It's Detective Matt Jones's first night working Homicide in LA, and he’s been called to investigate a particularly violent murder case: a man has been gunned down hard in a parking lot off Hollywood Boulevard, his bullet-riddled body immediately pegged as the work of a serial robber who has been haunting the Strip for months.
Driven by the grisliness of the crime, the identity of the victim and the outrage, Jones and his hot-tempered partner, Denny Cabrera, jump headfirst into the investigation.
But the way is not easy, and nothing about the direction they're taking is even close to safe. As Jones uncovers evidence linking the crime to a brutal, ritualized murder that occurred eighteen months ago, he begins to suspect there’s more going on beneath the surface, and that he's in too deep to turn back or escape. When Jones discovers shocking, deep-seated corruption; a high-level cover-up; and his own personal ties to the rising body count, he’s no longer sure he can trust anyone, not even himself.
With CITY OF ECHOES Robert Ellis delivers his most personal, most terrifying thriller yet. Be careful! With more than 650 Five Star reviews on Amazon, this novel's throttled all the way up.
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"Know what a Chelsea Grin is? Readers who stay with Ellis’s powerhouse of a novel are going to find out, and their response to this incredible bit of cruelty is sure to be mixed. Most will side with Matt Jones, Ellis’s hard-bitten L.A. homicide detective, who thought he’d seen everything. Even he is “unable to comprehend how anyone, no matter what their psychological issues…could do this to any living thing.” Jones is a bystander to the crime that ignites the plot: a teacher’s affair with his student that ends horribly. Why do the arresting officers start dying? Why do murders continue after the presumed killer is caught? Characters multiply and the plot grows ever more complex, but Ellis keeps everything in focus while building a staggering forward momentum. Then a tsunami of revelations and reversals begins, each put forth with stunning emotional force as everything Jones—and the reader—knew for sure is turned on its head. Awesome, as the kids say, but not necessarily right for late-night reading. Not with those Chelsea Grins."
From Booklist, Starred Review
A Detective Matt Jones Thriller, Book 1
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