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Voodoo River (Elvis Cole Novels (Paperback)) [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert Crais
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31 Dec 1995 Elvis Cole Novels (Paperback)

Hired to uncover the past of Jodi Taylor, an actress in a hit TV show, Elvis leaves his native Los Angeles to head for Louisiana in search of Jodi's biological parents.

But before he can tackle the mystery of the actress's background, he is up against a whole host of eccentrics, including a crazed Raid-spraying housewife, a Cajun thug who looks like he's been made out of spare parts, and a menacing hundred-year-old river turtle named Luther.

As Elvis learns about the enigmatic actress's origins, he also discovers the real reason he's been sent to Louisiana...

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (31 Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786889055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786889051
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 10.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,051,304 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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Book Description

In a search for a young woman's past PI Elvis Cole discovers far more than he expected... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robert Crais is the author of numerous bestselling Cole and Pike novels. He has also written several standalone thrillers, including HOSTAGE, which was made into a major film starring Bruce Willis. Crais has won many awards, and lives in L.A. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Robert Crais's detective, Elvis Cole, is a wise-cracking P.I. working in Los Angeles whose office is adorned with Disney characters. In "Voodoo River," an actress hires Elvis to check into her background and, specifically, her adoption years ago. Elvis takes the case and goes to Louisiana on what should be a fairly easy case. Much to his surprise, though, he finds that another detective is already investigating and that people's lives are soon at stake.
The plot of any Crais novel is almost unnecessary, though, since the writing is so good and so enjoyable. That's not to say that the plots are not well crafted and exciting; they are. Crais is a gifted writer, and his creation of Elvis Cole (along with the tight-lipped Joe Pike) is an engaging and thoroughly entertaining character. What sets "Voodoo River" apart from the previous series entries ("The Monkey's Raincoat," "Stalking the Angel," "Lullaby Town," and "Free Fall," in that order) is that Cole is both at his most personable and most vulnerable here, largely due to the introduction of Lucy, a Louisiana attorney in whom Elvis develops a romantic interest. As always, Joe Pike and Elvis's cat are along for the ride and add color, but this entry into the series thrives on how personal it gets. A great deal of the power of the book comes from the issue of adoption, one Crais has taken from his own life. The actress's motive for seeking information is not that she has an insatiable, talk-show desire to learn about her "real" family. Rather, she needs medical information. With so many adopted children, that's the way it is--they're happy with their adoptive families and consider them in every respect their "real" families.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Falls in Love in Bayou Country 26 Jun 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. Free Fall looked hard at the corruptibility of the police and found them wanting. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Voodoo River - Casts a Spell on You! 9 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
The quality of novels in the Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais has probably been of the highest I have read. Each book is suitably different whilst still following the themes and characters we have grown to know and love throughout. 'Voodoo River' continues this trend of good writing and adds to it by introducing a love interest.

Set in and around the Mississippi, 'Voodoo River', starts off as another typical case for the world's greatest detective. All he has to do is find the real parents of a newly successful actress. Things become harder when his investigations reveal a darker truth and Cole realises he can not protect his client if other people will die. Cole brings in the help of his Partner, the enigmatic and cold Pike, and together they must tackle smugglers, murderers, and even worse, giant turtles.

This is a great novel with the story moving quickly and keeping the reader engrossed. The characters of Cole and Pike are once again a highlight but the introduction of two new characters only adds to the support we feel for Cole.

The only criticism I have is surrounding the last fifth of the book as the story ran to its end. I found this part slightly confusing and not as clear as I would have liked. However, the strength of the characters and story far outweighed any issues I had with the conclusion. Another fine Elvis Cole thriller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Falls in Love in Bayou Country 14 Jun 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market 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. Free Fall looked hard at the corruptibility of the police and found them wanting. 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 Entertaining
Up there with Lee Child, James Patterson, David Baldacci, Clive Cussler, Jeffery Deaver, Vince Flynn, etc. A great holiday read and any other time.
Published 1 month ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!
A brilliant story that really built to an excellent climax. Elvis is as usual brilliant and Jo ........ That Jo what can you say!!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Larry C
5.0 out of 5 stars Rennie
Brilliant probably his best book yet. Makes you feel like you are there. Every character is believable best crime writer of all
Published 2 months ago by Lynda Reynoldson
5.0 out of 5 stars oap's review
One of the most consistently good writers, with such interesting characters. Unfortunately my memory being what it is now, I can't remember any of the books I have read, once I go... Read more
Published 2 months ago by patriciadarvill
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis has left the building standing - jusr
Fab story - thank you Robert Crais. Brilliant Beach read and the series of books should see you through two weeks on said beach
Published 10 months ago by Michael R Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Voodoo River
as before this was a present which I purchased on behalf of a friend, apparently a very good read and excellent fast delivery
Published 12 months ago by mazbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series so far.
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Hired to uncover the past of Jodi Taylor, an actress in a hit TV show, Elvis leaves his native Los Angeles to head for Louisiana in search of Jodi's... Read more
Published 13 months ago by col2910
3.0 out of 5 stars Signs of things to come in this good Elvis Cole tale
I love Robert Crais' Elvis Cole novels and his easy writing style. This was a good story that was let down slightly by its ham-fisted handling of its Hollywood blockbuster-style... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Steven Aldous
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I enjoy Robert Crais's work and this book is no exception. Topical and page turningly good from start to end.
Published 20 months ago by Ians
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read with excellent characters
I'm a great Robert Crais fan and, to me, this is one of his best books. The adventure, humour, love interest and ghastly baddies make for a great tale. Read more
Published 21 months ago by M. A. Logan
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