The book was not up to the standard set by Crais. The narrator's voice was annoying and quite a let down after Mr. Daniels. Even Evis was not up to par. Thank goodness for Pike. I almost gave up on it. I have never considered abandoning a Crais book before this one.
I am glad I did not read this series in order. If I had read this book first, I would have gone no further. Elvis sleeps with a woman, and then with his client, who also happens to be the woman's friend. Good grief! This book has a different narrator than the ones that follow. He makes Elvis sound kind of whiny. But I finally stopped listening when one of the characters screamed a particularly unpleasant obscenity in my ear for the 4th or 5th time in a row. The rest of the series is rather enjoyable. This book is not.
This wasn't a bad story I just got tired of Elvis Cole. Every woman wants him and he is tougher and smarter than everyone else and that was distracting for me.
FORTY SOMETHING THUG FOR HIRE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD BOOK.
THIS IS THE ONE TO TURN TO WHEN ROBERT PARKER IS BUSY DOING THINGS OTHER THAN SPENSER AND HAWK. CRAIS BRINGS THAT SAME FEEL OF MALE BONDING TO THE MYSTERY STORY WITH HIS CHARACTERS OF ELVIS COLE AND JOE PIKE. HELL, THEY MAY EVEN BE A MORE LETHAL PAIRING THAN HAWK AND SPENSER. THE STORY CARRIES ALL THE ACTION, HUMOR, AND SELF DEPRECATING ASIDES THAT FANS OF THE PRIVATE EYE STORY HAVE COME TO EXPECT. WHICH ISN'T TO SAY THAT CRAIS IS DOING AN IMMITATION, BECAUSE HE IS NOT. HE HAS A STYLE AND VOICE THAT IS ALL HIS OWN. AND PATRICK LAWLOR ELEVATES THE NARRATIVE WITH HIS UNIQUE READING. HIS VOICE IS PERFECTLY SUITED TO THE MATERIAL. HE KNOWS WHEN TO CAMP IT UP FOR THE HUMOROUS ASIDES, AND WHEN TO KEEP IT REAL FOR THE TENDER MOMENTS. THIS ONE'S A CONTENDER FOR TOP TEN LISTENS OF THE YEAR.
Born to read
I just love Evis Cole and Joe Pike
this is the first one and like all Cole/Pike books it was excellent
Not so much
Not especially realistic
Its a toss up....no
Social worker becomes private eye. Partner is a sociopathic killer. Enough said.
Say something about yourself!
This is probably my favorite mystery series of all time and I just loved the narration from Patrick G. Lawlor. The narrators change quite a bit in this series, but this first book and narrator is my favorite. As far as the story itself, this is a great intro to the Elvis Cole / Joe Pike series and has an original villian (not a cookie cutter bad guy).
It may have been a good story but the recording was so bad I couldn't get through it.
This book ranks among the better books I've read in this genre. I inhale these crime/legal/spy thrillers -- Connelly, Lehane, Rankin, Silva, Turow, LeCarre etc. And I include Crais in that group. I especially enjoy Crais because he writes about my city, Los Angeles. I thought I'd circle back and listen to the first book in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series. It's good, not spectacular. What I liked was getting the unvarnished Elvis (*Spoiler Alert* he actually has sex with two women) and more of the Pike backstory. More killing by our heroes than in the later books too. It reads fresh.
Parts of the ending are a little hard to believe.
Almost anyone. Actually, the biggest downside of this audio book was the narrator and the poor sound quality. The narrator does a poor man's Joe Mantegna and I kept thinking maybe I was in the middle of a Robert Parker Spenser novel.
No, although I did do the last 90 minutes in one sitting.
I purchased this book on one of Audibles' recommended lists... and we listened during a long car trip. This style is very remeniscent to the Robert B Parker Spencer series, interspersing humor and wisecracking with the more serious content. Not overly graphic... but a good plot to keep one wanting to hear more.
The narration was very good and it made the listening quite smooth and easy to follow the characters.