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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,584 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Crais Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Elvis Cole / Joe Pike Novels Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750553
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The day starts like any other in Los Angeles. The sun burns hot as the Santa Ana winds blow ash from mountain fires to coat the glittering city. But for Joe Pike, private investigator and former cop, the city will never be the same again. His ex-lover, Karen Garcia, is dead, brutally murdered with a gunshot to the head.

Now Karen’s powerful father calls on Pike and his partner, Elvis Cole, to keep an eye on the Los Angeles Police Department 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—and maybe their lives. And LA just might be singing their dirge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the best crime novels I’ve ever read.”

    David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “What starts as a routine search for a rich man’s pampered daughter becomes a tense face-off with a killer and a serious examination of the limits of friendship.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A milestone in the career of a very fine writer and a must-read for contemporary hardboiled fans.”

    Washington Post

  • “As the complicated plot unfolds, there are surprises and setbacks for all the characters, as well as many moving moments as the friendship between Joe and Elvis is put to the ultimate test. And behind it all stands the city of Los Angeles, populated with the best and worst humanity has to offer and served and protected by a police force that also mirrors the best and worst in human nature.”

    Denver Post

  • Winner of the Dilys Award
  • Finalist for the 2000 Anthony Award
  • A Shamus Award Nominee
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Finalist for the 2000 Edgar Allan Poe Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Storm | 2/10/2014

    " I have read other books in the Elvis Cole series, but this one left the biggest impression. Definitely went to darker places than previous books. Well-written and dramatic without being melodramatic. Robert Crais is a tremendous writer and I would recommend him to anyone who likes the suspense or mystery genres. Although the "bad guy" is revealed before the book ends, the rest of the story was captivating. I liked all of the characters, except John Chen, the crime scene investigator. He was annoying and shallow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/7/2014

    " This is one in a series of detective novels written by Robert Crais. They are a fun read. Excellent beach material. I blame Jeff for getting me hooked on these. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliegsorensen | 2/1/2014

    " I read an article where Robert Crais recommended LA Requiem as the best book in his series for someone to start reading his work. He did not disappoint. This mystery was quite a ride that I enjoyed immensely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lola4 | 2/1/2014

    " Great book if you like dark, gritty, page-turning detective thrillers, which I do. Great way to launch a New Year--with a great read.The silent, enigmatic Joe Pike emerges as a personality, probably more than in all the previous books combined and almost seems human, except for the amount of bullets he can take and the amount of blood he can lose and still keep going. I just love these guys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/30/2014

    " Great action mystery and Cole and Pike's friendship a highlight for me. This is the best of the Cole mysteries, in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Coates | 1/30/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is told from Cole's perspective. This book deals with love and relationships when it talks about coles relationship with Lucy and his partner Starkey. You get to see a differnt side of Pike while he and cole try to find ex-girlfriend's killer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Preece | 1/18/2014

    " This was my first book by Robert Crais. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 1/17/2014

    " Good, not great. Parts came off like an 80s movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/7/2014

    " Nothing fancy, just a simple mystery-thriller... I'm starting to like this series a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 12/20/2013

    " One of his better books...enjoyed it, although the end left me hanging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Castro | 12/10/2013

    " I generally don't read crime mysteries; however, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are compelling, the plot is not as predictable as most, and I enjoyed the author's humor and writing style. Thanks to Martha for recommending it...I will read more Robert Crais. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ash | 11/11/2013

    " This book was full of insight on Pike's past, which I've been looking for as I read through this series. I loved the plot, I loved the back story, and as always, I love Pike and Cole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 11/11/2013

    " I have read several of the Elvis Cole novels, and really liked this one. Involves his partner Joe Pike, who is an accomplished tough guy in his own right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genine Franklin-Clark | 11/10/2013

    " I liked this so much that I checked out the next three Elvis Cole books from my local library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 11/1/2013

    " Best of the Elvis Cole books that I've read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Avery Aames | 8/23/2013

    " One of Crais's best. Love the intricate plot, the search, the conspiracy. I couldn't put the book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T | 7/21/2013

    " Book #8 in the Elvis series, but it covers Joe Pike's history, a bit about his youth and his beginnings as a cop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Stewart | 7/17/2013

    " Definitely one of the best. I really like the shift in writing style wherein we are able to experience the story from the third person perspective as well as through Elvis' eyes. It is a great way to ratchet up the tension! On to #9!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 owen | 7/13/2013

    " bittersweet, if not at times a bit too cinematic. robert crais always refuses to option these books for film, which i love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Grace | 3/7/2013

    " Crais is a very professional, talented writer. His books are well paced, his stories interesting. You can usually pick up any of his books and have a very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry | 6/24/2012

    " My first Robert Crais novel. I think a great book to start off with. Lots of background information on Joe Pike. An engaging LA noir crime novel. Crais keeps the reader engaged. I was born and raised in SoCal, and he captured the vibe spot-on. Strongly recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kit | 12/10/2011

    " Entertaining, but something is lacking. Maybe it's just the sense that I've seen it all before, though "it" (whatever it is) is done well here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 11/25/2011

    " This was the second Elvis Cole novel I read. Edgy and tense in a very good way. One of his best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Nissley | 10/26/2011

    " Best book I've read in series so far!! many twists "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 9/10/2011

    " This was my first Robert Crais novel and I was not disappointed. I'll be looking for more in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series. One of those page-turner---can't put it down books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merrill | 9/5/2011

    " Really good one, with a lot of Joe Pike back-story.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graham | 7/23/2011

    " A very enjoyable thriller that grabs hold from the first page and doesn't let go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 4/19/2011

    " This was my introduction to Elvis Cole and I like him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 3/31/2011

    " Interesting and good 9th Elvis Cole / Joe Pike novel, answers some questions in relation to the background of the pair. Will be interested how the character development progresses for Cole and Pike through the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 3/15/2011

    " This was my first book by Robert Crais. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kati | 3/1/2011

    " Fun beach-read mystery. Involves two private dectives, both retired from the service, one fired from the police and a serial killer (or is he/she?) that changes both their lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eugene | 2/21/2011

    " Not the fastest of the series thus far but the 2nd half of the book did pick up the pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leahc | 2/6/2011

    " Exciter as there are a lot of books in this series and Mr. Pike is Mr. Reacher like. Good stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Avery | 2/2/2011

    " One of Crais's best. Love the intricate plot, the search, the conspiracy. I couldn't put the book down.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/20/2011

    " Elvis Cole and Joe Pike rock. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/14/2011

    " If you're a fan of police stories this is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/6/2011

    " This was my introduction to Elvis Cole and I like him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 12/21/2010

    " Significantly better than the previous Elvis Cole novels. A good mixture of Elvis Cole's smart-ass nature, a bit more focus on Joe Pike and what goes on behind his sunglasses, and a few very good bittersweet moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 12/20/2010

    " This may be my favorite Robert Crais book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 11/30/2010

    " His best. And they are all fantastic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kurt | 11/16/2010

    " To be fair, maybe I should have started with something earlier in the series. I just couldn't get into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 10/28/2010

    " Robert Crais took a chance here by providing the back story on Joe Pike and it worked for me. This is the book that made me care about Elvis and Joe as characters rather than simply liking them. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Crais

Robert Crais is the American author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Taken, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Some of his other works include Hostage, The Two Minute Rule, and The Monkey’s Raincoat, an Anthony and Macavity Award winner. He is a recipient of The Eye—Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award in 2014. He lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

John Bedford Lloyd, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing. A critically acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, his voice work includes reading for such authors as Michael Crichton, Nicholas Sparks, Paul Doiron, and Atul Gawande, among others.