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The Last Good Place

Book 4, Al Krug & Casey Kellog

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New York Times bestselling author Robin Burcell has worked as a cop, hostage negotiator, and an FBI-trained, forensic artist. She brings that unparalleled experience to her continuation of Carolyn Weston’s groundbreaking series of books, the basis for the legendary TV show The Streets of San Francisco.

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.

"Robin Burcell breathes new life into the police procedural. Her clear love and understanding of Carolyn Weston’s original characters and their dynamics make this return to the streets of San Francisco a complex, compelling, and ultimately satisfying tale. Great work by a great writer." Paul Bishop, former LAPD homicide detective and the author of Lie Catchers

"A whip-smart, fast-paced tale with more twists and turns than a San Francisco street, The Last Good Place is a terrific read." Alison Gaylin, USA Today Bestselling Author

"A fabulous reboot of a beloved classic. With smart, clever writing and an elegant plot, Robin Burcell has nailed it." -J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of What Lies Behind

"A twisty mystery worthy of the iconic team of Krug & Kellog. The streets of San Francisco come alive in this new installment. A definite winner!"- Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award winning author of Murder on Bamboo Lane 

"Talk about a blast from the of The Streets of San Francisco will love The Last Good Place...Burcell, a former cop herself, treats us to snappy squad-room dialogue but also takes time to highlight the complications of each detective's personal life." Mystery Scene

"This is a fun, well-plotted police procedural that delves into the inner workings of a police department and its detectives. Readers may be reminded of Ed McBain, the master of building relationships between officers, utilizing black-humor banter, and keeping his novels timeless," Kings River Life Magazine

"Burcell has always brought a cop’s sensibilities and knowledge to her fiction, as well as a talent for suspense-building. And it’s no less true in The Last Good Place, a craftily constructed procedural." The Rap Sheet

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 14, 2015 – In this prosaic revival of Carolyn Weston's 1970s series (Poor, Poor Ophelia, etc.) from Burcell (The Kill Order), old-school cop Sgt. Al Krug and his partner, hotshot rookie Sgt. Casey Kellog, investigate the murder of Trudy Salvatori, who was attacked and strangled while jogging on San Francisco's Presidio Promenade trail. Trudy's best friend and neighbor, Marcie Valentine, was also jogging the trail a short ways behind her and is among the first to come across her body. The case at first appears to be the work of a serial killer dubbed the Landmark Strangler, but doubts quickly arise. Most of the plodding plot centers on the muddled relationships among the Salvatoris (Trudy and husband Tony), the Valentines , real estate agent Bev Farland, and Trudy's boss, Congressman Parnell. Fans of The Streets of San Francisco, the TV series adapted from Weston's series starring Karl Malden and Michael Douglas, will best appreciate this bland effort.

Customer Reviews

A Great Story

I approached this book with no expectations, finding out later about its pedigree. It is simply a great story. The interaction between the old street-wise detective and the younger college-educated detective added interest and kept the reader interested. Subplots on many levels made for an interesting and engrossing read. I finished the book in one setting. I couldn't put it down. Although many clues appeared along the way, the ending was both surprising and satisfying. The story is as much about individual development as it is about solving murder mysteries. I finished with the hope I would be seeing more of Al Krug and Casey Kellog.

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The Last Good Place
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Police Procedural
  • Published: Nov 03, 2015
  • Publisher: Brash Books
  • Seller: Brash Books
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 4, Al Krug & Casey Kellog
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