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Demolition Angel (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. Juli 2001

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Penzler Pick, May 2000: Like many authors with ongoing characters, Robert Crais has taken a break from his famous private eye. After eight novels featuring Elvis Cole and his loyal sidekick Joe Pike, Crais has created Carol Starkey, a bomb squad veteran now doing time as a Detective-2 with LAPD's Criminal Conspiracy Section. Three years have passed since the detonation that killed Carol's partner and lover, but she is still severely scarred both mentally and physically. She can't bear to look in the mirror, and she hasn't been with another man since David Boudreaux left her bed that last morning he went to work. She gets through the day with the help of Tagamet and alcohol.

When a bomb call takes the life of another colleague, Carol begins to investigate a series of explosions that seem to be designed to exterminate bomb technicians. She soon realizes that she's "the one that got away." With the help of an FBI agent whom she loathes professionally for interfering with her job but finds attractive anyway, Carol must track down one of the most frighteningly brilliant killers of the modern age.

This edgy thriller's protagonist is one that the reader at first may have difficulty liking, but she's got a background and history that make her truly three-dimensional. One hopes that Crais, one of the handful of young crime writers capable of writing consistently luminous prose, will continue to give us characters like Carol Starkey to star in his always powerful portraits of modern-day Los Angeles. --Otto Penzler -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.

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“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

“The final pages can hardly be turned fast enough, and the climactic violence is tempered masterfully with a sweet irony.”
–The San Diego Union-Tribune



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Unplug the phone. Call in sick for work or school. Once you start this awesome new novel, you won't be able to put it down!
Robert Crais is a master at creating believable characters and delivering a white-knuckle ride of suspense. Readers of his Elvis Cole novels already know this. Demolition Angel is his first stand alone book and it's an amazing novel.
Carol Starkey was horribly scarred and her lover was killed in a bombing. A few years later, Carol is tough as nails and determined to overcome her troubles. Pulled into an investigation of another bomb tech who was blown away, she has to face down all her old fears to stop a serial bomber who takes pride in killing bomb-techs. With fully realized characters and blistering conflict, Demolition Angel takes you inside the world of the bomb squad. Wait until you meet Mr. Red, the bomber who wants to be on the FBI's Most Wanted list.
This is a brilliant novel. Even while Crais gets your heart racing, he manages to explore a great many emotional truths along the way. The depth of emotion heightens the suspense. I read this book in one sitting. Robert Crais has outdone himself with this one.
Don't miss it!
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At first, I was somewhat disheartened to learn that this would not be an Elvis Cole novel. One the one hand I was looking forward to something different from Crais because he is a fantastic author, but on the other hand I need my Elvis fix! But I can now say that after reading Demolition Angel I have forgotten about Elvis (temporarily, of course).
Demolition Angel is much darker and edgier than the Elvis Cole novels. The main character, Carol Starkey, is on a path to self destruction. Bitter, alienated, and self-abusive since the bomb blast death of her partner, she must regain control of her life or be destroyed herself. While struggling with her personal demons, she must catch the killer who is targeting bomb squad technicians in a series of explosions. Is Mr. Red the mad bomber or is it someone else?
Non-stop action, intense suspense, and plenty of twists along the way lead to an explosive climax. An intelligent, multi-dimensional thriller, Demolition Angel will keep your heart racing and keep you on the edge as you race through the pages. Crais at his best matches up with anyone else. Period.
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I could not put down this book. I really liked the Carol Starkey character. You could feel her pain and understand how she could get so low as she has. While I have read most of the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike stories, I think that Crais most two recent novels are his best. He's only getting better. The only minor thing I didn't buy into was how quickly the relationship between Pell and Starkey escalated. They are immediate protagonists and then bam they're in love. I didn't see where the relationship built up to get to being in love.
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This is the first book i have read by Robert Crais and it is my all time favorite book i have read so far. Carol Starky was well described in the book. It made you feel like you and her were friends for a long time. The suspense in the book was outstanding and once i started reading the book I couln't put it down. this book is a must get!
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Anyone who has ever watched technicians disarming a bomb on television has probably felt gripping tension and possibly even fear. Few do not empathize with those brave people who approach bombs to make life safer for all of us. Demolition Angel is an intense exploration of the emotions and perspectives of those on the bomb squads and the warped people who make and plant these bombs. Robert Crais has succeeded in taking the reader inside the heads of those who live in a world that we would not otherwise enter and understand. Unfortunately, the book wallows in a crudity that will make you feel dirty by the time you finish reading it. I'm not sure that all of this crudity and ugliness was necessary to tell the story, and have graded the book down accordingly.

The book centers around Carol Starkey who is now a Detective-2 with the L.A.P.D.'s Criminal Conspiracy Section, who investigates bombings. Three years earlier she had been on the bomb squad. While defusing a bomb, she was severely injured and lost the man she loved. She has been trying to keep her life together since then, but has just been keeping her head above water. She smokes like a chimney, is drunk most of the time, and lives in a filthy house with no groceries. Her main connection to other people is through her shrink.

At this moment, a new explosion takes another bomb technician's life, and Starkey is in charge of the investigation. Soon, she is jockeying to keep the ATF from taking the case away from her. All the clues point to the bomber being a maniac who calls himself, Mr. Red.

The story is told from Carol Starkey's perspective and from that of the bombers you will meet in the story. The interactions are especially revealing.

The book contains a good mystery, and you will enjoy it.
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Is it possible to like a book and not like the main character? I guess so, because I liked the story very much, but found yet another unlikeable main character in Carol Starkey.
So, she got blown up and died and was revived, but lost her bomb technician partner/lover. I think someone should explain to the author that (1) people who suffer tragedy are able to put their mournful thoughts and angers in a box and be more than a pitiful, one-dimensional person. Yes, the box is flimsy. Yes, anyone can open it. But typically one can get through a day keeping his thoughts to himself and appearing normal, not constantly jumping down everybody's throat; and (2) when a man loves a woman, he is incapable of seeing her scars. It's not necessary for the author to make her possible lover someone who is going blind.
But the story, otherwise, is quite good. I loved how, through police investigation, the puzzle slowly took shape. I felt as if I were part of that intellectual endeavor, determining in which direction the investigation should go, and fitting new pieces into the puzzle. Nice.
But for those looking for action, especially the kind that Elvis Cole and Joe Pike deliver, you'll have to look at Crais' earlier books or wait for his latest one.
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