, canyons, and grassland, is a former “natural backlot” site for film and TV, but it is now the location of a homicide. Previous reports of random “shots fired” in the park had been ignored, branded as just random shotgun shooting. But not this time; now there is a murder. The public is panicked; politicians are furious, and the press is having a feeding frenzy. Concrete evidence is sparse, the suspects are many, and the investigation is complicated by outside influences and departmental conflicts.
Ronin goes the distance in the story. She controls the chaos, overcomes departmental battles, and does not let the killer get away with murder. I received a review copy of “Movieland” from Lee Goldberg and Thomas & Mercer Publishing. This is a great series, and perhaps in the next book Ronin will find Jimmy Hoffa’s body.
“Movieland” is now available in print, as an e-book, and on audio from independent bookstores, online booksellers, retail stores, public libraries and anywhere you get your books.