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L.A. Requiem (Elvis Cole Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert Crais
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29 Feb 2000 Elvis Cole Novels (Book 8)
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 killer--because 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 friendship--if not their lives. And L.A. just might be singing their dirge.

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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: 2.4 x 10.7 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,646,037 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant 24 July 2006
By Scully Bloke VINE VOICE
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cole and Pike do it again! 8 Sep 2000
By A Customer
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Requiem for a Dream! 16 Feb 2006
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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
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If you have read and enjoyed the work of Joseph Wembough, then this is for you! In the oddly named Elvis Cole, Crais has created a Phillip Marlowe for the new millenium. In setting his novel in LA, he has avoided all the Hollywood cliches, and instead painted a vivid portrait of a city the author not only knows, but one he clearly loves. His characters are carefully developed, always leaving the reader intrigued and eager for more, even to the extent that our hero's cat is made real and interesting! The subject matter, a hunt for a serial killer is not completely original, nor are some of the characterisations. But if you can ignore the incompetant senior detective with a grudge, and his (predictably) beautiful and under- promoted junior, then you will enjoy a novel with a brilliantly executed plot, which benefits from several ingenious twists to make this a real page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As good as all of that authors books,great!
Published 18 days ago by peter rock
5.0 out of 5 stars LA Requiem- Crais
A great read if you enjoy Cole & Pike. Good story line and a more an important indicator, that after putting it down, I so looked forward to reading the next chapter or so. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stan Cullimore
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cole & Pike series
Start the series from the beginning would be my recommendation, the plotting is brilliant as is the interplay between the two PI's. Truly excellent crime fiction and witty to boot.
Published 6 months ago by R. N. Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars worh reading
Really good murder/detective story with a gripping ending. I think the Cole & Pike books are always a good read
Published 6 months ago by jeanette goman
4.0 out of 5 stars kept me engaged
I have always enjoyed this series. This one was particularly good although I would have liked Dolan to live and for her and Cole to get together. I will look forward to the next
Published 7 months ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read
I have read most of the Elvis Cole books by Robert Crais and none have disappointed yet. I like the humour and asides and the story keeps you hooked.
Published 7 months ago by Ians
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite authors
Brilliant from first page to last. Roller coaster thrills and spills and best of all the charismatic duo of Cole and Pike.
Published 7 months ago by Mr Peter Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Cole & Pike Again!
I like the Cole and Pike duo created by Robert Crais. I read about them very tongue in cheek as I do the Jack Reacher novels by Harlen Cobham - if you're going to have a hero make... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
A great read. gripping and fast pace story. I Would recommend. Love Cole and Pike, they are really great characters and a great team.
Published 7 months ago by Shelaghuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Real top class
pacey narrative and good believable characters. Story well constructed and told. Robert Crais at his best, look forward to his next
Published 7 months ago by Mike G
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