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L.A. Requiem (Elvis Cole #8)

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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
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ebook, 416 pages
Published July 22nd 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published June 1st 1999)
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Carol.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of detective thrillers
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
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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
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Kemper
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
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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
Greg
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
Tim
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wendy
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books, sep-17
Loved this 8th book of his Elvis Cole series! My favourite of the series so far!
Johnny
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
J.P.
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
David
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
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Joyce
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mike
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An old girlfriend of Joe Pike's is missing, and her father asks Joe and Elvis to help find her. She's found - dead - and the hunt is on. This is the tip of an iceberg that adds up to five more bodies. The question is it a serial killer or murder for a reason?

All the boy's jobs are dangerous, but Crais ups the ante with jail time for one or both of our heroes a distinct possibility, because of a decades-long dispute between Joe and a higher up in the police department.

A good buddy story, with Elv
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Steve Haywood
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Darcy
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
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Mark Baker
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2017
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are asked to find Karen Garcia, a former girlfriend of Pike’s. Her father is concerned, but the police aren’t taking him seriously. Unfortunately, her body turns up, and Cole and Pike find themselves working the case. With Pike’s connection to the victim and interacting with his former co-workers in the LAPD, the partners find themselves in a tough situation. How will the events of the past influence the current investigation?

I’ve long complained that the main characters,
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Harry
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rob Kitchin
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Shannon
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Justin
May 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
James Fearn
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elvis Cole is one of those characters that I like. I especially love the sarcastic quips that he delivers in the book as he corresponds with the other characters in the book. Joe Pike, Elvis' partner, is a tough dude who, we find out, has been through quite a lot in his life. Now to compound matters one of his exes is murdered and he becomes enwrapped in the plot. Now his partner must try to unwind the matter and solve the crime.
The result of this book is quite a cliff hanger and the book never
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Karen Fyke
Apr 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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."
Joe  Noir
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic. One of the finest private eye novels ever written. With this novel Robert Crais raised the bar on his mystery/crime thrillers to true literature. Highly recommended. This book is one of the two greatest late twentieth century private eye novels, the other being Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane.
Beth
Jul 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detectivenovels
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
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, favorite-books
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!
Tom
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim A
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better Cole/Pike novels by Crais. A lot of Joe Pike's backstory in brought out in this book. Add a very good story and it's another winner from Crais.

Daphne Durham
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heart Joe Pike.
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.
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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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“Some of us find our way with a single light to guide us; others lose themselves even when the star field is as sharp as a neon ceiling. Ethics may not be situational, but feelings are. We learn to adjust, and, over time, the stars we use to guide ourselves come to reside within rather than without.” 10 likes
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