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L. A. Requiem (1999)

av Robert Crais

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Serier: Elvis Cole (8)

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1,825359,163 (4.03)28
Fiction. Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:Terrific entertainment . . . A powerful portrait of Los Angeles in our time: swift, colorful, gripping, a real knockout.Dean Koontz

The day starts like any other in L.A. The sun burns hot as the Santa Ana winds blow ash from mountain fires to coat the glittering city. But for private investigator Joe Pike, the city will never be the same again. His ex-lover, Karen Garcia, is dead, brutally murdered with a gun shot to the head.

Now Karen's powerful father calls on Pike (a former cop) and his partner, Elvis Cole, to keep an eye on the LAPD as they search for his daughter's killerbecause in the luminous City of Angels, everyone has secrets, and even the mighty blue have something to hide. But what starts as a little procedural hand-holding turns into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. For a dark web of conspiracy threatens to destroy Pike and Cole's twelve-year friendshipif not their lives. And L.A. just might be singing their dirge.

Praise for L.A. Requiem

One of the best crime novels I've ever read. Absolutely terrific!David Baldacci

Darker, denser, deeper, and more satisfying than anything hes written before.The Denver Post

[A] whodunit with salsa and soul . . . [Crais] keeps his plot pounding along.People.
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Interesting look into Joe Pike's past. Also this is why I hate reading books out of order, now the stuff that happens between Elvis and Lucy at the end of book 9 make a little more sense, even if I still don't really like it. Took way too long to write my review, but if you don't know by now that I love Elvis and Joe, you haven't been paying attention! ( )
  MrMet | Apr 28, 2023 |
You wouldn't know Pike and Cole are the good guys the way the Robbery-Homocide cops, particularly, 'Pants' Krantz treat them. L.A. Requiem is a quick,'tough male' type mystery set in Los Angeles.

Crais has a hard time with female characters; making them a combination of smart, tough, angry, sexy. Women seem to exist simply to provide sex or to be manipulated and disrespected by men. Frustrating.

Plot was weak.
  Bookish59 | Mar 23, 2023 |
Fieldnotes:
Laurel Canyon, Contemporary (p.1999)

1 Wise-ass Private Detective
1 Taciturn Former Cop / Military Man
1 Missing Ex-Girlfriend
1 Rich Man Pulling Strings

1 Extremely Hostile Robbery/Homicide Detective
2 Doctored Reports
1 Serial Killer
1 Impostor

1 Hot Cop Stuck on Babysitting Duty
1 Girlfriend Who Moved Across the Country for an Immature Commitment-phobe
Romantic Woes of the Protagonists' Own Making

Flashbacks
1 Dead Former Partner
1 Chaste Mooncalf Lurve
Misplaced Sense of Honor

The Short Version
I liked reading Pike's backstory flashbacks and wish we had gotten to actually work cases with him rather than just moon about with descriptions of his ice-blue eyes.

Elvis Cole remains irritating, stuck in self-inflicted romantic woes because apparently everyone finds him so irresistible as to fall in love with him after 3 meetings (what??) and he doesn't know how to say no to this.

I would watch this as a TV show (where I don't actually expect the motives to make sense since I just look to be entertained for 48 minutes). But as a book, I'm annoyed at the motivations not making a lick of sense and the clues that would have been necessary to play along being misleadingly obscured. ( )
  Caramellunacy | Nov 12, 2022 |
Cuando una antigua amante de Pike aparece asesinada en las colinas de Hollywood, Joe y Elvis inician, a instancias del padre de la víctima, una investigación paralela a la de la policía, lo que levantará las suspicacias de los antiguos compañeros de Pike y acabará por enturbiar el asunto hasta límites insospechados.
  Natt90 | Nov 7, 2022 |
A surprisingly thoughtful police thriller. While the plot itself wasn't particularly original or groundbreaking, the language and character development were. There is a particular subplot with the main character's girlfriend that could have been handled in a black and white/he's right she's wrong way that I was pleasantly surprised to find developed with nuance and heart. This was the first of the series I read (found it in a free library) but it will not be the last. ( )
  Jthierer | Aug 30, 2021 |
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Do you know what love is?/(I would bleed out for you.) --Tattooed Beach Sluts

I've got the whole town under my thumb/and all I've gotta do is keep acting dumb//We say goodbye so very politely/Now say hello to the killer inside me. --MC 900 Ft. Jesus

Mama, Mama, can't you see/What the Marine Corps has done to me?/Made me lean and made me strong/Made me where I can do no wrong. --USMC marching cadence
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Uniformed LAPD Officer Joe Pike could hear the banda music even with the engine idling, the a.c. jacked to meat locker, and the two-way crackling callout codes to other units.
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Fiction. Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:Terrific entertainment . . . A powerful portrait of Los Angeles in our time: swift, colorful, gripping, a real knockout.Dean Koontz

The day starts like any other in L.A. The sun burns hot as the Santa Ana winds blow ash from mountain fires to coat the glittering city. But for private investigator Joe Pike, the city will never be the same again. His ex-lover, Karen Garcia, is dead, brutally murdered with a gun shot to the head.

Now Karen's powerful father calls on Pike (a former cop) and his partner, Elvis Cole, to keep an eye on the LAPD as they search for his daughter's killerbecause in the luminous City of Angels, everyone has secrets, and even the mighty blue have something to hide. But what starts as a little procedural hand-holding turns into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. For a dark web of conspiracy threatens to destroy Pike and Cole's twelve-year friendshipif not their lives. And L.A. just might be singing their dirge.

Praise for L.A. Requiem

One of the best crime novels I've ever read. Absolutely terrific!David Baldacci

Darker, denser, deeper, and more satisfying than anything hes written before.The Denver Post

[A] whodunit with salsa and soul . . . [Crais] keeps his plot pounding along.People.

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