L.A. Requiem (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #8)

L.A. Requiem (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #8)

by Robert Crais
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L. A. Requiem (Elvis Cole Series #8) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Ullysses More than 1 year ago
I was starting to get a little disappointed in the Elvis Cole series, something which I always enjoyed, until this book came out. As noted from a review by another person, this book finally gives some insight into the much liked character Joe Pike. I think its success is what prompted Crais to put out his newer novels in which Elvis takes the background and Pike takes the forefront. Either way, if you like the Elvis Cole novels, which I have always found humorous as well as easy page-turners, this one will not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the humor.Great story, but I hope they loose the stupid girl friend, Lucy, in future books. Doland is a much more interesting character for a love interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the read. Felt like it came to a climax before the end of the book though. Was my first time reading this author, but won't be my last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of Joe Pike, this is a must read. I really enjoyed this book in that it tells the story of who Joe is and why. Very good book. Could not put it down.
Kmacard More than 1 year ago
I have read several of the Elvis Cole series and enjoyed them all. But, this one was definitely a cut above the rest. After getting only little glimpses into the Joe Pike character, it was especially nice to learn about his background so you can read about what drives him to be the person he is now. You also find out much more about Elvis Cole and his friendship with Joe. This was a book that, when I was not reading it, I could hardly wait to get back to it and see where it would take me next! That is the yardstick that all books should be measured by and this one met and exceeded that mark. It was a great read and I recommend it to any and all who want an interesting, engaging, hate-to-put-it-down kind of book. I will be rereading it one day soon ...... after I finish the rest of the series, that is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Crais, with his 'L.A. REQUIEM' has broken through the designation of 'genre writer'. With his serial detective Elvis Cole, and even more, with PI Joe Pike, he has created the true existential detective. We crave to learn more about these two men and what has made them what and who they are. Crais, along with Michael Connolly, has gleaned some real insights into this City of the Angels, which is all the more amazing since neither of these men came from Los Angeles. They nevertheless, paint an unforgettable (and accurate) portrait of the heart and soul of the City of Angels and what makes it and its people unique. 'LA REQUIEM' is Crais' master work and is a great mystery to boot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elvis Cole is among the coolest and wisest of all fiction private detectives. In LA Requiem, however, we learn the story of his partner, Joe Pike, who is falsely accused of murder. This is an excellent detective story, but I was captured by the spirit of friendship between the two men. This is perhaps my favorite mystery book of all time.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Finally Time to Learn About Pike One of the complaints I have had about the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike books has been the lack of development of the leads, especially Joe Pike. L. A. Requiem addresses that, giving us background on the PI as we delve into a case that hits close to home for him. It all starts when Elvis and Joe are asked to find a missing woman. It just happens that Karen Garcia and Joe dated years ago when he was still an officer with the LAPD. Karen has only been missing for a day, but her father is certain that something bad has happened to her, and since the police aren’t taking it seriously yet, He wants Elvis and Joe to find her. Unfortunately, the police find her first when someone calls in about a dead body at Lake Hollywood. Since the police didn’t take him seriously before, Karen’s father insists that Elvis and Joe are kept in the loop on the case, and he has the power to make that happen. Naturally, that doesn’t sit well with the police, especially considering the circumstances when Joe left the department. Can the duo gain any trust with the LAPD? Can the two of them solve the case? We know we are in for a Joe centric book from the very first page since it actually starts out with a flashback to a portion of the incident that ended Joe’s LAPD career. Throughout the book, we are treated to glimpses of Joe’s past from various points in his life as well as some scenes from the third person point of view of Joe and others involved in the present day case. Most of the book is still narrated by Elvis in first person, however, complete with his asides and sarcasm. These point of view changes are easily marked, so we can always follow what is happening. Make no mistake about it, this is definitely darker in tone than the normal books I read. We are in full hard boiled mode here. That was something I had to remind myself as I read, especially in the final pages as things really turned dark. Elvis’s humor does lighten things at times, but it is toned down from previous books. In a case of be careful what you wish for, I must admit I was disappointed with Joe’s backstory. It felt too familiar. Yes, the book was written in 1999, so it is close to 20 years old at this point, but I still think that we could have had a few surprises in Joe’s backstory that might still explain why he is the way he is. I definitely felt like we got to know Elvis better as a result of the events in this book, which is good, and the other characters are interesting. The plot started strong and held my attention throughout. However, the climax was rushed with a key piece of the story – the motive – being all but glossed over. Again, the plot suffered from a couple of clichés as well, but again that might be because I’m looking at it with eyes that have seen 20 years more of detective fiction. Meanwhile, a few of the pesky details of the plot get glossed over at the end in a fashion that I didn’t find completely believable and bordered on Crais’s trademark due ex machina. L. A. Requiem is considered one of the highlights of Robert Crais’s career. While I didn’t find it quite as good as others seem to, I certainly enjoyed it and look forward to seeing where these characters go from here.
fabulousgoldfish More than 1 year ago
I recently discovered Robert Crais and I must say he is one of my top 3 favorite authors. LA requiem is my best read so far and the Last detective was equally excellent. I intend to read all of Robert Crais books especially the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series. This book is full of twists and turns that leaves you guessing till the end. Full of suspense that keeps you glued to the pages. Read all of Robert Crais books, you'll be thoroughly entertained.
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1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Fantastic read. Another great novel by Robert Crais. Don't miss this one!!!
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I love the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike books. This one was so good. When is Elvis going to stop pining over Lucy. I get aggravated every time she is written about. She is a snob and not worthy of Cole. I was so hoping Elvis and Samantha were going to get together. Maybe one of these years Crais will write Lucy out and bring in someone fresh for Elvis to be enamored with.
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I recommend this fast paced page turner
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I am new to Robert Crais & Elvis Cole, but now I can't stop reading this great series. Crais writes with humor and empathy, and with each ending leaves me wanting more.
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