Thursday, October 22, 2015

History Corner / Book Review: The Last Good Place by Robin Burcell

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from brash Books, via NetGalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Robin Burcell uses her unparalleled experience to continue Carolyn Weston’s groundbreaking series of books, which were the basis for the hit TV show "The Streets of San Francisco." 

The Last Good Place cover


Sgt. Al Krug and his younger, college-educated partner Casey Kellog are investigating a string of strangulation killings when another victim is found at the Presidio…but a surprising, violent incident at the crime scene makes them wonder if everything is what it seems. The two miss-matched cops, with sharply conflicting approaches to detective work, are under intense pressure to get results. It’s a race-against-the-clock investigation that propels them into the deadly intersection of politics, real estate, media and vice… the fertile, fog-shrouded killing field of a ruthless murderer. 


You can always tell when an author REALLY knows their stuff, so to speak, and this book is a perfect case of 'YES, she does!".  Fans of the old TV show will have a sense of deja vu, as Robin so easily steps in and continues the series, yet brings a modern touch to it, to update it, yet keep its true essence. You will read it and see the TV series in your head, which means she has done her job! It is classic police procedural, in the perfect setting, and really shows why the series was the basis for 'cop-buddy' series and movies, and why they work so well. This is a classic mystery, that will leave the reader guessing wrongly, and then seeing the clues for what they are. A real page turner, be sure to pick this one up, if you like authentic mysteries that could be ripped from the head lines!

About the Author: 

Robin Burcell, an FBI-trained forensic artist, worked in law enforcement for nearly three decades as a police officer, detective and hostage negotiator. Her thriller about an FBI forensic artist, FACE OF A KILLER, debuted November 2008 with a starred review from Library Journal. THE KILL ORDER was named in Library Journals Best Books of 2014 in Thrillers. She is the two-time Anthony Award-winning author of four previous novels featuring SFPD Homicide Inspector Kate Gillespie: Every Move She Makes, Fatal Truth, Deadly Legacy and Cold Case. You can visit her on Facebook, Twitter, and her website at:

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