Re: RARA-AVIS: Crais' LA Requiem

From: temporary spider (
Date: 14 Jul 2000

Interesting. I haven't liked Crais much, because I've found the characters flip and shallowly drawn, and the plots kind of cookbookish. I did like LA Requiem, though, because Cole stopped being unrelentingly glib, Pike was fleshed out more and what was at stake (Pike's life) was compelling. I also enjoy Cole's love for the city. That said, I still think Crais' characterizations of women are even weaker than his are of men. I have yet to see what Cole sees in Lucy, for example, or in LA Requiem, why Dolan was so intent on Cole. Dolan's character didn't make much sense at all -- practically stalking Cole, and choosing a guy she barely knew over the LAPD at every turn despite a long career with the police. Huh?

I haven't read Demolition Angel, but I'd be happily surprised if Crais manages to make her a 3-dimensional human who doesn't sound like a man who happens to have female secondary sex characteristics.


--- wrote:
> I used the opportunity of our monthly title to read
> through as much of the series (Crais' Cole novels) as
> I could--and it's been quite enjoyable.
> As I've mentioned before, I find Crais' female characters
> especially interesting, sometimes quite strong. In LA
> Requiem,
> the dead cop's wife, her daughter, Dolan, and, to a lesser
> extent, Lucy
> all have individual voices and perspectives that play into the
> plot.
> Pike is made more human through his involvement with the
> women, also.
> Crais seems to have been building toward his most recent (?)
> novel, Demolition
> Angel, which features a woman on the Bomb Squad. How well
> does
> Crais carry it off in that novel?
> LA Req. also deepens Crais' exploration of Los Angeles,
> answering a
> criticism I had of the early Cole novels. That exploration
> really begins
> in Sunset Express, and Cole's final "song" of love for L.A. in
> Requiem
> is quite earned, it seems to me. (HB novels work best when
> they "earn" their
> lyricism--as well as their adjectives.)
> Be interested in comments on DAngel.
> Bill Hagen

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