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
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
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
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
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 ...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
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 ...more
Good prose and generally good characterization (despite the 'troubled soul' comment), with a fairly decent plot that has some nice twists. There is kind of an unbelievable love connection thing that transpires so that knocked this down a notch in my opinion.
However, I enjoyed ...more
Police thriller - Carol Starkey was a rising light in the LAPD Bomb Squad until, two years back, a bomb blew up in her face, maiming her and killing her lover/partner. Now Carol's a bitter, chain-smoking alcoholic with the LAPD's Criminal Conspiracy Section, who gets drawn into a literally explosive conspiracy when a bomb kills Charlie Riggio, one of her former bomb squad colleagues. Forensic evidence point ...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