Reissued in stunning new cover design alongside THE MONKEY'S RAINCOAT, STALKING THE ANGEL and LULLABY TOWN Published simultaneously with HOSTAGE, new in paperback Robert Crais's new hardback, THE LAST DETECTIVE, is also being published simultaneously Film rights to HOSTAGE have been bought by Bruce Willis for USD3 quarters million Robert Crais is a SUNDAY TIMES and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Crais is an excellent writer who gets fantastic reviews and sales to match The critics on Robert Crais: 'Elvis Cole is the very best kind of hero' GUARDIAN 'A major US crime series that can no longe
Robert Crais is the author of twelve previous bestselling novels. He has won the Macavity and Anthony awards and been nominated for an Edgar. He lives in L.A. with his wife and daughter.
Narrator-PI Elvis Cole (last seen in Lullaby Town ) is back, wisecracking but caring and the very model of a modern L.A. tec: he likes Nicoise salads, Evian water and yoga; he says ``Sure'' a lot. Secretary Jennifer Sheridan--young, pretty and a bit prim--asks Cole to find out what's troubling her fiance Mark, a member of an elite LAPD undercover squad, who has become withdrawn and won't talk about his work. Elvis skeptically takes the case and is immediately warned off by Mark, who says he's seeing another woman. Although a brief investigation seems to prove this, when Cole breaks the news to stalwart Jennifer, she convinces him to dig deeper. He uncovers a possible wrongful-death case against Mark's team that leads to complications, including the framing of Cole and his Rambo-like partner Pike on a murder-and-drug rap. They break out of jail and begin a desperate fight against a vicious drug dealer, the LAPD and Mark's squad. Scriptwriter Crais ( L.A. Law , Hill Street Blues ) excells with both action scenes and characterization; this fast, intricate, very satisfying thriller should send new readers back to his earlier books. Major ad/promo. (June)