Okay so it's got a lot of profanity and gore in it, these are things I would sorta expect to be involved after the big one hits Los Angeles. The story focuses on Marty, an egotistical, self absorbed movie exec (who it is very easy to not like when you first meet him) and his hike across LA to get home to his wife, surrounded by a broad cast of characters that he encounters along the way after the big one hits. This story is not only about surviving a disaster & the resulting hard choices, it is also about self discovery. On the journey Marty must face himself head on in order to determine who he really is and who he will wind up being when this is over. Sappy in places, crude in others...but it was a quick read that kept me interested.
"Can books be better than TV? You bet they can -- when Lee Goldberg's writing them. Get aboard now for a thrill ride," Lee Child
"Lee Goldberg can plot and write with the best of them," Mystery Scene Magazine
It's one minute after the Big One. Marty Slack, a TV network executive, crawls out from under his Mercedes, parked outside what once was a downtown Los Angeles warehouse, the location for a new TV show. Downtown LA is in ruins. The sky is thick with black smoke. His cell phone is dead. The freeways are rubble. The airport is demolished. Buildings lay across streets like fallen trees. It will be days before help can arrive.
Marty has been expecting this day all his life. He's prepared. In his car are a pair of sturdy walking shoes and a backpack of food, water, and supplies. He knows there is only one thing he can do ... that he must do: get home to his wife Beth, go back to their gated community on the far edge of the San Fernando Valley.
All he has to do is walk. But he will quickly learn that it's not that easy. His dangerous, unpredictable journey home will take him through the different worlds of what was once Los Angeles. Wildfires rage out of control. Flood waters burst through collapsed dams. Natural gas explosions consume neighborhoods. Sinkholes swallow entire buildings. After-shocks rip apart the ground. Looters rampage through the streets.
There's no power. No running water. No order.
Marty Slack thinks he's prepared. He's wrong. Nothing can prepare him for this ordeal, a quest for his family and for his soul, a journey that will test the limits of his endurance and his humanity, a trek from the man he was to the man he can be ... if he can survive The Walk.
The book includes a free bonus excerpts from Lee Goldberg's widely acclaimed crime novel THE MAN WITH THE IRON-ON BADGE and J.A. Konrath's best-selling, kick-ass thriller THE LIST.
"Harrowing and funny..." ?Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
"Lee Goldberg's hard-to-classify but not-be-missed The Walk, set in the aftermath of a major Los Angeles earthquake, pokes fun at the TV industry in the midst of disaster..." ?Jon Breen, The Year In Mystery and Crime Fiction, 2004
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award nominee. His TV writing and/or producing credits include "Hunter," "SeaQuest," "Spenser For Hire," "Diagnosis Murder," "Martial Law" and "Monk." His books include "My Gun Has Bullets," "Man with the Iron-On Badge," "Successful Television Writing," and the "Diagnosis Murder" and "Monk" series of original mystery novels.