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Elvis Cole is back...
With his acclaimed bestsellers, Hostage (a New York Times Notable Book) and Demolition Angel, Robert Crais drew raves for his unstoppable pacing, edgy characterizations, and cinematic prose. Now, in The Last Detective, Crais returns to his signature character, Los Angeles private investigator Elvis Cole, in a masterful page-turner that probes the meaning of family and the burdens of the past.
Elvis Cole's relationship with attorney Lucy Chenier is strained. When she moved from Louisiana to join Elvis in Los Angeles, she never dreamed that violence would so easily touch her life -- but then the unthinkable happens. While Lucy is away on business and her ten-year-old son, Ben, is staying with Elvis, Ben disappears without a trace. Desperate to believe that the boy has run away, evidence soon mounts to suggest a much darker scenario.
Joining forces with his enigmatic partner, Joe Pike, Elvis frantically searches for Ben with the help of LAPD Detective Carol Starkey, as Lucy's wealthy, oil-industry ex-husband attempts to wrest control of the investigation. Amid the maelstrom of personal conflicts, Elvis and Joe are forced to consider a more troubling lead -- one indicating that Ben's disappearance is connected to a terrible, long-held secret from Elvis Cole's past.
Venturing deep inside a complex psyche, Crais explores Elvis's need for family - the military that embraced him during a troubled adolescence, his rock-solid partnership with Pike, and his floundering relationship with Lucy - as they race the clock in their search for Ben. The Last Detective is Robert Crais' richest, most intense tale of suspense yet.
"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
Robert Crais has surged to the top tier of crime novelists by marrying fiercely taut plotting with rich, nuanced characterizations. In his breakout neo-noir L.A. Requiem
, Crais explored the tortured inner life of Elvis Cole's partner Joe Pike to stunning effect. Now, in The Last Detective
, Crais turns the spotlight on Cole, his signature character. Beneath Cole's wisecracking, cocky exterior has lain a troubled soul, and when the son of his longtime girlfriend, Lucy Chenier, goes missing, Cole's demons -- from the secrets of his childhood to the haunting, long-surpressed images of his service in Vietnam -- threaten to destroy the world he's built.
Using the same innovative techniques he used brilliantly in L.A. Requiem, Crais has crafted a story as relentlessly readable as his bestselling stand-alones, Hostage and Demolition Angel. Robert Crais's stylish writing, complex characterizations, and dark portraits of Los Angeles have won him comparisons to such masters of Southern California noir as Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain, and Ross MacDonald. The Last Detective is Crais's most ambitious and satisfying novel to date.
The "New York Times" bestselling author of "Hostage" and "L.A. Requiem" spotlights his signature character Elvis Cole, whose cocky exterior holds a troubled soul. When the son of his longtime girlfriend, Lucy Chenier, goes missing, Cole's demons threaten to destroy the world he's built.
About the Author
ROBERT CRAIS is the bestselling author of 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.