Robert Crais





Robert Crais


Born
in Louisiana, The United States
June 20, 1953

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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
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Average rating: 4.12 · 214,446 ratings · 11,463 reviews · 53 distinct works · Similar authors
The Watchman (Elvis Cole, #...

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The Sentry (Elvis Cole, #14...

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The First Rule (Elvis Cole,...

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Suspect (Scott James & Magg...

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The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvi...

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L.A. Requiem (Elvis Cole, #8)

4.25 avg rating — 12,601 ratings — published 1999 — 36 editions
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The Last Detective (Elvis C...

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Taken (Elvis Cole, #15; Joe...

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Chasing Darkness (Elvis Col...

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Sunset Express (Elvis Cole,...

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“There isn't so much love in the world that you can turn it away when it's offered.”
Robert Crais

“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

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