Reissued in stunning new cover design alongside THE MONKEY'S RAINCOAT, LULLABY TOWN and FREE FALL 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 brilliantly engineered thriller...Allocate time
Robert Crais is the author of numerous bestselling Elvis Cole and stand-alone thrillers, one of which, HOSTAGE, was made into a major film starring Bruce Willis. Crais has won many awards, and lives in LA.
Undoubtedly prompted by the success of recent Crais bestsellers (Demolition Angel; Hostage), his audio publishers have gone back to the second book in his increasingly popular Elvis Cole series, originally published in 1989, for a lively and colorful outing that manages to capture much of the author's early innocence and freshness. Stuart brings the quirky Cole to life quickly, combining his strengths (tenacity, incorruptibility, frequent flashes of humor) with his oddities (his love of the Disney artifacts that litter his office) to make a credible whole person. Other characters emerge with equal vocal skill: the enigmatic Joe Pike, Cole's muscular sidekick; a glowering Los Angeles property developer, his alcohol-impaired wife and their fragile adolescent daughter, who winds up being kidnapped by Japanese gangsters. Cole, hired to find a rare Japanese manuscript, discovers that the teenager's fate is very important to him personally forging a bond between the detective and children in peril that has become a hallmark of the series. For those who have been fans of Elvis since book one, The Monkey's Raincoat, it's good to have his early adventures around to listen to. For more recent Crais converts, this could prove an eye-opening revelation of how Cole got to be who he is. Based on the Bantam mass market. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Hard-nosed private detective Elvis Cole returns ( The Monkey's Raincoat ) to do battle for a teenaged girl kidnapped as part of a scheme involving the theft of a priceless Japanese manuscript outlining samurai behavior. While Cole's wry sarcasm and attempts at ``cute'' often fall flat, his humanity and integrity carry him through an apparently convoluted but mostly transparent plot. Los Angeles settings, Japanese heavies, wild action, and businesslike prose, however, make this better than many.