The best crime novel I've listened to in a long, long time. I had to rewind the end twice to be sure I heard right! It was a shocker! In this novel, Harry Hole is every bit the tortured detective with a heart of gold and penchant for self torment. The other characters are also deeply layered. Jo Nesbo eloquently illustrates the thinnest strands of the human heart that seem to tether us to one fate or another. A bad decision, an impulse, such tiny things can have such an effect on our lives. The twists are frequent, and don't fall into the typical cliches that poison so much crime fiction. In retrospect, I could have predicted some of the plot reversals, but an unconscious sense of optimism blinded me to what should have been obvious. The end result was a book that was very tense- when the traps were sprung, I gasped! Listening to the heartbreak that Harry has, and also brings to others, was at times stomach churning.
I love Robin Sachs elegant, tough and exhausted portrayal of the guy whose live is defined by his failures. Infinitely listenable.
Actually, amazingly, Scott Brick would be an upgrade! Joe Pike is like Dirty Harry- a super badass whose patience with lowlife criminals came to an end several decades ago. Ron McLarty perfected the tough guy in LA Requim. So imagine a Dirty Harry movie with Clint Eastwood being replaced by Keanu Reeves circa 1990- Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure-!! Luke Daniels sounds like a teenage surfer boy who is being forced to read his report on the Mayflower in front of the class. High pitched, monotone, very little pause betweem sentences- worst of all-kind of dumb. I can't believe how many narrators this series has used! It ruins the whole book- I found it to be so grating, I couldn't get through the first hour. If this is your first Robert Crais book, it might very well be your last! That is a shame because he is a great writer. His characters are engrossing and the plots are suspenseful. Go for LA Requim instead, and make sure to press the preview button before purchasing any more titles in the series.
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