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L.A. Requiem (Elvis Cole Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 29 Feb 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First THUS edition (29 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345434471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345434470
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,635,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
The Two Minute Rule
The First Rule

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Robert Crais (auhtor of Monkey's Raincoat) returns with his eighth Elvis Cole mystery, LA 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 the brain. The two stay on the case but when another murder points to Pike as a suspect, things take a turn for the worst. The boys on the force are all too willing to put Pike away--he has a chequered past. When Cole attempts to save him, he finds a lot more than he bargained for and some life-altering, soul-searching to boot. Crais' knack for snappy dialogue and clean-cut scenes bespeak his former days as a writer for the award-winning television series, Hill Street Blues and LA Law: "Krantz's mouth split into a reptilian smile and I wondered what was playing out here. He said, 'I want this man questioned, Lieutenant. If Pike here knows the vic, maybe he knows how she got like this.' Pike said, 'It won't happen pants.' Krantz's face went deep read, and an ugly web of veins pulsed in his forehead. I moved close to Pike. 'Is there something happening here that I should know about?'" --Rebekah Warren --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Robert Crais is, without question, one of the very best mystery writers of all time. And in Elvis Cole and Joe Pike he has created two of the most iconic figures in any genre (David Baldacci)

Robert Crais is one of best storytellers at work today. He never disappoints, never leaves you anywhere but the edge of your seat (Michael Connelly)

Clever, observant, atmospheric and witty - and the talented William Hootkins has a ball with such grade-A material (THE SUNDAY TIMES) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scully Bloke VINE VOICE on 24 July 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the 8th Novel in the Elvis Cole series of books by Robert Crais and without question his best. I would go further and say that this is one of my favourite books of all time. This book does what many of his previous books hasnt done, by delving deeply into the background of Coles partner, Joe Pike. So the strong silent indistructable image that you have built up of Pike over the previous 7 novels is broken down to find the reasons for his behaviour. Fantastic.

Then there is the relationship between Cole and his new girlfriend Lucy, and how this relationship developes or collapses under the strain of Coles investigations, and the difficult choices that he has to make.

The plot is first class, a number of murders, a police department that has the wrong leadership, and an ending that rivets you to your seat.

An absolutely enthralling read, made better if you read the previous 7 novels, so that you already know how the people and relationships have evolved.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 16 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
I will start this review by saying that I feel this is the best Elvis Cole novel I have read yet. The others in the series contained the same gritty nature and great humor but 'L.A. Requiem' brings an added depth to this already excellent collection of novels.
In 'L.A. Requiem' things become more personal for Cole and his quietly deadly partner Pike as they investigate the disappearance and murder of Pike's former girlfriend. What unfolds throughout the book is that not everything is what it seems and the answer to what is occurring in the present may have something to do with what happened in Pike's past.
This novel excellently fleshes out the character of Pike and lets us understand why he is so quiet and thoughtful. Along with this history lesson we get a cracking crime story that rattles along at a good pace. I think reading some of the earlier Cole novels would probably be best before tackling this one as they are a lot lighter and help you understand why this novel is such a great departure.
If you’re a fan of LA crime stories this a must and is one of my top picks from the genre. Sammy Recommendation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Sept. 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is easily the most complex Cole / Pike storyline so far. Interwoven are Cole's developing relationship with Lucy Chenier and her son, Pike's relationship with the family of the murdered woman, a former lover and his relationship with his former colleagues on the LAPD. Add to this mix some background detail which makes Pike, a hitherto enigmatic character, slightly less enigmatic and top it off with a psychopath who is hell bent on setting Pike up for crimes he did not commit, I'm sure you'll get the picture. I'd recommend that anyone approaching Crais's work does not start with this one, though. Whilst it stands alone as a work of crime fiction, I think that in order to get the most out of this complex and multi-facteted story, a reader needs to get to grips with the dynamic between Cole and Pike and their collective histories, before attempting this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
L.A. Requiem is one of those rare detective mystery thrillers that transcends the genre into becoming a fine novel. Mr. Crais has taken on one of the most difficult challenges any mystery novelist can in L.A. Requiem and pulled it off extremely well. He has developed a complete, rich characterization for Joe Pike, Elvis Coles's (the self-described "world's greatest detective") detective partner, based on disclosing no contemporary internal thoughts by Pike and almost no dialogue involving Pike. Instead the character is built through a series of flashbacks into the violent, troubled past of Joe Pike that show how his personal values and strength were forged. At the same time, Mr. Crais has built a rousing tale with lots of action, conflict, a love story, and a particularly dense mystery that is unveiled through intricate development of police procedures. The book's only drawback is that it draws upon an excess of depravity, violence and gore, putting the book squarely also in the same category as the most noir of the Raymond Chandler works. If you miss this book, you cannot consider yourself to be a serious fan of top mystery writing in the classic style of the tough guy, but honest, P.I.
The flashbacks are connected to Pike's troubled relationship with his former police partner. From those same days, a former girl friend mysteriously disappears and is eventually found murdered. Her father asks Joe to help find the killer, and Elvis joins in as well. This is a bad time for Elvis because Lucy Chenier has just moved from Baton Rouge to Los Angeles with her son to be closer to Elvis. Soon the investigation puts their relationship on an awkward footing. At the same time, the police seem to be stonewalling. What could be their motive?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 May 2012
Format: Paperback
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 various subplots and back story that add to the overall narrative rather than detracting from it. Crais paints a good sense of place, the characters are well penned, and the story builds to a nice climax. There were a few elements that unsettled me a little, however. Maybe it's because I don't live in the US, but I had a hard time believing that two private investigators could get any meaningful access to a serial killer investigation, especially not through a councilman (perhaps maybe something more significant like a governor I could have gone along with). The Samantha Dolan character didn't quite seem to ring true, especially in her quest for Cole. And regardless of any material evidence relating to Pike, the fact that he escaped from incarceration would have legal consequences. Despite the niggling doubts about credibility, LA Requiem is an enjoyable read and I'll be looking out for other Elvis Cole books.
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