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Free Fall (Elvis Cole #4)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  6,185 ratings  ·  208 reviews
Elvis Cole is just a detective who can't say no, especially to a girl in a terrible fix. And Jennifer Sheridan qualifies: Her fiance, Mark Thurman, is a decorated LA cop with an elite plainclothes unit, but Jennifer's sure he's in trouble - the kind of serious trouble that only Elvis Cole can help him out of.

Five minutes after his new client leaves his office, Elvis and hi
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Published March 28th 2002 by Brilliance Audio (first published May 1st 1993)
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Kemper
I have to think that Robert Crais got a little freaked out during the O.J. Simpson murder trial when the allegations of racism against detective Mark Fuhrman came up because just a few years earlier he had written this book that had some corrupt LAPD cops including an officer named Mark Thurman.

“Life this is Art. Art, meet my good friend Life. Try not to imitate each other too much if you can help it.”

Private investigator Elvis Cole is hired by a young woman named Jennifer Sheridan because she’
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Dan 1.0
A woman named Jennifer Sheridan hires Elvis Cole to watch her fiancee and find out what sort of trouble he's in. Only he's in a lot more trouble than Jennifer or Elvis Cole bargained for...

Robert Crais took me for another ride on this one. I thought I had a pretty good handle on things but then Crais jerked the rug out from under me. Cole and Pike take on gang members and possibly dirty cops and wind up on the run. Crais takes on controversial issues like police brutality, cover-ups, dirty cops,
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Johnny
Some role-playing games reward players who let the characters they play have certain inherent weaknesses that make the plots/scenarios more interesting. In The Dresden Files Role-playing Game, one of these aspects is called, “Sucker for a Pretty Face.” One of my friends played a character with this weakness and he occasionally missed out on the excitement because his male gumshoe character was following some “red herring” or “dalliance” brought to his attention by a lovely lady. There were also ...more
Jerry
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike take on the Eight-Deuce Gangster boys of South Central and a Rogue team of LAPD Robbery Homicide Officers who got themselves in a bad position and are trying to strong-arm their way out. Crais once again captures the gritty feel of Los Angeles, this time in the graffiti tagged inner-city. The story takes place just after the Rodney King arrest and before OJ.. of note, one of the main Cops name is Mark Thurman.. coincidence? For an inside look at South Central Gang life, ...more
Bill Garrison
I got hooked on Robert Crais when I read HOSTAGE and have read all of his recent works. Finally I'm getting a chance to read some of his earlier books feature Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. FREE FALL is easily one of the best of his early books. It's the forth in the series, I believe, and set entirely in Los Angeles. Some of his earlier books had Cole travelling to the east coast, Louisiana, and Seattle. But this novel keeps Cole in LA and is gritty and feels like it could have been written last year ...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
Bobbi
When I started this one, I was thinking, nothing ever really goes bad for these guys. Things generally just work out. Not so in this one. Couldn't put it down.
Marleen
Everytime time I read an Elvis Cole story, I think "Gosh, this is good stuff"! I just love Elvis Cole immensely! I love his humor, his cool and his goodness.
I finished this story in one day, it was so enjoyful, suspenseful and entertaining. It also puts me in a good mood. I think "Free Fall" is one of my favorites so far. Again in this book Elvis meeting with the new client at the beginning of the story is just too funny.
I loved this story from beginning to end and since I have always been a bi
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Hobart
A more developed version of this appears on my blog, Irresponsible Reader, as part of my Reread Project.

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Elvis' client this time is a damsel-adjacent-to-distress. Jennifer Sheridan is convinced something is wrong with her fiancé/childhood sweetheart. He's a police officer attached to some special squad and she's afraid that he's being forced into doing something criminal (she's also afraid that he's not being forced at all, but she doesn't admit that), and wants Elvis to get him out of the j
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Leon Aldrich
Crais does it again. He is unstoppable. I wouldn't want it otherwise. Thanks Robert for another yarn well done...
Patricia
Jennifer Sheridan stands, wavering, in the open doorway of Elvis Cole’s office for some time before she can finally make herself cross the threshold. In her defense, it must really be hard to tell a perfect stranger, even a private investigator, that you suspect your fiancé has morphed from a wholesome collegiate football hero into a dirty cop.

Four months ago, Mark Thurman changed. He went off to work one day, his usual upbeat self, and came back a different man. Something happened on his job as
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Randal
I started reading Robert Crais' Elvis Cole series with 1999's L.A. Requiem. Since then I've been reading them in order and enjoying them very much. Every once in awhile, I'll go back in time and pick up one of the earlier books, such as this one. While still a very good book, Free Fall definitely shows that Elvis (and his creator) has gotten better with age. Elvis is just a little too glib in this book. And Crais is just a little too fond of the word "maybe." From a single page, we get this:

"May
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Gerald Sinstadt
Elvis Cole is not Spenser - but who is? Joe Pike is not Hawk - but who is? In the past Robert Crais has been a respected puveyor of crime novels in the Robert B Parker genre; not as good but good enough. Free Fall is a major disappointment.

Characterisation is the problem. Jennifer, the young woman who becomes Cole's client, is one-dimensional. Her vacillating boyfriend is hard to credit. So is Floyd Riggens, a seriously unpleasant cop with a drinking problem. Race and drugs are nothing new in cr
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Tom
More wisecracking from Elvis Cole - well-plotted, LA in the tension after Rodney King, a good story
Annie
A lot more action in this one, and my fave so far :) as usual Cole and Pike made me giggle throughout :)
Harvey J Putterbaugh
VA appointments, so a reading day, and completion of Book 4, Free Fall.

Mr. Crais' titles are conundrums rather than indicative of the following content. One must concentrate, recall small aspects of the acts or conditions described, and ponder "why in the hell did he title this narrative " **** **** ".

Part of my loss due to PTSD from 'Nam [old fart...] was when it finally brought my life to standstill in 2003, is the loss of the ability to concentrate on secondary levels. If reading an article
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Dewayne Stark
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Serena!
Sono in fase "Oddio, non mi va di leggere, solo guardare il soffitto in trance o dormire in modalità letargo fino a tempi migliori", quindi nonostante avessi sul comodino 4/5 libri, non riuscivo a finirne o farmene piacere uno..
Poi dalla libreria dei non iniziati questo piccoletto mi ha guardato, mi ha sorriso incoraggiandomi e mi ha ripetuto stile mantra "Leggi me! Leggi me! Sceglimi, non te ne pentirai!"
Potevo forse resistere a tale richiamo?? :DD
SOno contenta di aver seguito l'istinto, sono u
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Heather Young
My favorite Crais book so far! The subject matter, even though written in 1993, hits way to close to home to the headlines of today. Which only makes me sadder or the fact the we haven't made much progress makes me sadder. Without too many spoilers in the review, it's a case of police brutality and coverup against and unarmed black kid. There's so much more to it than that but ultimately it's what we're seeing in the paper everyday. The kid was 'resisting', he was 'reaching for a weapon' etc etc ...more
Matt Allen
Another solid entry in the Elvis Cole series. Cole is fun to be around, and Crais does a great job at capturing mid-nineties LA while still telling a story that's feels fresh two decades later.

Obviously, through four books in this series, Cole and Pike are the stars of the show and Free Fall is no different. They're excellent characters and they are definitely where this novel shines. These are guys you'd want to hang out with, even if you and Elvis (mostly Elvis) would be doing all the talking
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Jessica
I'm enjoying this series a lot, and this one appeals for the way that a single bad choice can cascade down to a widespread disaster, particularly if you opt to try to shore up that bad choice.
Jed Lamprey
Good Elvis Cole novel where he starts off on a simple "find out what's wrong with my boyfriend that he won't tell me" case, and ends up accused of murder and dealing with dirty cops.
David Miller
A fairly competent movie mystery: the plot, the characters, the action are all based on private detective and thriller movies. And it has all the tropes of early-1990s race relations (when the book was written): heroic white hero lives and gets the glory; heroic black character dies. And much of the book is spent impressing the reader just how virtuous the hero his. These things are all offputting. On the other hand, the story includes a realistic, non-condescending, non-sneering portrayal of lo ...more
Òphiere editoriale
Gran trama ma la Los Angeles di Connelly è un'altra cosa

Robert Crais "La squadra" Piemme acquistato a 5 euro su IBS. Romanzo del 1993. Non esaltante ma la trama è ben orchestrata e ci sono due o tre cose divertenti: Pike l'aiutante di ghiaccio che nasconde dietro gli occhiali scuri occhi d'un blu profondo, l'antagonista collettivo (un'intera squadra di polizia marcia), un alleato gran picchiatore. Malgrado la Mulholland drive e il ristorante da Musso, questa è una Los Angeles per signorine. Anch
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Ted
Smart aleck private eye Elvis Cole is back in Los Angeles for Robert Crais' fourth book in the series. He takes on crooked cops and gangsters to rescue the damsel. Joe Pike is along to help, of course.

Crais delivers a more emotionally charged story in this one, with enough verisimilitude to leave us really questioning whether Cole will get out of s tight spot and drawing a tear at the end for the relationship he's but with the young woman he set out to help.

Free Fall is another winner that will
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The Cats Mother
This is the 4th in the Elvis Cole series, but I'm really reading them for Joe Pike. Elvis is a PI who is not as funny as he thinks he is, and has a weakness for pretty women young enough to be his daughter, which is creepy, but he has a good heart, and is smart enough to generally get out of trouble using skill and diplomacy, but when all else fails there's Joe and violence. Elvis is hired by the fiancée of a police officer to find out what has happened with the elite team he works for, and disc ...more
Marc
This is an early entry in the Elvis Cole series. Cole is a wise-cracking Los Angeles private detective. He's an army veteran (Vietnam) who lives alone with a cat in Laurel Canyon, drives a flashy Corvette, practices martial arts and, when the going gets tough, he relies on his reclusive but tough-as-nails ex-Marine partner, Joe Pike.

This book was published in 1993, and the action takes place shortly after the Rodney King beating and the riots that followed the legal acquittal of the police offic
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Jerry
We sometimes like certain of Crais’ Elvis Cole stories much better than others, but happily report that to us “Free Fall” is a pleasing addition to the series. Elvis is certainly his normal easygoing self (until the plot thickens), helper Joe Pike is his normal taciturn self, and in the end, it is no surprise that the good guys prevail. If we have a quibble, it’s that the level of violence in this one is pretty over the top – while we certainly expect people to get killed in a murder mystery, th ...more
Bruce Snell
Book 4 in the Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais. Jennifer Sheridan hires Elvis to investigate her fiance - an undercover officer with the LAPD - because she believes that he might be involved in some sort of criminal activity. A few minutes after Elvis takes the case, he is visited by Mark Thurman (the fiance) who assures Elvis that he is not involved in crime, he is merely cheating on his girlfriend. Elvis continues the investigation anyway, and with the assistance of his partner, Joe Pike, he ...more
Col
Synopsis/blurb....
Elvis Cole is just a detective who can't say no, especially to a girl in a terrible fix. And Jennifer Sheridan qualifies. Her fiance, Mark Thurman, is a decorated LA cop with an elite plainclothes unit, but Jennifer is sure he's in trouble - the kind of serious trouble that only Cole can get him out of. Five minutes after his new client leaves the office, Cole and his partner, the enigmatic Joe Pike, are hip-deep in a deadly situation as they plummet into a world of South Centr
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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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Other Books in the Series

Elvis Cole (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvis Cole, #1)
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  • Lullaby Town (Elvis Cole, #3)
  • Voodoo River (Elvis Cole, #5)
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  • L.A. Requiem (Elvis Cole, #8)
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