Demolition Angel

Demolition Angel

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John Michael Fowles has a natural talent: he understands explosives. He has a feel for them. It is a talent which he fully expects will take him onto the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. Along the way he will match himself against the best: the FBI's elite team of bomb technicians and one person in particular - Carol Starkey, Detective in the LAPD Criminal Conspiracy Section. Starkey died for two minutes and forty seconds after being blown up by one of his bombs, and Fowles dearly wants her dead again. As the FBI attempt to find the link behind a series of bomb explosions that have been designed to kill their technicians, Special Agent Ben Williams stumbles on the bomber's secret: his desire to kill Starkey. If Williams can keep this from Starkey he can set a trap and catch the bomber. A trap that uses Carol Starkey as bait.show more

Product details

  • Paperback
  • 112 x 178 x 25mm | 227g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion mass market paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Open market ed
  • 075283732X
  • 9780752837321

About Robert Crais

Robert Crais is the author of the Elvis Cole novels. He has won the Macavity and Edgar awards and been nominated for an Edgar. He lives in L.A. with his wife and daughter.show more

Review Text

After eight entertainingly laid-back mysteries starring Elvis Cole (L.A. Requiem, 1999, etc.), Crais tightens the screws to the max in this white-hot crossover thriller about a cop on the trail of a serial bomber. Three years ago, Carol Starkey was abruptly retired from the LAPDs Bomb Squad by an explosive that killed both her and her supervisor/lover. She was brought back to life after two minutes of flatlining; he wasnt. Now that shes working at Criminal Conspiracy, shes the obvious choice to head the investigation when a bomb kills her old colleague Charlie Riggio. And even though her own ordeal left her dead in more ways than one, shes a terrific choice, too, because right from the start she makes things happen. She realizes that the bomb must have been detonated by remote control, and that the killer must therefore have been on the scene. When ATF agent Jack Pell links the murder to half a dozen earlier bombings-for-hire and assassinations of explosives experts, she joins forces with Pell in an uneasy romance that keeps the case in the LAPD corral. And, inevitably, she finds herself online with Mr. Red, the gleefully self-advertising bomber obsessed with making the FBIs Ten Most Wanted list (and evidently imitating his fictional model Hannibal Lecter). But not all Starkeys calls turn out golden, and one of them sparks a shocking plot twist that brings the globe-hopping Mr. Red, whod been perfectly happy killing people in faraway jurisdictions, back to the City of Angels. Soon enough, Starkeys been frozen out of the case, forced to go up against Mr. Red with only Pell for backup. Crais spikes this predictable, foolproof yarn with so many surprises and such a masterly command of pace that youll find yourself checking the clock every ten pages. Make sure its not digital. (Book-of-the-Month Club featured selection; Literary Guild/Mystery Guild featured selection; film rights to Columbia/Tri-Star; author tour) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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