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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This was a thrill ride that kept you guessing without contrived plot twists. It's longer than the usual book in this series, but that's because you get more background detail on Joe Pike.
Joe often appears as a "Deus Ex Machismo" which can make him rather one dimensional. He gets a nice treatment here without slowing down the story and it still feels like an Elvis Cole book.
The performance is not as good as James Daniels (who has the proper amount of snark in his voice for a wise guy like Elvis.) This narrator is more 40's noir which doesn't work as well.
You could jump into this without reading the prior books (like most in this series) and get good feel for the author's style.
Yes. It was extremely well-written and performed. The characters were fully-developed.
Joe Pike - he's awesome and dangerous
He brings life to Elivis and Joe to a point you feel you know them
Yes - and I came close.
The story and characters are great. The recording seemed to go in and out and was not as well recorded by the company that creates the recording. I think my other problem with the recording is that Ron McLarty does not do Elvis as well as others have done.
Ron Mc Larty made this book very difficult to listen to. He only did a few voices. Making many conversation very difficult to follow even conversation between male and female characters..
I am a long haul owner operator truck driver, listening to audio books has been a salvation for me.
I Loved this book, Robert Crais is becoming one of my favorite authors. This story has is a thriller, with so many dry humor points that made me laugh out loud, it was a joy to listen to.
Ron Mclarty narrates a lot of the books I have, he's got a great voice for the male charterers, but as in all the other titles, he has a female counter part than does the female characters voices, but in this book, its just him. I have to say I know why he usually has a female partner. if you can over look that most the women in this book sound just like the men, then you will truly enjoy it. I love Ron Mclarty's narrations, he's one of the best, so I hate to say anything remotely negative about him.
All in all its a great book!!
This is a brilliant detective story with all the ingredients you need; multiple murders, love, hate, douche bags and heroes - of every calibre. This was my first by Robert Crais but I've already picked up the next novel in the series and I can't wait to get it started.
What do you say about Ron McLarty? For me he's The Narrator against whom all others are measured - and they all invariably come out by the short end of the stick. This is a story that suits him perfectly. His calm voice with just the right degree of subtle variations make the story come to life.
I'd recommend this novel to anyone in for a good crime novel with all the tweaks that'll turn you into an addicted listener.
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.
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