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3.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 5 3.97 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Crais Narrator: James Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Elvis Cole / Joe Pike Novels Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781423344414
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It’s fire season, and the hills of Los Angeles are burning. When police and fire department personnel rush door to door in a frenzied evacuation effort, they discover the week-old corpse of an apparent suicide,in his lap a photo album of seven brutally murdered young women. And when the suicide victim is identified as a former suspect in one of the murders, the news turns Elvis Cole’s world upside down. Three years earlier Lionel Byrd was brought to trial for the murder of a female prostitute named Yvonne Bennett. A taped confession coerced by the police inspired a prominent defense attorney to take Byrd’s case, and Elvis Cole was hired to investigate. It was Cole’s eleventh-hour discovery of an exculpatory videotape that allowed Lionel Byrd to walk free. But the discovery of the death album in Byrd’s lap now brands Elvis as an unwitting accomplice to murder. Captured in photographs that could only have been taken by the murderer, Yvonne Bennett was the fifth of the seven victims – two more young women were murdered after Lionel Byrd walked free. So Elvis can’t help but wonder – did he, Elvis Cole, cost two more young women their lives? Elvis Cole and Joe Pike desperately fight to uncover the truth about Lionel Byrd and his nightmare album of death – a truth hidden by lies, politics, and corruption in a world where nothing is what it seems to be. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 2/16/2014

    " love my man elvis "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 2/11/2014

    " It was an easy read, but ended with way too many open ended questions and me scratching my head on how they actually ended the book without addressing some key areas. Not a favorite "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 1/21/2014

    " I just zipped throught the latest Elvis Cole mystery from Robert Crais who may be the best detective novel author around. Yes hes that good. This is another Elvis Cole novel. Cole is a private detective who in the past found evidence that exonerated Lionell Byrd from killing a prostitute named Yvonne Bennett. Now two years later, the police find evidence that links Lionell Byrd to Yvonne Bennett's murder as well as the murder of 6 other women. Cole investigates what appears to be a slam dunk case and with his friend Joe Pike, who supplies some muscle, tries to determine if his initial detective work 3 years before was correct and to locate the real murderer of the 7 women. A fast page turner in this genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/13/2014

    " A good read, and Crais brings Elvis Cole to life in this book. In the last couple of books Crais had written with Cole, Cole took a backseat to other characters. This was a good Elvis Cole novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Doran-girard | 1/12/2014

    " A pretty good mystery filled with private eye heros and a good red herring subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T | 1/11/2014

    " Elvis and Joe are working this case: in the midst of California wildfires, a body is found in a house, with a binder of pictures of dying women in his lap and a hole in his head. Was it suicide? The dead man turns out to be a guy that Elvis had helped get off the hook for murder.....And what's with this secretive cop team, seemingly hiding and orchestrating the investigation? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/10/2014

    " Elvis Cole stories are pretty much always entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/6/2014

    " Elvis Cole is a great character, but this is not a great book. Elvis is asked to look into the suicide of an alleged serial killer, someone he cleared of a murder charge a few years earlier. There are some dirty cops thrown in for color, and a few other sinister turns, but this is not up to Crais' usual excellent plotting. I recommend this author but not this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/3/2014

    " This is the latest book by an author I like. The hero is a private detective in the LA area. I like the character and the plots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 12/14/2013

    " Good book. There were some interesting twists and turns toward the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Helfrich | 11/6/2013

    " Lots of characters to keep up with but loved Elvis Cole as the main character. Twists and turns abound, I was completely wrong about who the killer was. Hollywood was definitely a setting that became another character. Will definitely read more in this series! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mysteryfan | 10/15/2013

    " A flister recently reminded me how much I liked this author's characters, so I picked one up. Glaring plothole in the first 45 pages that was instrumental in driving the book. I stuck with it for the characters but meh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 7/19/2013

    " Quick read. Nothing special "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Lewis | 6/12/2013

    " Great book. Lots of gruesome bodies, mystery, and the great characters Cole and Pike. I m just getting started on these two, and I like that they are able to do what they need to do, not necessarily following the confines of the LA police dept. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia | 6/10/2013

    " love me some Elvis Cole!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 4/16/2013

    " Another great book with Elvis Cole. Lots of twists and turns and even though I had suspected the correct 'bad' guy, I was still in suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grey853 | 10/23/2012

    " Crais is always good for a great read. I liked this book, but I would've liked it better if there were more personal danger for Elvis Cole. Plus, there can never be enough Joe Pike, and this book was a little Pike-light. Still, all in all a satisfying read with strong dialogue and a twisty plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 10/20/2012

    " Another intriguing Elvis Cole PI novel. Elvis is back with a case from the past. A man he helped prove didn't murder someone, is now dead and believed to have murdered three more women. Unable to believe he made a mistake before, Elvis jumps into the case feet first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 6/24/2012

    " This one seemed like a toss off to me. Not bad just not exceptional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 4/15/2012

    " good. not my favorite subject matter "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 1/9/2012

    " Elvis chases the darkness to make room for the light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 9/10/2011

    " Dark and deep. Definitely a look at another world than I am used to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/9/2011

    " This one was pretty good...not the author's best or worst effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 4/20/2011

    " I would say typical humerous Elvis, but meaner than the earlier ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 4/2/2011

    " A good, quick read as usual. The quick mystery that kept me entertained throughout residency and fellowship training. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 3/30/2011

    " Knew that attorney was up to something! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine M. | 2/20/2011

    " I am an Elvis Cole fan, although I must admit I did not think that this book was as good as some of the earlier Crais's Elvis Cole story. I especially disliked the way he just kind of tacked on at the end the reason behind the title...that was kind of lame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/14/2011

    " 3 plus due to exlicit descriptions of serial murder scenes as Elvis Cole investigates a hasty solution to a string of 7 murders and possible police corruption. The end was very abrupt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bubba61909 | 1/15/2011

    " This book was really, really well written. I was stuck to the edge of my seat (figuratively)with the story, it is a real good detective book. I am going to have to find more of either this series or this author. If you like detective thrillers, this book is for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/6/2011

    " Not my favorite -- the bad guy is a blank as far as motive goes -- but still pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 12/22/2010

    " Fast-moving, L.A. detective novel, well written, dry humor, nice plot twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillis | 12/19/2010

    " Another good Elvis Cole mystery. Even tho I had read this book previously and was going to stop reading it when I figured out who done it, I wound up reading it right to the finish. It was that good. Can't wait to start the next Robert Crais book I have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/4/2010

    " i thought i read this two years ago.
    i liked it, an Elvis Cole book.
    i know i read it, i guess i didn't do goodreads.
    . must read!!!! "

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