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Publisher's Summary

Tom Wade is a determined cop and a relentless man of action - equal parts Harry Bosch and Jack Reacher - who battles police corruption and a ruthless crime lord, against impossible odds. Once part of King City’s elite Major Crimes Unit, Sergeant Wade secretly worked with the Justice Department to nail seven of his fellow detectives for corruption…costing him his marriage and making him a pariah in the police department. So he’s exiled by his superiors to one of King City’s most notorious and violent neighborhoods - a poverty-stricken, gang-ridden hellhole known as Darwin Gardens. It’s a de facto death sentence. But Wade doesn’t fight the potentially fatal reassignment.

With just two rookie officers to help him, Wade does the only thing he’s wired to do: his job. He moves into an apartment above the substation and then, vastly out-numbered and out-gunned by local gangs, sets out to enforce the law anyway with courage and an unwavering moral code, slowly earning the respect of his newbie officers, the neighborhood residents, and even Darwin Gardens’ most feared crime lord.

When a young woman’s brutally beaten corpse is dumped in a Darwin Gardens parking lot, Wade uncovers a history of similar killings ignored for years by a police department more interested in politics than justice. So he embarks on an investigation that leads from the squalor of the inner city to the manicured enclaves of the privileged, revealing the complex, sordid, and deadly ways that the two worlds are intertwined….and making him even more hated by those determined to crush him. But for Wade the only thing that matters, in the words of his father, is “what you stand for and how strong you stand for it.” With that motto long ago etched into his psyche, there’s no backing down; there’s only what’s right - even if it means sacrificing his life.

King City brings the sensibility of a classic western to the contemporary crime novel, and the result is an exhilarating read that reinvigorates a tired genre.

©2012 Lee Goldberg (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Wayne
  • 05-05-2018

Excellent pulp fiction!

The 1994 movie Pulp Fiction defined a hard hitting, and often humorous, crime fiction genre that was most typical 20 to 40 years earlier. Lee Goldberg is a throwback to that era. The book is also written almost like a script for a movie the opening episode of a TV series. Goldberg is certainly well known for his humorous crime novels, but King City has little of humor although it does tend toward the outrageous. In summary, King City is a good, quick listen with strong narration. One should re=member that Lee Goldberg puts out massive volumes of writing for the book, TV, and movie markets. His works are not for book snobs. In Marxist language he writes for the proletariat rather than the bourgeoisie.

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  • Mark Schafer
  • 05-05-2014

First time listening to an audiobook

Would you consider the audio edition of King City to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version yet

What was one of the most memorable moments of King City?

Tough call here, I would say the whole story was memorable.

What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Patrick was a very good narrator, he put feeling into the story along with changing his voice for each character. Wasn't like listening to a computerized voice
Patrick made the story come alive.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at times

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-01-2021

Very good suspense, action, narration

This book is a hard boiled detective type book. It features Detective Tom Wade who is punished by his Police Dept. and sent back on the beat in the toughest part of the city with two rookies. It has lots of mystery and action. The narration is very good. It's an entertaining book.

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  • 10-12-2020

Encore !?!

Of all the Lee Goldberg because I have read this has been my favorite. But why did you stop at one? It seems he set up all the characters in King city for a long running series. I want to follow them and know what happens. Please write more!

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  • Dutch
  • 14-09-2020

I really enjoy Lee Goldberg’s books

Characters, plot, action, author’s great dry humor, it’s got it all. Fun reads! Hope for more soon.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-06-2020

Entertaining

Lee Goldberg comes up with some unique stories. This one was very entertaining. The reader on Audible did a fine job and his voice fit the main character especially. I plan to read or listen to more novels by Lee Goldberg.

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  • JGorden
  • 22-05-2020

Gritty

Gritty, sometimes over-the-top in a way that reminded me of Breaking Bad. Great character development. An excellent performance.

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  • 07-04-2020

Terrible

The very being is the ending to a much more interesting story. The book fails on every level

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  • M. Rawson
  • 06-03-2020

very enjoyable

normally I prefer book with female leads. I was plesently surprised with the lead in this book and his sense of moral compass to find vindication for a forgotten part of town. the story was humourous and we'll written like the rest of Goldberg's books

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  • les
  • 01-01-2020

The Duke morals old school

if you like old Western movies this is one for you. where the sheriff cleans up the criminals after arriving in town. With the unflinching value system of good vs evil right down to a fault.

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