The Forgotten Man (Elvis Cole, #10)
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The Forgotten Man (Elvis Cole #10)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  5,546 ratings  ·  235 reviews
In his major New York Times bestseller, The Last Detective, Robert Crais returned to his signature characters, private investigator Elvis Cole and his enigmatic partner, Joe Pike. Now Crais delivers a stunning, edge-of-your-seat suspense novel that leads Elvis to the very thing he’s always searched for— the dark secrets of his own life—as well as a brutal killer determined...more
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Published February 15th 2005 by Doubleday (first published 2005)
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Dan Schwent
An old man is gunned down in an alley and his last words were that he was looking for his son, Elvis Cole. Was the old man really the father Elvis never knew? That's what Elvis is trying to find out. But will he be able to live with what he finds?

Much like The Last Detective, Robert Crais digs into Elvis Cole's past with the Forgotten Man. In the wake of the events of The Last Detective, the possible appearance of Elvis' unknown father drags him out of his depression and sets him into motion. It...more
Kemper
Recent events haven’t been kind to Elvis Cole, and he’s moping around the house in the middle of the night when he gets a phone call from the police telling him that a man murdered in an alley claimed to be Elvis’s long lost father with his dying breath.

Well, if that doesn’t cheer him up, nothing will.

Elvis has never had a real clue about who his father was and thinks that the man was just another wack-a-doo that has come out of the woodwork following an unwelcome amount of publicity after his l...more
Leon Aldrich
Crais does it again. Now I need to see what else he has coming out...
Creative A
Mar 29, 2009 Creative A rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of slightly darker crime, tortured heroes, and plenty of murder
A tattooed man is shot in an alley and dies, gasping that he is trying to find his lost son, Elvis Cole. But Elvis is still torn up about Lucy and Ben, who left him in The Last Detective. With his emotions on edge, and his confidence at an all time low, Elvis takes the case. Is the man his father? Doubtful. Was he involved in some bad business before he died? Absolutely certain.

Lots of dark secrets come out in this one, lots of wounds are re-opened, and the plot becomes a little bit like a domi...more
David
"The Forgotten Man" does for Elvis Cole what "L.A. Requiem" did for Joe Pike. This book, like "Requiem" moves beyond simple detective fiction to add more depth to the character of Elvis Cole. It is a nice evolution. Crais' initial books in this series were for the most part of the Ross MacDonald vein -- quick sketch characters thrown into a twisting plot. Nothing at all wrong with that, and Crais is a master. However, beginning with "Requiem" Crais seems to want to expand into a the more general...more
Harry
Ok, a few rambling thoughts on Robert Crais. Who is this guy, where'd he come from, how'd he get so popular? Well the first thing to know is that Crais is not from California at all. He is a native of Louisiana, grew up in a blue collar family, and read his first crime novel The Little Sister when he was 15. And that's all it took. Chandler gave him his love for writing. Other authors that have inspired him were Hammett, Hemingway (seems like that's true of all the crime writers), Parker, and St...more
JoAnn
I really enjoyed reading The Fogotten Man. It was interesting and kept me guessing. Never was there a dull moment. It was about how the main character (Elvis Cole) was searching for his dad who he never knew. When Elvis Cole had heard that the man in the ally way who had gotten killed claimed to be his father, he knew he had to be on the case! Then the story goes on to him having flashbacks as a kid searching for his dad in the circus, but he never made any progress. Towards the end of the book...more
Ami
More insight to Elvis Cole's character ... and in a sense, to the depth of his friendship with Pike, especially during the last chapters. I will get to that later.

This time, a murdered man in an alley, brings Cole to look further into his past, who his father is. The murdered man claimed to be Cole's father. I love the scenes of Cole's past, the part where he ran away few times to search for his father (whom his mother said to be a "human canonball"). The case takes a different turn (it always i...more
Susie
Feb 28, 2009 Susie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has already read several previous Cole novels
Recommended to Susie by: no one, I saw it in the Borders
I can't say I have ever read an Elvis Cole novel I didn't like. Having said that, this is not the very best (I think LA Requiem is the best), but it is still engaging and interesting. Yes, Elvis is no longer the same "world's greatest detective' disguised as a young wise-cracking buffoon. But how could he be after all he has been through? I was glad to see Lucy nearly banished (the weakest character in his recurring group of characters). And some insight into his young life that sheds light on h...more
Lori
One of the annoying things Crais does is have his character repeat the information he just learned at least once in the next paragraph (reminds me of a certain SF writer who does that too...) - a habit which gets old after a while.

I don't know if it's Crais or if his editor insists that he put it in, but, after only the second book I've listened to by this author, I think he really should steer away (far away) from putting or even mentioning romance of any kind. He can't write romance to save hi...more
Arthur

A man is murdered in an alley, claiming to be Elvis Cole's long-lost father. Elvis tries to figure out if he is and who killed him. Featuring a completely insane murderer. The plot's not that interesting, though the killer is a surprise. Crais tries to put some LA feel into the book, but it doesn't come together.

Not one of Crais best books, though I was hooked enough to finish it in two days.
Jessica
While this one is very much about how Elvis came to be the man he is, don't be fooled into thinking that you should get this backstory before checking out other entries in the series - the power from this one comes from the fact that these are characters you already know and what you learn deepens that understanding. A strong entry in my new favorite series.
Paul
I'm getting the sense that this entire series is pretty much golden. That being said, The Forgotten Man is not quite as perfect as its immediate predecessor, The Last Detective, and there were a few things that weirded me out a bit. The plot is straightforward and picks up right away: a man is murdered in an alley in downtown LA, and with his dying breath says he was looking for his son, Elvis Cole. Those of you who are familiar with the series will know that Elvis never met his father, making t...more
Beth Gibson
I enjoy finding a new author, especially when there is a whole series I can plow through! This is a detective series, featuring Elvis Cole. A one-time police officer, now "retired." One day, a man is found dead in an alley, and in his dying breath, he tells the officer who discovered him that he is the long-lost father of Elvis. Elvis had heard all kinds of stories about his father, but could never make sense of any of it. Now comes this man, who says one thing, but evidence points to something...more
Phil Hait
Elvis Cole is still overcome from grief/ despair from his lover, Lucy moving back to Baton Rouge when the murder of a man supposedly looking for his long lost son, (Elvis), brings him out of his funk.
Little is known about the murder victim. No ID, fingerprints in the system or identifying marks other than ratios done by himself.
The police call Cole based on the dying mans last words. Elvis never knew his father & a couple of flashbacks help fill on a couple of mysteries about his early life....more
Susan McChesney
Another great book by Robert Crais. Elvis Cole is called one night to identify a body of man they believe to be his father, who he has never known or met. but searched for several times as a young boy. This book shows Elvis at some of his most raw times bringing up his childhood with still lingering feelings of not ever having a family. Still there's a chase with all the detectives and police and his friend Joe Pike to find out if this is really his father. This was another great mystery that I...more
Robert Haines
I didn't enjoy "The Forgotten Man" as much as the other Robert Crais novels I have read. It does well in that it continues to develop the main characters with the primary focus on Elvis Cole's backstory and emotional vulnerability. The problems I had with this book was mainly with the portrayals of the antagonist and of Carol Starkey. By having a psychopath as the villain, it seems that Crais was attempting something more along the lines of a "Silence of the Lambs" genre. However, the bad guy do...more
Jerry
We’re slowly reading through the Crais booklist; we think this is our fourth Elvis Cole, but by no means our favorite. While the plot is engaging (about a man who claims to have been Elvis’ father), and one of the ultimate perps not at all expected, there were several things we felt really detracted from a better reading experience.

First, we found the many different scene changes and story telling from various character’s point of view a major distraction – and it the end, still not sure we’ve g...more
David
I usually would give an Elvis Cole novel a higher rating than two stars. The author, Crais, writes well enough and always manages to create an intriguing mystery and move it along quite well. This one is no exception-- as a strange man is killed in Los Angeles and his last words are a statement that private eye Elvis Cole is his son. This, at first, makes Cole a suspect in the murder. Believe me, the mystery is much more compelling than it first appears.

However, this novel suffers from multiple...more
Amanda Spake
I've read everything by Crais since discovering "The Monkeys Raincoat" a long time ago, One day, in a mystery bookstore (yes, we used to have those once upon a time) in talking with one of the proprietors about being out of things to read, she said, “Well, you’ve read Robert Crais, right?”

Well, no, I hadn’t. I read “The Monkey’s Raincoat” in about two days, recommended it to everybody I knew, and now wait for each new Crais novel to make an appearance.

Crais’ newest book, out last month, is "Tak...more
Johnny
The Forgotten Man works on multiple levels. One isn’t quite sure whether it refers to a murder victim, a murderer, the father that Elvis Cole (“World’s Greatest Detective” according to the L.A. media who hyped him prior to the events of this novel) never knew, or Elvis Cole himself (forgotten by his father?). Even upon the conclusion of this novel with events that begin, not in L.A. like the majority of Cole’s cases, but in a Riverside County town called Temecula. In fact, that’s probably my big...more
Tim Warner
After the consistent heights and thrills of reading Robert Crais, I am less than overly enthusiastic about the Forgotten Man. I am about a third of the way through it and not as compelled as by all of his other books which I have read. I will not abandon this, as I have frequently abandoned other books. But I will ask this question: How does it happen, i.e. what is the process that a writer goes through as he consistently hits the top and then falls short of his exceptional previous winning feat...more
Danielle Tremblay
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Libri Mammaeditori
Nessun punto morto.

Soluzione che sorprende con efficacia. Non ho mai sospettato il finale, cosa che a volte mi accade di indovinare a metà romanzo. Questa volta, no. Come sempre Crais è magistrale nei personaggi e povero nel restituire le atmosfere. Il sottotesto è tutto giocato sugli effetti del retaggio sull'identità: della serie a volte una famiglia è meglio non averla avuta. Chi ha origini nebulose avrà di che riflettere e rassicurarsi.
Stephen
Responding to a gunshot, the LAPD has found an injured man in an alleyway. He has told the officer on the scene that he is looking for his son, Elvis Cole. Minutes later, the man is dead. Cole's been haunted his entire life by not knowing who is father was, so, even though he doesn't believe the nameless man was his father, Cole tries to find out who this man was while grappling with who he is.

I heard someone say The Forgotten Man does for Cole what LA Requiem did for his partner, Joe Pike. In a...more
Andreea
Unfortunately, even though Robert Crais' books don't make up a series, he uses the same characters and this wasn't the first book he wrote. Therefore, lots of references are made to past books that I don't really get. I think it would have helped if an overview of what happened were included. The characters are amazing. I like the way their personalities are as different as day and night (Cole is cheeky and easygoing, Pike is serious and taciturn, while Starkey is the funniest combination of lov...more
Darcy
I liked this book, but felt like there wasn't a big connection for Elvis. Yes, the man dying said he was his father as he was dying, but there was just something off for me.

Elvis was still mourning the loss of his relationship with Lucy due to the crap of the last book. I get why Lucy left, but I really hated her for coming back and giving Elvis a very small sliver of hope.

I felt sorry for Stuckey, she was in a hard spot. She knew Elvis wasn't ready to move on and did her best to hold her feelin...more
Steve
What happens when a series goes on and on and on.

Elvis is taken for dead, once again. Well, at least he and Pike did not fight off 100 trained mafia killers with barely a scratch.

Dated w/ poor cellphone connections. Hey, ever hear of a DNA test - for the parent issue.

Abridged audiobook version, thankfully.

Ed
Oct 26, 2008 Ed rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Detective story fans.
In my opinion, not one of Crais' better efforts. Elvis Cole's continuous search for the father he never knew is appropriated by someone trying to get revenge for the murder of her family.

The story drags in places although, true to Crais' style, he provides surprises throughout. The characters just don't ring true. The psychopath is able to fool people into thinking he's perfectly sane, just long enough to do them in with a handy shovel or ax.

The detective in charge of investigating the precipit...more
Diana
A very solid book. Not as good as his last two books, but those books were truly outstanding. This book gave the reader a little more info on Elvis Cole & his upbringing. There were a couple of minor problems with facts in the book that bugged me to no end, but overall, a very enjoyable read.
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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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