Gated Prey by Lee Goldberg


Author: Lee Goldberg
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Series: Eve Ronin #3

Format: Paperback, 268 pages
Genre: Murder-Mystery/Thriller

Back Cover Blurb

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective Eve Ronin and her soon-to-retire partner, Duncan Pavone, are running a 24-7 sting in a guard-gated enclave of palatial homes in Calabasas. Their luxury McMansion is a honey trap, set to lure in the violent home invaders terrorizing the community. The trap works, leaving three intruders dead, a body count that nearly includes Eve and Duncan.

Eve’s bosses are eager to declare the case closed, but there are too many unanswered questions for her to let go. Was the trap actually for her, bloody payback for Eve’s very public takedown of a clique of corrupt deputies? Or is there an even deadlier secret lurking behind those opulent gates? Eve’s refusal to back down and her relentless quest for the truth make her both the hunter…and the prey.

What I Thought

GATED PREY by Lee Goldberg is the third book in the Eve Ronin police procedural and crime thriller series and is set in and near Calabasas, California. This whole series has been great reading from the get go. And while it’s true, each book could be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading them in sequence. More so because of the growth we see in the two main characters of Eve and her partner, Pavone.

These two characters are so well written, and the snap-back dialogue between them is half of what makes reading this series so damn good. Goldberg really knows his characters nearly as well as his setting. So that each and every outing, this one included, feels like you on a backseat ride-along with the two detectives.

The secondary character are well sketched out, and all feel familiar without being stereotypical. Which allows the reader to focus on our pair as they do their best to solve not one but two crimes. Though, at the time, neither us our Ronin and Pavone are aware that being called to a stillbirth will turn out to be a trip down a very dark alley.

Well researched, well written, with plenty of twists and turns, subterfuge, and character dilemmas, make reading Gated Prey yet another thrilling, fast-paced, high-energy, rollercoaster read.

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