Robert Crais





Robert Crais

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born
in Louisiana, The United States
June 20, 1953

gender
male

website

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About this author

Robert Crais is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels. A native of Louisiana, he grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in a blue collar family of oil refinery workers and police officers. He purchased a secondhand paperback of Raymond Chandler’s The Little Sister when he was fifteen, which inspired his lifelong love of writing, Los Angeles, and the literature of crime fiction. Other literary influences include Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B. Parker, and John Steinbeck.
After years of amateur film-making and writing short fiction, he journeyed to Hollywood in 1976 where he quickly found work writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, and Miami Vice, as well as...more


Average rating: 4.10 · 143,009 ratings · 8,208 reviews · 70 distinct works · Similar authors
The Watchman (Joe Pike, #1)
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The Sentry (Elvis Cole, #12...
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The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvi...
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The First Rule (Joe Pike, #2)
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Suspect
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Taken (Elvis Cole, #13 / Jo...
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The Last Detective (Elvis C...
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L.A. Requiem (Elvis Cole, #8)
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 8,823 ratings — published 1999 — 33 editions
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Chasing Darkness (Elvis Col...
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Sunset Express (Elvis Cole,...
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The Monkey's Raincoat Stalking the Angel Lullaby Town Free Fall Voodoo River Sunset Express Indigo Slam
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“She asked me why I always had something flip to say. I said that I didn't know, but having been blessed with the gift, I felt obliged to use it.”
Robert Crais
tags: humor

“Adults always wonder what to say and how to say it when they're talking to a child. You want to be wise, but all you are is a child yourself in a larger body. Nothing is ever what it seems. The things that you think you know are never certain. I know that now. I wish that I didn't, but I do.”
Robert Crais, The Last Detective

“People want you to be ordinary.”
Robert Crais, The Last Detective

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