Say something about yourself!
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!
This one grabbed me from the beginning. A unique storyline with several sub-plots running concurrently, you have to really pay attention to get all the clues.
These well dressed, polite and charming killers are completely different from what I have come across in other books of this type. He calls her Annabelle and she calls him Mr. Marseille. They have a love of tea parties and beautiful porcelain dolls.
The two detectives assigned to the case have worked together a long time. While Detective Jessica Balzano and Detective Kevin Byrne relentlessly hunt down the killers in the tea party case, Kevin is also following up on a case he had years ago. A woman was convicted of killing a child and will be put to death in less than two days. Kevin is convinced that she killed other children who went missing at the same time, and he wants her to confess to give the families some closure.
There are some bizarre twists to these stories, and I had to go back a few times to re-listen. However, it was due to the complexity of the story, and did not interrupt the flow.
Toward the very end there is some information about the last intended victim. I found myself shaking my head at trying to figure out what this person had to do with anything and how there was a connection to the others. It took awhile, but when it finally hit me I was so impressed with the author--he didn't feel the need to spell it out for us or point us directly at the connection--but gives the reader enough credit to figure it out. Very clever.
I also thought Scott Brick did a very nice job on this one. He didn't overrun the narration with his emotions, and the different characters stood out. Recommended for anyone who likes a good murder mystery.
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.