RARA-AVIS: *L.A. Requiem*

From: Bludis Jack ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 05 May 2003

There were some confusing point of view scenes in which Elvis pulls back and observes a scene so objectively that I didn't realize that those parts of the book were in first person.

Also, I expected and wanted a PI novel, but this read more like a police procedural.

Those nits out of the way, I have to say my first experience as a reader of Robert Crais was a pleasant one--pleasant in the sense that I liked the book. The book is definitely hardboiled.

The book is a real page turner, with some nice twists along the way.

Elvis Cole is characterized extremely well--especailly his sensitivity to other human beings.

Joe Pike? To me, he seemed as over the top as Spenser's Hawk, but in context this is a nit and not a major complaint.

Even if you don't buy and read the book, look at the last three pages to read a great homatge to Los Angeles.

Jack Bludis

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