L.A. Requiem – Robert Crais

L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais | Buy on Amazon | (5/5)

I have been slowly reading the Elvis Cole & Joe Pike series of books by Robert Crais. The first book, The Monkey’s Raincoat, was an enjoyable story and since then the books have remained high quality reads, though maybe, at times, a touch formulaic.

The 8th book in the series, L.A. Requiem was different though, I just finished reading it and I wanted to write a review right away. L.A. Requiem breaks the mould Crais has crafted with the first seven books. It delves into the past of the mysterious Joe Pike and tells its story from multiple angles instead of solely from Elvis.

The story starts as a missing person case and quickly turns into a murder, the book takes us on a journey through Pike’s past, the killer’s perspective and introduces some good new characters. The tone is just right and the pace steady and engaging. There is some misdirection and a few surprises.

I was disappointed that one potentially shocking moment was signposted and lost its impact but other than that it was an incredible ride. I’m being purposefully cryptic here as my wife, somehow, didn’t see it coming so I don’t want to ruin it for others.

I have read that some people didn’t like the revelations surrounding Pike, that they wanted him to remain a mystery. I disagree, I think Crais handled this well and didn’t reveal too much. There is still a great deal we do not know about Pike, particularly the fate of his parents, so there is plenty of mystery left.

My favourite line from this book, and quite possibly ever, is as everything fell apart for Elvis and he muses: “If the day got any better, my cat would die”.

L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais | Buy on Amazon | (5/5)


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