They killed the only one who ever cared and now they're going to pay. A reckoning has come to the City of Angels...Karen Garcia is missing and her father doesn't trust the cops - he wants someone he knows on the case. So he enlists the help of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. It seems that Karen is the latest victim of a distinctive serial killer and the ...
They killed the only one who ever cared and now they're going to pay. A reckoning has come to the City of Angels...Karen Garcia is missing and her father doesn't trust the cops - he wants someone he knows on the case. So he enlists the help of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. It seems that Karen is the latest victim of a distinctive serial killer and the police are determined to pin her death, and four others, on the witness who found her body. Cole doesn't believe the man has the guts to murder, and with his partner and the police at each other's throats, it's down to him to find the connection that will reveal the killer. But nailing the murderer means choosing between the two people he cares most about...
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When readers step aboard this book, they should strap themselves in place; this story moves. The pace is almost relentless; the novel careens around hairpin turns and then rotates in a new direction. This is the first time I've read a book about Joe Pike and Elvis (yeah, really) Cole. They are two long-term friends who happen to run a detective agency together.
In this book, the author shares the backstory of Joe Pike (This is the 8th novel about these detectives). To call Joe edgy is an understatement; he scared one detective so badly that he had a smelly accident in front of his peers. Harvey Krantz never forgot and neither did anyone else in LAPD. He hates Joe.
The story starts when the Tortilla King (a powerful Hispanic businessman) calls Joe and asks for help finding his daughter, Karen Garcia. Joe and Karen dated years before and Mr. Garcia trusts Joe, but not LAPD. Unfortunately, Karen's body is soon found near the Hollywood Reservoir, where she had been jogging.
When Karen's death becomes linked to other murders, Krantz jails Joe for killing the main suspect in the murders. This book is so well-done that readers will be hard-pressed to figure out the killer(s) before Robert Crais wants us to know.
There is considerable emotion in this story; at the beginning Joe Pike seems to be a stoic and Elvis hides what he's feeling with throwaway one-liners. But the reader learns the dark secrets of what makes Joe tick and Elvis lets his laid-back humor slip (because of the seriousness of the issues). It is telling how committed each man is to covering the other one's back; they are a great team.
There are some great side characters in this book; John Chen (a James Bond wannabe) and tough cop Samantha Dolan. There's a lot of snappy dialogue, mostly from Elvis Cole. This is a great book.
1. The Monkey's Raincoat (1987)
2. Stalking the Angel (1988)
3. Lullaby Town (1992)
4. Free Fall (1993)
5. Voodoo River (1995)
6. Sunset Express (1996)
7. Indigo Slam (1997)
8. L. A. Requiem (1999)
Nov 1, 2007
Elvis and Joe are a Hit
This is one of my absolute favorite authors and L.A. Requiem is probably my favorite book of the Elvis/Joe series. Robert Crais's perspective twist in this novel is unique and effective. And his incredible wit keeps me coming back for more. While I anticipate his new works, L.A. Requiem is definitely one I enjoy re-reading on a regular basis.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-04-12 In his eighth book about wise-cracking Los Angeles private detective Elvis Cole, Crais has expanded his narrative reach and broadened his characters' horizons to produce a mature work that deserves to move him up a notch or two?into Parker or Connelly country. He's done this by focusing on Joe Pike, Cole's tough and hitherto totally enigmatic partner. It's Pike who breaks in on Cole's reunion with Lucy Chenier, his lawyer/broadcaster lover who has just moved from New Orleans, to ask for Elvis's help in tracking down the missing daughter of a rich and powerful Hispanic businessman. When the girl turns up murdered in Griffith Park, it's Pike who gives a nerdy medical examiner valuable assistance; and when it turns out that the girl's death is linked to several other murders, it's Pike who is charged with killing the chief suspect. Through flashbacks to Joe's past life as an abused child, a highly motivated teenage soldier and an L.A. cop fighting to keep a corrupt partner from destroying his family, we learn more about Pike than we did in the seven previous Cole books. This new focus also allows Crais to keep Elvis's often annoying throwaway lines to a minimum?although more pruning could have been done with no loss of flavor. The book's scope is wide enough to include many other memorable characters, especially a rough-edged, vulnerable police officer named Samantha Dolan, plus a choice of plausible villains. There may be one too many metaphoric descriptions attempting to link aspects of the L.A. landscape with the moods and deeds of its inhabitants, but overall Crais seems to have successfully stretched himself the way another Southern California writer?Ross Macdonald?always tried to do, to write a mystery novel with a solid literary base. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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