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Sunset Express (Elvis Cole #6)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  11,459 Ratings  ·  283 Reviews

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...

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, An

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published (first published April 1st 1996)
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Dan Schwent
Jun 20, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Millionaire restauranteur Teddy Martin is charged with his wife's murder and hires celebrity attorney Jonathan Green, who hires Elvis Cole to prove an LAPD detective planted evidence. Will Elvis uncover more than he bargained for?

Robert Crais's Elvis Cole series is slowly climbing the ranks of my favorite detective series. This one, a take off on the O.J. Simpson case, explores the legal system and how it is inherently full of shit.

The supporting cast is an interesting bunch, from the slimey law
This book has such an outlandish plot to it. Honestly, could anyone believe that a rich and famous person could possibly get away with murder by having a high priced legal team that obscures the facts by putting the police department on trial and manipulating the media to…. What’s that you say? O.J.? Robert Blake? Michael Jackson’s molestation trial? That NBA player who shotgunned his limo driver in front of multiple witnesses, and they couldn’t even get a jury to convict him of manslaughter?

Jan 15, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elvis, World's Greatest Private Investigator, is back in L.A. after his Southern expedition. He's approached by reps of the lawyer's lawyer to the stars, Mr Green, to join the team as it prepares for a defense of it's rich client, accused of murdering his wife. Throw in the new found Louisiana love interest, and her son, and things are getting warmer.

Included in the mix are a police investigator under the spotlight from dubious dealings; Elvis' silent partner, the enigmatic Joe Pike; and Hollywo
Tim Warner
Jan 23, 2012 Tim Warner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. This is the earliest in the Elvis Cole series which I have read. I loved it and it shows the basic foundation of the Elvis style and the Crais plotting which captured me in the later books with which I started. Now I need to continue backwards, because this is really a well-written, and plot gripping, tension - inducing read. This is a fine example of why I read this genre and why I am constantly looking for the best of the best in Crime/thriller fiction. Robert Crais is one of the be ...more
Rex Fuller
Apr 15, 2014 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, Robert Crais delivers sheer pleasure. Everything seems just right with this book. Tight, tight, tight story-telling. Perfect dialogue. Great Joe Pike and Elvis Cole action. It's possible to read this in one day. That way you can read it every day. It would be quite a few before getting tired of it.
Dec 17, 2016 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dec-16
I really enjoyed this 6th book in the Elvis Cole series.
Paula Brandon
Elvis Cole agrees to join the investigative team of lawyer Jonathan Green in defending Hollywood restaurateur Teddy White against charges of killing his wife. The angle they are going for is that the vital evidence against Teddy was planted there by ambitious detective Angela Rossi, who is trying to bounce back from a career setback.

Of course, Cole winds up way in over his head! While new girlfriend Lucy Chenier comes to visit, he uncovers evidence that could undeniably prove Teddy White's guilt
Mark Baker
Oct 28, 2016 Mark Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are hired by the Big Green Defense Machine to help find evidence that Jonathan Green’s latest client is indeed innocent of killing his wife. However, Cole soon begins to suspect that not everything is as it appears in this case. Can he find the truth? Or has he been played?

This is definitely one of the stronger entries in the series with an intriguing mystery that twists and turns until we reach a non- dues ex machina ending. We get some appearances by characters introduc
I'm getting down to the last few Coles I haven't read, and it'll be a bit of a bummer to be all caught up because I've enjoyed them so much. This one works nicely with its less-than-neat ending, and stands as one of the highlights of a great series.
Scott Rhee
Dec 11, 2012 Scott Rhee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Sunset Express" is the sixth book in Robert Crais's series featuring his L.A. private eye Elvis Cole, but it's the first book that I've read. It won't be my last. Crais is a writer for those who love a good fast-paced mystery with a likable and charming hero in the vein of Robert Parker's Spenser or Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe. Wise-cracking, compassionate, tough-but-lovable, and an all-around good guy---the kind you'd definitely want in your corner---Elvis Cole, in this novel, is at a tu ...more
Cathy DuPont
Nov 10, 2011 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elvis Cole is one crackerjack P.I. who easily says, he's 'the greatest detective in the world.' Yeh, he's a little cocky but he is very good at what he does and he's got Joe Pike as his backup. Pike would make any one just a little cocky.

So many things to love about Elvis...besides his name if you're an Elvis P. fan.

His black cat for one, the cat who hates everyone except Elvis and Joe. Black cat (no name) reminds me of my cat. Has that attitude going but Elvis still pampers him and loves him b
Jan 15, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You're a private investigator in Los Angeles and one of the most high profile defense lawyers asked you to do some work for you on a case that's in the news almost daily. What a privilege and a boost to your visibility! You get the job done fast and complete. You make your report. He's gives you another assignment. But when the attorney releases your findings to the press, he reports just the opposite of what you discovered. What's going on here? It's a mystery inside of a mystery for Elvis Cole ...more
Apr 20, 2014 Monty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is getting to be similar to brain candy for me--extremely satisfying but not a lot of sustenance. I really like Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. This book started out sounding like the plot was pretty straight forward, but it soon became quite complex and exciting. Yes, I do plan to read the next in the series and may start out with the Joe Pike series which has some stories not found in the Elvis Cole books.
Brian Stillman
Nov 27, 2007 Brian Stillman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The best Elvis Cole novel (to date). Definitely read Voodoo River prior to this one.

Reading the end of the book was as close to pumping my fist in the air and screaming like a beer soaked frat boy as I ever need to get.

A great detective novel. No. A fucking great detective novel.
Leon Aldrich
Couldn't sleep last night, tossing and turning. To make matters worse, I picked up Sunset Express giving my night hyperactivity something to focus on. Hours later. Done. Now I can't get back to sleep. Damn Crais!
Jun 14, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
marvellous chicanery and double-dealing - the best Elvis Cole yet
Sep 24, 2014 Bobbi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
First ending I've read by him where the situation wasn't completely resolved, but it works, it was the right way to end it.
Jeffrey Hammerhead
Mar 17, 2012 Jeffrey Hammerhead rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shamus-winner
Robert Crais won a Shamus for this one. An excellant read.
Since thousands of reviews have been written, not only on this book, but on the entire Elvis Cole series, I will not spend time rehashing either the storyline or the writing attributes of Robert Crais. Instead, I will just throw out three observations about the work.

First, by the end of the prologue, I was totally hooked on the novel and read it through in one day. The dialogue, the behaviors and the mental asides of the characters involved in discovering the body and making the subsequent arres
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Sep 24, 2012 Yeva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The more I read Mr. Crais's books, the more I enjoy them. Sunset Express was the sort of book that makes you mad--mad at rich bitch lawyers who take advantage of their position and the public's devotion--mad at how the media vilifies cops & mad at how some police officers put the blame for their misconduct onto others--and it made you pissed at celebrities who think they can get away with anything. Yep, it was a great book for a mad on! Then, there's Elvis and Pike and they take the mad stuf ...more
Apr 11, 2015 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars. The Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series are great fun but are nothing more than light entertainments. I started at the beginning of the series and look forward to reading more as I'm led to believe the quality of the writing picks up.
Jun 04, 2010 Rhod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They just keep getting better -
Mar 27, 2013 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel is too long and doesn't get going meaningfully until its end. 4 of 10 stars
May 07, 2017 Ellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Cole and Pike books that I haven't found believable. Yes, the Elvis and Joe partnership is still good, and fun, especially as a girlfriend is now added to the mix.
But... the bad guys in this seemed too bad to be real, almost like cartoon villains. There's the celebrity restaurant owner who's accused of murdering his wife (and you just know that he did), the famous lawyer he hires, who always wins his cases (by any means, fair or foul) Said lawyer comes with a team of hired mus
Rosie Strange
This is one if my least favorites Lucy was to whiny and they let the bad guys go no real justice served..
David Naggar
May 04, 2017 David Naggar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun Cole and Pike romp. Not the best one but a fine addition to the series.
Patricia Charlow
Sunset Express

Five stars. Just because! The world's greatest detective is also kind, strong, and not falsely modest. . . . .
John Yelverton
The mystery starts off well, and it's fairly enjoyable sans the foul language. What I did not enjoy was the ending, based in reality as it was.
Sep 11, 2014 Hobart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
A more developed version of this appears on my blog, Irresponsible Reader, as part of my Reread Project.
★ ★ ★ 1/2

There are two stories being told by Crais in this book -- yes, interwoven and interdependent -- but two stories. The fun one involves Lucy Chenier coming out to LA for work and to see Elvis. She brings along her son to make it a little family vacation. When Elvis gets the news, he becomes a different person than we've seen before -- or at least a more intense version of something we s
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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. ...more
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“Throughout the meal Lucy would grin with the knowledge of her secret, and I would ask, “What?” and she would say, “You’ll see.” Then everyone stopped looking at Johnny Depp and turned toward the door. Lucy grinned wider, and I looked, too. Joe came over, gliding across the floor as the room parted for him. Tall men in sleeveless sweatshirts and dark glasses and brilliant red tattoos tend to stand out in Spago. Even Johnny Depp was looking.” 1 likes
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