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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (5 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553565095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553565096
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,619,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Crais is the author of the bestselling Cole & Pike novels. A native of Louisiana, Crais moved to Hollywood in the late 70s where he began a successful career in television, writing scripts for such major series as Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues. In the mid 80s, following his success with the TV buddy genre, Crais created a series of crime novels based around the characters Cole & Pike. In addition, Crais has also written several bestselling standalone thrillers. Robert Crais lives in LA with his wife and family.

Here are the Elvis Cole novels in series order:

The Monkey's Raincoat
Stalking the Angel
Lullaby Town
Free Fall
Voodoo River
Sunset Express
Indigo Slam
L. A. Requiem
The Last Detective
The Forgotten Man
The Watchman
Chasing Darkness

Stand-alone novels:

Demolition Angel
Hostage
The Two Minute Rule
The First Rule


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Corruption, conspiracy and a cop in trouble - only Cole and Pike can help. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robert Crais is the author of the bestselling Cole & Pike novels. A native of Louisiana, Crais moved to Hollywood in the late 70s where he began a successful career in television, writing scripts for such major series as CAGNEY & LACEY, MIAMI VICE and HILL STREET BLUES. In the mid 80s, following his success with the TV buddy genre, Crais created a series of crime novels based around the characters Cole & Pike. In addition, Crais has also written several bestselling standalone thrillers. In 2014 he became a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. Robert Crais lives in Los Angeles with his wife and family.

Find out more at www.robertcrais.com.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By neil.stokes@sbs.siemens.co.uk on 6 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
A young lady comes to Elvis Cole for help, she is worried about her police partner Thurman. Crais explores the gang land underworld and dives into the tricky area of corrupt policing and blackmail. A great read, I read it in a day. Robert Crais really is a superb author whose simplistic, entertaining style makes reading a joy.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun. 2000
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Elvis Cole, is just my kind of PI, he's funny and sarcastic. Robert Crais writes a very good story, and although this is only my second of his novels, I have thoroughly enjoyed them both and will be investing in the rest of the series.
The stories are never gory, but they are touching and the action is always dramatic. You become very fond of Elvis and his side-kick Joe Pike (the man of few words and the occasional lip twitch)
He writes in a similar way to Micheal Connely's 'Harry Bosch' series, but Crais has more humour.
I read this book in 2 sittings and I really enjoyed it. I recommend it to all PI fans and definately to Connelly fans.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 May 2001
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I am a great fan of Grisham and Connelly, and was unsure if Robert Crais would measure up. However, I was pleasantly surprised as I read my first Elvis Cole thriller. Crais has developed a fantastic character in Cole - he is sharp, likeable and possesses a dry humour which very much adds to the storyline. He is complemented well by his partner Joe Pike, whose image also raised a few laughs throughout the book. If you enjoy a good thriller without having to analyse the book too much, then I would highly recommend Robert Crais. I will be reading more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clarence T. Henry on 27 Feb. 2006
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Elvis Cole cracks me up! A woman wants him to investigate her boyfriend, who happens to be a member of the LAPD’s elite REACT squad. The trails leads to South Central L.A. where Elvis must deftly navigate through gangland. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Crais’ pace is right on target and every touch of humor is refreshing. I liked this better than Crais' first book, "The Monkey's Raincoat."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Sept. 2010
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I am a fan of Robert Crais' work, but this sums up his talents in the one book. Fast paced, complex story and with the snappy dialogue we have come to expect from Crais.

Elvis Cole is a sucker for a hard luck story, so he takes a case from a Police officer's wife. She is concerned about his behaviour, but what seems like an easy case brings Cole and partner Pike up against an elite Police team, black gangs and the more they dig the more trouble they end up in...

Read in two sittings, this is a page turner and a delight. Crais fans will love this and for anyone wondering what the fuss is about, this would be the perfect entry level book into the world of Cole and Pike.
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Synopsis/blurb....
Elvis Cole is just a detective who can't say no, especially to a girl in a terrible fix. And Jennifer Sheridan qualifies. Her fiance, Mark Thurman, is a decorated LA cop with an elite plainclothes unit, but Jennifer is sure he's in trouble - the kind of serious trouble that only Cole can get him out of. Five minutes after his new client leaves the office, Cole and his partner, the enigmatic Joe Pike, are hip-deep in a deadly situation as they plummet into a world of South Central gangs, corrupt cops and conspiracies of silence. And before long, every cop in the LAPD is gunning for a pair of armed and dangerous killers - Cole and Pike.

In this 4th instalment of Crais's series with Elvis Cole and his enigmatic sidekick Joe Pike, the dynamic duo cross swords with an elite unit of the LAPD who have crossed the line. Engaged by Jennifer Sheridan to find out exactly what is troubling her cop boyfriend, the pair come up against a former colleague of Pike from his police days. After ignoring the warnings to drop the case, Cole's digging ties the cop unit to a South Central gang-lord and the death of a black suspect during one of the unit's sting operations in an LA pawn shop.

Violence, gun-play, drugs, gangs, race issues, corrupt cops, broken families, anger management, intimidation and fear all figure in this tale.

Just shy of 300 pages long, I read this in a day over the weekend. I was reminded a bit of Robert B. Parker's creation Spencer. Cole has the same wise-cracking attitude that thankfully stops just short of irritating. I stuck with Spencer for around 20 books before tiring of him. This series if you include the later books that seem to figure Pike as the protagonist runs to around 15 or 16.
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Clearly the inspiration for this book was based on the Rodney King police brutality situation in LA circa 1991.
The story kicks off with an attractive young woman (Jennifer Sheridan) getting in touch with Elvis Cole as she has concerns about her long time "SWAT" Team boyfriend (Mark Thurman).
At face value her concerns seem unwarranted but Elvis develops a soft spot for Jennifer and keeps digging for a $40 up-front-fee and $40 a month thereafter!.
It's not long before Joe Pike gets involved and it soon becomes clear that there are cover-ups involving dirty cops, conspiracies of silence and the murky underworld of South Central gangs that is LA.
Given my comments about Rodney King, the suspicious death of black man who owns a pawnbroker shop gives rise to a litany of potential scenarios.
Some centre on the "Bad Lieutenant" syndrome.
The elements of Crais's intereptration of the black underworld are well intentioned and he tries to be evenhanded but it's a bit like your Mum or Dad trying to be cool!!
Back to the plot before long, every cop in the LAPD is gunning for a pair of armed and dangerous killers which turn out to be Cole and Pike!
It's a relatively short book and if you like Cole and Pike then you'll enjoy this book enormously.
My only critisicsm is that although Crais tries to balance the racial tensions of that time quite well, I found some of his jive talking a bit contrived.
A great holiday read and a great way to get into Cole and Pike.
As an aside, for those new to Crais, the character of Joe Pike is developed much more in books like The Watchman which turn his seemingly one-dimensional character into something which has far more depth.
Elvis Cole is a terrific character who combines serious detecting with great sleuthing.
For feline lovers he also owns a cat!
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