Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Robert Ellis: CITY OF ECHOES News -- Happy Publication Day!


Robert Ellis

CITY OF ECHOES is an epic thriller that introduces readers to LAPD Homicide Detective, Matt Jones, on the first night of his first murder case. A man has been gunned down in a parking lot off Hollywood Boulevard. At a glance, the bullet-riddled body appears to be the work of a serial robber who's been haunting the Strip for months. The crime is so grisly, the identity of the victim so outrageous, that Jones and his partner, Denny Cabrera, jump into the investigation faster than they should. Nothing about the direction they're taking is even close to safe. As Jones uncovers evidence linking the crime to a brutal, ritualized murder that occurred eighteen months ago, he begins to suspect that there's more going on beneath the surface, and that he and his partner are in too deep to turn back or escape.

Detective Matt Jones, Book 1

CITY OF ECHOES is the best novel I have ever written. It's also the most personal novel I have ever written. I feel so lucky to have met these characters and to have witnessed their thoughts and actions and the things they said. With a Starred Review from Booklist we were off to a great start. In August, Amazon announced that CITY OF ECHOES had been selected into the Kindle First Program. CITY OF ECHOES  was one of six books and the only mystery, and this is a huge honor. Now, finally, the most important day of all, is finally here. I can't wait for you to read this twisted story! I can't tell you how jazzed I am!


If you've read CITY OF ECHOES, and you liked it, then I'm hoping you'll take a few moments to share your thoughts with others. Writing a review and posting it on Amazon is absolutely the best way to help an author spread the word. A reader review is easy to write and can be as long or short as you like. Whether you post three words, three sentences, or three paragraphs, what matters is that you made the effort and shared your view on what has become my favorite novel so far!


I sensed that there was something different about CITY OF ECHOES while I was researching the novel. But it really hit home when I finished writing the second chapter. I knew that this one would be special. I also knew that meeting LAPD Detective Matt Jones would be an experience I'd never forget.

Publication Day is finally here! I hope you love reading CITY OF ECHOES as much as I loved writing it. This is an epic thriller, pure and simple, and a really scary story!

Sleep Loose,

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Robert Ellis

As most of my readers already know, I used to have a very close relationship with music. I played rhythm guitar in a number of garage bands, and while in college, was lucky enough to manage the kitchen at a nightclub called The Main Point in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. It was while working at The Main Point that I got to hang out with rock, blues and jazz legends like Muddy Waters, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Al Di Meola. I love to put what I'm listening to in my novels, and have chosen pieces that sync up with the emotions of the moment. If my books were films, you might find the song mentioned in the story on the soundtrack of the movie as well. I also very much enjoy discovering new works, at least to me, like Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters doing BOBBY'S BOP in the second Lena Gamble novel, THE LOST WITNESS. BOBBY'S BOP, from the album HOPE RADIO, was the perfect song for the moment.

David Gilmour LIVE in Gdansk
September 1, 2015
In CITY OF ECHOES there is only one song played in the entire novel. I can't really explain why only one cut turned up, but it's an extremely special moment. The song is something we've all heard many times before, COMFORTABLY NUMB by Pink Floyd. Only this cut is not performed by the entire band. It's David Gilmour on his original black Stratocaster performing LIVE at the Gdansk Shipyard in Poland to commemorate the anniversary of the revolution. It is the first time any work by Pink Floyd has been accompanied by a full orchestra, in this case the Polish Baltic Philharmonic. And it's also, in my opinion, the best version of COMFORTABLY NUMB ever performed. Of keen interest, this was recorded in 2006 before an audience of 50,000 people. Notice that most, if not all, are young.

CITY OF ECHOES will be out on September 1, 2015. Until then, hope you enjoy listening to this remarkable version of a classic song.

Sleep Loose,