Saturday, August 17, 2013

Stalking the Angel by Robert Crais‏


Elvis Cole #2

            I listened to this one on audio book. Elvis Cole is as entertaining aloud as he is in print. I have to wonder at times how someone as goofy as Cole manages to catch the bad guys, but he does. The fact that he has the strong, silent Joe Pike to back him up when the going gets rough certainly helps.

            In this installment, a rare Japanese manuscript goes missing from the collection of a seriously obnoxious and twisted rich guy. This man is totally unconcerned about anything but his own desires and the opinions of people he wants to impress. His wife and daughter are nonentities to him.

            Cole is hired to track down the manuscript. In the course of the investigation, the daughter goes missing. As a result of this debacle, Cole is fired. But he has promised the awkward young girl he would keep her safe, and so he continues tracking the manuscript in the belief that both disappearances are connected. And, of course, he is right.

            I started reading the older Elvis Cole novels because I enjoyed a later one so much. This book, much like the first, is extremely entertaining and I know for a fact they will only get better as the series matures.

See my other reviews of Robert Crais' books, The Monkey's Raincoat and Taken.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Kiss the Dead by Laurel K Hamilton


Anita Blake #21

            There was not much of a US Marshall, vampire hunter story line to this book.  Is Hamilton running out of stories, or are there so many characters and back stories to keep up with that there is no room for outside action?  This book seemed to spend most of its time having Anita explore her feelings for her large number of lovers. She is very concerned about not loving them all the same.  It seems most of them are less concerned about this, but she works through her feelings on the subject all the same.

            It felt like there was more sex than story here.  Not my favorite kind of book.  But it was nice catching up with the gang. Hopefully Hamilton will come up with a more exciting situation to drop her characters into in the next installment.