City of Fire - A Book Review | Kylie Purtell - Capturing Life

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

City of Fire - A Book Review


City of Fire by Robert Ellis, Published by Pan Macmillan, ISBN: 9780230016880, Paperback, Aust RRP: $32.95

I finished reading this about 2 months ago and I have been really slack in posting my reviews.

I've been reading so many books lately (averaging about 1 and a half to 2 books a week) that it's hard to keep track of them all! Thank God for Shelfari, or i would have no idea what I'd read or how many books I'd read since I started my 200 books by June 2012 in June 2009.

What B.o.B says -
When a businessman arrives home to find his wife in bed, carved from belly to throat with a very sharp knife, the elite Robbery-Homicide division of the LAPD responds in full force and Detective Lena Gamble prepares for her first major case...At first all fingers point towards the victim's husband, but best-case scenarios only happen in films and it soon transpires that this murder is one of a series of brutal crimes against women and the work of a killer dubbed 'Romeo' by the ravenous Hollywood media...Lena is all too aware of the peril of the public eye - she has found herself in it before, on the night of her rock-star brother's unsolved murder five years ago. And now she risks a far more dangerous fame as a cloud of conspiracy descends on her investigation and she edges into Romeo's deadly line of sight...Whilst a massive forest fire blankets the city, the murderous trail moves far too close to home and past and present horros seem to be colliding in a single nightmare. Lena must catch this psychopath before she becomes his next victim...

This was another of those $5 buys from Target, that i grabbed as i walked past.

It's the usual crime-fiction here, although, it did keep me intrigued and wanting answers. I liked the main character Lena, and I liked the way the author was subtle with ehr treatment of Lena's brothers fame and mysterious death.

The only thing I didn't get was the fire. It really doesn't have any role or bearing on the story, and to me it just seemed like perhaps the author had come up with a title before he wrote the book and needed something to tie the title and the story together.

Not a bad read, especially for $5. A good solid 'in-between' read.

Half-A-Thumbs Up.

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