Tuesday, September 7, 2010
In this book Crais has turned away from his primary protagonist, Elvis Cole and focused on Joe Pike, Cole’s muscled sidekick. All of the attributes that make Cole such a likable character – a sense of humor, a full range of emotions, reasonable social interactions – are absent in Pike. As a central character he leaves a lot to be desired. His primary trait if you don’t count his vegetarianism is a penchant for violence. His lack of emotion, solitary existence and clinical approach to violence leave me cold, although I suppose his some folks will like his inscrutability and manliness. For me bring back Elvis Cole, “the world’s greatest detective”
In summary, good read for an airplane or when you need to escape for a couple of hours.