(in the matter of Cole/Pike)
Conflict resolution is more fun in a shoot out (justice will probably be meted out therein)
Pinocchio clocks will attract attention but are not necessarily conversation pieces
Cops are violent, territorial, and often employ juvenile humor
Cops are smart, loyal, dedicated, and don't make much money
Crimes are rarely controlled by the plebes. They will commit them but almost always for someone in power. All the better if that someone in power is tied to a gov't agency or institution that us regular folk would like to have trust in.
Mr. Pike sure does love that jeep.
We should all be so lucky to have a friendship in our lives like that of Cole and Pike
Mr. Cole is a cutey patutey smarty pants but he can still get caught out in a cul-de-sac by amateurish tactics
Even though Pike participates in Conspicuous Dress (the likes of which could compete with Assassin's Creed) he can still melt into the scenery at will and never be seen (spooky)
Cole keeps a clean house and cooks some scrumptious meals (Seriously. I'd room with him in second!)
The human body can tolerate an amazing amount of gunshot wounds (though it's best for these to be spread out over time rather than experienced all at once)
The Elvis Cole Detective Agency (we can do anything (probably for free)) is as likely to receive payment as not
Cole sees B&E as a way of life but is seriously creeped out if someone B&Es his house
Pike's eyes make women shift in their seats. I have much curiosity about these eyes.
Crais fans, what have I missed? What would you add?
Regarding Starkey: I think she'd actually be a good partner for Cole because he needs someone that understands a high stress, high violence life. As a cop, she can handle that. She certainly likes him and I think he likes her, too (poss need more Lucy resolution? I might have missed a book where that gets resolved). BUT the constant descriptions of her smoking make it very hard for me to imagine her around anyone too long. My aversion to ciggy smoke is high (like higher than Pike's high) so it might be that, but I swear Crais has depicted her as a chimney with the constant stench of cigs around her. Just reading some of her scenes makes the back of my mouth taste funny. Clearly I can't handle this -- can Cole?
Can you spell 'worry?'
We're squaring off against five LAPD officers, and all we're getting paid is forty bucks?