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“Crais is at the top of his game, and Demolition Angel delivers the goods. With a bang....It’s Silence of the Lambs meets Speed....Crais knows how to press all the right buttons in keeping the story line taut and the action, well, explosive.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
Carol Starkey is struggling to pick up the pieces of her former life as L.A.’s finest bomb squad technician. Fueled with liberal doses of alcohol and Tagamet, she’s doing time as a Detective-2 with LAPD’s Criminal Conspiracy Section. Three years have passed since the event that still haunts her: a detonation that killed her partner and lover, scarred her body and soul, and ended her career as a bomb tech.
When a seemingly innocuous bomb call explodes into a charred murder scene, Carol catches the case and embarks on an investigation of a series of explosions that reveal chilling intentions. The bombs are designed expressly to kill bomb technicians. Now, as the one tech who survived the deadliest of blasts, Carol is in for the most perilous fight of her life....
Praise for Demolition Angel
“Terrific...explosive...[a] high powered thrill ride.” (The Wall Street Journal)
“Gripping...Crais piles on plot twists...gathering the separate threads at the end and igniting them like a string of fireworks.” (People)
“A powerful, self-contained novel of suspense that has the compactness, velocity, and effectiveness of a well-aimed bullet...This is a thriller that works on every level, a pivotal work from a crime novelist operating at the top of his game.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Fascinating and frighteningly believable...Starkey is one of the toughest characters to grace the crowded field of thriller books in a long time.” (USA Today)
“A flammable techno-thriller with the kind of force that knocks out windows.” (The New York Times Book Review)
"Packs an explosive punch. Though the pace of the book moves like a quick-burning fuse, Crais still takes the time in Demolition Angel to sketch out some memorable characters: Starkey, haunted and hollow-eyed, covering up her pain with a Bogart-tough demeanor; and John Michael Fowles (aka Mr. Red), a sociopath who gets all sorts of information from the Internet without breaking a sweat...Crais keeps things wound so tight that readers will be getting paper cuts in their rush to finish this one.” (The Denver Post)
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 50 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 23, 2000|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #46,618 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#4,297 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,492 in Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#15,492 in Suspense Thrillers
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I’m so used to Crais giving his characters strong and unique voices that I was astonished over this book lacking that completely. The protagonist sounded like the author talking the whole way through.
Crais also wrote in the rookie style of “telling” rather than “showing,” and also going into long expository explanations about what was going on. This was disappointing, as it’s not his norm.
And because he did this, he utterly failed to engage me in the plot or the characters.
The worst was that the book flowed in a very confusing manner (or didn’t flow). Usually a character does a gesture, and then the dialogue of that character comes right after the gesture.
Marzik looked miffed. “Kelso asked us not to attend.”
But Crais would have a character do a gesture, then have the dialogue on the next line:
Marzik looked miffed.
“Kelso asked us not to attend.”
Then the next person would jump in to speak, then another person, with no “he said, she said” dialogue tags. I was constantly confused over who was speaking, and this took me out of the story. Another shocking fail on Crais’s part.
His main character of Carol Starkey was also very dark—she wasn’t anyone fun to hang out with for the length of a book—and her burgeoning love for ATF agent Pell was under-developed to the point of being unbelievable.
The only thing good about this book was the plot, and because the author failed to engage me emotionally in what was going on, even that lacked.
This was really a 2-star read for me, but I gave Crais 3 on this one, because normally he’s a great writer, and I didn’t want to destroy his star count by too much.
But overall I recommend passing on this book.
There were some issues I had with Carol's self destructive behaviors, but accepted them in light of her experiences. I mean, come on, dainty, lady like, and self composed is not part of a female cop's basic personality to begin with. On top of that, throw in face time with bombs for a living, and you can accept her brash attitude as well earned.
And now someone is targeting bomb squad technicians - again. Carol is placed in charge of the investigation when there seems to be evidence of the return of the mysterious villain "Mr. Red" whose previous attacks on bomb squad technicians have earned him a reputation as a serial bomber and killer, though not yet the "FBI Top 10 Most Wanted" list designation that his ego covets. Carol knows bombs. Was this latest attack really the work of Mr. Red, or does she have a copycat? She and her team are in a race against time to determine the truth before the copycat strikes again, or before the real Mr. Red returns to take his revenge on this copycat who is using his "name in vain".
The story is well-paced and gripping, like all of Mr. Crais' novels. Carol Starkey appears in minor roles in later novels in the Cole/Pike series.
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Subsequently some years later she Is called to a scene whereby someone from the bomb squad she knows gets deliberately blown up. By dint of hard work she Is called back to investigate and so here starts the story which Is a battle between her some ex colleagues and the bomber as we find out likes to kill bomb technicians.
Suffice to say It presents and shows just how much hard work goes into these Investigations and some friends of mine suggested the book was extremely slow In the middle half, but I enjoyed the technicality of It all.
However that Is why reveiews are always different, If we all liked the same thing where would we be, the last third of the book Is very exciting and Crais bought It to It's finality very skilfully, I think most US Crime Readers would find this a good buy, ENJOY.