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L.A. Requiem

(Elvis Cole and Joe Pike #8)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  18,409 ratings  ·  696 reviews
Robert Crais (Free Fall, Monkey's Raincoat) returns with his eighth Elvis Cole mystery, L.A. Requiem, a breakneck caper that leaves the wise-cracking detective second-guessing himself.

Cole's partner, the tight-lipped, charm-free Joe Pike, gets a call from his friend Frank "Tortilla" Garcia. Not only is Garcia a wealthy businessman, he's a political heavyweight and father
Mass Market Paperback, 539 pages
Published October 3rd 2002 by Pocket (first published June 1st 1999)
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Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of detective thrillers
Shelves: male-lead, awards, mystery
I can't stop reading Crais.

In this one, our hero Elvis Cole is pulled into a case by long-time partner, Joe Pike. Despite seven earlier books, this is the first story that has Pike initiating an investigation. A very influential and wealthy father of an ex-girlfriend wants Joe to find her after she's gone missing. Elvis, much to his dismay, is pulled away from helping Lucy settle into her new L.A. apartment in order to help his closest friend.

"The Santa Anas continued to pick up as we drove nort
Dan Schwent
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
While this does provide a nice glimpse into Pikes formative years, a rather muddled, long, drawn-out ending fails to enhance this story, almost to the point of depression. 6 of 10 stars
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
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sep-17, 4000-books
Loved this 8th book of his Elvis Cole series! My favourite of the series so far!
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very flawed 3.5 Stars. Could have been Five.

As usual with my reviews, please first read the publisher’s blurb/summary of the book. Thank you.

This is a special book in the series, a breakthrough book for Crais, with real power, eloquence, imagination. There's background on Elvis and Joe, and we begin to see why they are lions among men.

Also, wonderfully, Elvis is becoming my favourite kind of protagonist: The Philosopher-Detective. See quotes below.

Unfortunately, it doesn't last.

A terrific
Sep 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After repeated readings, the story never fails to entertain. Our first glimpse of recurring character criminalist John Chen.

3rd read - A wealthy and influential L.A. businessman, Frank, approaches Joe Pike for a favor - Frank's daughter, an old flame of Joe's, is missing. The police have no leads, and Joe asks investigator Elvis for help. Elvis is in the middle of getting his amour, Lucy and her son settled in after she's moved West to be closer to Elvis.

The missing girl is found and the hunt is
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: noir-crime
I feel like I just ate a huge bag of McDonald’s while drinking a case of Budweiser and watching a Steven Seagal flick. Not an altogether terrible time I suppose, but certainly a trashy one by any measure.

I have to stop half-expecting these airport thrillers to be something they’re not. Which is better. And less in love with cliches. Excruciating cliches in the case of this one.

The characters’ banter in this book has all of the eloquence and panache of the jeers you’d overhear from a slow twelve
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
True to form, I've been reading this series out of order, beginning with #4, and now, having read #8 of the Elvis Cole series, I'm a fan for sure. The partnership between private detective Elvis Cole and his best friend, former L.A. cop, Force Recon Marine, and all around bad-ass strong, silent type, Joe Pike, forms the epicenter of these novels.

It was refreshing to learn of Joe's backstory, so instead of viewing him as a pure literary caricature, he becomes more human, and I've a better unders
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know what Crais was doing in his personal life when he wrote this book. I don’t know if he changed his diet or got divorced or was going through a midlife crisis or what. But whatever it was, it ended up being a major shot in the ass for a series I already really liked.

Discussion of the masterful plot in detail would be crude but I will say this one starts out with one of Pike’s old flames going missing. Fair warning to all Crais fans, this is an EXTREMELY Pikey book. If you didn’t alrea
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
LA REQUIEM is an emotionally driven fast-paced whodunit thriller that beautifully captures the vibrancy of LA and the dark gritty vibes of crime thrillers. Even though this is the 8th book in the Elvis Cole series, I did not feel at all estranged. It was incredibly easy for me to gel with the characters.

LA REQUIEM picks up Elvis Cole and Joe Pike doing a favor for a friend, who wishes to find his daughter who has gone missing. Things go awry when the woman is found dead, shot in the head with a
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: detective
For a long time I've been looking for a detective series that I liked as much as Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch and Renee Ballard. I had tried a couple of Crais titles before and found them to be ok or better than ok by a little. Neither were quite what I was looking for since they were written more like thrillers than mysteries since you know who the bad guys were and got their pov. However, L.A. Requiem is pretty much exactly what I was looking for. An interesting case/mystery, tension, action ...more
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
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Robert Crais gets you with his terse writing and his humane characters. Crime fiction at its soulful best.
Steve Haywood
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
What starts out as a simple missing person's case for private detective Elvis Cole quickly becomes a lot more complicated when her body is discovered with no clues as to who committed the crime. Asked by the girl's father to investigate, things get distinctly more murky when it appears she is the latest victim of a serial killer. It doesn't help matters either that the victim is his co-detective Joe Pike's ex-girlfriend, nor that the police seem determined to obstruct them at every turn.

This is
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite so far in the Elvis Cole series. Life is going well for Elvis, his girlfriend Lucy relocated from New Orleans to LA and their relationship is progressing until a call from Joe Pike. An old friend hires them to find his missing daughter who was also a girlfriend of Joe's when he was a cop with LAPD. The book gives a lot of history on the mysterious Joe Pike, his youth and his reasons for leaving LAPD. It also lays the background for a lot of resentment of Joe by some members of law en ...more
Matthew FitzSimmons
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Had Robert Crais, in general, and L.A. Requiem, in particular, recommended to me by several authors. It did not disappoint. If you're a fan of hard boiled detective fiction - this is a book and series well worth checking out. Really dug it. ...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
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This write-up will probably come off sounding like a 1 or 2-star review, but that is only because it is a reaction to the almost unanimous 4 and 5-star love heaped upon this book (my 1st foray into the Elvis Cole series), and my resultant high expectations for it. It was an entertaining listen, good for a few hours’ diversion. The plot was pretty good, despite some parts that strained credibility. Contrary to what you may read in other reviews, the story can hardly be described as “action-packed ...more
Jerry B
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This eighth in Crais’ Elvis Cole (PI) set was especially terrific, as it explained the entire back story on his partner, usually the less visible of the two, Joe Pike – apropos as the books (currently three so far) featuring Pike with just a little help from Cole will not appear for several more years. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn of Pike’s early days on the LAPD and the details on why Pike is generally hated by his former colleagues, having to do with his first partner’s death, for ...more
Robert Cohen
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are many authors of detective thrillers who are great at dialogue and plot and character development and humor. There are few writers who dig as deeply into the complexities of human emotion as Robert Crais does.

Love, hate, revenge, contrition, ambivalence, gratitude, anger, fear, sadness, trust, commitment, determination, protectiveness. These are just a few. What separates Crais is that he can paint a scene in which a half dozen of these emotions crash into each other, leaving the reader
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
One of my good reads friends said this was a great book! And they were so right! This one was all about Joe Pike. You learn about his childhood, his time in the service and Vietnam and the women in his life.
Joe gets accused of murder and Elvis is desperately trying to find out who really did it.
Dolan, Kratz...some of the main characters in this one. Very well developed. One likable, the other, not so much.
This book was SO well written. Every aspect of a book that is missing that makes me disap
James Fitzgerald
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are great friends when Pike is called to find the missing ex girlfriend for her Father Frank Garcia he makes Cole come along. a few days later ex girlfriend shows up dead. Men who find her come across her in a wooded area next to where she ran for exercise. one of the men who found her Mr. Dersh becomes a prime suspect by the police. Dersh is murdered in his home and Joe Pike is identified by a witness as the killer. Excellent character development we learn more about Joe ...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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Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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  • Lullaby Town (Elvis Cole, #3)
  • Free Fall (Elvis Cole, #4)
  • Voodoo River (Elvis Cole, #5)
  • Sunset Express (Elvis Cole, #6)
  • Indigo Slam (Elvis Cole, #7)
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