Reissued alongside DEMOLITION ANGEL in the stunning new series style Published simultaneously with the new Elvis Cole novel, THE LAST DETECTIVE Robert Crais is a SUNDAY TIMES and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Film rights to Crais's HOSTAGE, have been bought by Bruce Willis for USD3 quarters million Robert Crais always receives fantastic reviews: 'With a pace that never falters, Elvis and Joe burrow through layers of deceit following the death of an ex-girlfriend, with the LAPD itself under suspicion in this tale of double-crossing that is also unbearably poignant. A major US crime series t
Robert Crais is the author of fourteen 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.Previous Books: L. A. Requiem, The Monkey's Raincoat, Stalking The Angel, Lullaby Town, Indigo Slam
Investigating the murder of a former lover may wreck the only thing edgy P.I. Joe Pike has left: the relationship with his cool partner, Elvis Cole.
In his eighth book about wise-cracking Los Angeles private detective Elvis Cole, Crais has expanded his narrative reach and broadened his characters' horizons to produce a mature work that deserves to move him up a notch or twoÄinto Parker or Connelly country. He's done this by focusing on Joe Pike, Cole's tough and hitherto totally enigmatic partner. It's Pike who breaks in on Cole's reunion with Lucy Chenier, his lawyer/broadcaster lover who has just moved from New Orleans, to ask for Elvis's help in tracking down the missing daughter of a rich and powerful Hispanic businessman. When the girl turns up murdered in Griffith Park, it's Pike who gives a nerdy medical examiner valuable assistance; and when it turns out that the girl's death is linked to several other murders, it's Pike who is charged with killing the chief suspect. Through flashbacks to Joe's past life as an abused child, a highly motivated teenage soldier and an L.A. cop fighting to keep a corrupt partner from destroying his family, we learn more about Pike than we did in the seven previous Cole books. This new focus also allows Crais to keep Elvis's often annoying throwaway lines to a minimumÄalthough more pruning could have been done with no loss of flavor. The book's scope is wide enough to include many other memorable characters, especially a rough-edged, vulnerable police officer named Samantha Dolan, plus a choice of plausible villains. There may be one too many metaphoric descriptions attempting to link aspects of the L.A. landscape with the moods and deeds of its inhabitants, but overall Crais seems to have successfully stretched himself the way another Southern California writerÄRoss MacdonaldÄalways tried to do, to write a mystery novel with a solid literary base. (June)