We'll be meeting on the 2nd Monday for the next couple of months at least, as Suju's accidentally gave someone else our spot on the 3rd Monday. If the 2nd Monday works out, we may keep it there.
I've printed a review from "Good Reads" and am looking forward to getting into this series that Linda Miyoshu recommended for us. The main character sounds a lot like Michael Connelly's detective.
This is an early entry in the Elvis Cole series. Cole is a wise-cracking Los Angeles private detective. He's an army veteran (Vietnam) who lives alone with a cat in Laurel Canyon, drives a flashy Corvette, practices martial arts and, when the going gets tough, he relies on his reclusive but tough-as-nails ex-Marine partner, Joe Pike.
This book was published in 1993, and the action takes place shortly after the Rodney King beating and the riots that followed the legal acquittal of the police officers involved. The book's plot proceeds from a fictional variation on the King incident, most of the action takes place in South Central Los Angeles, and the King incident is referred to several times.
Crais writes concisely, and his pacing is excellent. Unlike many writers in this genre, Crais does not feel compelled to stretch his story to 500 pages. There is no filler here. This is a gripping page-turner (after the first 40 pages, which meander a bit), and very hard to put down.
The book also benefits from some very likable main characters. Cole is witty, resourceful, smart, and highly moral. He's good company. Pike says very little, but his presence is always reassuring. The dialogue is well written throughout.
It goes on, and you can find more like this on "Good Reads". I look forward to seeing you in December.