Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
good as the first Elvis
Elvis was very loose in this first one
Absolutely not, he is just awful and this was a fun start to a GREAT series.
I did as this was the first of the series, I have them all, CD/cassette and some downloads.
Elvis and Pike are a great listen. Some readers just Ok, but the dialogue makes up for their reading style.
the best reader for series is James Daniels, so get those stories first. Yes Elvis evolutes as RC writes. My all time fave is the Watchman owned in MP3 and downloaded. I have re listened to this one many times as it features my all time fave character Pike. RC tried to write more Pike stories, but he made the mistake of reading his 2nd full length Pike story, then after awful reviews of his reading, he turns over the 3 Pike book to Luke Daniels, another flop. Hint: Go Back to What Works
Simply horrible, wrong voice for this type of book and character! Need someone with a deeper voice!!!
I have read and enjoyed other books by Crais, but I just didn't love this one. I did finish the book, but mainly because I was out of credits and waiting on new ones.
I feel like I wasted 8 hours of my life on this book. The constant 'He said' and 'She said' made for a horrible audio read. The author forced the narrator the speak in monotone since the book is filled with He/She saids. I bought this book bc I absolutely and completely LOVED Robert Crais' book Suspect. I will not be going any further in this series.
Like??What? What I read is obvious..I am a computer programmer from before we had computers (APL anyone?) I just saw a coyote in our canyon
I've read most t of the Spenser books; this is a change. two new guys to learn to like, well plus a few peripheral characters who I'm guessing will return. Nice to have it set in LA for a change... I will be buying more... I like this world so far.
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.