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Carol Starkey is struggling to pick up the pieces of her former life as L.A.'s finest bomb squad technician. Fueled with liberal doses of alcohol and Tagamet, she's doing time as a Detective-2 with LAPD's Criminal Conspiracy Section. Three years have passed since the event that haunts her - a detonation that killed her partner and lover, David "Sugar" Boudreaux. Fragments from the same explosion sliced through Starkey's protective Kevlar, scarred her beyond repair, and left her outside looking in at the life she left behind. Now she can't bear to look in the mirror, and hasn't been with another man since Sugar left her bed the morning they rolled out to the bomb site. When a seemingly innocuous bomb call turns into a devastating murder scene, Carol catches the case and embarks on an investigation of a series of explosions that reveal intentions far more disturbing that one-shot acts of anarchy. The bombs are designed expressly to kill bomb technicians, and as the one tech who survived the deadliest of blasts, Carol is in for the most intense fight of her life.
©2000 Robert Crais; (P)2000 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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"A flammable techno-thriller with the kind of force that knocks out windows¿" (The New York Times Book Review)

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  • Bob
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • 03-25-03

Made to be a movie

If you're looking for a nice light read that's well-written, this is just the book for you. Just don't expect to be dazzled. It should be no surprise at all that this book is being made into a movie.

There is one serious flaw here, though. None of the characters are very likable. You go through the entire book, and don't really care much whether the main character lives or dies.

If you're new to Robert Crais, I'd strongly suggest that you wait to read this book until you've finished the Elvis Cole series. Go check out 'The Monkey's Raincoat'.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Love the story and the reading. Thanks.

Love the story, specialy the thrill and the reading was good . Thanks. Icelandic girl

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good stand alone book

I enjoy reading the Evis and Pike books this is a stand alone - Carol the main character has a cameo in one of the Evis books. It was good to hear her story, She almost died in a bomb -- the story is fast paced and keeps you guessing more than 3 stars but not quite 4

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Well developed characters. Moves quickly. Couldn't figure out ending. What a mystery should be.

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