|Coming September 1, 2015|
BOOKLIST, City of Echoes
STARRED REVIEW BY DON CRINKLAW
"Know what a Chelsea Grin is? Readers who stay with Ellis’ powerhouse of a novel are going to find out, and their response to this incredible bit of cruelty is sure to be mixed. Most will side with Matt Jones, Ellis’ hard-bitten L.A. homicide detective, who thought he’d seen everything. Even he is 'unable to comprehend how anyone, no matter what their psychological issues . . . could do this to any living thing.'”
Jones is a bystander to the crime that ignites the plot: a teacher’s affair with his student that ends horribly. Why do the arresting officers start dying? Why do murders continue after the presumed killer is caught? Characters multiply and the plot grows ever more complex, but Ellis keeps everything in focus while building a staggering forward momentum. Then a tsunami of revelations and reversals begins, each put forth with stunning emotional force as everything Jones—and the reader—knew for sure is turned on its head. Awesome, as the kids say, but not necessarily right for late-night reading. Not with those Chelsea Grins."
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 and the characters in this novel would be an experience I would never forget.
With a Starred Review from Booklist we're off to a great start. When the novel comes out this September, I hope you will love reading it as much as I did writing it. This is a thriller, pure and simple, a really scary story.