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L.A. Requiem (Elvis Cole #8)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  10,367 ratings  ·  385 reviews
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, Elv
ebook, 416 pages
Published July 22nd 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published June 1st 1999)
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Dan 1.0
A woman Joe Pike used to be involved with is murdered and her father hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike the find the killer. Things take a dark turn when it turns out the woman was murdered by a serial killer and that serial killer appears to be... Joe Pike?

As I've mentioned in pretty much ever review I've done for an Elvis Cole book so far, I thought he was a Spenser ripoff for the first book or two. This one leaves my initial impression in the dust like a drag racer trying to set a world land spee
What’s this? Joe Pike has a personal history? And emotions? I was thinking he was just another Bad Ass Friend of the lead in a crime novel. Is this even allowed?

Elvis Cole gets a call from Joe asking for help. Elvis is shocked when he finds wealthy Frank Garcia treating Joe like a son and begging him to find his missing daughter Karen. Even more shocking, Joe used to date Karen and admits to Elvis that he broke her heart. The two detectives start looking, but the LAPD quickly shows up to break t
According to a blurb, Robert Crais is the descendant of Ross MacDonald, who is the literary heir to James Cain, who is the direct inheritor of Raymond Chandler's crown. People who write reviews professionally love saying shit like that, and as in most cases they are wrong. James Ellroy is the heir to Chandler's position. Everyone else is just writing some genre fiction, like Chandler Ellroy is creating art of the the dirt and shit that make up Los Angeles. I'd agree that these other guys maybe a ...more
Anthony Vacca
L.A. Requiem is a breath of fresh, cordite-soaked air for a series that was treading into some seriously-stale territory. Crais wisely eschews the formula of his last seven books and does not have best bud private eyes Elvis Cole and Joe Pike stumbling into a mystery that eventually leads them into several gunfights with the stereotyped criminal gang of your choice. But my bitching aside, the real achievement of this book is that Crais decided it was time to quit playing off how much of a myster ...more
My brothers are so cruel. All of them have, at one time or another, given me a novel late in a series (Doug gave me a Robert Vardeman fantasy novel that was #3 in the series and, naturally, I had to buy the first two and fill out the rest of The Cenotaph Road series. James introduced me to Martha Grimes' Richard Jury series with Jerusalem Inn (somewhere around #5 or #6). And now, my brother David gives me #8 in a series.) Well, you'd better believe I'm going to read the first seven and probably ...more
The best novel by Robert Crais that I've read so far. We get background on the stone face behind the shades otherwise known as Joe Pike plus a finely done story that also features Elvis Cole. Typically well written although you can easily tell twice near the end of the book who is and isn't going to buy the farm. The verbal exchanges between the cops are practically worth the price of the book alone. If you haven't read anything previously by the author this is an excellent place to start. 4 1/2 ...more
L.A. Requiem is the book in which Robert Crais elevated his game from being simply a great mystery writer to a great writer. The previous books in the Elvis Cole series center around wise-cracking detective Elvis Cole, a smart, moral guy who solves cases. They are usually funny, have good plots and are enjoyable to read.

L.A. Requiem has all of these characteristics, but is a much more powerful book than other Crais efforts. Like its predecessors, Requiem has a good plot: a woman from Elvis' par
An older Crais that I missed somewhere along the line. It was great reading and actually gave the reader some so Joe Pike's background. The plot is well constructed and fascinating. Cole and Pike are as noir as one could hope. The LA cops (Robbery/Homicide) are as difficult and less than likable as one would expect. Cole and Pike do solve the case, but how engrossing the process is!
Rob Kitchin
Without wishing to offend either author, LA Requiem reminded a lot of Michael Connelly's LA stories, especially those concerning Harry Bosch. The writing style, setting and focus seemed very similar to me - LA, Robbery-Homicide, serial killer, investigators who are Vietnam vets. This is no bad thing as I think both are very fine writers, rather just an observation. LA Requiem rattles along at quick, steady pace. Crais writes with an assured hand. The story is well crafted, with a nice layering o ...more
Jane Stewart
4 stars for the Joe parts. 2 stars for the Elvis parts. Some plot issues were not well thought out.

This is book 8 in the Elvis Cole series with two main characters Elvis and Joe Pike. The Elvis parts were done in first person. I did not care about Elvis. The Joe parts were done in third person and were excellent. I enjoyed reading about Joe and his back story. I would have preferred the entire book be third person.

I had a minor problem with two characters: Eugene Dirsh and Edward Deej. The names
Ok, a few rambling thoughts on Robert Crais. Who is this guy, where'd he come from, how'd he get so popular? Well the first thing to know is that Crais is not from California at all. He is a native of Louisiana, grew up in a blue collar family, and read his first crime novel The Little Sister when he was 15. And that's all it took. Chandler gave him his love for writing. Other authors that have inspired him were Hammett, Hemingway (seems like that's true of all the crime writers), Parker, and St ...more
Probably my favorite Cole/Pike novel to date. The detectives are retained by successful businessman whose daughter dated Pike when he was a police officer - the daughter is dead and Cole/Pike try to find the culprit. They stumble onto a serial killer who appears to be killing at random. You find out more in this book about how Pike became Pike and really, Pike could've gone either way - psychopath or what he is now which is probably close to a psychopath but with good reason? In this case Pike i ...more
Number 8. The first one I read. As a stand alone story, its great. However, when I went back and read the series, I realized this book is far more then a quick ass piece of noir detective fiction. This novel brings Joe Pike, Elvis' partner and protector, to the fore front. His ex girlfriend is murdered, and the leading suspect in none other then Pike himself, which is impossible, as Pike has an airtight alibi when the murder took place. Another great example of how Crais can take a near superhum ...more
lots of Joe Pike in this one, digging into his back story. the usual excellent level of plotting for an Elvis Cole story - very good
Karen Fyke
Apr 09, 2008 Karen Fyke rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parker fans, Los Angeles readers
Shelves: mysteries
This is about the 7th of the series wherein Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are partners in a detective agency. It's good that I read this one first, because in it we discover Joe's past that causes him to be what he is. There's a faint resemblance between this series and the Parker series, but the action in this one isn't as humorous and the book takes longer to read. The funniest biplay was when Cole tells someone to "call me Elvis," and the other character says, "I don't think I can do that."
Tim Niland
The eighth book in the Elvis Cole crime series takes things in a new and fresher direction. Cole's enigmatic partner in his private investigator office, Joe Pike, is taken aback then his former girlfriend is shot and killed while jogging. The girlfriend's father hires Cole and Pike to shadow the police and investigate the murder. The police aren't exactly thrilled to have them on the case and do what they can to trip them up. We learn some interesting back story about Joe Pike, he was a LAPD off ...more
This is the best of the Elvis Cole series by far. Robert Crais portrays the dark side of life in sunny California very nicely, and he has developed Elvis Cole into more than just a wisecracking tough guy. Great plot and great supporting characters, as well. And, we finally find out something more about Joe Pike (I think I'm in love, by the way).
Fred Clifford
The very best crime fiction book I have ever read, and I have read hundreds. Only Stiegg Larssens books and possibly John Harts Iron House and The Last Child are in the same stratosphere. Don't start it unless you have time to finish!
Victoria Moore
"L.A. Requiem" by Robert Crais is an L.A. mystery in the same mode as Michael Connelly's Hieronymous Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer novels because he uses two detectives, Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, who have to deal with their past relationships in the present day using the same types of professional and psychological tools. What sets Crais apart from Connelly, and makes him worth reading without comparison, however, is the way he intersperses simultaneous incidents within the story.
For this book that
Leon Aldrich
I gaffed. I read this one out of order believing it to be a stand alone. But at least I found out that Elvis Cole/Joe Pike is a series and not two separate series as listed here.
Marie-Jo Fortis
In his article “In the Mind of Others” (shared on Facebook by a friend; and now —surprise, surprise!— on sale online for six bucks or so; sorry I ain’t buyin’) Keith Oatley addresses the fact that psychologists, who for a long time scorned fiction, have recently revised their judgement and declared it beneficial to one’s social skills. The reason for the initial derision was that fiction was “made up.” Not real. In other words, an act of imagination. That Sigmund Freud dug out the expression “O ...more
I've only read one Elvis Cole book previously, but this was the third Robert Crais novel I've read. Trust me, I'll be reading more.

This novel deals more with Cole's partner, Joe Pike, and the story unwinds with the help of some flashbacks and dreams. One would think that Joe would be seriously messed up, and he is indeed one violent character, but glimpses of good and morality keep coming through. However, in this case, the two private detectives are called in to investigate the disappearance of
Man, this one got really personal for Elvis and Joe and had me on the edge of my seat.

Joe gets called into help look for a missing old girlfriend. What seems like it will be easy turns into a nightmare for Joe and Elvis by proxy.

Joe's history growing up is brought out for us to learn why Joe is the way he is. His past will have you shaking your head and wondering how Joe is as normal as he is. We also get to see Joe as a young cop. Through both of these sets of flashbacks you can see Joe's mora
Jun 11, 2013 Will rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: For Robert Crais' finest novel
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Tim Warner
a little over halfway on my first Robert Crais. Terrific in every way... can't put it down and don't want it to end.

Ok, i finished it. I loved it. It is great and the fellow Goodreads member who recommended Crais to me is my new best friend. Thanks!

Some writers are seemingly looking at the fast track to a big bank account. Some writers recognize that writing is a skill, a craft, an artistic endeavor. In this genre, Robert Crais is the craftsman, the artist, the skilled creator who can make my h
I read this because an editor I respect suggested my own writing might appeal to Robert Crais' audience if I were to amp up the tension where the plot calls for it. Some reviewers referred to L.A. Requiem as a breakout novel for Crais, and I plan to read some of his later work based on what I saw here.

The way the backstory informed the character development for Pike was highly readable, yet it broke so many of the rules that get drilled into new writers, I kept wondering how he got away with it
GS Nathan
A fine book with appropriately crafted twists. The tension of the choice Cole has to make - between his partner and friend Pike, and his girlfriend - is set up very well. The story of murder and the mystery behind it is also quite gripping. But there are false tones throughout the book, there are diversions and, most importantly, the resolution, the denouement, is not satisfying or dare I say, believable at all. It is like a Tamil movie, all shots fired and the hero gets hit, but still gets up t ...more
Susan McChesney
This book by Crais is a roller coaster ride for both Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. Cole takes a case that Joe Pike asks him to take as a favor. A simple case. Find the missing daughter of a friend. At every turn, there's a complication. Not just a complication in the case but a complication in Joe Pike's and Elvis Cole's lives. It's complex case that as a reader I don't think you will ever solve. I'm glad that I got to learn a lot about Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, their pasts, their characters, their lo ...more
Well, now this one is my favorite. It has everything the other ones do plus a whole extra couple buckets of awesome. Pike in jail! Cole losing his license! Both of them getting shot! But most importantly, Pike backstory oozing out all over the place.
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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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Elvis Cole (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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