Highly original Nina Zero is an "ex-con snooping around
celebrity backyards with a camera" in Robert Eversz's terrific
"Burning Garbo". Eversz has a superb
sense of place that's perfectly matched by his plotting and characterization
in a book with action and psychological depth. "Burning Garbo"
is rich, rewarding crime fiction by an author who should be much
// Lev Raphael, Detroit Free Press
Zero's is such a sad, funny, companionable voice, and Eversz's
L.A. is a noir-lover's neon dream…What's most compelling
in Burning Garbo is the way character, whether remaining constant
or changing, both drives the story and is itself a kind of metabolizing,
breathing organism... Eversz's other main character, of course,
is the city of Los Angeles, about which nobody writing today is
as sweetly lethal...
// Richard Lipez, Washington Post
If Nathanael West of "The Day of the Locust" fame had
written mysteries, he might have come up with something as jumpy,
honest and explosive as Eversz's three books about Zero...
// Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune
With plenty of celebrity satire and an ending that confounds expectations,
this is a rollicking ride.
// Publishers Weekly
Burning Garbo is the third book in Robert Eversz' hip series featuring
plucky anti-heroine Nina Zero, and in many respects, it's the
best. The action is nonstop, the Los Angeles images spot on, and
the mood evocative of the noir classics that defined the early
great L.A. crime novels.
// Bruce Tierney, Book Page
(Nina Zero) comes across as the pissed-off, trouble-prone bastard
love child of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and Joan Jett.
Or is it Chrissie Hynde? Or, maybe, Courtney Love? Well, whoever
her mother is, Nina can probably kick your ass. At least, verbally…Nina's
spot-on take on modern life, Southern California style, ties everything
together in Burning Garbo. Her twisted but unflinching observations,
as well as her quips about everything from the nuts-and-bolts
of the dehumanizing L.A. jail system to the chimera of fame and
ego in Hollywood, echo long after you've put this book down...
If Marlowe really was her dad, he'd be proud as hell.
// Kevin Burton Smith, January Magazine
Eversz keeps delivering deft noir touches and explosive action
throughout this latest entry in the tough-girl Nina Zero series.
Eversz is good, wickedly good.
// Fanny Purdue, About.com
The Nina Zero series has become one of my favorites, and I eagerly
anticipate each new release.
// Maddy Van Hertbruggen, I Love
It's a wild ride... Most impressive is that Eversz once again
ties a novel of character to a tightly crafted crime plot without
either losing steam.
// Anthony Neil Smith, Plots With
The beauty of an Eversz story is that he has all the inventiveness
of Dashiel Hammett and Raymond Chandler, but is definitely not
a copycat in either plot or writing style. His writing is as fresh
as the occasional sea breezes that come to clear out the smog
// Eugene Aubrey Stratton, Reviewing