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Los Angeles is a city of perpetual reinvention. Inviting, with a promise of infinite hope, it can also be a glittering landscape of debilitating isolation. The city's lost souls take comfort in its promise - the notion that tomorrow could be the day to start all over again, to transform oneself into someone else. Someone more powerful, more beautiful, more daring. At the core of L.A. Requiem is Joe Pike, a former cop with a past as dark and foreboding as his demeanor. His only stable relationship is with his partner of 12 years, Elvis Cole, a talented and quick-witted PI with skeletons in his own past.
When Pike's former lover is found dead at a reservoir in the Hollywood Hills, the duo is brought in by the woman's father to monitor the police investigation. But Pike's no stranger to the men and women in the LAPD's elite Robbery-Homicide Division, at least one of whom has been harboring a long-buried desire for revenge.
©1999 Robert Crais (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
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By Rebecca on 08-12-05

Great book (5 Stars), bad narrator(2 stars)!

I've listened to/read this book with great joy on at least three different occasions. I love Robert Crais' work. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are quite a team, their loyalty and dedication to each other makes them the best of friends and its a great treat to see them work a case together. This case is a little too close to home for both characters and it will take all of Elvis' detective skills to solve this one (especially since its his friends life in the balance).

LA Requiem, though not the first in the 'Elvis Cole' novels was the first I listened to/read and I was immediately hooked. I've since read every book in this series and have never been disappointed.

I was disappointed however with this particular audio version of LA Requiem. The version I originally listened to and enjoyed was borrowed from the local library. Recorded Books is the name of the company that produced that version and the narrator, Ron McLarty did an outstanding job. In fact it was his reading that helped pull me into the story. He has a gift for making each character real; its quite easy for the listener to get caught-up in the story. If you listen to both versions You will have no problem in seeing the difference in the narration style.

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By Rio on 04-20-04

Exceptional reading

Robert Crais can always be counted on to give bang for the buck. His signature character, Elvis Cole, is so vivid, he has more flesh of reality than any other fictional detective in literature with the exception of perhaps Sherlock Holmes. Normally the key, he gives way to Joe Pike, his anything but chatty companion, in this outing. Joe is the main guy this time and he carries the story along to its interesting conclusion. I loved this book, as I do all of Mr. Crais' novels, and highly recommend it to anyone in search of good read and a compelling story.

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By John L. on 07-15-17

Well worth a listen

What did you like most about L.A. Requiem?

Tense throughout

What did you like best about this story?

The interplay between humor and intrigue

Have you listened to any of John Bedford Lloyd’s other performances? How does this one compare?

As good as it gets

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The World's Greatest Detective Agency

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By Nathan on 12-10-16

loved it!

one of my favourite robert crais books yet! really good plot and good narrator. thoroughly enjoyed it.

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