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Demolition Angel [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert Crais
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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July 2001
“TERRIFIC . . . EXPLOSIVE . . . [A] HIGH POWERED THRILL RIDE.”
The Wall Street Journal

“CRAIS IS AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME, and Demolition Angel delivers the goods. With a bang. . . . It’s Silence of the Lambs meets Speed as down-on-her-luck former bomb-squad ace Carol Starkey plays cat-and-mouse with a serial bomber. . . . Crais knows how to press all the right buttons in keeping the story line taut and the action, well, explosive.”
–San Francisco Chronicle

“GRIPPING . . . CRAIS PILES ON PLOT TWISTS . . . gathering the separate threads at the end and igniting them like a string of fireworks.”
People

“A POWERFUL, SELF-CONTAINED NOVEL OF SUSPENSE that has the compactness, velocity, and effectiveness of a well-aimed bullet . . . This is a thriller that works on every level, a pivotal work from a crime novelist operating at the top of his game.”
–Los Angeles Times

“FASCINATING AND FRIGHTENINGLY BELIEVABLE . . . Starkey is one of the toughest characters to grace the crowded field of thriller books in a long time.”
–USA Today


Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034543448X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345434487
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 10.5 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,386,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robert Crais is the author of the bestselling Cole & Pike novels. A native of Louisiana, Crais moved to Hollywood in the late 70s where he began a successful career in television, writing scripts for such major series as Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues. In the mid 80s, following his success with the TV buddy genre, Crais created a series of crime novels based around the characters Cole & Pike. In addition, Crais has also written several bestselling standalone thrillers. Robert Crais lives in LA with his wife and family.

Here are the Elvis Cole novels in series order:

The Monkey's Raincoat
Stalking the Angel
Lullaby Town
Free Fall
Voodoo River
Sunset Express
Indigo Slam
L. A. Requiem
The Last Detective
The Forgotten Man
The Watchman
Chasing Darkness

Stand-alone novels:

Demolition Angel
Hostage
The Two Minute Rule
The First Rule


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Amazon Review

Carol Starkey, protagonist of Robert Crais's new thriller Demolition Angel, has been as badly damaged by life as any whisky-soaked gumshoe; a bad moment three years ago cost her her lover, her physical confidence and the job on the LA Bomb Squad that she loved. When a former colleague is killed by an ingenious trap, and Pell, an obsessed federal agent, tells her about Mr Red, who blows people up for profit, but kills bomb technicians for fun, she knows that her path back to sanity lies through this case. With the attractive but secretive Pell as her guide, she explores an underworld where both she and Mr Red are fan fetishes, online chat rooms where his best killings and her best defusings are equally the currency of conversation and where she and Mr Red start a dangerous flirtation. This is perhaps the most suspenseful novel of the year--the demons that haunt Pell and Carol, the hair triggers and high explosives and dangerous minds, all combine in sequence after sequence of nail-biting intensity. From beginning to end, Crais continues to deliver, and to take nerve-wracking excitement--particularly in his almost outrageously intense final climax--further than ever before. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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An explosive FBI thriller with the tension and razor sharp characterisation that has marked out Robert Crais as the new megastar of American crime fiction. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb narrative performance 19 Aug 2001
Format:Audio Cassette
I had never heard of Robert Crais until I listened to the Demolition Angel cassettes. This isn't as barmy as it sounds because I regard an audiobook primarily as a performance, and the performer in this case is the sublime Lorelei King. I was familiar with her work via her readings of the Janet Evanovich "Stephanie Plum" novels.If she read a laundry list I would probably sit back and take notice.As it turned out this is a cracking story, not the usual Homicide,Vice,Private eye,car chase,shootout stuff beloved of many american authors. The storyline concerns the bomber with a grudge against bomb technicians, and a traumatised bomb squad operative Carol Starkey. The storyline is instantly engrosing, with lots of forensic detail about bombs and their construction(hopefully misleading!) and their appalling consequences for the victims.As Starkey herself was injured in the blast which killed her lover you have the psychological core to this unusual and engrossing narrative.This is particularly chilling stuff to listen to,but such detail adds a certain frison to an already fascinating thriller and the plot grips you from the start, I could not stop listening, this is all driven along by Ms Kings superb evocation of the many characters that inhabit this tale. For those who appreciate the true indulgance of being read-to this is a perfect blend of Author and Performer that should not be missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!!! 10 Nov 2002
Format:Paperback
I've read all the Crais novels and loved every single one, this being no exception. Before I read it I didn't expect to find the book as enjoyable as I actually did after realising that it wasn't an Elvis Cole novel. I found the characters intriguing right from the start though I must say they were not as striking as Elvis and Joe Pike. At times the story became predictable but a slight twist generally followed those parts. The relationship between Carol Starkey and 'Mr Red', as she knows him, is one of the most interesting and well thought out parts of the book. Nearing the end of the book, I moved on to the edge of my seat and was kept there for the remainder of the book. Crais should be proud of all his books and I hope he will continue to churn out his novels (even when they don't feature Elvis Cole)!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Story 26 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have tried Robert Crais on and off over the years and took a chance on Demolition Angel, which turned out to be a very good read. The basis of the story Is about a damaged Bomb Technician who finds herself thrownout of the unit and becomes a normal LAPD Policewomen.
Subsequently some years later she Is called to a scene whereby someone from the bomb squad she knows gets deliberately blown up. By dint of hard work she Is called back to investigate and so here starts the story which Is a battle between her some ex colleagues and the bomber as we find out likes to kill bomb technicians.
Suffice to say It presents and shows just how much hard work goes into these Investigations and some friends of mine suggested the book was extremely slow In the middle half, but I enjoyed the technicality of It all.
However that Is why reveiews are always different, If we all liked the same thing where would we be, the last third of the book Is very exciting and Crais bought It to It's finality very skilfully, I think most US Crime Readers would find this a good buy, ENJOY.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Angel Cries 19 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
Robert Crais is one of my favourite writers of crime. His Elvis Cole novels are able to mix high action, quality crime, tension and humour. The books work because of Cole's quick wit and pithy remarks, he helps to lighten otherwise bleak situations. Perhaps Crais was fed up with being the writer of "those funny crime books" and decided to branch out with some more serious crime fiction in the form of ex-bomb disposal expert Carol Starkey. Starkey is a cop whose scars are both physical and mental, she is made lead of an investigation into the killing of a former bomb disposal colleague and the potential links to international bomber for hire, Mr Red. Can Starkey hold onto her mental strength, and her bottle of gin, long enough to solve the case?

If you strip the humour from the Cole books, you are probably looking at an above average crime thriller at best. This is the case with `Demolition Angel', not only is there no humour, but its borders on the depressing. The lack of mirth may not seem a big deal, but it is almost as if Crais has gone out of his way to make Starkey a sour faced crime fiction cliché. I was unable to enjoy being in her company and she actually detracted from what was a fun thriller which improved immensely as the book progressed.

I have noted that Crais has introduced a darker tone to the later Cole and Pike novels, but he has learned to balance shades of dark and light. In `Demolition Angel' he was obviously going through his learning curve as a decent thriller is made average by a poor central character and a dark cloud of depression.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 10 Mar 2008
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Traumatised Bomb disposal technician Carol Starkey is recovering from an explosion that caused the death of her lover and disposal partner, and she technically died for a short time.

The novel combines a fine thriller as Carol investigates the death of another bomb disposal technician with a deeply involving study of her trauma and suffering as she endlessly smokes, has a serious drink problem, and prescription drug dependency.

The twists and turns of this fine thriller draw us closer and closer into Carols mind as she struggles with a case so reminiscent of her past, and also as she confronts the psyche of Mr Red the bomber.

Absolutely superb.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking good read
Robert Crais as usual another page turner engrosing.

As good as his Cole series of books, both heros well thought out with a great snese of reality. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Julie Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, as usual.
I absolutely love this writer. Very edge of the seat with a touch of humour. Excellent read. Very highly recommended.
Published 3 months ago by hherron@lineone.net
5.0 out of 5 stars Best author yet
Really gripping book with very interesting characters, good story line and thoroughly pleasurable to read.Am so sorry I have read all his books and now have to wait for a new one.
Published 4 months ago by BG
5.0 out of 5 stars ROBERT CRAIS
YET AGAIN, SAD TO HEAR OF HIS DEMISE BUT WILL RELISH THE BOOKS I HAVE STILL TO READ - JUST SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF A GOOD AUTHOR
Published 5 months ago by E A Wallace
4.0 out of 5 stars Fallen angel
I bought this book as a gift for my brother in law who tells me it is a good plot, good characters and a good read. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Owl
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Crais
Thoroughly enjoyable - highly recommended to anyone who likes Robert Crais.First introduction to a character that pops up in later novels, I read them out of order and it was great... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars No it's not Elvis & Pike but never the less
A worthy stand alone read from Robert Crais, developing the damaged (in both senses) character of Carol Starkey, 4.5 stars.
Published 18 months ago by abyss911
3.0 out of 5 stars Angel Cries
Robert Crais is one of my favourite writers of crime. His Elvis Cole novels are able to mix high action, quality crime, tension and humour. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sam Tyler
4.0 out of 5 stars Demolition Angel
Excellent book as is usual for Robert Crais. Look forward to more of his books from Amazon. My New Year Resolution to me !
Published 18 months ago by Janis Lynne Biggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware this is not a new publication
I have read this book a long time ago. It was very good but it was first published in Feb 2001, but this one shows a publication date of 2012. Read more
Published 20 months ago by A. C. Nelson
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