Books by Robert Crais

Robert Crais is the bestselling author of The Last Detective, Hostage, Demolition Angel, and L.A. Requiem, as well as seven previous novels featuring Elvis Cole. For additional information about the author and his novels, visit www.robertcrais.com.


SUSPECT by Robert Crais
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"A solid, muscular thriller, well-spun."
Veteran thriller-maven Crais (Taken, 2012, etc.) returns with a pleasingly perplexing storyline fresh from the headlines. Read full book review >
TAKEN by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"The result is to loosen the logical links that connect one set piece to another and recast the whole story as if it were a string of trailers for a dozen hellacious summer movies."
A kidnapping drops Elvis Cole and Joe Pike into the maelstrom of human smugglers. Read full book review >
THE SENTRY by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

""War is what I do," Pike tells Azzara when they first square off. Roger that, and prepare the body bags."
Having taken on the Serbian mob (The First Rule, 2010), soldier of fortune Joe Pike is ready for a slickly plotted encounter with drug-dealing Bolivians and their strongmen. Read full book review >
THE FIRST RULE by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 10, 2010

"Righteous vengeance, a reckless pace, a stratospheric body count and just enough surprises to keep you turning the pages. The pleasures may be primitive, but they're genuine."
Joe Pike cuts a wide swath through L.A.'s Serbian mob in his quest to avenge an old member of the team he headed. Read full book review >
CHASING DARKNESS by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2008

"Some of the twists are more convincing than the last one, which leaves a few loose ends. But it's great to see Cole (The Forgotten Man, 2005, etc.) back in action."
The shooting of an apparent serial killer allows the LAPD to close the books on seven murders—but private eye Elvis Cole won't have it. Read full book review >
THE TWO MINUTE RULE by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2006

A bank robber turns detective to avenge the son who's always hated him, in this turbocharged suspenser from Crais (The Forgotten Man, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN MAN by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"A potent mix of sound detection, black humor, cut-and-run action, sensitive-male flapdoodle, and half a dozen first-class surprises. Welcome back, Elvis. "
Veteran LA private eye Elvis Cole, whose return in The Last Detective (2003) after his creator stalked bigger game (Hostage, 2001, etc.) suggested a bad case of gigantism, puts it all together in the murder of his own father. Read full book review >
THE LAST DETECTIVE by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2003

"Elvis on steroids. Strictly for the Russian-judge contingent."
Before he hit the big time with Hostage (2001), Crais made his name with seven novels about wisecracking but ever tougher L.A. shamus Elvis Cole. Now his old hero's overheated return suggests that somebody can't go home again. Read full book review >
HOSTAGE by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 7, 2001

"Film rights have already been sold to MGM. If you wait for the movie, you'll see Bruce Willis, and you won't miss a thing."
Efficient, forgettable formula suspense in the Desperate Hours mold from a writer who's done much better work. Read full book review >
DEMOLITION ANGEL by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2000

"Crais spikes this predictable, foolproof yarn with so many surprises and such a masterly command of pace that you'll find yourself checking the clock every ten pages. Make sure it's not digital.  "
After eight entertainingly laid-back mysteries starring Elvis Cole (L.A. Requiem, 1999, etc.), Crais tightens the screws to the max in this white-hot crossover thriller about a cop on the trail of a serial bomber. Read full book review >
L.A. REQUIEM by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1999

Crais bids to break out of his successful Elvis Cole formula'streamlined plotting, smiling charm, slick action, happy endings—with Elvis's ambitious seventh case. Read full book review >

INDIGO SLAM by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1997

"California history."
Three years after the witness relocation program hustled his family out of Seattle seconds away from some men with guns, Clark Hewitt is on the run again—but this time he hasn't taken his family with him. Read full book review >
SUNSET EXPRESS by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 11, 1996

"Crais's sixth is one of his smoothest."
LAPD Detective Angela Rossi says she recovered the hammer that killed Susan Martin from her husband's shrubbery, but Teddy Martin's lawyer, Jonathan Green, says Rossi planted it there, and hires Elvis Cole (Voodoo River, 1995, etc.) to find holes in her story. Read full book review >
VOODOO RIVER by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 1995

"Half a masterpiece is better than none, but you've gotta feel for poor Jodi, abandoned still again just when she thought she finally had it made."
Missing-persons specialist Elvis Cole (Free Fall, 1993, etc.) thinks his fifth case is right up his alley: locate the blood family of white-hot TV actress Jodi Taylor, adoptive and concerned about her long-term medical history. Read full book review >
FREE FALL by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1993

"After trading a little too obviously on his undeniable charm in the opening scenes, Cole delivers the goods in the kind of bravura performance only a pro can give."
What if the bad guys had gotten hold of the Rodney King beating tape? Read full book review >
LULLABY TOWN by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 16, 1992

Lullaby Town is Chelam, Connecticut, where L.A. shamus Elvis Cole (The Monkey's Raincoat, 1987—not reviewed) goes in search of Karen Shipley, divorced ten years earlier by boyish filmmaker Peter Alan Nelsen, who's since developed deep pockets (courtesy of a string of action hits beginning with Chainsaw) and a conscience of sorts. Read full book review >