The Last Good Place

The Last Good Place

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by Robin Burcell

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Robin Burcell has worked as a cop, hostage negotiator, and as an FBI-trained, forensic artist . She's also the author of award-winning thrillers. Now she uses that 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."

Sgt. Al Krug and his younger,


Robin Burcell has worked as a cop, hostage negotiator, and as an FBI-trained, forensic artist . She's also the author of award-winning thrillers. Now she uses that 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."

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 has expertly updated the Krug & Kellogg series for old and new readers alike. She knows her stuff and puts it to good use in this entertaining and authentic police procedural," Alafair Burke- New York Times Bestselling Author of ALL DAY AND A NIGHT.

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

"Burcell brilliantly revisits Weston's cop duo and delivers a modern, dark, twisting tale of murder and deception with a puzzle that will keep you guessing until the end," Jamie Freveletti, Author of Robert Ludlum's The Geneva Strategy

"THE LAST GOOD PLACE is a fabulous reboot of a beloved classic. With smart, clever writing and an elegant plot, Robin Burcell has nailed it. All hail the reincarnation of Krug and Kellog," -J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of WHAT LIES BEHIND

"Robin Burcell, both a writing and law enforcement veteran, takes hold of novelist Carolyn Weston's baton to create a twisty mystery worthy of the iconic team's homicide investigation. The streets of San Francisco come alive in this new installment, and I hope that there are more to come. A definite winner!" Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award winner Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award winning author of MURDER ON BAMBOO LANE

"Robin Burcell breathes new life into the Streets of San Francisco in a riveting, edge of your seat thriller," Michelle Gagnon, New York Times Bestselling author of the PERSEFONE trilogy

"With her three decades of law enforcement experience, Robin Burcell has breathed 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, LAPD detective and author of LIE CATCHERS

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Publishers Weekly
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 (Marcie and husband Devin), 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. (Nov.)

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The Last Good Place 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Wow! I really enjoyed reading this book. I haven't seen a single episode of the TV show that I remember and I never picked up any of the original books in the series so this was all new for me. I enjoyed every page of it. I don't read police procedurals very often but every once in a while this kind of book is the perfect choice. This book hooked me right away and I had a very hard time putting it down. I actually ended up reading the entire novel in a single day which is really unusual for me right now. I was impressed by the complexity of the cases in this story. This was a deeply layered story that kept me guessing almost until the very end of the book. The fact that I couldn't figure out the mystery was a huge plus for me. All the pieces to the mystery were there but I just couldn't see how everything would eventually fit together. The story read with the same level of excitement that you would expect in a police drama. I didn't fall in love with any of the characters but they all felt very real to me. Every single character in this story felt authentic which is pretty amazing. All of the characters were somewhat flawed and there were a few individuals that I found to be hard to figure out which added to the appeal for me. The detectives in this story were regular people just trying to piece everything together to stop a criminal and solve a mystery. The writing in this book was very well done. I thought the pacing of the story was excellent with the story progressing at a great pace. I never felt like the story was rushed and there was never any part of the book that seemed too slow. Every scene in the book helped to build the story and the characters. I would highly recommend this book to fans of police procedural novels. This is the first book by Robin Burcell that I have had a chance to read but I do plan to look for some of her other work in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Brash Books via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book! Had enough to keep me guessing but not too busy to make it confusing! Will read more from these talented authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For Mystery lovers this was a wonderful read. Just when you think you know 'Who Done It'', guess again.. The characters are interesting and believable. Complicated plot, yet easy to follow. Quirky at times yet a whopping good story.
JReppy More than 1 year ago
I would give this book 3.5 stars. It was an enjoyable detective novel. The author has created some interesting characters, in particular the grizzled street-smart homicide detective paired with the fast-rising college-educated rookie. The reason I gave it 3.5 stars is that for the first half of the book, it feels like just another detective novel; not much to differentiate it. However, the author redeems herself with lots of twists, turns, and surprises in the latter part of the book. This makes for a more enjoyable read overall. I received a copy of the book from netgalley in exchange for a review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book a lot. There were definitely a lot of suspects and while I figured out who killed Trudy, it was almost at the end of the book. I really liked the characters in the book as well. Although, I was glad when Casey decided to forego the Lieutenant thing and just be a homicide cop. I was really getting tired of all the barbs and the hounding. There were several twists in here that I really liked and did not see coming at all which just made for that much more of an interesting read for me. Unfortunately, I started reading this book too near bedtime and yes, while you were having breakfast this morning, I was reading this book. Ugh, I hate when that happens, but not really, that means it was a great read and I just couldn't put it down!! Thanks to Brash Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for a honest review. I definitely recommend this, but start reading it earlier in the day. Your body will love you for it. HA!
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is really good