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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I love the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series. It was hard to take a break from listening to this story. Very supenseful. I did not care for the ending. Overall though it was a great book.
I liked Ron McLarty's tone of voice. He made the story very exciting an suspenseful.
There a few parts of the book that moved me. The bond and friendship that Elvis and Joe have is very moving. They would do anything for each other.
Almost anyone. I was distracted from the story listening to this guys smack his words and breathe hard. Good deep voice but irritating to hear his lack of moisture. It was like watching Marco Rubio give his State of the Union review. Instead of concentrating on the story; I could almost visualize the white gunk forming in the corners of his mouth.
Ever since I was a child, I've been comforted by spoken word and stories . I love Simon Vance's narratives, Anthony Bourdain's humour.
I am brand new to this series and to be frank, picked this one bcause it was the longest!
I can't remember when I have been so interested in a story. The narrator is excellent, and has a variety of different vocal styles to keep things interesting. I loved the character development. The only thing I gotta say...a Puerto Rican accent is NOT like a Mexcian American one. But that's a small indiscretion. Thanks ... I will be picking up some more Joe Pike and company stories.
When you put this all together, it's better than you might think. The story might appear to be far-fetched, but given the current news out of LA about a rogue cop on the rampage, it all becomes more plausible. We get some good back-story on these characters, and they become more than the stereotypical set of action figures. McLarty's narration is solid, and suitably hard boiled for the material. This was my first foray into the works of Robert Crais, and I want to hear more.
Remove the unnecessary horrific language; it was horribly offensive and very pervasive - and I was disappointed with the author 'tricking' us about who the killer was. It made the story line very contrived. His later work I heard first; which let me to this one. The language in that one was not great either but at least it was not littered on almost every other page. Suffice to say, Crais has become a better writer.I could hear the narrator breathing and that really bothered me.
None that jump out at me right now
I haven't read the print edition, so I don't know.
Yes, I was always looking forward to the next time I could listen to the book. The characters were engaging and I cared about what happened to them.
Mr. McLarty did a good job. I could easily distinguish which character was talking. He altered tone, pacing, and timbre to keep the story line going and the listening enjoyable.
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I have always enjoyed the Joe Pike/ Elvis Cole series. Joe Pike's mysterious background and personality have always kept my interest. This book gives a deep look into Joe's background. This book was more serious and lacked a lot of Elvis' usual humor, but it was appropriate to the book.
I have a very fast paced life. Audio books are an awesome alternative for me. Long road trips, working out and housework arn't a bore.
Very enthralling story line. The reader demonstrated a keen ability and added to the overall story. Very well done. This is one I would definitely recommend. Loved the characters!
I would listen again and will listen to other books by this author. The story is gritty but smoothly written and I wanted to find out more about the plot and the characters in the book.
The writing in this book is similar to Michael Connelly in his Harry Bosch series. Harry and Elvis Cole talk about LA and life in general spewing their own brand of philosophy.
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