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Access to Power [Kindle Edition]

Robert Ellis
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Three weeks before a crucial senatorial election, a man is gunned down execution-style in a D.C. office. Police are quick to call it a case of robbery gone bad, but Frank Miles suspects something far more sinister behind the murder of his business partner.

Washington's most feared image maker, Frank's ruthless media manipulation has earned him countless admirers...and just as many enemies. Now, for the first time in his life, Frank's met his match in a shadowy schemer as clever as himself--but far more lethal.

As the body count rises, Frank becomes the U.S. Attorney's chief suspect--and a cunning killer's next target. From the underground tunnels networking Capitol Hill to the dome high above, his race for the truth--and his life--will bring him face-to-face with power at its deadliest extremes--where winning isn't's the only thing.

With his debut novel, L.A. Times bestselling author Robert Ellis raises the stakes in a heart pounding thriller set in Washington that feels so inside and so twisted it reeks of the darkest truth.

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About the Author

Robert Ellis is the international bestselling author of "Access to Power", "The Dead Room", and the critically acclaimed L.A. Times bestseller "City of Fire", "The Lost Witness", and "Murder Season" - selected as top reads by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, National Public Radio, The Chicago Tribune, The Toronto Sun, The Guardian (UK), The Evening Telegraph (UK), People Magazine, USA Today, and The New York Times. His novels have been translated into more than ten languages, are read in more than thirty-five countries, and are available in audio and all digital formats. Born in Philadelphia, Robert moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a writer, producer, and director in film, television, and advertising. Robert studied writing with Walter Tevis, author of "The Hustler", "The Man Who Fell to Earth", and "The Color of Money." His books have garnered praise from authors as diverse as Janet Evanovich and Michael Connelly. For more information, visit him online at

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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055X09LW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Robert Ellis is the international bestselling author of "Access to Power", "The Dead Room", and the critically acclaimed L.A. Times bestseller "City of Fire", "The Lost Witness," and "Murder Season" - selected as top reads by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, National Public Radio, The Chicago Tribune, The Toronto Sun, The Guardian (UK), The Evening Telegraph (UK), People Magazine, USA Today, and The New York Times. His novels have been translated into more than ten languages, are read in more than thirty-five countries, and are available in audio and all digital formats.

Born in Philadelphia, Robert studied writing with Walter Tevis, author of "The Hustler", "The Man Who Fell to Earth", and "The Color of Money", before moving to Los Angeles where he worked as a writer, producer, and director in film, television, and advertising. Robert's books have garnered praise from authors as diverse as Janet Evanovich and Michael Connelly. For more information, visit him online at


"The new Robert Ellis thriller MURDER SEASON balances the reality of high profile murder cases with a wonderful protagonist -- L.A. police detective Lena Gamble. 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 who keeps triggering surprises at regular intervals. Along the way we meet wonderful characters."

"Robert Ellis is not quite a household name yet, but on the strength of MURDER SEASON, his fifth novel, such a destiny seems inevitable. This is a strong, riveting read from beginning to end. Within the space of a few books, Ellis has demonstrated that rare ability to skillfully navigate his readers through a complex plot filled with interesting, dangerous and surprising characters."

"The first chapter in MURDER SEASON is truly masterful, and if I were teaching students a way to write a first chapter that laid in the themes of the book, set a tone, and did it concisely yet beautifully, I think I would use this chapter. Fancy writing shouldn't put you off reading it, however, because to miss this novel would be a crime. And after setting the tone with the first chapter, MURDER SEASON is off and running."

"MURDER SEASON is, at its heart, a red-hot police procedural with lots of twists. Ellis is also wonderful with characters, and he makes you care not only about Lena Gamble, but about several other characters in the book, notably a cop on his way down. Ellis's thoughtful meditations on what's right and what's wrong make MURDER SEASON a standout."

"Ellis's Lena Gamble is one character readers cannot get enough of. We want more."



"MURDER SEASON will sweep through your reading hours like a raging, out of control forest fire. It roars with suspense and growls with danger--and the unexpected and clever conclusion will leave you with your mouth hanging open in shock. You might just need to be put on oxygen after reading this one."

"Ellis's style is mostly straight-ahead and to-the-point, with some noticeably impressionistic passages that open and close the novel. Yet, at every moment when a conclusion seems obvious, Ellis tosses in twists and surprises that propel the story to different levels, keeping us guessing until the final page."

"The combination of unanticipated revelations and the effectively portrayed sense of utter alienation that eats away at Gamble's confidence make MURDER SEASON the most intense and haunting entry of the series to date."


"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."

"Fans of Michael Connelly and T. Jefferson Parker will relish Ellis' second crackling thriller featuring Hollywood robbery-homicide detective Lena Gamble. Ellis (City of Fire, 2007) serves up a killer crime tale with riveting characters and relentless twists."

"Certain powerful and corrupt individuals, some of them with the LAPD, arrange an efficient murder. Then, curiously, the department assigns the case to a detective whom they think will mess up the investigation. Two problems emerge: Robbery-Homicide Detective Lena Gamble (City of Fire) has no intention of failing, and there is an unknown witness helping her. Doggedly, Lena cuts through all the corruption, defies her superiors' orders, and, of course, puts herself in danger repeatedly. Ellis's elaborate puzzle is a nail-biter to the final page. Great LA settings enhance this high-speed thriller. Recommended for all popular collections."

"Ellis writes well and has a good sense of pace and timing. Once you start "The Lost Witness," you'll stay with it through those zigs and zags. And even when you finish the book, it'll spring up like a side effect each time you see those pharmaceutical commercials on the network evening news."

"Ellis piles on the Hollywood atmosphere and procedural detail, and the end revelation is expertly timed and genuinely shocking."

"The Lost Witness is a tough thriller that makes Ellis a name to watch."

"The Lost Witness is another gripping story by a writer who knows the seamy L.A. underworld well."

"City of Fire, the first in the Lena Gamble series, was good, but this second installment, The Lost Witness, is better. Nothing is as it seems in this unputdownable thriller which stars a woman of uncommon courage."

"Our staff is very much in agreement that THE LOST WITNESS may very well be one of the best thrillers that you will read in 2009."

"One of the first things noticed when reading Ellis´s latest (The Lost Witness), much like his first, is the realistic and fantastic job he does with his approach to this high octane tale from a female´s perspective. With not too much, and not too little, his creation of a female heroine comes off with just the right amount of bravado and sensitivity to convince even the most discerning of readers. And to top that off, while the story starts off with an even and steady tone, its steady but ever-increasing pace heads towards the explosive ending like a firecracker; one that explodes with more force and surprises than ever expected. And it´s in reaching this unexpected ending and finding out finally who done what and why that makes this read top-notch; there´s much more here than meets the eye. Filled with greed, big money, family loyalty, and things best left to the reader to discover on their own, this is one that comes highly recommended."


"Los Angeles, under a cloud of acrid smoke ... Robert Ellis´s City of Fire is a gripping, spooky crime novel."

"City of Fire is my kind of crime novel. Gritty, tight and assured. 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."

"I just discovered this guy. This book is terrific."

"City of Fire by Robert Ellis is a no-holds-barred, barnburner of a thriller that blends Los Angeles-style crime fiction a la Michael Connelly with pulse-pounding Dean Koontzian psychological suspense. With a Southern California increasingly threatened by Santa Ana-fueled wildfires as backdrop, the emotionally supercharged story line centers on a killer who terrorizes west Los Angeles ... like Connelly's gritty Bosch saga, 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."

"Ellis nicely depicts how the unsolved murder of Lena's musician brother casts a specter over her life and work. But City of Fire is ... about its propulsive plot: the ins and outs of police investigation and how the growing horror of a mad multiple murderer loose on the fiery streets of Los Angeles leads to unexpected decisions, layers of betrayal and a scorcher of an ending."

"Robert Ellis' brisk, complex City of Fire is hot stuff. Ellis excels at vivid writing and the expert plotting keeps the reader off-kilter. Ellis takes the police procedural and makes it a tale of personal corruption and desire, where right and wrong overlap. Here, the answers aren't easy as Lena wonders about 'blowback ... what the truth could do to a soul.' L.A., which is written about so often, seems fresh in the hands of an original storyteller such as Ellis."

"Ellis vividly evokes Hollywood as a place of burning desires, where the boundaries between good and evil are blurred beyond distinction. Ellis's prose is crisp, and his plot moves at a good clip. His characters are credible and complex."

"This potboiler dishes it out. This book is fast. Ellis makes it easy to be terrified. Recommended for popular collections."

"An LAPD detective goes out on an emotional limb chasing a violent serial killer. Lena Gamble and her new partner, Hank Novak, are called to an early morning crime scene in a small house near the Pacific Coast Highway ... A complex portrait of the flawed but righteous Lena by Ellis (The Dead Room, 2002, etc.) makes this sure-footed police procedural something special."

"City of Fire begins like a roller coaster, building tension, anxiety and fear. Then it plunges at full speed, spiraling and twisting through scenes that will have hearts pounding and fingers flying through the pages. But there is no smooth braking to a stop in this book. It careens to the end and then flies off the rail with a shocking twist that will leave readers stunned. Robert Ellis is a master of suspense."

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dubious sort of hero 8 Dec. 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
ACCESS TO POWER is the first book by Robert Ellis, so some things will be forgiven - but not all.
Frank Miles is one of three partners of a Washington, D.C. media-consulting firm heavily involved in the ongoing off-year election campaigns. One of Frank's clients is rich brat Mel Merdock, running for a Virginia U.S. Senate seat against the incumbent, Lou Kay. The Virginia race is taking a normally sleazy course until the night one of Frank's partners, Woody, is murdered in the firm's offices. The reader alone knows from the first bullet that the killer is Raymond, but is left with Frank to discover the motive and Raymond's employer. Frank's management of Mel's campaign becomes increasingly manic and disjointed as he delves into Woody's killing in the face of police complacency and a rash of additional bodies hitting the pavement.
I was taught long ago that the necessary elements in a work of fiction are a protagonist, an antagonist, and a conflict between the two. Although everything else is window dressing, common sense suggests that the author make the protagonist at least reasonably heroic in the sympathies of the reader. And what is Frank? He's a disinformation artist that manipulates the media in any way possible, using whatever blend of fact and fiction works, to bamboozle the electorate into voting for his candidate over the other guy. Now, maybe I'm an old-fashioned troglodyte, but is this the 21st century's idea of heroic? Who would admire such a political pimp other than other media consultants and the politicians he serves? Darned if I know. And that's why it was hard for me to care about Miles and his predicaments at any point in this thriller. Had he been gunned down by the Bad Guy, I might have even cracked a smile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High suspense book 16 Jun. 2012
By Perfeq
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I found Robert Ellis quite by chance when I got my Kindle a few months ago as one of his books was on the free list and had amazing reviews (The Dead Room). I loved that book so much I went out and bought this one and was not disappointed. The suspense kept me reading even when I really had to get on and go somewhere else - I kept trying to find excuses to sit down and pick the book up again.
If these two books are anything to go by Ellis books should not be missed and are a must for those who enjoy writers like Lee Child.Persuader (Jack Reacher)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 27 Feb. 2015
By marilyn
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This is the first book I've read from this author. Very smooth flow, plenty of twists and turns. Exciting, highly recommended. Showing the dark side of Washington political campaigning. thriller. Fantastic read, very hard to put down. Will certainly be adding this author to my favourite author list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 10 Oct. 2013
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This was a highly entertaining book, fast paced with plenty of twists and turns. A genuine page turner that keeps up the energy throughout. I enjoyed it so much that as soon as I finished I purchased his next book. The best recommendation I have had in a while.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Access to Power 19 Jun. 2015
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I did not really find this believable. The fact that there was a serial killer running wild yet no one seem to be aware of him till the end stretched credibility.The main character had little warmth and the story was somewhat predictable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner 1 Dec. 2012
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The action keeps you enthralled from page 1 to the final page. I would have read it from beginning to end in one go if my Kindle's battery had lasted the pace. A must read for thriller enthusiasts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Access To Power ... Robert Ellis 27 April 2014
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Not my usual taste in books ... politics .... but this was a good political thriller. A fast moving plot that kept me interested throughout .... a good holiday read. Recommended :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner 1 April 2013
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I was pleasantly pleased with my decision to stay with the read after a disappointing start! A racy read and a satisfactory ending gleefully handled and thoroughly enjoyed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
I've no idea whether Washington politics is really like Ellis portrays it, but the world he creates is totally believable and the plot grips from beginning to end.
Published 4 months ago by Step C
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Nail - biting right up to the final page. An excellent read. Thoroughly enjoyable. On to find another by this author.
Published 6 months ago by S Cobbett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
High paced political thriller
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good well written story
Love this authors books, have read them all, Good page turner, clever writer, highly recommend
Published 9 months ago by Dougal
3.0 out of 5 stars Access to power
Sleazy world of American politics. Brought to bear. Effective storyline with strong players. I enjoyed this book and would probably read more by this author.
Published 12 months ago by J. Watkins
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
His other work is much better
Published 12 months ago by Duchess89
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The second book by Robert Ellis, and the same enjoyment. This author keeps it going all the way through out.: the
Published 13 months ago by david morton
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely constructed
Access to Power by Robert Ellis. This book is well paced with a good plot and is certainly worth the money.
Published 20 months ago by Jeff Gough
5.0 out of 5 stars Access to Power
As always Robert Ellis delivers a great read with realistic dialogue a good plot and some really nice touches that leave you wanting more.
Published on 1 July 2013 by PCGreenhalgh
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