Been reading Crais in order and just love Elvis Cole and Joe Pike so I wasn't anxious to read a stand alone. Didn't think it would live up to my expections. Boy was I wrong.
The last hundred pages or so, there were so many surprises for me...all unexpected, all supported by previous events. No loose threads at the end, either.
His main character, a woman, Carol Starkey, is flawed, flawed to the hilt. She's not a character I thought I would end up really liking but as I got to know her, the more I liked her. She showed up in L. A. Requiem and played a major part, perhaps that's where I decided I didn't care much for her. But as her story unfolds here, she's more understandable, more real. And she knows her business, no doubt. Put her up against any of the other Crais characters.
Really, really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Crais.