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By Wayne on 05-05-18
Excellent pulp fiction!
The 1994 movie Pulp Fiction defined a hard hitting, and often humorous, crime fiction genre that was most typical 20 to 40 years earlier. Lee Goldberg is a throwback to that era. The book is also written almost like a script for a movie the opening episode of a TV series. Goldberg is certainly well known for his humorous crime novels, but King City has little of humor although it does tend toward the outrageous. In summary, King City is a good, quick listen with strong narration. One should re=member that Lee Goldberg puts out massive volumes of writing for the book, TV, and movie markets. His works are not for book snobs. In Marxist language he writes for the proletariat rather than the bourgeoisie.
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By Mark Schafer on 05-05-14
First time listening to an audiobook
Would you consider the audio edition of King City to be better than the print version?
I have not read the print version yet
What was one of the most memorable moments of King City?
Tough call here, I would say the whole story was memorable.
What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Patrick was a very good narrator, he put feeling into the story along with changing his voice for each character. Wasn't like listening to a computerized voice
Patrick made the story come alive.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laughed at times
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By Dubi on 07-13-18
Fresh Deja Vu
Just as Assault on Precinct 13 is Rio Bravo transposed from the Old West to South Central, just as Fort Apache The Bronx is an update of Fort Apache the western, so too is King City an example of a Western trope -- new sheriff trying to clean up lawless frontier town -- retold in a contemporary inner city. In this case, a cross between Seattle and Spokane, where disgraced cop Tom Wade (disgraced because he exposed police corruption) has to tame crime-ridden Darwin Gardens before Darwin Gardens eats him up.
Too many times, in too many books and movies and TV shows, it's deja vu all over again, with the same old characters faced with the same old problems coming up with the same old solutions. King City is exactly that -- stock characters, standard plot, expected resolutions. But wait -- something different is going on here:
It's called good writing. Despite coming straight out of central casting, Wade and his two deputies, his few allies, and his many antagonists all seem like real people, with distinct characters, whom you can empathize with. The world building -- in this case, a contemporary big city with a historical arc, political environment, and socio-economic structure -- is well planned. And the familiar plot lines seem fresh to us because they're fresh to the characters.
Most of all, King City benefits from Lee Goldberg's straight-ahead storytelling. A veteran of TV writing (Monk), numerous literary collaborations (Janet Evanovich, Dead Man series), and dozens of novels, Goldberg is so prolific that he has no choice but to be straightforward and concise. The action and character building starts immediately, with a midnight phone call, and dialogue carries it along, in classic show-don't-tell mode. All of which makes for excellent writing and a quick satisfying listen, despite the unshakable familiarity of it all.