Malibu Burning


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$28.99  $26.96
Thomas & Mercer
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5.75 X 8.35 X 1.18 inches | 0.97 pounds

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About the Author

Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including Lost Hills, the Ian Ludlow trilogy (True Fiction, Killer Thriller and Fake Truth), fifteen Monk mysteries, and five internationally bestselling Fox & O'Hare books (The Heist, The Chase, The Job, The Scam, and The Pursuit) co-written with Janet Evanovich. He has also written and/or produced many TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder, SeaQuest, and Monk, and is the co-creator of the hit Hallmark movie series Mystery 101. As an international television consultant, he has advised networks and studios in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, China, Sweden, and the Netherlands on the creation, writing, and production of episodic television series. He is also co-founder of the publishing company Brash Books ( You can find more information about Lee and his work at


Praise for Lee Goldberg

Malibu Burning

"The author of the Eve Ronin mysteries returns with a fast-paced, over-the-top caper that entertains while keeping readers guessing." --Library Journal (starred review)

"Goldberg returns to the wildfire he memorably chronicled in Lost Hills (2020) from a strikingly new angle....A businesslike thriller that shows how rewarding it can be to revisit the same story from a new point of view." --Kirkus Reviews

"Goldberg's well-drawn characters will keep readers rooting for both crooks and cops, and he hangs everyone's fates on a clever, complicated con. The result is as explosive as a wildfire." --Publishers Weekly

"Action-packed and captivating, Malibu Burning is a scorching hot and fast-moving thriller that will have you sweating as if you're in the middle of a five-alarm fire. Once again, Lee Goldberg delivers a fast-paced, entertaining novel with well-constructed characters and an intriguing plot..." --Best Thriller Books

"Both fans and newcomers to Goldberg's work will enjoy the fast-moving, at times terrifying, tale and its close look at firefighting and arson-investigation techniques." --FirstCLUE

"Hilarious and touching, exciting and endearing. Highly recommended." --Deadly Pleasures

"Lee Goldberg is one of the best thriller authors in the business and proves it again with Malibu Burning. He keeps things racing along at such a pace, and in such smooth prose, that it's almost impossible to stop reading in this novel." --Rough Edges

"If Malibu Burning was a wine, we'd describe it as rich and full-bodied, with tasty top notes of humor and light-heartedness, a robust blend of experience infused with enormous heart." --The Thriller Zone

"A scorching hot thriller that delivers on all the heat. Fast paced, the plot moves relentlessly to an unexpected climax." --Montecito Journal

"Malibu Burning is a blistering thrill ride full of Southern California thieves, cops, and firefighters, all facing high stakes and imminent danger. Superbly researched and told, fast-paced, and downright fun, this is Lee Goldberg at his best!" --Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Gray Man series

"By turns tense and rambunctious, wildly entertaining, and breakneck-paced, Lee Goldberg's splendid Malibu Burning is pure storytelling pleasure from beginning to end." --Megan Abbott, Edgar Award-, Anthony Award-, Thriller Award-, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize-winning author of The Turnout

"Malibu Burning is classic Lee Goldberg at the top of his game: a fast-paced, funny, and deeply satisfying page-turner." --Jess Lourey, Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Quarry Girls

"An inventive, twisty, and funny caper from one of crime writing's true pros. Elmore Leonard and Donald Westlake would've loved this wild heist." --Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of Robert B. Parker's Bye Bye Baby and The Heathens

"This is a book I couldn't put down. Lee Goldberg is a master when it comes to building tension and writing heart-pounding action scenes. Malibu Burning is a roundhouse kick of a thriller, a true nail-biting race against time." --Simon Gervais, former RCMP counterterrorism officer and author of The Last Protector and Robert Ludlum's The Blackbriar Genesis


"Bestseller Goldberg's strong fourth Eve Ronin mystery...[has] assured prose [that] matches the tight plot." --Publishers Weekly

"Goldberg's compelling follow-up to Gated Prey is a fast-paced, riveting police procedural influenced by actual events in California. A character-driven series entry that skillfully depicts Hollywood corruption." --Library Journal (starred review)

"A beautifully cinematic novelist who strikes a precise balance between darkness and humor." --Bookmarks magazine

"A tense, gritty, and engaging novel with wit, suspense, action, and some great twists." --Mystery & Suspense Magazine

"Murder, politics, and deception in the heart of Hollywood...oh my! Movieland brings the heat and packs a punch like a shotgun blast to the face." --Steve Netter, Best Thriller Books

"Well-written, page-turning pacing and relatable characters make this a must-read series." --J. Todd Wilkins, Best Thriller Books

"The fourth book in Lee Goldberg's splendidly compelling Eve Ronin series." --Mystery Scene magazine

"An intelligently written series with memorable characters and intriguing plots. Lee Goldberg is one of those authors with natural-born storytelling gifts." --Deadly Pleasures

"It's an entertaining and twisty tale of murder and long-held secrets in a picturesque portion of Southern California." --Bookgasm

"The fourth book in Lee Goldberg's series is his most ambitious and best realized yet...Movieland is crime writing of the highest order. Goldberg's style touches on both Michael Connelly and Robert Crais, in whose company he now squarely belongs." --Providence Journal

"Movieland, Lee Goldberg's fourth novel featuring Ronin, is every bit as good as the first three. The characters, including victims, suspects, and an assortment of lazy, hardworking, honest, and corrupt cops, are quirky and well developed. The depiction of police procedures feels authentic. The writing is vivid and precise. And with startling twists around every corner, the suspenseful tale unfolds at a furious pace." --Associated Press

"Goldberg's work conjures up the same authenticity and mood as Michael Connelly's Bosch novels...Movieland is a must-read for anyone who enjoys compelling crime fiction with a strong sense of place." --Crime Fiction Lover

"Movieland is a fast-paced mystery with interesting and well-developed characters and plenty of twists and turns. If this book and this series aren't on your radar yet, they should be!" --Kings River Life Magazine

"Totally loved Lee Goldberg's new Eve Ronin book, Movieland. This series just keeps getting better." --Nick Petrie, Thriller Award-winning author of the Peter Ash series

"Lee is fantastic at combining clever plotting, humor, and thrills in his stories." --Boyd Morrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"LA noir is real; so is Malibu noir, and no one does it better than Lee Goldberg." --Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

"Finished this on the plane home. Typically classy police procedural from Lee Goldberg--giving Michael Connelly a run for his money." --Ian Rankin

Gated Prey

"The seamy side of California dreaming...Goldberg not only ties up...but links some of Eve's investigations in ways as disturbing as they are surprising." --Kirkus Reviews

"Lively descriptive prose enhances the tight plot of this episodic crime novel, which reads like a TV show in narrative form. Columbo fans will have fun." --Publishers Weekly

"A great series...Eve Ronin continues to dazzle and show her gritty side as she progresses in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department." --Mystery & Suspense Magazine

"Goldberg finds the perfect balance of treachery and resolve in the strong female character of Eve Ronin. She is a force to be reckoned with that all criminals will hate to come face-to-face with and one that is deserving of the big screen." --Chris Miller, Best Thriller Books

"Violent crimes and desperate criminals and homicide detectives, oh my! Lee Goldberg delivers an intriguing, fast-paced, satisfying novel in Gated Prey." --Steve Netter, Best Thriller Books

"This is going to be a must-read series for me year after year. Eve is such a badass character who will stop at nothing to see that justice is done." --Todd Wilkins, Best Thriller Books

"Lee Goldberg aims high and hits the mark in Gated Prey...Goldberg is every bit the equal of Michael Connelly when it comes to pulling no punches and packing a wallop on every page. Superb reading entertainment." --Providence Journal

"Another suspenseful, fast-paced yarn with engaging characters." --Associated Press

"Gated Prey begins, moves, and ends at the speed of a bullet. Goldberg has a knack for adding subtle character nuances into his series, and here we find Eve and partner Duncan Pavone more complex than ever." --Mountain Times

"I whipped my head back and forth reading Gated Prey. So twisty, so funny, and so LA--a few of my favorite things. After zooming through these pages, I'll ride shotgun with Lee any day!" --Rachel Howzell Hall, bestselling author of And Now She's Gone

Bone Canyon

A Mystery and Suspense Magazine 2021 Best Book of the Year Selection

"Lee Goldberg proves again that he is a master storyteller with this piece. His ability to develop strong plots and use a fast-paced narrative keeps the reader on their toes as things progress. Poignant characters also help keep things enthralling until the final reveal for the attentive reader." --Mystery & Suspense Magazine

"Goldberg follows Lost Hills with a riveting, intense story. Readers of Karin Slaughter or Michael Connelly will want to try this." --Library Journal (starred review)

"Goldberg knows how to keep the pages turning." --Publishers Weekly

"Lee Goldberg puts the pro in police procedural. Bone Canyon is fresh, sharp, and absorbing. Give me more Eve Ronin, ASAP." --Meg Gardiner, international bestselling author

"Wow--what a novel! It is wonderful in so many ways. I could not put it down. Bone Canyon is wrenching and harrowing, full of wicked twists. Lee Goldberg captures the magic and danger of the Santa Monica Mountains and the predators who prowl them. Detective Eve Ronin takes on forgotten victims, fights for them, and nearly loses everything in the process. She's a riveting character, and I can't wait for her next case." --Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

"Bone Canyon is a propulsive procedural that provides high thrills in difficult terrain, grappling thoughtfully with sexual violence and police corruption, as well as the minefield of politics and media in Hollywood and suburban Los Angeles. Eve Ronin is a fantastic series lead--stubborn and driven, working twice as hard as her colleagues both to prove her worth and to deliver justice for the dead." --Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay

Lost Hills

"A cop novel so good it makes much of the old guard read like they're going through the motions until they can retire...The real appeal here is Goldberg's lean prose, which imbues just-the-facts procedure with remarkable tension and cranks up to a stunning description of a fire that was like 'Christmas in hell.'" --Booklist

"[The] suspense and drama are guaranteed to keep a reader spellbound." --Authorlink

"An energetic, resourceful procedural starring a heroine who deserves a series of her own." --Kirkus Reviews

"This nimble, sure-footed series launch from bestseller Goldberg...builds to a thrilling, visually striking climax. Readers will cheer Ronin every step of the way." --Publishers Weekly

"The first book in what promises to be a superb series--it's also that rare novel in which the formulaic elements of mainstream police procedurals share narrative space with a unique female protagonist. All that, and it's also a love letter to the chaos and diversity of California. There are a lot of series out there, but Eve Ronin and Goldberg's fast-paced prose should put this one on the radar of every crime-fiction fan." --National Public Radio

"This sterling thriller is carved straight out of the world of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner...Lost Hills is a book to be found and savored." --BookTrib

"Lost Hills is Lee Goldberg at his best. Inspired by the real-world grit and glitz of LA County crime, this book takes no prisoners. And neither does Eve Ronin. Take a ride with her and you'll find yourself with a heroine for the ages. And you'll be left hoping for more." --Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Lost Hills is what you get when you polish the police procedural to a shine: a gripping premise, a great twist, fresh spins and knowing winks to the genre conventions, and all the smart, snappy ease of an expert at work." --Tana French, New York Times bestselling author

"Thrills and chills! Lost Hills is the perfect combination of action and suspense, not to mention Eve Ronin is one of the best new female characters in ages. You will race through the pages!" --Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Twenty-four-karat Goldberg--a top-notch procedural that shines like a true gem." --Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire series

"A winner. Packed with procedure, forensics, vivid descriptions, and the right amount of humor. Fervent fans of Connelly and Crais, this is your next read." --Kendra Elliot, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author

"Brilliant! Eve Ronin rocks! With a baffling and brutal case, tight plotting, and a fascinating look at police procedure, Lost Hills is a stunning start to a new detective series. A must-read for crime-fiction fans." --Melinda Leigh, Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author

"A tense, pacy read from one of America's greatest crime and thriller writers." --Garry Disher, international bestselling author and Ned Kelly Award winner