Robert Crais in top form Mar 11, 2010
I have to say that this is possibly my favorite Robert Crais book (even though at first I was disappointed to find that it did not involve Elvis and Joe). Max Holman turned out to be such a sympathetic character, that I could barely wait to find out if he would succeed at turning his life around, after wasting his young years as a "wild child". The loss of his son just as Max is being released from prison, hoping to start some kind of relationship with the young man, is immensely poignant. It almost seems that it would be impossible for him to turn his back on the too-easy slide back into drugs, drink and criminal behavior. How he solves his son's murder, and the clever way he arranges for the unveiling of the unsuspected evil-doer, makes for a gripping read. Oh, and the growing affection between him and former FBI special agent Katherine Pollard didn't hurt, either. This is a terrific book!