Character is key in this new novel by Crais. Elvis Cole makes way for his partner Joe Pike as leading man like he partly did in his break-through LA Requiem.
As he did there he further deconstructs sidekick Pike, giving us a look at his past and how he became the efficient mercenary he is now.
Unfortunately, the plot seems to suffer from it. It’s pretty straightforward story that has him protecting a young, Paris Hilton clone in trouble because she witnessed an accident. On the run with her he faces off against federal agencies and gangsters until he confronts the bad guys in a final shoot-out with the aid of Elvis. Not too many surprises or twists to keep the story exciting. I did, however, enjoy the dialogue with the Hilton clone and the changing viewpoints kept it all interesting enough to make it an enjoyable read.