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This is vintage Crais so if you have enjoyed his earlier books you will enjoy this. Pike is his silent, effective self and the plot is engaging. Excellent narration.
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Robert Crais can still write up a storm, and Luke Daniels can narrate. A long long time ago, maybe 25 years, I was sitting outside of a bookstore reading one of his first books, and I was laughing out loud. A woman came over and asked what I was reading, as there really aren't that many LOL authors. Who knew that reading was a way to meet women?
In any case, Crais's plots are beginning to get repetitive. Elvis and Joe Pike continue to be interesting characters, although Joe's strong-but-silent act is starting to wear thin. And I found myself having a hard time keeping the bad guys straight here: the Mexican drug dealers, el M, the Bolivian drug cartels, and maybe somebody else. A thing that I thought really awkward was Crais's attempt to portray auditory hallucinations. Daniel, the primary bad guy, hears the voices of two people, one male and one female, and they talk silly. Not to be technical here, but hallucinations are not cute, and they don't repeat themselves in some kind of singsong way. Luke makes a good stab at it, but all told I think Crais should stay away from that. It sounds very odd.
Who am I to argue with success, though? Elvis and Joe have sold one heck of a lot of books, so I'm sure that Crais can do without my opinions. And, after twenty five or so years of buying his books, I will continue to do that, because, who knows? The next one might be fantastic. I do miss the humor, though. In the beginning he was funny on almost every page, and now he seems to have become much more a thriller writer and less a fun guy. Elvis is still a smartass, of course, just not as wry as he used to be.
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