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The Last Detective: An Elvis Cole Novel (Elvis Cole Novels)by Robert Crais
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P.I. Elvis Cole's relationship with attorney Lucy Chenier is strained. Then the unthinkable happens. While Lucy is away on business and her ten-year-old son Ben is staying with Elvis, the boy vanishes without a trace. When the kidnappers call, it's not for ransom, but for a promise to punish Cole for past sins he claims he didn't commit. With the LAPD wrestling over the case, and the boy's estranged father attempting to take control of the investigation, Cole vows to find Ben first. But Cole's partner, Joe Pike, knows more about this case than he has said. Pike lives in a world where dangerous men commit crimes beyond all reckoning. Now, one of those men is alive and well in L.A. — and calling Elvis Cole to war...
"The terrible, heartstopping climax is so well written that time seems to stop. Crais combines the thriller and private eye genres into a dazzling novel that is far more accomplished than the sum of its parts." Publishers Weekly
"Crais remains a wonderful writer...[and] it's great to have Cole back, especially in such a rich, multitextured story. Kidnapping provides the backdrop, but this is really a novel about what constitutes real family." Booklist
"Crais stretches his already considerable abilities as a writer....[He] balances some crafty mystery plotting with writing that borders on hardboiled poetry....[A] welcome return to a popular mystery series by one of the genre's most versatile craftsman." Denver Post
"[W]ithin the boundaries of noir — ultra-hard-boiled, Los Angeles noir, to be precise — it strikes me as a classic....The story is shrewdly plotted and sharply written, with not an ounce of fat on it, nor a trace of easy sentiment or comic relief." The Washington Post
"The detective work, when Elvis has a chance for it, is sound and the plot twisty enough, but that's no longer enough for Crais, who...gives his villains the world-class bad-guy credentials you'd expect from an Austin Powers movie....Elvis on steroids." Kirkus Reviews
"With his latest, and perhaps best Elvis Cole adventure, Crais reaffirms his place in the front row of the private-eye purveyors." San Diego Union-Tribune
"[A] fast-paced, violence-drenched, character-driven tale of suspense, with writing that's less formulaic and cliche-ridden than the average mystery novel, and which delves deeper than most into the emotional makeup of the main characters." Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram
"Crais' combination of smart-mouthed humor and solid action suffuses The Last Detective....[Its] compressed time frame gives the novel a hot-house effect. While the denouement would stretch the credibility in a lesser novel, Crais' remains believable to the last page." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
This New York Times bestseller spotlights Crais's signature character, L.A. private eye Elvis Cole. When the son of his longtime girlfriend goes missing, Cole's demons threaten to destroy his world.
In this, the ninth volume in the Elvis Cole series, crime turns personal for the intrepid Elvis when his girlfriend's son goes missing — while staying at Elvis' house. As Elvis and his partner, Joe Pike, desperately try to find the boy, it becomes clear that the root of the case lies buried somewhere in Elvis's own past.
About the Author
Robert Crais is the author of many novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Hostage, Demolition Angel, and L. A. Requiem. Learn more about his work at www.robertcrais.com.
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