L.A. Requiem

L.A. Requiem

Robert Crais / Jun 03, 2020
L A Requiem Robert Crais Free Fall Monkey s Raincoat returns with his eighth Elvis Cole mystery L A Requiem a breakneck caper that leaves the wise cracking detective second guessing himself Cole s partner the
  • Title: L.A. Requiem
  • Author: Robert Crais
  • ISBN: 9780385495837
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Robert Crais Free Fall, Monkey s Raincoat returns with his eighth Elvis Cole mystery, L.A Requiem, a breakneck caper that leaves the wise cracking detective second guessing himself Cole s partner, the tight lipped, charm free Joe Pike, gets a call from his friend Frank Tortilla Garcia Not only is Garcia a wealthy businessman, he s a political heavyweight and fatherRobert Crais Free Fall, Monkey s Raincoat returns with his eighth Elvis Cole mystery, L.A Requiem, a breakneck caper that leaves the wise cracking detective second guessing himself Cole s partner, the tight lipped, charm free Joe Pike, gets a call from his friend Frank Tortilla Garcia Not only is Garcia a wealthy businessman, he s a political heavyweight and father of Karen, Joe s ex Frank sends the gumshoe duo out to find his girl, but the boys are beaten to the punch by the men in blue Karen is found in a park with a bullet in her brain The two stay on the case, but when another murder points to Pike as a suspect, things take a turn for the worse The boys on the force are all too willing to put Pike away he has a checkered past When Cole attempts to save Pike, he finds a lot than he bargained for.
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        Robert Crais is the author of the best selling Elvis Cole novels A native of Louisiana, he grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in a blue collar family of oil refinery workers and police officers He purchased a secondhand paperback of Raymond Chandler s The Little Sister when he was fifteen, which inspired his lifelong love of writing, Los Angeles, and the literature of crime fiction Other literary influences include Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B Parker, and John Steinbeck After years of amateur film making and writing short fiction, he journeyed to Hollywood in 1976 where he quickly found work writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney Lacey, and Miami Vice, as well as numerous series pilots and Movies of the Week for the major networks He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues, but is most proud of his 4 hour NBC miniseries, Cross of Fire, which the New York Times declared A searing and powerful documentation of the Ku Klux Klan s rise to national prominence in the 20s In the mid eighties, feeling constrained by the collaborative working requirements of Hollywood, Crais resigned from a lucrative position as a contract writer and television producer in order to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a novelist His first efforts proved unsuccessful, but upon the death of his father in 1985, Crais was inspired to create Elvis Cole, using elements of his own life as the basis of the story The resulting novel, The Monkey s Raincoat, won the Anthony and Macavity Awards and was nominated for the Edgar Award It has since been selected as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Crais conceived of the novel as a stand alone, but realized that in Elvis Cole he had created an ideal and powerful character through which to comment upon his life and times See the WORKS section for additional titles Elvis Cole s readership and fan base grew with each new book, then skyrocketed in 1999 upon the publication of L A Requiem, which was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller and forever changed the way Crais conceived of and structured his novels In this new way of telling his stories, Crais combined the classic first person narrative of the American detective novel with flashbacks, multiple story lines, multiple points of view, and literary elements to better illuminate his themes Larger and deeper in scope, Publishers Weekly wrote of L A Requiem, Crais has stretched himself the way another Southern California writer Ross Macdonald always tried to do, to write a mystery novel with a solid literary base Booklist added, This is an extraordinary crime novel that should not be pigeonholed by genre The best books always land outside preset boundaries A wonderful experience Crais followed with his first non series novel, Demolition Angel, which was published in 2000 and featured former Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Technician Carol Starkey Starkey has since become a leading character in the Elvis Cole series In 2001, Crais published his second non series novel, Hostage, which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and was a world wide bestseller Additionally, the editors of selected Hostage as the 1 thriller of the year A film adaptation of Hostage was released in 2005, starring Bruce Willis as ex LAPD SWAT negotiator Jeff Talley Elvis Cole returned in 2003 with the publication of The Last Detective, followed by the tenth Elvis Cole novel, The Forgotten Man, in 2005 Both novels explore with increasing depth the natures and characters of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike RC s third stand alone novel, The Two Minute Rule, was published in 2006 The eleventh entry in the Elvis Cole series, The Watchman, will be published sometime in 2007.


    1. I can t stop reading Crais.In this one, our hero Elvis Cole is pulled into a case by long time partner, Joe Pike Despite seven earlier books, this is the first story that has Pike initiating an investigation A very influential and wealthy father of an ex girlfriend wants Joe to find her after she s gone missing Elvis, much to his dismay, is pulled away from helping Lucy settle into her new L.A apartment in order to help his closest friend The Santa Anas continued to pick up as we drove north to [...]

    2. A woman Joe Pike used to be involved with is murdered and her father hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike the find the killer Things take a dark turn when it turns out the woman was murdered by a serial killer and that serial killer appears to be Joe Pike As I ve mentioned in pretty much ever review I ve done for an Elvis Cole book so far, I thought he was a Spenser ripoff for the first book or two This one leaves my initial impression in the dust like a drag racer trying to set a world land speed reco [...]

    3. What s this Joe Pike has a personal history And emotions I was thinking he was just another Bad Ass Friend of the lead in a crime novel Is this even allowed Elvis Cole gets a call from Joe asking for help Elvis is shocked when he finds wealthy Frank Garcia treating Joe like a son and begging him to find his missing daughter Karen Even shocking, Joe used to date Karen and admits to Elvis that he broke her heart The two detectives start looking, but the LAPD quickly shows up to break the news tha [...]

    4. L.A Requiem is a breath of fresh, cordite soaked air for a series that was treading into some seriously stale territory Crais wisely eschews the formula of his last seven books and does not have best bud private eyes Elvis Cole and Joe Pike stumbling into a mystery that eventually leads them into several gunfights with the stereotyped criminal gang of your choice But my bitching aside, the real achievement of this book is that Crais decided it was time to quit playing off how much of a mysteriou [...]

    5. According to a blurb, Robert Crais is the descendant of Ross MacDonald, who is the literary heir to James Cain, who is the direct inheritor of Raymond Chandler s crown People who write reviews professionally love saying shit like that, and as in most cases they are wrong James Ellroy is the heir to Chandler s position Everyone else is just writing some genre fiction, like Chandler Ellroy is creating art of the the dirt and shit that make up Los Angeles I d agree that these other guys maybe are t [...]

    6. While this does provide a nice glimpse into Pikes formative years, a rather muddled, long, drawn out ending fails to enhance this story, almost to the point of depression 6 of 10 stars

    7. My brothers are so cruel All of them have, at one time or another, given me a novel late in a series Doug gave me a Robert Vardeman fantasy novel that was 3 in the series and, naturally, I had to buy the first two and fill out the rest of The Cenotaph Road series James introduced me to Martha Grimes Richard Jury series with Jerusalem Inn somewhere around 5 or 6 And now, my brother David gives me 8 in a series Well, you d better believe I m going to read the first seven and probably any others th [...]

    8. The best novel by Robert Crais that I ve read so far We get background on the stone face behind the shades otherwise known as Joe Pike plus a finely done story that also features Elvis Cole Typically well written although you can easily tell twice near the end of the book who is and isn t going to buy the farm The verbal exchanges between the cops are practically worth the price of the book alone If you haven t read anything previously by the author this is an excellent place to start 4 1 2 star [...]

    9. L.A Requiem is the book in which Robert Crais elevated his game from being simply a great mystery writer to a great writer The previous books in the Elvis Cole series center around wise cracking detective Elvis Cole, a smart, moral guy who solves cases They are usually funny, have good plots and are enjoyable to read L.A Requiem has all of these characteristics, but is a much powerful book than other Crais efforts Like its predecessors, Requiem has a good plot a woman from Elvis partner, Joe Pi [...]

    10. An older Crais that I missed somewhere along the line It was great reading and actually gave the reader some so Joe Pike s background The plot is well constructed and fascinating Cole and Pike are as noir as one could hope The LA cops Robbery Homicide are as difficult and less than likable as one would expect Cole and Pike do solve the case, but how engrossing the process is

    11. Man, this one got really personal for Elvis and Joe and had me on the edge of my seat.Joe gets called into help look for a missing old girlfriend What seems like it will be easy turns into a nightmare for Joe and Elvis by proxy Joe s history growing up is brought out for us to learn why Joe is the way he is His past will have you shaking your head and wondering how Joe is as normal as he is We also get to see Joe as a young cop Through both of these sets of flashbacks you can see Joe s moral cod [...]

    12. An old girlfriend of Joe Pike s is missing, and her father asks Joe and Elvis to help find her She s found dead and the hunt is on This is the tip of an iceberg that adds up to five bodies The question is it a serial killer or murder for a reason All the boy s jobs are dangerous, but Crais ups the ante with jail time for one or both of our heroes a distinct possibility, because of a decades long dispute between Joe and a higher up in the police department.A good buddy story, with Elvis having t [...]

    13. What starts out as a simple missing person s case for private detective Elvis Cole quickly becomes a lot complicated when her body is discovered with no clues as to who committed the crime Asked by the girl s father to investigate, things get distinctly murky when it appears she is the latest victim of a serial killer It doesn t help matters either that the victim is his co detective Joe Pike s ex girlfriend, nor that the police seem determined to obstruct them at every turn.This is the eighth [...]

    14. 4 stars for the Joe parts 2 stars for the Elvis parts Some plot issues were not well thought out.This is book 8 in the Elvis Cole series with two main characters Elvis and Joe Pike The Elvis parts were done in first person I did not care about Elvis The Joe parts were done in third person and were excellent I enjoyed reading about Joe and his back story I would have preferred the entire book be third person.I had a minor problem with two characters Eugene Dirsh and Edward Deej The names were too [...]

    15. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are asked to find Karen Garcia, a former girlfriend of Pike s Her father is concerned, but the police aren t taking him seriously Unfortunately, her body turns up, and Cole and Pike find themselves working the case With Pike s connection to the victim and interacting with his former co workers in the LAPD, the partners find themselves in a tough situation How will the events of the past influence the current investigation I ve long complained that the main characters, esp [...]

    16. Ok, a few rambling thoughts on Robert Crais Who is this guy, where d he come from, how d he get so popular Well the first thing to know is that Crais is not from California at all He is a native of Louisiana, grew up in a blue collar family, and read his first crime novel The Little Sister when he was 15 And that s all it took Chandler gave him his love for writing Other authors that have inspired him were Hammett, Hemingway seems like that s true of all the crime writers , Parker, and Steinbeck [...]

    17. With L.A Requiem, we re about midway through Robert Crais s Elvis Cole detective series This series if you haven t been reading is about the nicest person in the world and his partner, Joe Pike, who is also super pleasant unless you are a bad guy, in which case he might kill you The nicest person in the world happens to be a detective by the name of Elvis Cole, which is an advantageous occupation because it allows him to spread his niceness over the downtrodden and victimized of Las Angeles like [...]

    18. Without wishing to offend either author, LA Requiem reminded a lot of Michael Connelly s LA stories, especially those concerning Harry Bosch The writing style, setting and focus seemed very similar to me LA, Robbery Homicide, serial killer, investigators who are Vietnam vets This is no bad thing as I think both are very fine writers, rather just an observation LA Requiem rattles along at quick, steady pace Crais writes with an assured hand The story is well crafted, with a nice layering of vario [...]

    19. A fine book with appropriately crafted twists The tension of the choice Cole has to make between his partner and friend Pike, and his girlfriend is set up very well The story of murder and the mystery behind it is also quite gripping But there are false tones throughout the book, there are diversions and, most importantly, the resolution, the denouement, is not satisfying or dare I say, believable at all It is like a Tamil movie, all shots fired and the hero gets hit, but still gets up to kill t [...]

    20. Probably my favorite Cole Pike novel to date The detectives are retained by successful businessman whose daughter dated Pike when he was a police officer the daughter is dead and Cole Pike try to find the culprit They stumble onto a serial killer who appears to be killing at random You find out in this book about how Pike became Pike and really, Pike could ve gone either way psychopath or what he is now which is probably close to a psychopath but with good reason In this case Pike is reunited w [...]

    21. Number 8 The first one I read As a stand alone story, its great However, when I went back and read the series, I realized this book is far then a quick ass piece of noir detective fiction This novel brings Joe Pike, Elvis partner and protector, to the fore front His ex girlfriend is murdered, and the leading suspect in none other then Pike himself, which is impossible, as Pike has an airtight alibi when the murder took place Another great example of how Crais can take a near superhuman characte [...]

    22. Elvis Cole is one of those characters that I like I especially love the sarcastic quips that he delivers in the book as he corresponds with the other characters in the book Joe Pike, Elvis partner, is a tough dude who, we find out, has been through quite a lot in his life Now to compound matters one of his exes is murdered and he becomes enwrapped in the plot Now his partner must try to unwind the matter and solve the crime.The result of this book is quite a cliff hanger and the book never truly [...]

    23. This is about the 7th of the series wherein Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are partners in a detective agency It s good that I read this one first, because in it we discover Joe s past that causes him to be what he is There s a faint resemblance between this series and the Parker series, but the action in this one isn t as humorous and the book takes longer to read The funniest biplay was when Cole tells someone to call me Elvis, and the other character says, I don t think I can do that.

    24. A classic One of the finest private eye novels ever written With this novel Robert Crais raised the bar on his mystery crime thrillers to true literature Highly recommended This book is one of the two greatest late twentieth century private eye novels, the other being Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane.

    25. This is the best of the Elvis Cole series by far Robert Crais portrays the dark side of life in sunny California very nicely, and he has developed Elvis Cole into than just a wisecracking tough guy Great plot and great supporting characters, as well And, we finally find out something about Joe Pike I think I m in love, by the way.

    26. The very best crime fiction book I have ever read, and I have read hundreds Only Stiegg Larssens books and possibly John Harts Iron House and The Last Child are in the same stratosphere Don t start it unless you have time to finish

    27. lots of Joe Pike in this one, digging into his back story the usual excellent level of plotting for an Elvis Cole story very good

    28. One of the better Cole Pike novels by Crais A lot of Joe Pike s backstory in brought out in this book Add a very good story and it s another winner from Crais.

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