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Demolition Angel

By Robert Crais

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Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 15 February 2001
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.

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Reissued in the brand new cover style. All the backlist are being reissued in 2008 in the new livery. Robert Crais is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author. 'Crais breaks new ground with a nervy, absorbing thriller ... Intricate, hair-trigger plot involving bomber's vanity and copycat killer but, in the first place, succeeding brilliantly as a blow-by-blow account of the duel between two single-minded protagonists who belong to opposing sides of the same elite ... A police procedural which fiercely takes off in ways you don't expect. Harsh, gruelling and utterly compelling. As good as they come' Literary Review. 'Vivid characterisation and edgy storytelling blaze with energy and style, pushing the boundaries of contemporary LA noir to new heights. DEMOLITION ANGEL is a cracker' Sunday Tribune. 'Crais is a fine writer' Independent on Sunday. 'In Starkey, Crais has created a larger than life character with whom the reader can easily empathise and follow through thick and thin. A big, ambitious book this, and one that is eminently satisfying' Irish Times.

About the Author

Robert Crais is the author of numerous bestselling Elvis Cole and stand- alone thrillers, one of which, HOSTAGE, was made into a major film starring Bruce Willis. Crais has won many awards, and lives in LA.

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Los Angeles bomb squad veteran Carol Starkey, who lost her partner/lover to a detonation, must investigate a rash of bombings designed to wipe out the squad. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Acclaimed for his Elvis Cole mystery series (L.A. Requiem, etc.), Crais deserves further garlands for this stand-alone crime novel. The book features one of the most complex heroines to grace a thriller since Clarice Starling locked eyes with Hannibal Lecter, a deliciously spooky villain in the person of a mad bomber known as Mr. Red, and an aggressively involving plot. Carol Starkey was a rising light in the LAPD Bomb Squad until, two years back, a bomb blew up in her face, maiming her and killing her lover/partner. Now Carol's a bitter, chain-smoking alcoholic with the LAPD's Criminal Conspiracy Section, who gets drawn into a literally explosive conspiracy when a bomb kills Charlie Riggio, one of her former bomb squad colleagues. Forensic evidence points toward the bomb being the work of John Michael Fowles, aka Mr. Red, a coldhearted young bomber-assassin-for-hire and master of disguise. Much of the narrative concerns Carol's pursuit of him, most excitingly on the Net through a secret mad-bombers' site, aided by a saturnine federal (ATF) agent, Jack Pell. Intercut are scenes of Mr. Red's various mad plottings, which take a hairpin turn when he learns that the cops think he killed Riggio: for in fact he didn't. That murder pans out as a copycat crime for personal gain, and now Carol must pursue both Riggio's killer and Mr. Red, who in turn has taken an intimate interest in this bomb-savvy female cop. The subsequent pas de deux between Carol and Mr. Red is too reminiscent of the dance between Starling and Lecter, but otherwise this novel gets high marks for originality, and even higher ones for suspense and, above all, for multidimensional, wounded characters who give all the excitement a rare depth. BOMC and Literary Guild featured selection; Mystery Guild main selection; author tour; film rights sold to Columbia/Tri-Star. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

EAN: 9780752842936
ISBN: 0752842935
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.1 x 2.5 centimetres (0.22 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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