Major Crimes Unit detective Tom Wade secretly worked with the Feds to nail seven of his fellow cops for corruption...turning him into a pariah in the police department. So he's exiled to patrol a beat in King City's deadliest neighborhood... with no back-up, no resources, and no hope of survival.
Now Wade fights to tame the lawless, poverty-stricken wasteland...while investigating a string of brutal murders of young women. It's a case that takes him from the squalor of the inner-city to the manicured enclaves of the privileged, revealing the sordid and deadly ways the two worlds are intertwined...making his enemies even more determined to crush him.
But for Tom Wade, backing down is never an option...even if it will cost him his life.
"Lee Goldberg's King City brings the sensibility of a western to the contemporary crime novel and the result is exhilarating, compelling, and a thrill to read. Tom Wade is an iconic hero with a strong, personal code trying bring order to a lawless frontier...which just happens to be smack in the middle of a dying, industrial American city. He's an unforgettable and deeply compelling character in the most original crime novel to come along in years."
—Janet Evanovich, international bestselling author
"King City is a book that only Lee Goldberg could have written. He's got the high-velocity prose of a best-seller, coupled with the highly visual elements that make his television writing so compelling. Factor in the terrific characters and some very cogent takes on human nature, and you've got a rollicking thriller. King City is a pleasure from start to finish."
—T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times bestselling author of The Jaguar and The Border Lords
"King City is Walking Tall, Die Hard, and Dirty Harry all rolled into one. Hard-driving action and all the satisfaction of a well-told story about a righteous man of courage facing seemingly insurmountable odds. You'll love it."
—Jan Burke, bestselling author of Disturbance
"I could tell you that Lee Goldberg's King City is one of the best reads of the year or that Lee is one of my favorite writers for so many reasons—plotting, character, or his incredible sense of humor—but that might ruin the surprise of reading King City for yourself. Suffice to say that Goldberg is one infinitely readable master of crime fiction, and King City is Lee at his best."
—Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of The Cold Dish and As the Crow Flies
"King City like a 1969 Detroit muscle car. It's powerful, nasty, loud, and a heck of a lot of fun. Lee Goldberg is at his atmospheric best here, creating a world so authentic the sights, sounds and smells seem to explode from the pages. Detective Tom Wade is a fast, funny three-dimensional protagonist and following him through the cesspool of King City and its outrageous inhabitants is endlessly entertaining."
—Paul Guyot, writer/supervising producer of the TV series "Leverage"
"King City effortlessly blends the archetypal gunslinger of the Old West, riding into the lawless town to clean up the bad guys, with a modern tale of police corruption, urban decay and neglect....It's a fast-paced exploration of the decline of the blue-collar industrial heartland of America, and the cop who will not stand by and let that happen on his watch. Fans of the late Robert B Parker will delight in King City, which has the same great dialogue and nicely judged wry humour....A sit-down, straight-through read. Superb."
—Zoe Sharp, author of Hard Knocks
"With Lee Goldberg's King City you get suspense, romance, humor and shoot-em-up outlaw justice. Picture a modern day High Noon with an incorruptible cop, Tom Wade, putting it all on the line in a town without pity."
—Joseph Wambaugh, bestselling author of The Blue Knight and The Onion Field
"Because of his recent television and literary work (15 best-selling novels based on the Monk TV series, as well as scripts for that show and Diagnosis Murder) Lee Goldberg has become something of a specialist at humorous crime. But he's actually a multi-genre man, with sci-fi and, more recently horror (The Dead Man series) as part of his rapidly, one might say even exponentially, expanding oeuvre. This effective, hard-edged, one off thriller is a case in point... Goldberg begins his tale on a moment of high tension... and lets up on the action only to add dimensional detail to the characters and the town he has created. Patrick Lawlor, one of Brilliance Audio's more active readers, understands the need for maintaining a fast, almost breathless pace, but he also knows when to slow things down enough for listeners to share Wade's danger or savor his clever victories."
—Mystery Scene Magazine