©1993 Robert Crais; (P)2000 BBC Audiobooks
Not too bad
I care about the characters in this series that's what compels me
No as far as I'm concerned he's Elvis Cole
"Detective thriller at its best"
I bought this novel in total ignorance of the Author and his detective, Elvis Cole. I had run out of Michael Connelly novels so I bought ?Free Fall? because of an Audible?s special ?try it and see? offer. Eight hours of novel for less than a tenner! I was going on holiday, liked detective thrillers and needed something interesting for the flight. I was very impressed, maybe not at first but by the start of the third chapter I knew it was very good.
If you like detective stories you will love this. A previous reviewer advised this as a Mickey Spillane style novel, yes it is, but the quality of the writing makes The Fall so much more. The prose, in the first person, is well crafted. It is a fast rolling story, exciting and gripping. There are shocks and violent moments when you will draw in your breath. There is wonderful humour; the adjectival one liners will have you chuckling in no time. The narrator is perfect and a master of his craft. An earlier reviewer suggests not and prefers the writers own voice. I have never heard the author read one of his books but if he is as half good as William Roberts I for one will be very surprised. He also seemed to be smiling all the while he spoke and his clever characterisation ensured that you were never confused as to who was talking. Perhaps one of the best things about returning from holiday was my discovery that I had at least twelve other novels by Robert Crais to catch up on. Oh happy day.
"Give it a go"
I enjoyed this book. I have a have to admit that I like Robert Crais as a writer and Elvis Cole is my favourites detective. This is one of Elvis Cole?s best stories.
Crais captures the atmosphere of the LA, a city he obviously loves, better than anyone I can think of. I never had an urge to visit LA until I read Crais but I do now.
Elvis and his partner Pike make an odd couple but the chemistry works. The back stories give a feeling of real people in a real city despite the thriller storyline. The book has Crais?s usual fast pace and easy style.
The only down side is that I don?t much like the narrator, Crais has done some of his books himself which I do prefer.
Crais is not high culture but I would recommend any of his work. He has been touted as the next generation of hard bitten detective writers in the Mickey Spillane style, a reputation I think he deserves. If that?s not your thing don?t let it put you off, I think he is better than that.
Free Fall is a good place to enter Elvis?s world.
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