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At the same time the police find Mort in his parked car with four gunshots in his chest - and no kid in sight - Ellen disappears.
Now nothing is what it seems, and the heat is on. It's up to Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, to find the connection between sleazy Hollywood players and an ex-Matador.
"Is Bob Crais good? Put it this way: if they're taking you out to put you against the firing squad wall, and you want to enjoy your last moments on earth, pass on the last cigarette and ask for an Elvis Cole novel." (Harlan Ellison)
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By John on 06-18-08
Good book for the first in the series.
I really like this style of detective novels. The PI has a smart mouth and guts and know how to back it up.
The plot had some unexpected turns which gave me the impression that the author was trying to stretch the books length more than actually following an outline.
In the end everything was tied up in a nice neat bow.
I will definately be getting the other books in this series.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
By Lehua of Pacifica on 06-11-09
Slaughtered by sickeningly awful reader
I purchased this because I'd liked the previous Elvis Cole so much, but what a difference the reader can make! I can't even comment on the writing or the plot because the reader ground both of them down into the sewer. You've got a protagonist who's quietly confident, reserved, competent, so sure of himself and his boundaries that he doesn't ever have to be pushy. So, producers, OF COURSE you hire a reader who portrays him as whiny, know-it-all, desperate for attention and approval, and pompous. Good choice. This reader was such a horrible, incongruent, pushy dweeb that I couldn't bear it. What a disgusting and avoidable mess the publishers made of this!
26 of 29 people found this review helpful