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really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  6,812 Ratings  ·  280 Reviews
Carol Starkey è morta in una terribile esplosione. Morta per centosessanta interminabili secondi. Poi il suo cuore ha ricominciato a battere. Quello di David "Sugar" Bordeaux, suo compagno e collega, invece, si è fermato per sempre. Lontano dalla Squadra Artificieri, di cui era il fiore all'occhiello, Starkey ha ripreso lentamente a vivere. Ma quando, tre anni dopo, un alt ...more
Hardcover, Maestri del Thriller, 461 pages
Published 2004 by Piemme (first published May 16th 2000)
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Dan Schwent
Nov 10, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An LAPD bomb squad technician is blown up on the job and Detective Carol Starkey, former bomb squad tech, is on the case. Can Starkey overcome her past and bring the bomber to justice?

I first heard of Demoliton Angel last year at Bouchercon when Robert Crais mentioned working on it in secret after LA Requiem. It sounded okay but I wasn't in a hurry to read it. After Carol Starkey appeared in a couple Elvis Cole books, I knew I had to check out her story. I was not disappointed.

At the beginning o
Nov 16, 2012 Kemper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery, 5-0, 2012
Bomb technician Carol Starkey got blown to hell. Then she came back. Actually, that’s not right. Starkey got blown up, died for a couple of minute, was revived and her life has been hell ever since.

Three years later and Carol has never emotionally recovered from the blast that temporarily killed her and permanently killed her partner/secret lover. Working as a detective in the LAPD’s Criminal Conspiracy Section, Carol is trying to convince the bosses to bring her back as a bomb tech, but she’s d
Anthony Vacca
Mar 11, 2014 Anthony Vacca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Demonlition Angel starts with a BANG! and this review starts with a lame pun.

What looks like a routine defusing of some gangbanger’s pipe bomb left in a dumpster turns into a showering of body parts when the explosive ignites suddenly, completely annihilating a bomb squad technician. Carol Starkey is the detective assigned to the case, which quickly turns into a pissing contest with a self-aggrandizing lunatic who calls himself Mr. Red, and who wants to blow up enough places and people so that h
Maria João Fernandes
"O Anjo da Destruição" é um thriller interessante, que entretém, mas que falha em trazer algo de novo ao género. Robert Crais apresenta-nos uma personagem principal do sexo feminino, traumatizada por acontecimentos do passado, que se vê envolvida num novo caso que lhe desperta a memória e sentimentos antigos.

Carol Starkey é uma confusão da cabeça ao pés. Ela fuma, bebe e queixa-se em excesso. É solitária e frequentemente mal humorada. Contudo, apesar de tudo o que a vida lhe trouxe de mau, ela l
Cathy DuPont
Jan 11, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crais Fans or Not. Stand alone (maybe) character.
Shelves: noir-favorites
Been reading Crais in order and just love Elvis Cole and Joe Pike so I wasn't anxious to read a stand alone. Didn't think it would live up to my expections. Boy was I wrong.

The last hundred pages or so, there were so many surprises for me...all unexpected, all supported by previous events. No loose threads at the end, either.

His main character, a woman, Carol Starkey, is flawed, flawed to the hilt. She's not a character I thought I would end up really liking but as I got to know her, the more I
Joyce Lagow
A stand-alone as opposed to his Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series, this book ranks with Crais' best, and that is saying a great deal, considering L.A. Requiem, which I consider one of the finest books in the entire genre. Demolition Angel introduces Carol Starkey, a very tough, very different heroine, who will segue into the Elvis Cole series; however, this can be read totally independently of those two series. But this is Starkey's book, and it tears along with plenty of plot twists and surprises and ...more
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
I really enjoy Robert Crais's books. There's humor as well as good characters and interesting stories. I read this one back in 2001, and noted that it was excellent. Carol Starkey is an LAPD detective, formerly on the bomb squad, who appears occasionally in other books by Crais. She's one of those "good characters".
May 21, 2009 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Noir lives!

Taking a break from his famous Elvis Cole protagonist, Robert Crais breaks out female bomb squad detective Carol Starkey. Everyone in this book is broken in some way. Carol survived a bomb explosion that killed her lover. Several years later, she is the lead investigator in a bombing that killed her colleague. Enter Pell of the ATF, who insists that this bomber is a serial killer called Mr. Red. As the case unfolds, often based upon persistent gumshoe work on Starkey's part, she suspe
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 02, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The synopsis or the synopses of this book usually start out telling you about Crais other series. Then they rhapsodize about the action and thrills in this book...

Well, I think that's a little misleading. I mean it's as good as Crais' other books (and if this is a series I plan to follow it). On the other hand it's not a wall to wall to wall action thriller. That's not a bad thing and as you see i like the book. I plan to recommend the book. Just don't go into it expecting a thrill ride that doe
Kirsty Darbyshire

Where do I start? I want to like Robert Crais. I don't think he writes badly. I don't think he plots badly. I don't think his characters are bad. But none of them are good enough and every aspect of his work seems endemically infected with stereotypes.

I picked up the Elvis Cole series on the eighth book and I thought the ending was lousy but I reckoned that it wasn't written for me. It was the kind of ending a long time series reader could live with. After eight books you can forgive your heros

Jul 22, 2009 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Standalone thriller of a woman on the bomb disposal detail nearly killed(her partner was).
Sep 11, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I have yet to get into Robert Crais's Elvis Cole series, but I really enjoy his stand-alone books. I think they are "books of the heart" for him, a welcome break from the series, and he really puts some effort into creating interesting characters and twisty plots for them. Demolition Angel is a prime example!
Sep 04, 2015 Marge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
Carol Starkey is damaged, mentally and physically, because of the bomb which nearly killed her and killed her lover. I got tired of just how damaged she was, but she still had dogged determination to do her job right.

Many reviewers complained that the love story was tacked on. I can see where they're coming from but to me it was more like Crais wanted to concentrate on the suspense, but also give Carol a reason to live at the end. The ending was not all sweetness and puppy dogs, but it lightene
Jul 15, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She is an LA cop who was on the bomb squad until she was killed in an explosion. He is an ATF agent looking for Mr. Red, a serial bomber. They work together, but at cross purposes since neither trusts the other. She is vulgar, chain smokes and appears to be on a diet of gin. He is so involved in finding Mr Red he refuses to acknowledge any evidence that is contrary to his mindset. The plot, like most of Crais' is complex and will capture your interest at once. There is lots of action and the int ...more
Apr 20, 2010 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Robert Crais #2...equally fascinating. Way to take me into another world!!! No Elvis Cole here, but a great female character I know I'll see again, Carol Starkey. His works would not have been in a favorite genre of mine, but maybe I need to rethink this! Fast moving, twists and turns...greatly constructed tales. I have a couple more here to get to thanks to my collector husband, but based on what I've found under his name, I could keep busy with Robert for some time!
The story of a woman who almost died doing the job she loves... only to learn that no matter how dangerous and trouble-causing it is for her, the alternative is feeling like she's already dead. But seriously, who can relate to that? Certainly not this reader.

ps Crais gets the craving for oblivion, but misses the fathomless self-pity that drives someone to swill gin out the flask on the job. Or so I hear.
Dec 31, 2012 Tay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A novel by Robert Crais that doesn't feature Elvis Cole or Joe Pike but nonetheless is an excellent read. Some really good twist that I had to keep reading to find out was behind the murder. It also has a nice back and forth mouse game between the villian and our hero Carol Starkey. If you a fan of Robert Crais you will not be disappointed.
Mar 13, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, los-angeles
Crais creates a strong center for the book in Carol Starkey - she's so vivid that you can practically smell the waft of gin fumes and cigarette ash coming off the page. The pace keeps up throughout, although several of the twists are clued a bit too aggressively.
Joe King
This was my first Crais book and I did enjoy it despite of a few flaws. One of those flaws is that this book is one cliche after another. There's a romantic subplot that did not really fit the story, nor did it add much to it. However, it was a pretty good read. It was fast paced and the plot was easy to follow. There was some technical information, but it flowed well with the story. I got it from the library. I am not sure I would recommend paying full price for it, but if you can borrow it or ...more
Nov 22, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a roller coaster ride of a book. You could drive a Kenworth truck through the plot. It starts with a bang and ends with a bang. Starkey is an interesting character if somewhat unbelievable. Pell is also a bit wet and good foil to her in his manipulation of the case for his own ends. Mr Red the evil bomber is just nuts. However, despite my criticisms this book is easy to read and it is nice to see a strong female character.
Bryan Schmidt
Feb 03, 2017 Bryan Schmidt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, with great twists and characters who deserve revisiting. Recommended.
Quyen N.
Jan 05, 2017 Quyen N. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-iv
If I were to write a letter to this author about this novel, I would say:

I picked this book at the library a while because this book looks very interesting for my English IV project, and I am a fan of Crime theme novel. I had just one question i would like to ask you, which is what influence you to wrote this one of kind novel?
There is just one problem that bother me. During the first part of this novel, we got to know Charlie Riggio,a bomb technician working at LAPD bomb squad with his lover, C
I thought this was one of Crais's weakest books. Unlikeable characters, and the story just plodded along. Much prefer his series.

The trite saying is you can't judge a book by its cover, BUT YOU CAN SURE JUDGE THIS ONE BY ITS TITLE! Man does 'Demolition Angel' ever live up to its title--freaking incredible. For 200 pages I waded through the remnants of a bomb technician's nightmare and dysfunctional life and lifestyle. I was really beginning to wonder when gin, coffee, cigarettes and Tagamet Carol Starkey was going to become interesting, and I gotta tell ya, the last 174 pages delivered l
Dec 31, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-police
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Mariya Bahadi
Jan 02, 2017 Mariya Bahadi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i enjoyed reading it
Apr 24, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been said that there are only three plots in novels: man vs. man, man vs. self and man vs. nature. In "Demolition Angel" we have all three, provided that you replace "man" with "woman". In this case, the woman is Detective Carol Starkey. She is battling herself -- not only her current behavior, but things that have happened to her in the past. She is also tracking a bomber who is loose. Finally, while she does not battle nature, per se, she disarms bombs for a living.

This is the first non
Shannon Kauderer
Jul 05, 2016 Shannon Kauderer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like mysteries and thrillers
Fantastic book. Long review coming soon!Title: Demolition Angel
Series Number: The first.
Author: Robert Crais
(Audio) Narrator: Paul Hecht

One sentence summary: Ex-bomb squad member has to work through her past accident while working on a current case where one of her old coworkers died.

Theme(s): Single past events can drive people’s actions for years. There are multiple ways to cope with PTSD and other results of said past events.

(Audio) Narrator review: I had one huge issue; the main characte
Jan 06, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carol Starkey is one of the most broken people I have ever met in life or in reading. I suppose it is the foil of all those hard-edged male detectives of the 1940's and 1950's. Starkey lives on gin and cigarettes and to hell with everyone else. Mind you she had been to hell and was resuscitated so that may have had something to do with her broken nature. Three years ago Starkey had been part of the bomb squad and an earthquake struck while she and her partner (both work and romantic) got caught ...more
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Robert Crais is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels. A native of Louisiana, he grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in a blue collar family of oil refinery workers and police officers. He purchased a secondhand paperback of Raymond Chandler’s The Little Sister when he was fifteen, which inspired his lifelong love of writing, Los Angeles, and the literature of crime fiction. ...more
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