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Sunset Express: An Elvis Cole Novel [Hardcover]

Robert Crais
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

April 1996

On his own turf in L.A., PI Elvis Cole is embroiled in a controversial, high-profile murder case.

A wealthy restaurateur is accused of murdering his wife, and his hot-shot defence lawyer hires Cole to find proof that the detective on the case, Angela Rossi, fooled around with the evidence. Yet as Elvis investigates Rossi for the defence team, he begins to be more suspicious of the media-loving lawyers than the cops.

And as the investigation continues, Cole is drawn deeper and deeper into the intrigue and dangers surrounding the case of the missing woman.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books; First Edition First Printing edition (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786860960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786860968
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,697,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More 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. 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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" [Robert Crais] should be mentioned in the same breath as Robert B. Parker, Tony Hillerman, Sue Grafton, and James Lee Burke." - "Houston Chronicle "" After Chandler we had James M. Cain, and after Cain there was Ross MacDonald, and currently we have Robert Crais." - "Los Angeles Times Book Review" " Hip, funny and thought-provoking." - "Booklist" A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

Elvis Cole is caught up in a high-profile murder case - and between the cops and the lawyers, it's going to be a rough ride... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Woos Lucy in L.A. 1 July 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
If you have yet to begin the marvelous Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais, you've got a great treat ahead of you! Few series get off to a stronger start than Mr. Crais did with The Monkey's Raincoat, which won both the Anthony and Macavity awards for best novel while being nominated for the Edgar and Shamus awards as well. Stalking the Angel followed powerfully with classic noir style of the 1930s hard-boiled detective up against evil moderated with wise cracks. Lullaby Town updated the 1930s detective stories about Hollywood, and kept the same cynicism about Tinsel Town. Free Fall looked hard at the corruptibility of the police and found them wanting. Voodoo River added a love interest for Elvis to make him more vulnerable and appealing. And the books just keep getting better from there in their characterizations, action, story-telling and excitement.
Elvis Cole is the star attraction, the co-owner of The Elvis Cole Detective Agency. He's now 40ish, ex-Army, served in Vietnam, ex-security guard, has two years of college, learned to be a detective by working under George Feider, a licensed P.I. for over 40 years, does martial arts as enthusiastically as most people do lunch, and is fearless but not foolish. He's out to right the wrongs of the world as much as he is to earn a living. Elvis has a thing for Disney characters (including a Pinocchio clock), kids, cats, scared clients and rapid fire repartee. He drives a Jamaica yellow 1966 Corvette Stingray convertible, and usually carries a Dan Wesson .38 Special.
His main foil is partner, Joe Pike, an ex-Marine, ex-cop who moves quietly and mysteriously wearing shades even in the dark . . . when he's not scaring the bad guys with the red arrows tattooed on his deltoids, which are usually bare in sleeveless shirts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sunset - More like Sunshine! 26 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
`Sunset Express' is the sixth in the Elvis Cole series and although it has lost some of its initial freshness it is still very good.

Cole is hired by a defense team to uncover if their client has been wrongly accused of murdering his wife. For once it all seems easy for Elvis as he uncovers some evidence that would suggest that an innocent man may be punished. However, is it all too easy? Perhaps justice in LA is less about who did it and more who can pay for it? Cole and his partner Pike must work together once more to uncover the truth that a trail of dead bodies is threatening to conceal.

'Sunset Express' is not the greatest in the series and for the first two thirds is distinctly average. We do get to learn more about Elvis' relationship with Lucy but as a whole the story is a retread of previous novels. However, it is the conclusion that pushes this book to 4 stars as once more Crais has created an exciting and enjoyable set piece. Coupled to this is the support we have for Cole as he fights against the injustices in life.

I would not recommend this as the first Elvis Cole novel to read but I would still rate it as very good. Perhaps the series will develop slightly in the future to revert this slow downward slide of a continuingly excellent series?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Actually, 4.5 stars 31 May 2001
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Format:Paperback
A little slow at the start, Craise manages to weave quite a tale out of seemingly disparate story lines. I stayed late at work to read the last thirty or so pages because I didn't want to wait until after the drive home to find out what happened!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Woos Lucy in L.A. 15 July 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
If you have yet to begin the marvelous Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais, you've got a great treat ahead of you! Few series get off to a stronger start than Mr. Crais did with The Monkey's Raincoat, which won both the Anthony and Macavity awards for best novel while being nominated for the Edgar and Shamus awards as well. Stalking the Angel followed powerfully with classic noir style of the 1930s hard-boiled detective up against evil moderated with wise cracks. Lullaby Town updated the 1930s detective stories about Hollywood, and kept the same cynicism about Tinsel Town. Free Fall looked hard at the corruptibility of the police and found them wanting. Voodoo River added a love interest for Elvis to make him more vulnerable and appealing. And the books just keep getting better from there in their characterizations, action, story-telling and excitement.
Elvis Cole is the star attraction, the co-owner of The Elvis Cole Detective Agency. He's now 40ish, ex-Army, served in Vietnam, ex-security guard, has two years of college, learned to be a detective by working under George Feider, a licensed P.I. for over 40 years, does martial arts as enthusiastically as most people do lunch, and is fearless but not foolish. He's out to right the wrongs of the world as much as he is to earn a living. Elvis has a thing for Disney characters (including a Pinocchio clock), kids, cats, scared clients and rapid fire repartee. He drives a Jamaica yellow 1966 Corvette Stingray convertible, and usually carries a Dan Wesson .38 Special.
His main foil is partner, Joe Pike, an ex-Marine, ex-cop who moves quietly and mysteriously wearing shades even in the dark . . . when he's not scaring the bad guys with the red arrows tattooed on his deltoids, which are usually bare in sleeveless shirts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars quick service
good book, quick delivery excellent value
Published 22 days ago by Mr. G. E. Harben
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantabulous - again.
I think I'm a little bit in love with Cole and Pike. Great series! Highly recommended. A so must read.
Published 5 months ago by hherron@lineone.net
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES
Another excellent read with excellent strong characters. Their are exciting new plots which keep one reading. If one reads it at bedtime it helps to make the book last longer.
Published 6 months ago by A. J. Bainger
5.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable read
recommended to all Robert Crais fans. I enjoyed the story line. I always feel I.know the characters and the areas.
Published 8 months ago by Pam
3.0 out of 5 stars Sunset Express Derailed
Sunset Express is basically a variation of the notorious OJ Simpson case: a celebrity restauranteur, Teddy Martins, is accused of killing his wife. Read more
Published 10 months ago by George Kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars Enough with the lovey-dovey
I've always enjoyed Robert Crais' Elvis Cole novels, but it's a while since I've read one. I picked up Sunset Express a couple of days ago and gave it a whirl. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Hamstead
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Crais Sunset Suprise
A really great purchase for a big fan of Robert Crais books, this was a gift and really happy with the fast delivery service
Published 14 months ago by mazbee
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
As always Crais excels himself with good detail and thrilling action....and believable scenarios. As always 5 stars for this author
Published 15 months ago by alantrudgett
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Crais Sunset express
As usual Robert Crais delivers a first class read.Elvis Cole at his sarcastic and witty best as the laid back detective we have come to know and like.
Published 17 months ago by Peter Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Cole the world's best detective
Like all Robert Crais books I was hooked by the end of the first page. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike must be the best private detectives in modern crime fiction. Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2011 by Michael N. Nash
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