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Demolition Angel (2000)

por Robert Crais

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Carol Starkey is 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. 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.… (más)
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I'm a huge fan but this was so disappointing. The MC is a walking, cussing, hard drinking cliche. Think I'll take a pass on this new series & wait for the next instalment of his old one. ( )
  RowingRabbit | Aug 8, 2021 |
Everyone I know loves Crais. I tried one of his series once and it just didn't do it for me. My friend, the bookshop owner, gave me this one for my birthday. It's not part of his series and it is amazing. Carol Starkey is a victim of her job in many ways. As part of a bomb squad, she was nearly blasted to bits. And now, another bomb squader is a bomb victim and she's leading the team to find out who did it. I did not like any of the characters in the book. This is usually a quick ticket to putting it down. But, the first chapter of this book is the most compelling first chapter I've ever read and I was sucked in and glad of it. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
I like reading Robert Crais. His novels are always action-packed, have just enough sill puns and brillianlty flawed characters.

In Demolition Angel we get to know Carol Starkey, a tough bomb tech. After being broken, she's trying to get her life back together, survive in a male-domiated world and pretending she's okay (and greatly failing at it). Add to that a mad bomber/killer and a rogue cops and you get the thrilling read this novel is.
My one point of critique: the last two pages feel too sacharin-sugar like. I understand the want to close the story, as this story seems to be intended as a stand-alone, but I feel it would have been better without the 'After' chapter and with an open ending instead. ( )
  HeyMimi | Aug 14, 2017 |
A member of the Los Angeles police department bomb squad is killed inspecting a suspicious package and detective Carol Starkey is assigned to investigate. Starkey, introduced in two earlier Elvis Cole novels, was formerly a member of the bomb squad who was “killed” three years earlier in an explosion. She is suffering from posttraumatic stress syndrome; she drinks heavily and has difficulty relating to people.

Starkey is hoping to be reassigned to the bomb squad but is so psychologically damaged that it is difficult to imagine her even holding on to her job as a detective. Her heavy reliance on gin and smoking to manage her stress make it unlikely that she will be able to function again as a healthy member of society. Those problems also made it difficult for me to identify with her as the protagonist. I found her compulsive smoking to be particularly distasteful. Nevertheless, I found myself warming to Starkey despite her flaws.

A serial murderer known as Mr. Red is the suspected bomber but he is an enigma; his motivation is unclear, his identity is unknown, there are no known pictures of him, and his whereabouts is a mystery. The FBI and ATF believe that he sells his services as an executioner when it pleases him but several of his bombs appear to have targeted members of various municipal bomb squads for unknown reasons.

As Starkey investigates the case she finds evidence that makes her question the identity of the bomber. The mystery is further deepened by the presence of an ATF agent who appears to be hiding something.

“Demolition Angel” poses a multifaceted mystery that leads to a number of surprises. The ending is a bit too melodramatic but most readers will find it to be a compelling read. ( )
  Tatoosh | May 25, 2017 |
From Amazon:

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.

My Thoughts:

It wasn't my favorite Robert Crais book and I don't want a steady diet of it ...but a very readable offering none the less. The characterization was rather thin, and Carol Starkey is a very difficult character to like. Many of the supporting characters are barely fleshed out. Maybe the author doesn't intend to keep them around although several are in Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels. The romance between two characters is underdeveloped and unconvincing. But it was a quick read with loads of action with things blowing up. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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Crais tightens the screws to the max in this white-hot crossover thriller about a cop on the trail of a serial bomber. ... [the author] spikes this predictable, foolproof yarn with so many surprises and such a masterly command of pace that you’ll find yourself checking the clock every ten pages. Make sure it’s not digital.
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Carol Starkey is 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. 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.

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