Search Results: "Robert Crais"


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THE FORGOTTEN MAN by Robert Crais
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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SUNSET EXPRESS by Robert Crais
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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HOSTAGE by Robert Crais
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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TAKEN by Robert Crais
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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L.A. REQUIEM by Robert Crais
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1999

"The killer, by design, is a nonentity—one of the few letdowns in a taut, suspenseful case that opens up scars that easygoing Elvis never looked into before."
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 >

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LULLABY TOWN by Robert Crais
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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VOODOO RIVER by Robert Crais
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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INDIGO SLAM by Robert Crais
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE WANTED by Robert Crais
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"In his 21st book, Los Angeles ace Crais (The Promise, 2015, etc.) extends his streak of sharp, enjoyable thrillers."
In the latest Elvis Cole book, a teenager involved in a series of high-end burglaries is pursued by a murderous, wisecracking duo—possibly dirty cops—hired to recover a stolen laptop. Read full book review >

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THE PROMISE by Robert Crais
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Not Crais' deepest or thorniest mystery but another solid outing with a host of involving characters."
Los Angeles private investigator Elvis Cole is joined by K-9 cop Scott James and his battle-scarred German shepherd, Maggie, in the search for a woman out to avenge the killing of her son in a suicide bombing in Nigeria. Read full book review >

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FREE FALL by Robert Crais
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE SENTRY by Robert Crais
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >