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Sunset Express (Elvis Cole #6)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  9,487 ratings  ·  219 reviews
Prominent restaurateur Teddy Martin is facing charges in his wife’s brutal murder. But he’s not going down without spending a bundle of cash on his defense. So his hotshot attorney hires P.I. Elvis Cole to find proof that Detective Angela Rossi tampered with the evidence. Rossi needs a way back to the fast track after falling hard during an internal investigation five year ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published January 25th 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published April 1st 1996)
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Dan Schwent
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?

Tim Warner
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
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.
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
"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
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
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
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.
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!
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.
marvellous chicanery and double-dealing - the best Elvis Cole yet
Jeffrey Hammerhead
Robert Crais won a Shamus for this one. An excellant read.
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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.
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
Wayne Zurl
Sunset Express by Robert Crais…..

I usually don’t get too upset over stories that are predictable, but when I figure out what’s coming up at the very beginning of a book, I’d like the getting there to be extra special. Unfortunately, SUNSET EXPRESS didn’t deliver for me.

Too much of an explanation would spoil the story for an interested reader, so I’ll just say this book, which won a Shamus Award back in 1996, is not one of my favorite Elvis Cole mysteries.

Also, I think Robert Crais spent too muc
Dewayne Stark
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Heather Young
Crais did it again! Love the stories, the settings, the characters. We also got to see the development between Elvis and Lucille this go round which is great. He deserves to be happy.

Another crazy LA tale of mayhem murder and what Private Investigators do to bring on their own kind of justice. In Crais' stories the good cops prevail, somewhat. The frustrating side of this story shows how sexist the police system is for women with ambition, and how being good at your job can sometimes earn you a
Susan McChesney
I usually like Robert Crais' mysteries. This one was hardly a mystery and it was a little sappy. Sappy Portion: The main character, Elvis Cole, has a love interest that was carried over from the previous book. She and her son from Louisiana visit him in LA. She has some business there. Of course they want him to take them around to see the sights. Mystery Portion: Elvis Cole gets hired to work with the world's greatest lawyer. He gets duped. He gets mad. He quits. He works to right his wrong. Th ...more
This book was partially spoiled because I listened to it as an audiobook. I frequently listen to audiobook versions (and normally prefer this format). In this case though, the book was almost ruined by the reader's "southern accent" of Lucy. It was horrible....horrible. I stopped listening for a while but eventually returned because the story was entertaining.
There are a few spots that are really, really not believable (as opposed to the sorta not believable of these type stories). For instance
Matt Allen
Crais provides another solid stop in the Elvis Cole series, and the good guys win big.

That's not a spoiler alert--it's a big win because Crais really allows his protagonists, both major and minor, to shine. For readers of the series, we dig deep and learn a lot of Elvis, Joe, et al. Our lead private detective begins to change and mature in a way that feels real whether future books prove the change is legit or not. Crais allows just the right amount of previous books to shine in and give his wor
A more developed version of this appears on my blog, Irresponsible Reader, as part of my Reread Project.

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 saw
Harvey J Putterbaugh
Title "maybe" suggested by the narrative but it's a stretch, lol

Book 6 of the Elvis Cole series by Mr. Crais didn't read as well although his finding something from Book 5 is included as a subplot [or the crime is a subplot].

One interesting thing I stumbled across was the state location in Book 5, Louisiana, is actually Mr. Crais' home state.

The crime in this book is a little far-fetched in some aspects and the "plot" unravels too easily and the result for the reader, like the good characters in
#6 in the Elvis Cole series. 1997 Shamus Award for Best Novel.

LA PI Elvis Cole series - Elvis is hired by high-profile attorney Jonathan Green to investigate the death of Susan Martin, wife of mega-millionaire Teddy Green. The defense is basing its case on the Mark Fuhrman-like theory that evidence was planted at the scene by Detective Angela Rossi, a fallen star in the LAPD who could use a celebrity conviction as her ticket back to the fast track. Elvis and Joe are pleased when their efforts sh
Nagesh Kumar C S
This is one very badly written, despite what his loyal fans would like to say...
Very filmy, like a would be movie script.
Too much time wasted on romance between the lead pair..almost like a Mills and Boon or Harlequin romance novel.

An example of confusing prose:

a passage reads like this somewhat...
None else could get them out and Green was the Best....and Jonathan did it" The author was talking about the same guy, Jonathan Green!
Duh?..why write like they are different guys in the same sentence
Gentleman Farmer
I really enjoyed Sunset Express, as I enjoy most of the Elvis Cole series.

Elvis Cole is an ex-special forces U.S. Ranger who fought in Vietnam and was heavily decorated for his bravery there, which he doesn't like to discuss. He had a rough childhood which he rose above to join the military. He also has a black belt in martial arts. Following his return, he developed good connections in the police department, opened a one-man private detective outfit, and is scraping by with his small office, i
This was my first Crais novel. I started here because I looked like at this point Crais had settled in to the series hand had defined his characters. However, I think I enjoyed the main character more than I actually did the book. There was just too much side story and side comments that distracted from the flow. I thought the whole plot was a little outlandish which made Cole seem totally naïve. Not sure if the ending was intended as a leader into the next book or it just was flat, but in eithe ...more
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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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