Five minutes after his new client leaves his office, Elvis and his partner, the enigmatic Joe Pike, are hip-deep in a deadly situation as they plummet into a world of South Central gangs, corrupt cops, and conspiracies of silence. And before the case is through, every cop in the LAPD will be gunning for a pair of escaped armed-and-dangerous killers: Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.
Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.
©2008 Robert Crais; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
Noir Elvis Style
The wise-cracking P.I. Elvis Cole and his deadly side kick Joe Pike
This is my first listen to Mel - He pegged Elvis Cole and the tone of the book.
You could break this one up or listen all the way through and come away satisfied.
Yes, there is always a detail missed that you find later.
Poitros and Grimes, they never allow their personal feelings towards Pike to keep them from helping to see justice is done.
Voice and inflection gives realism to varied characters of gender and ethnicity.
Elvis Cole, reserve chute for those of poor judgement.
As much as I would like to see any of the Pike and Cole series go to film, I feel the style, story, and characters would not be done justice much like the works of Stephen King.
Crais is always a good, reliable listen. This reader almost ruins it, but not quite. I dislike buying abridged books, but in this case I wish I'd bought the abridged version with a better reader.
I have listened to all of R.C. books with various narrators and loved them all (included the newest one, The First Rule). I gave lesser stars for this work because the narrator was so awful that I abandoned the audio version for the print version.
Different narrator. Mel Foster would be good for other books, but reduces Joe Pike from everybody's personal hero to just some sidekick with a few guns. And a better-suited narrator would have helped overcome the frustrations brought on by the lead female character.
Rewrite the female lead character to be way less annoying. Being somewhat annoying is part of her charm; her draw. I get that. But when you wish you could reach through the speakers and strangle this lead character that Elvis Cole somehow has any patience for, the whole listening experience is way too frustrating. This aspect made it difficult to develop any connection with some very important characters.
Luke Daniels or Robert Crais. Both do Pike as he was meant to be heard.
None. I don't think there are scenes that detract from the story or slow the pace too much. Along these lines, I never choose an abridged version over an unabridged. I might feel differently about cutting scenes in terms of a 'reading' experience, but not for a 'listening' experience.
Say something about yourself!
Crais was noted as a top writer of crime mysteries, but really he is not in my opinion. This is kind of like a beginners mystery. It's boring and just goes on and on. Now I did get this because I listened to the preview of his new novel on Audible and it sounded really good.
I am a great fan of Robert Crais/Elvis Cole and this is my second audio disappointment. The first book I listened to (The First Rule) was read by the author. Bad choice. This book is narrated by Mel Foster, who is NOT the right voice for the wise-cracking "World's Greatest Detective". I guess I'll stick to print versions of Robert Crais novels from now on.
This was my first Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novel and it will probably be my last. Here is this ultra competent guy, Joe Pike that towards the end of the story apparently messes up so badly several people get killed. I say apparently because there is no explanation as to how it happened. It's as if the author wrote the ending first, couldn't figure out how to have Joe Pike screw up so badly, so he just left that part out.
If, unlike me, you can overlook this one major flaw the book is worth the credit and well paced with good character development.
Mel Foster does a GREAT Elvis Cole and, for as much as Joe Pike speaks, a great Joe. The writing is great, the story is well thought out and fast paced and the narration adds a wonderful dimension to the book. The Detective as Humble, well, not really, well worth the time and a credit for this one.
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