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Robert Crais
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Book Description

3 Mar 2011

Six months after nearly losing everything to the men who kidnapped his girlfriend's ten-year-old son, Elvis Cole is slowly coming back to life - when he receives an ominous phone call from the LAPD. An unidentified body has been found in a seedy Los Angeles alley. The only clue the cops have is a packet of newspaper articles about the past exploits of Elvis Cole - and the fact that before the man died, he said he was Elvis's father...

Joe Pike is the only person who can help Elvis navigate his past. As they investigate, Elvis is haunted by the fact that, at last, he might have found his father. But with each clue they uncover, a troubling picture emerges about the dead man. And as Elvis and Joe approach his true identity, they unwittingly walk straight into a hornet's nest.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (3 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409135616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409135616
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,726 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
The Two Minute Rule
The First Rule

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Crais' writing is a rare thing in the crime genre - a novel that transcends the normal high-octane super-sleuth adventure to deliver an unputdownable story with a deeply human edge. Like the original Elvis, Robert Crais rocks' (DAILY RECORD)

a taut thriller that keeps you reading. Be prepared for the unexpected. Having read it, you'll be on the look-out for more of Robert Crais (YORKSHIRE GAZETTE)

Crais returns with a stunning suspense novel that leads to the dark secrets of Cole's own life (DEADLY PLEASURES)

Bleak, uncompromising and edge-of-the-seat exciting, this latest chapter in Cole's search for a meaning to his life is utterly compelling (IRISH INDEPENDENT)

'Stunning. (MYSTERY SCENE) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The minefield of Elvis Cole's past is coming back to haunt him - with a vengeance...

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Phone Call He Was Waiting For. 5 Mar 2005
Elvis Cole is back. He is just recovering from the loss of his lady and her son, when he receives a call that changes his life. All of his life, Elvis has been hunting for his father. He never knew his father but was told he worked in a circus. Elvis had enough oomph to run away at least six times not to join the circus but to look for his dad. His granddad would hire a detective to hunt for him and bring him home. Elvis never found his dad but he did find a career. He was very good at hunting down clues and people and thus he made a great detective.
So, the phone call telling him that a dying man was looking for him, his son. Elvis becomes drawn into the search to find who this man was. The man, his father, maybe, was murdered and he was given permission to help the police department find the murderer. Elvis works with Diaz, a female cop and her partner. However, Elvis is faster and smarter than the police department- he uncovers clues very quickly, and the story starts to come together.
This novel is also told from the murderer's point of view, so that we have insight into a mind of a person who is insane and who has no conscience. He tells the stories of his murders, and his life and that of the person he works with. This is a frightening look into the soul of a madman, from his perspective.
The murder mystery all comes together little by little, and we are drawn into the mystery. We are frightened and shocked just as you will be. Elvis Cole, is this your father? What has happened to the life of this man? How does this all fit into your life and that of your mother? Robert Crais has once again given us a story that we can bite into, one that leaves us with a chill, but with admiration for the man who can write like this. His mysteries just get better with each novel. Highly recommended. prisrob
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 18 Feb 2005
I'd never read an Robert Crais novel before, so I was completely blown away by this book! What great characters! I loved the mood and pacing! Writing is tight and the dialog smart and smooth. (I kept thinking Bruce Willis would Make a great Elvis Cole).
The story start when a homeless man is found shot dead in an alley, and the dying man claims to be Detective Elvis Cole's Father (cole does not know who his father is). Cole has always been curious about his father and The incident prompts Cole to find out the man's true Identity. As he searches for his past, Cole is not aware that an associate of the deadman wants to kill him.
The book moves along at a good pace with plenty of snappy dialog, and some great violent action scenes. But what really sets this book apart from the typical thriller is the character development. These are three demnesional people you actually find yourself caring about. Now I can't wait to go back and read the earlier Crais' books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remember this! 30 Oct 2006
Elvis Cole, the world's greatest detective (tm) has been shot, stabbed, strangled and left for dead many times in his adventures. However, he has never lost as much as he did during his last case when his girlfriend left him. In 'The Forgotten Man' we find a depressed and dejected Cole who is looking for something to take his mind of recent events. It is with some enthusiasm that he looks into the case of a man who has been shot dead in an alley who claims to be his father!

With 'The Forgotten Man' Crais is aiming to introduce some further flesh into Cole's background and as a result this is the least funny of the books so far. We delve into Elvis' poor childhood and why he never knew his father. Parallel to this runs the story of a mad man who thinks that Cole needs to die. Will Cole discover if the dead man is his father or will he die trying?

I found this book a great departure for Crais as its darker edge made the story more exciting. It almost reads like it could be a conclusion to the series? For long term Elvis Cole fans this is a must with the usual well written characters appearing. Next up for Crais is a reported Pike only novel so I for one can not wait!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites does it again.. 5 April 2005
I love Robert Crais work along with Harlan Coben and Dennis Lehane. This, the latest in the Elvis Cole series is one of the best. Cole gets thrown into a personal situation that brings up all his hopes and fears. The story is told at a quick pace with believable characters and the return of an old one, who I previously hated with a passion but warmed too! Mr.Crais tells this story well and I was pleased to see that he had cut down on all the poetic scenic description. My only problem, that like Harlan Coben's last Bolitar book, which again was of a personal nature, was that the sidekick seems to be pushed to one side. I would have like to have read more interaction with Joe Pike. But hey, I didn't write it, I just loved it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent 22 Dec 2006
By Andy Edwards VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For those that have read previous Elvis Cole novels this was long in coming - exactly what made Elvis what he is?. The books have been getting darker, and the characters flaws more obvious - with "The last Detective" we saw what made Joe Pike, and now we get a dose of Elvis Cole's reality.

So we have a break from the wisecracking ironic style of writing that began the series. This is serious introspective stuff, in the main, and none the worse for that. Let's face it, if you get to the 10th book in series you better take it somewhere. And take it somewhere he does, as we get the rundown on Cole's childhood and his heartache at the loss of his love.

The plot is designed to bring all this to our attention, so there are a few neat coincidences, but leaving that aside, we now have a hero with depth, and I can't wait to see where Crais will atke him next.
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Good author, great stories
Published 24 days ago by Mrs. J. W. Prout
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story
brilliant read, cracking pace as usual and you just don't know where its going to head.
Published 28 days ago by C. Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like all the other books by Robert Crais it was ...
Just like all the other books by Robert Crais it was a very hard to put down novel.
I have read all the books in the Cole and Pike series and will miss them.
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Another can't wait to turn the page book by Robert Crais.
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike they would make ideal film material
Published 5 months ago by Clive
5.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Man
Robert Crais is new to me and I have enjoyed every book I have found. Cole and Pike are different but well worth reading. Recommend all his books and the two partners. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Margaret Delaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Cole and Pike series
I love this series of books. I always see Geoff Stults as Elvis Cole and Ryan Gosling as Joe Pike. It would be great if these were either made into a TV series or a movie (with... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jaquie Fallon
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Published 9 months ago by E A Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Rules!
I absolutely love all the books in the Elvis Pike and Joe Cole series. If you like American private eye books then these are for you.
Published 9 months ago by audrey shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Not forgotten by this reader.
I have read nearly all the Cole and Pike novels and can recommend them to any keen fan of detective thrillers. Read more
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