Review: Malibu Burning by Lee Goldberg

Malibu Burning book review.

Publisher’s Description

Hell comes to Southern California every October. It rides in on searing Santa Ana winds that blast at near hurricane force, igniting voracious wildfires. Master thief Danny Cole longs for the flames. A tsunami of fire is exactly what he needs to pull off a daring crime and avenge a fallen friend.

As the most devastating firestorms in Los Angeles’ history scorch the hills of Malibu, relentless arson investigator Walter Sharpe and his wild card of a new partner, Andrew Walker, a former US marshal, suspect that someone set the massive blazes intentionally, a terrifying means to an unknown end.

While the flames rage out of control, Danny pursues his brilliant scheme, unaware that Sharpe and Walker are closing in. But when they all collide in a canyon of fire, everything changes, pitting them against an unexpected enemy within an inescapable inferno.

Malibu Burning Book Review (Thrilling Reads Review)

In “Malibu Burning,” the acclaimed Lee Goldberg introduces us to the first installment of a riveting new series. The narrative follows Walter Sharpe, an arson investigator from the LA County Sheriff’s Department, and his unpredictable new sidekick, Andrew Walker, a former US marshal. Together, they delve into the infamous wildfires that ravaged the Malibu hills, suspecting the dark hand of an arsonist behind the blaze.

Readers are effortlessly drawn into vividly painted scenes in this fast-paced thriller. Goldberg’s portrayal of Los Angeles County and Southern California is so tangible, they practically breathe life, emerging as integral characters seamlessly woven into the narrative.

There are flashback scenes, so jumping between the past and present can be jarring, but Lee Goldberg is a pro on how he handles them.

Once again, Lee Goldberg solidifies his position among the elite thriller writers with “Malibu Burning.” A must-read for fans of the genre! “Malibu Burning” is a great start to the series and I’m looking forward to the second book next year.

Kindly be aware that Thrilling Reads was provided with an advance review copy at no cost by the publisher. This, however, has no bearing on our book reviews. More info on my review process.

Author Interview

I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Lee Goldberg twice on my podcast. Check out those interviews here.

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It's safe to say that Alan Petersen loves mystery and thriller books. He writes high-octane thrillers, hosts the MEET THE THRILLER AUTHOR podcast, and reviews thriller/mystery books.

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