Chasing Darkness (Elvis Cole #12)
It's fire season, and the hills of Los Angeles are burning. When police and fire department personnel rush door to door in a frenzied evacuation effort, they discover the week-old corpse of an apparent suicide. But the gunshot victim is less gruesome than what they find in his lap: a photo album of seven brutally ...more
I have to admit, I had my doubts about this one at first. I should have known Crais had pulled the wool over my eyes yet again when I thought I knew who the ...more
Cole reexamines the evidence he gathered and is still convinced that Bird was innocent of that crime. So where did the pictures of the dead women come from? And why is a LAPD task force led by ...more
I exhaled a dreamy sigh whenever Pike came around. He is utterly lickable. (Di ...more
Lionel had been accused of murdering one of the women, Yvonne Bennett, in the book a few years earlier. Elvis Cole found evidence that set him free. Now the Los Angeles police department is saying that Elvis got two more women ki ...more
This Elvis outing was more plot than character driven, but was a good read during a rainy New England weekend. There's a depth of history to the players in this series by this point, but I prefer it when Mr. Crais develops the back stories ...more
Crais' writing style is strong, the prose and the story flow easily. It mostly held my interest all the way through, admittedly with a couple slower spots, but not enough to call it boggy.
The story opens in California, with a ...more
Someone called Jerry on GoodReads recommended I check out the Elvis Cole detective series by Robert Crais.
Thank you, Jerry!
I'm going to be reading other Robert Crais novels.
This puppy hooked me early on, and kept me hooked till the end.
The further into this novel I read, the more desperately I wanted to keep reading.
Have I found a replacement for Robert B. Parker? We will see!
Lacking in this book is the edginess that makes the earlier Elvis Cole books fun to read. Even Joe Pike, the silent but powerful sidekick character that seems ...more
Murder, cover-ups, political shenanigans. What else would you want in an Elvis Cole novel?
I've been a fan of Elvis Cole and his associate, Joe Pike, since 1987 when THE MONKEY'S RAINCOAT appeared. It's hard to believe that this series is over 20 years old. Of course, the characters have grown and changed; but the essential elements that have made these books so likeable are still there. Elvis may be a little more world weary now, but he still has the Pinocchio clock in his office and he still can't resist the opportunity to make a wise crack.
As a private i ...more
And we loved it, of course.
So, if we tell you that, in Chasing Darkness, Crais has crafted a less Elvis-centric tale of Detective and Case, assume please that we are doing it with all kinds of YAY!!
A crucial element to any series is the ability to change pace and still move forward, and thi ...more
In this, the 11th book in the Elvis Cole series, Elvis finds himself revisiting a case he thought he had closed years ago.
Seven years previously he was asked to investigate a man who was accussed of having killed a young woman. Through a witness statement he proved that the man, Li ...more
Crais, Robert – 11th in series
Simon & Schuster, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780743281645
First Sentence: Beakman and Trenchard could smell the fire--it was still a mile away, but a sick desert wind carried the promise of Hell.
Three years ago, Elvis helped prove Lionel Byrd innocent of killing a prostitute. Now, Byrd's body has been found with a book containing the photographs of seven women who had been murdered, including the prostit ...more
This one is a litt ...more
Elvis Cole is a Nice Guy. So when he discovers that a man that he'd cleared of murder 3 years ago has been found dead, victim of an apparent suicide, while clutching a gory "murder album" with pictures of 7 murdered women that could only have been ta ...more
Elvis Cole has been around for more than 20 years, and he has aged like fine wine. Chasing Darkness contains the classic crime elements that have made Crais's series so popular, but the novel seems, as a few critics commented, more like a straightforward crime thriller this time around. Material Witness felt that the novel was perhaps less psychologically intense than previous installments, but nonetheless still as compelling in its exploration of crime and backroom politics. A tight, plausible...more
In this book, LA is on fire, and Cole investigates whether an accused murderer freed by evidence he found in a case three years ago may, in fact, have not been innocent and, worse still, may have con ...more