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Publisher Comments:

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 to stop him.

Los Angeles, 3:58 a.m.: Elvis Cole receives the phone call he?s been waiting for since childhood. 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.

Haunted throughout his life by a lack of knowledge about his father, Elvis turns to the one person who can help him navigate the minefield of his past — his longtime partner and confidant, Joe Pike. Together with hard-edged LAPD detective, Carol Starkey, they launch a feverish search for the dead man?s identity — even as Elvis struggles between wanting to believe he?s found his father at last and allowing his suspicions to hold him back. With each long-buried clue they unearth, a frightening picture begins to emerge about who the dead man might have been and the terrible secret he?s been guarding.

At the same time, Elvis has no way of knowing he has awakened a sleeping monster. The further he goes in his investigation, the closer he draws to a merciless killer who is violently connected to the unidentified man?s past. This psychopath believes Cole is hunting him, and he goes on the attack to find Elvis before Elvis can find him.

Summoning all the powerful elements that have made Robert Crais one of the preeminent crime writers today, The Forgotten Man is a spectacular tour-de-force of suspense and intrigue.

Review:

"Crais's latest L.A.-based crime novel featuring super-sleuth Elvis Cole blends high-powered action, a commanding cast and a touch of dark humor to excellent dramatic effect. One morning at four, Cole gets a call from the LAPD informing him that a murdered John Doe has claimed, with his dying breath, to be Cole's father, a man Cole has never met. Cole immediately gets to work gathering evidence on the dead man — Herbert Faustina, aka George Reinnike — while cramping the style of the assigned detective, Jeff Pardy. Though Cole finds Reinnike's motel room key at the crime scene, the puzzle pieces are tough to put together, even with the unfailing help of partner Joe Pike and feisty ex-Bomb Squad techie Carol Starkey, who's so smitten with Cole that she can't think of him without smiling. Days of smart sleuthing work take the self-proclaimed 'World's Greatest Detective' from a Venice Beach escort service to the California desert, then a hospital in San Diego, where doubts about Reinnike's true heritage begin to dissipate. Meanwhile, a delusional psychopath named Frederick Conrad, who is convinced that his partner in crime was killed by Cole, stalks and schemes to even the score. There's lots to digest, but this character-driven series continues to be strong in plot, action and pacing, and Crais (The Last Detective) boasts a distinctive knack for a sucker-punch element of surprise. Agent, Aaron Priest. (Feb. 15)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Pulpy, suspenseful, and unpretentious, let's hear it for the B crime novel....Crais won't win any prizes for prose style....But you won't easily put down this lurid, fast-paced, solid B thriller. (Grade: B)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"A potent mix of sound detection, black humor, cut-and-run action, sensitive-male flapdoodle, and half a dozen first-class surprises." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The Forgotten Man is Crais at his quietly brilliant best, where each turn of the page potentially hides a bombshell revelation in stark, beautiful, and memorable prose.... [A] winner in every sense of the word." BookReporter.com

Review:

"...Crais keeps the suspense and the action boiling by leading the reader step by step toward the shocking solution to the two mysteries at the novel's heart....in what continues to be one of today's best detective series." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Crais writes a spare prose that modulates smoothly into something bordering on the poetic.... But what really works about his writing is the pointillist details he drops along the way. They seem casual, but are always telling." Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"Robert Crais has evolved from a so-so writer and storyteller into a master....good enough to provide even the pickiest reader with a satisfying diversion...." St. Petersburg Times

Synopsis:

In his major New York Times bestseller The Last Detective, Crais returned to his signature characters, private investigator Elvis Cole and partner Joe Pike. Now, after scratching the surface of Cole's troubled past, Crais returns with a stunning suspense novel that leads to the dark secrets of Cole's own life.

Synopsis:

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 to stop him.

Los Angeles, 3:58 a.m.: Elvis Cole receives the phone call he's been waiting for since childhood. 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.

Haunted throughout his life by a lack of knowledge about his father, Elvis turns to the one person who can help him navigate the minefield of his past-- his longtime partner and confidant, Joe Pike. Together with hard-edged LAPD detective, Carol Starkey, they launch a feverish search for the dead man's identity--even as Elvis struggles between wanting to believe he's found his father at last and allowing his suspicions to hold him back. With each long-buried clue they unearth, a frightening picture begins to emerge about who the dead man might have been and the terrible secret he's been guarding.

At the same time, Elvis has no way of knowing he has awakened a sleeping monster. The further he goes in his investigation, the closer he draws to a merciless killer who is violently connected to the unidentified man's past. This psychopath believes Cole is hunting him, and he goes on the attack to find Elvis before Elvis can find him.

Summoning all the powerful elements that have made Robert Crais one of thepreeminent crime writers today, The Forgotten Man is a spectacular tour-de-force of suspense and intrigue.

About the Author

Robert Crais is the bestselling author of The Last Detective, Hostage, Demolition Angel, and L.A. Requiem, as well as seven previous novels featuring Elvis Cole. For additional information about the author and his novels, visit www.robertcrais.com.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385504287
Author:
Crais, Robert
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
California
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Series
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Elvis Cole Novels
Publication Date:
February 2005
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.34x6.36x1.05 in. 1.36 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Crais's latest L.A.-based crime novel featuring super-sleuth Elvis Cole blends high-powered action, a commanding cast and a touch of dark humor to excellent dramatic effect. One morning at four, Cole gets a call from the LAPD informing him that a murdered John Doe has claimed, with his dying breath, to be Cole's father, a man Cole has never met. Cole immediately gets to work gathering evidence on the dead man — Herbert Faustina, aka George Reinnike — while cramping the style of the assigned detective, Jeff Pardy. Though Cole finds Reinnike's motel room key at the crime scene, the puzzle pieces are tough to put together, even with the unfailing help of partner Joe Pike and feisty ex-Bomb Squad techie Carol Starkey, who's so smitten with Cole that she can't think of him without smiling. Days of smart sleuthing work take the self-proclaimed 'World's Greatest Detective' from a Venice Beach escort service to the California desert, then a hospital in San Diego, where doubts about Reinnike's true heritage begin to dissipate. Meanwhile, a delusional psychopath named Frederick Conrad, who is convinced that his partner in crime was killed by Cole, stalks and schemes to even the score. There's lots to digest, but this character-driven series continues to be strong in plot, action and pacing, and Crais (The Last Detective) boasts a distinctive knack for a sucker-punch element of surprise. Agent, Aaron Priest. (Feb. 15)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Pulpy, suspenseful, and unpretentious, let's hear it for the B crime novel....Crais won't win any prizes for prose style....But you won't easily put down this lurid, fast-paced, solid B thriller. (Grade: B)"
"Review" by , "A potent mix of sound detection, black humor, cut-and-run action, sensitive-male flapdoodle, and half a dozen first-class surprises."
"Review" by , "The Forgotten Man is Crais at his quietly brilliant best, where each turn of the page potentially hides a bombshell revelation in stark, beautiful, and memorable prose.... [A] winner in every sense of the word."
"Review" by , "...Crais keeps the suspense and the action boiling by leading the reader step by step toward the shocking solution to the two mysteries at the novel's heart....in what continues to be one of today's best detective series."
"Review" by , "Crais writes a spare prose that modulates smoothly into something bordering on the poetic.... But what really works about his writing is the pointillist details he drops along the way. They seem casual, but are always telling."
"Review" by , "Robert Crais has evolved from a so-so writer and storyteller into a master....good enough to provide even the pickiest reader with a satisfying diversion...."
"Synopsis" by , In his major New York Times bestseller The Last Detective, Crais returned to his signature characters, private investigator Elvis Cole and partner Joe Pike. Now, after scratching the surface of Cole's troubled past, Crais returns with a stunning suspense novel that leads to the dark secrets of Cole's own life.
"Synopsis" by , 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 to stop him.

Los Angeles, 3:58 a.m.: Elvis Cole receives the phone call he's been waiting for since childhood. 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.

Haunted throughout his life by a lack of knowledge about his father, Elvis turns to the one person who can help him navigate the minefield of his past-- his longtime partner and confidant, Joe Pike. Together with hard-edged LAPD detective, Carol Starkey, they launch a feverish search for the dead man's identity--even as Elvis struggles between wanting to believe he's found his father at last and allowing his suspicions to hold him back. With each long-buried clue they unearth, a frightening picture begins to emerge about who the dead man might have been and the terrible secret he's been guarding.

At the same time, Elvis has no way of knowing he has awakened a sleeping monster. The further he goes in his investigation, the closer he draws to a merciless killer who is violently connected to the unidentified man's past. This psychopath believes Cole is hunting him, and he goes on the attack to find Elvis before Elvis can find him.

Summoning all the powerful elements that have made Robert Crais one of thepreeminent crime writers today, The Forgotten Man is a spectacular tour-de-force of suspense and intrigue.

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