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"Ellis spins a potent thriller."
"A page-turning potboiler. We like this book! The tone is a fusion of James Ellroy and James Carville."
—Philadelphia Daily News
"Access to Power depicts the superficiality and shrewdness of life on Capitol Hill. This political thriller packs a powerful punch."
—National Journal "Hotline"
"Before you can say 'Chinatown' we are immersed in a tale of mind-boggling corruption where virtually every character in the book has a hidden agenda. Ellis is a master plotter."
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Bestselling Author Robert Ellis
THE DEAD ROOM Audiobook
THE DEAD ROOM: German & French Editions
The German editions of CITY OF FIRE and THE LOST WITNESS made their mark on Amazon's Top 10 List for two years and at the same time. So when Amazon Crossing asked about the German rights for THE DEAD ROOM, I was more than pleased! Just as exciting is the French translation of THE DEAD ROOM, LES ÉCORCHÉES, which in February 2023 became a No. 1 Bestseller in France! This is one of my most personal stories. As a reader posted, "THE DEAD ROOM is a truly one of a kind find!" Much thanks to all my friends in France!
"Ellis' powerhouse of a novel ... Ellis keeps everything in focus while building a staggering momentum."
—Booklist, Starred Review
"CITY OF ECHOES is a dark, gritty, one-sit read. Ellis' trademark plotting is on full display here."
"Only really good writers can make you feel so strongly. CITY OF ECHOES is another bravura effort from the talented Robert Ellis."
"CITY OF ECHOES is an absorbing and entertaining read from first page to last and documents novelist Robert Ellis as a master of the genre."
—Midwest Book Review
"Scorching. Deliciously twisted. Nothing is what it appears to be. Ellis succeeds masterfully in both playing fair and pulling surprise after surprise in a story that feels like a runaway car plunging down a mountain road full of switchbacks."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Ellis serves up a killer crime tale with riveting characters and relentless twists."
"Los Angeles, under a cloud of acrid smoke. Robert Ellis´s CITY OF FIRE is a gripping, spooky crime novel."
—The New York Times "HOT LIST" Pick
"CITY OF FIRE is my kind of crime novel. Gritty, tight and assured."
"CITY OF FIRE features a tough but deeply flawed protagonist, a tantalizingly complex plot, fully realized -- and realistic -- characters, and most of all, a palpable intensity. And if that weren't enough, the bombshell plot twist at the novel's conclusion makes this an absolute must read for thriller aficionados."
A few years ago a Spanish translation of CITY OF FIRE came out as CIUDAD DE FUEGO, and the reviews were wonderful. Now a Kindle edition has been released. I'd been hoping this would happen, and it finally did. I'm jazzed about the whole thing, including the cover art which I think is terrific.
“Ellis (City of Echoes, etc.) eases new readers into the second Matt-centric novel. Having previously suffered betrayal, Matt has good reason to be paranoid, which results in a gleefully tense sequel. His relationships are complex … the mystery is straightforward, and Matt’s propensity for repeatedly asking himself questions keeps him (and readers) focused. The author’s writing is tight. The ending effectively sets the stage for the next installment. A persistently gripping thriller with strong characters.”
R E C E N T A U D I O B O O K S
What's so frightening about ACCESS TO POWER, especially in these scary DC times, is that almost everything in this political thriller really happened to me or someone I know. Andrew Tell's narration is pitch perfect for a story that feels like "a political rollercoster. Definitely, edge of your seat!"
R E C E N T T R A N S L A T I O N S
T H E L E N A G A M B L E N O V E L S
On the 1st and 15th of each month, two readers are selected to receive a free book (US Only). Titles are picked at random from all four Detective Matt Jones thrillers, and all three Lena Gamble novels. The Gamble novels are hardcover 1st editions. All books are signed.
To enter, send an email to me at email@example.com. Be sure to write BOOK CONTEST in the subject line, and tell me where you want the book shipped! I'm pleased to say that this contest has been running since August, 20, 2018 with no plans to stop! Thanks to everyone for supporting my work!
F R E E B O O K C O N T E S T !
On medical leave after hunting down the mass killer in The Love Killings, Detective Matt Jones is asked to investigate reports that a body has been found buried in a remote park high above Los Angeles. Driven by the horror of the crime and a rising body count, Jones and his partner, Denny Cabrera, soon find themselves lost in a world of violence and corruption where every suspect shares the same goal—pin the murders on Matt Jones.
***June 1st Winner is Dee C. from Seattle, WA!
***June 1st 2nd Winner is Jeff W. from Malibu, CA!
G O O D R E A D S B O O K G I V E A W A Y
The Goodreads BOOK GIVEAWAY turned out to be a huge success! 100 readers out of an awesome 672 entries won a free Kindle edition of CITY OF STONES on publication day! Many thanks to the entire team at Goodreads for running this contest and lending me a hand in getting the word out!
"With an early focus on the possible murders, Ellis' (The Love Killings, etc.) series entry is more thriller than mystery. The author works this to great effect as the story reveals the burden of unearthing evidence. Ellis generates an impressive amount of suspense. Solid entertainment."
D E T E C T I V E M A T T J O N E S, B O O K 2
D E T E C T I V E M A T T J O N E S, B O O K 3
D E T E C T I V E M A T T J O N E S, B O O K 1
"With The Girl Buried in the Woods, Bestselling Author Robert Ellis delivers his most terrifying thriller yet. Loaded with fully realized characters, and a story inspired by a real-life murder Ellis experienced as a ten-year-old boy, this spine-tingling read feels like a ride on a roller coaster plunging through the void with no brakes."
FROM THE EDITORS ...
FROM KIRKUS REVIEWS ...
"CITY OF ECHOES is a Best Book of the Month."
L E N A G A M B L E N O V E L S, B O O K 3
TOP 12 BOOKS OF THE YEAR
"We want more!"
BEST MYSTERY CRIME NOVELS OF THE YEAR
L E N A G A M B L E N O V E L S, B O O K 2
L E N A G A M B L E N O V E L S, B O O K 1
I can't say how happy I am that the audio edition of THE DEAD ROOM is finally here. The novel is narrated by Jim McCance, the read so chilling, I couldn't sleep. I hope you enjoy this truly remarkable interpretation of one of my favorite novels.
ACCESS TO POWER AudioBook
1,300+ FIVE-STAR Ratings on Goodreads
"Robert Ellis is a master storyteller, painting pictures that become imprinted on the reader's mind. Just when you think he might be slowing down his plot, he ups the ante and hits you with a higher level of shock."
—Reader Review, Amazon Verified Purchase
CITY OF FIRE: Spanish Edition
D E T E C T I V E M A T T J O N E S, B O O K 4
With rookie detective Matt Jones recovering from the wounds he suffered in The Girl Buried in the Woods, and with his partner, Denny Cabrera, still hospitalized, a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, Ryan Brooks, makes a late-night call requesting a small favor . . .
Brooks wants Jones to see something he’s working on. Something he can’t talk about on the phone. But when Jones shows up at the writer's house, he finds a horrific crime scene and knows he’s too late. There’s a killer with a secret loose in LA, and witnesses are dropping like flies. Jones rushes the investigation forward, his drive to turn over the stones of the past only matched by the killer’s will to keep that secret buried. Out of time and out of luck, Jones soon becomes the killer’s next target. But then he makes the most shocking discovery of his life.
He finds the killer’s secret …
A Killer's Secret. A City's Fate. A Detective Backed into a Corner.
AVAILABLE NOW IN KINDLE,
FROM KIRKUS REVIEWS ...
CITY OF STONES, A Detective Matt Jones Thriller, is "A moody, white-knuckle murder tale. As in his previous appearances, Matt is a detective who doesn’t pull any punches. But he’s no antihero; he’s generally by-the-book and unmistakably concerned when his actions may put another in harm’s way. Ellis’ story moves at a steady beat; brief scenes and rapid-fire dialogue deftly showcase the detective methodically unraveling the mystery. Moreover, there’s a taut atmosphere, as Matt examines crime scenes alone; covertly meets someone at a fog-covered, darkened house; and even stumbles on another body. The narrative further intensifies once the villain becomes evident. Still, questions linger all the way to the end while the denouement will surely reverberate long after readers have finished this riveting book.”
PAPERBACK & HARDCOVER
A U D I O B O O K A V A I L A B L E N O W
Narrated by Mike Ortego
Mike killed it! He had Matt down so right and true that I didn't want it to end, and couldn’t even offer any advice for the recording sessions except keep doing exactly what you’re doing! CITY OF STONES, the audiobook, is amazing!
It gives me great pleasure to announce that the audiobook for CITY OF STONES is finally here, and it's awesome! 44 actors auditioned to read what has become a reader favorite in the Detective Matt Jones Thriller Series. There were so many talented people involved that it made the final decision almost impossible. In the end, it came down to three voices, three actors who had everything it takes to be the one and only Detective Matt Jones! But then the 45th audition came in, Mike Ortego, reading Chapter 4, which features Matt Jones being all that Matt Jones can be, and Chapter 8, where the river of magic between Matt and Dr. Julie May begins its way tumbling toward the waterfall!
A U D I O A V A I L A B L E N O W
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CITY OF FIRE
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THE LOST WITNESS
Good news for fans of the Lena Gamble novels in Germany! New covers for a new, thoroughly modern Lena! The original German translations of City of Fire and The Lost Witness spent two years on the Top-10 Best Seller List, and they did it at the same time! It's been amazing to watch!
"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."