by Lee Goldberg

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg, comes an explosive, page-turning investigative thriller – with a mind-blowing twist.

There’s a saying in Barstow, California, a decaying city in the scorching Mojave desert . . .

The Interstate here only goes in one direction: Away.

But it’s the only place where ex-LAPD detective Beth McDade, after a staggering fall from grace, could get another badge . . . and a shot at redemption.

Over a century ago, and just a few miles further into the bleak landscape, a desperate stranger ended up in Calico, a struggling mining town, also hoping for a second chance.

His fate, all those years ago, and hers today are linked when Beth investigates an old skeleton dug up in a shallow, sandy grave . . . and also tries to identity a vagrant run-over by a distracted motorhome driver during a lightning storm.

Every disturbing clue she finds, every shocking discovery she makes, force Beth to confront her own troubled past…and a past that’s not her own…until it all smashes together in a revelation that could change the world.


“In Calico, Lee Goldberg seamlessly blends a present-day police procedural with a Western from the 1880s. The results are a genre-bending, gripping read”

#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben

“A superb twin-track thriller featuring constant intrigue and a huge secret - could be Lee Goldberg’s best ever”

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

“A mind-bending thriller unlike anything I have read before. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough”

New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author Linwood Barclay

“If you have time for only one mystery, one Western, and one SF this year, this will ding all three targets”

Kirkus Reviews

“Goldberg’s plots are always first-rate, but this one is especially suspenseful and surprising”


“An entertaining story”

Library Journal

“Goldberg interweaves two storylines into a remarkably unconventional crime novel that is warm, thrilling, and fun to read”

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

“A riveting mystery. . .Goldberg expertly paces the narrative, ensuring continuous engagement until the thrilling conclusion”

Mystery & Suspense Magazine

“Goldberg has crafted a page-turning novel that has surprises up to the final page. Calico is arguably one of his best”


“Lee Goldberg has crafted a tale that is as engrossing and inventive as anything you'll read this year”

Best Thriller Books

“Something altogether new, radical and exciting”

Paperback Warrior

“A tour de force of a novel. The authenticity is overwhelming, the writing is taut, and the mystery is thoroughly engrossing”

James Robert Daniels, author of The Comanche Kid, a Spur Award finalist for Best Western Novel

“One of the most compelling novels I’ve read in a long time. Great characters, a vivid historical setting, and intriguing plot twists had me staying up late to finish it. Goldberg always delivers the goods, and Calico is something special”

James Reasoner, Spur-Award finalist and author of more than 350 westerns

“A two-fisted western mystery with a compelling heroine in Beth McDade. If you like the Yellowstone series and its spinoffs, you'll love Calico!"”

Peter Brandvold, multiple Spur Award finalist and Western Fictioneers Lifetime Achievement Award honoree

“Lee Goldberg delivers with the unapologetically savvy Beth McDade, a detective unafraid of following the dead bodies and the mystery surrounding them. Calico couples history with good old fashioned detective work”

Yasmin Angoe, award-winning author of the Nena Knight series

Calico is stunningly original – a magical mixture of a murder mystery and an old-fashioned Western, set in the California desert. It’s also a heartwarming, epic story of one family that spans the centuries. Read it today – you won’t soon forget it!”

Matt Witten, author of Killer Story

Lee Goldberg

Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including Lost Hills, the Ian Ludlow trilogy, fifteen Monk mysteries, and five internationally bestselling Fox & O’Hare books co-written with Janet Evanovich. He has also written and/or produced many TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder, SeaQuest, and Monk, and is the co-creator of the hit Hallmark movie series Mystery 101. As an international television consultant, he has advised networks and studios in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, China, Sweden, and the Netherlands on the creation, writing, and production of episodic television series. He is also co-founder of the publishing company Brash Books.

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Calico by Lee Goldberg is available in the following formats

Ebook97814483101427th November 2023N/A320$14.99
Ebook97814483101427th November 2023N/A320£12.99
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