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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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.
Second, the cons outweighed the good points. Sure, there were twists and turns, some predictable, some not. At times, Carol Starkey seemed surprisingly normal, not just a gin-skin on legs with a prickly attitude. Sometimes, she was unexpectedly funny: "I was born in LA. I got freeways i ...more
I'm sure a big part of this is due to the central character who I never really felt particularly involved with throughout the whole story.
Other reviewers have commented on the 'romance' aspect feeling somewhat tacked on, and indeed it did feel somewhat abrupt in it's nature.
The technical and procedural information about bomb disposal, on the other hand, was fascinating, and even though the author admits some ...more
Carol is currently investigating the death of a bomb tech who was attempting to disarm a bomb when it was detonated. An agent from the DEA arrives and tells Officer Starkey that the bomb was the product of a seria ...more