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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King Cop
Lee Goldberg doesn't waste words in this fast moving crime story so the book is a very easy read. This is good because Sgt. Tom Wade doesn't waste time either although he is slightly delayed with his snappy dialogue, some of which is chuckle aloud stuff.

This is certainly not an in-depth crime procedural but it does entertain and makes you want for more. Even...
Published on 3 Jun 2012 by Michael Watson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Few plot holes. Not especially well written. Funny how the main character just figures crimes out without a hint. Entertaining enough though. However I wouldn't t recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King Cop, 3 Jun 2012
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Michael Watson "skirrow22" (Halifax, England) - See all my reviews
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Lee Goldberg doesn't waste words in this fast moving crime story so the book is a very easy read. This is good because Sgt. Tom Wade doesn't waste time either although he is slightly delayed with his snappy dialogue, some of which is chuckle aloud stuff.

This is certainly not an in-depth crime procedural but it does entertain and makes you want for more. Even worse in this regard is that it's not a lengthy book, something I wish other authors might fancy taking note of but it still manages to hit the spot.

Wade has been demoted (moved laterally according to his bigoted Police Chief) after a spectacular whistle-blowing case leaves him a marked man. Even his wife takes it out of him by pushing a divorce just because he didn't tell her about the case. Mmmm. Anyway, with a couple of rookie cops, he's assigned to one of the worst districts in the city and is soon into action. A legacy of very little law and order soon hits home to the citizens of Darwin Gardens that this is about to be overturned. Within minutes of his arrival he faces down the local thugs, has his car trashed (much to his relief!) and begins to get the girl.

He also gets a dead body stuck in a wreck of a car (not his - car, that is, not body) which starts him on another journey to show the good citizens that there really is a determined police force in their neighbourhood.

In trying to do this, he comes across the fact that, unbeknown to the authorities, a serial killer has been at work, picking off hookers. Because they were junkies and not worth the effort, nothing has been done to determine anything other than to add them to the list of dead bodies regularly found in the slums. Tom has other ideas so his clean up campaign has a lot to do.

With the eager help from the rookies and an ample supply of pancakes from the friendly diner opposite the police station, he begins to make an impact. Relying on his father's home spun philosophy - and his gun to back up the badge - Wade does his job, earns the begrudging respect of the locals and even manages to quell the rampant disregard for the law by the district's Mr. Big (my description, not the author's).

All this in one week with another week to tidy up a few loose ends and the paperwork sorted with HQ and, hey presto, Darwin Gardens takes on a renewed lease of life. Will there be a follow-on? I hope so.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 20 Jan 2014
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Few plot holes. Not especially well written. Funny how the main character just figures crimes out without a hint. Entertaining enough though. However I wouldn't t recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars King city, 24 Nov 2013
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Typical American bang bang rubbish with no plot or sophistication how can the author be considered for any literary award if this is type of writing he turns out
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read, 25 Oct 2013
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Don't judge a book by its cover ,, this book is well worth a read ..I really enjoyed it ..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting crime novel, 22 Sep 2013
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Quite a lot of action and seemed relatively realistic. Main character believable and relationships developed well. All loose ends tied up at the finish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 31 Aug 2013
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If you like Jack Reacher this guy will appeal to you. Always nice to have a champion hero for justice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars loved this book., 29 Aug 2013
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The story characters and pace of this story was thoroughly enjoyable. I am going to look for more from this author right now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short, uncomplicated, but entertaining, 20 Aug 2013
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This was my first Lee Goldberg novel and I enjoyed it. While there is nothing very subtle or complex here the story rattles along at a fair if rather predictable clip. As with most thriller fiction suspension of belief is a prerequisite as the hero discharges his firearm at the drop of a hat and generally runs roughshod over what one would imagine is proper procedure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy read but doesn't challenge on any level., 27 Jun 2012
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There are too many cliches in King City. It's yet another novel featuring a hard boiled detective, Tom Wade, discovering corruption among fellow officers and turning whistle blower. Needless to say the fallout is violence, threats, murder and execution set against a backdrop of suburban squalor.

I'm being critical of the plot because it's all been done before but; it isn't all bad. Some parts of King City I enjoyed particularly the way you're thrown headfirst into the life of the principle character in the opening few pages which makes him feel real from the start.

There's some tension, the characters are well defined and the plot's easy to follow. In fact the whole of King City is quick and easy to read but; it didn't challenge me on any level. I'd guessed the ending well before I got there and I just wasn't thrilled by this short novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 2 July 2014
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A very good read.
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