Consistently Impressed

Early this morning I finished my 37th book of the year. I expect to reach 40 by the end of this week. But this year’s reading has taught me one thing that’s undeniable. Robert Crais is the best crime novelist writing today.

It was the seventh time this year I’ve read one of his books. That’s an absurd amount for me to read by any single author in a given year. Going back to my college days when I was consistently in the 20-40 range several calendar years in a row, I’d never read that many by a single author. This year has been different. Mostly because I’ve actually gotten some good numbers done. So there’s more opportunity.

I’m really stingy with my ratings for books. For example, after I finished my 30th book of the year the average rating was 2.93 out of 5. That was a slight uptick from the first 25. The average rating for the seven Robert Crais novels I’ve read this year? 4.42 out of 5. I’ve rated more than half of them as 5 star reads. I talk and write a lot about Harry Bosch. Michael Connelly is right there with Crais, but in my eyes he’s just slightly behind. Harry will likely be coming to an end at some point as he’s aged in real-time. Nothing I’ve read indicates Elvis or Joe are going anywhere anytime soon. No complaints from me.

I could say more. Lots more. And I will. But it’s time for bed.

6 thoughts on “Consistently Impressed

    • When the series started with Joe’s perspective, I was unsure if I’d like it as much as from Elvis. It’s different, but it helps to intertwine them together and reaches greater depths of their relationship. He’s said consistently he won’t sell the rights to the series, but I swear Netflix or Amazon or HBO could do great work with Elvis and Joe.

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    • I started with the first in his Joe Pike/ Elvis Cole series, which is The Monkey’s Raincoat. He also has a few standalones that are unrelated to the series. I’ve read them too. I would start at the beginning because if you enjoy the series (in my opinion) he gets better the more he writes.

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