When the prologue makes me hold my breath, and the first chapter keeps me on the edge of my seat, I know I can expect a well thought out thriller. Great narrator too!
Crais introduces us to a new hero in this book-a very likable 32 year old LAPD policeman, He and his partner, Stephanie, stumble upon a car accident and violent altercation on a quiet street. In trying to intervene Stephanie is killed, and Scott is severely wounded.
Scott eventually gets a new partner- a four legged one. It's hard to make a dog one of the central characters in any book, but Crais does it beautifully. The dog, Maggie, and Scott become a K9 team. Both horribly wounded in the line of duty, they are both written off as "damaged goods" - an evaluation that Scott and Maggie prove to be wrong as they depend upon each other in the search for those who killed Stephanie.
I learned a lot from this book about the care, concern, and respect for K9 dogs by fellow officers--and a lot about the training and close bonds that are formed. They are amazing animals.
A very worthy read by Robert Crais!
I really like this series. Great character development, witty and well written.
This book starts out with a gripping storyline that made me want to listen straight through. However, about 3/4 into it, the chase scenes started. Everybody wanted to get Marco for a potential reward, and he seemingly had no place to hide. There were different groups hunting him around every corner of the city, and his escapes were nothing less than remarkable. These chase and escape episodes I thought were really overdone and I got tired of them to the point of using the fast-forward button through some.
The underlying story is very intriguing and I enjoyed the book overall. Of course the narration is first rate--Graeme Malcolm is perfect for this series.
To tell the truth, at first I didn't think I was going to like this book--and I was surprised because I have loved all Nesbo's previous novels. It started out kind of slow, but interesting--just didn't grab me at the beginning--which did happen with The Snowman and The Leopard. However, just as I was about to put it away for the night, WHAM---it takes off and never stops. I ended up listening to it for hours. A fast paced, entertaining, and intelligent thriller, it may be Jo Nesbo's best yet.
The main plot is woven in and out with several sub-plots, and plenty of surprising twists. Even though Harry is now a former police officer, he comes back from Hong Kong to help Oleg, the son of his long time love interest, Rakel. Oleg has been arrested for murder, but Harry is convinced he is innocent. It becomes a dangerous investigation that pulls him into the violent and gritty drug world in Oslo. An extremely desirable new drug, "violin", is being sold on the streets - and some people will do anything to get it. We are used to Harry getting into situations that leave him bloody, bruised, and mangled, and this novel is no different. The "cringe factor" is definitely present.
Well worth the credit. You won't be disappointed-but you WILL be left with a lot to think about. I didn't see the surprise end coming--can't wait to see what happens in the next book.