Edgar Award nominee Robert Crais’ L.A. Requiem is a gritty, harrowing look into the minds of a serial killer and the men determined to stop him. Elvis Cole and former cop Joe Pike have been partners in a detective agency for 12 years. After an ex-girlfriend of Pike’s disappears, the girl’s father asks them to help the police with the search. When the missing persons case turns into a hunt for a killer who has been stalking victims in Los Angeles, Cole and Pike find themselves battling both a hostile police department and a madman. Ron McLarty’s masterful narration subtly builds a sense of Cole’s and Pike’s growing desperation to find some link between the victims as the body count continues to grow.
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Crais' series keeps getting better, and performance by Ron McClarty is superb! the plot and characters draw you in and you are left feeling better at the end of the book than when you started.
Overall the book very entertaining. Cole and Pike keep the action rolling, that's why the ending came as a bit of disappointment. It kind of just whimpered out. Nonetheless I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one. The narration is excellent.
I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
My top 30.
Samatha Dolan. She was a determined detective.
The eye witness with her buddy Jack.
A great listen with a great but yet surprising ending. The ending being a surprise but yet a little sad. I am glad I chose this one.
I enjoyed learning more about Joe Pike's history. The story kept moving with an interesting conclusion.
Digs into Joe Pike's past...his childhood, why he left L.A.P.D ..even the women in his past, and present life.
Good crime novel, one does not have to had read previous Elivs Cole novels to enjoy his one !
Story delves deep into the underworld of the L.A.P.D. , good cop/bad cop....pecking order, discrimination, morals and revenge. Believable...well maybe that is a little far fetched !
A great listen....narration a plus.....
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike were Private Investigators. Pike used to date a woman, Karen. Her father and Pike had become very good friends. Karen went missing and her father called Pike after a couple of day. Cole was also known and well liked by Karen's father.
Karen's body was found dead by two men while they were taking a walk. The Homicide Division of the LAPD were now in charge. However, Cole and Pike were retained, per Karen's father's request. This being the outcome was due to the fact that the father of Karen was quite an influential man with the LAPD.
The book was a good mystery. The process of finding the killer was exciting. There was an unknown factor that the LAPD did not want the public to know. Cole nor Pike were given a warm welcome to the task force by the LAPD for this reason. Therefore, they had to do a lot of their own investigation without their assistance. However, Cole and a female member of the Homicide Division did eventually, after much effort from Elvis, consent to help. He's quite the romantic.
I gave the narrator, Ron McLarty, only three stars because his interpretation of the female voice was not good. However, this did not cause me not to want to listen.
The characters were well developed. The novel was exciting and I wanted to continue because it held my interest. The story had twists and turns that kept me quite interested. I finished the book in two days.
L.A. Requiem was an easy listen and I would encourage that you purchase the book.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
The story was great and the narrator was great but it was dated and the production suffered from dated technology as well. However...it is worth the listen. The story & plot is full of twists and turns, it's funny and so, so sad. I laughed and even teared up on occasion. Elvis and Joe are brothers to the end and I love that dedication they have for each other. The mystery is unsolvable until the very end and then very surprising. I enjoyed the story but mainly I enjoyed just Elvis and Joe!
Definitely! Elvis and Joe are great together. The kind of bond you can't imagine unless you have.
Elvis and Joe.
The bond between the two
Being in the Military and deployed.....the bond.
Low mark due to narrator. You can hear the salva he smacks while reading
We get to see the back story that makes Joe Pike who he is today. Very interesting to see where he came from and why he is the way he is.
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