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Author: Robert Crais Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Elvis Cole / Joe Pike Novels Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781423356554
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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 his partner, the enigmatic Joe Pike, are hip-deep in a deadly situation as they plummet into a world of South Central gangs, corrupt cops, and conspiracies of silence. And before the case is through, every cop in the LAPD will be gunning for a pair of escaped armed-and-dangerous killers—Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Crais’ old-fashioned detective tale centers on investigators Elvis Cole and Joe Pike as they attempt to uncover a plot against a decorated LA police officer. Mel Foster’s hard-boiled narration creates a strong sense of noir throughout, making it at once a classic mystery and a modern day cop drama. Foster’s voice is deep, dark, and dry, which brings a likeable, tough persona to Cole and immediately draws listeners into the story. There is a subtle sense of nostalgia in this story as well, sure to please fans of the genre as Foster manages to capture certain trademark characteristics of stock detectives without sounding clichéd.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Finalist for the 1994 Edgar Allan Poe Award

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michãel | 2/19/2014

    " some writing quirks when describing emotions (e.g. He gave me sullen.) but enjoyable and well thought out. the main character gets saved a lot by his friends which I enjoyed-- a protagonist who knows he can't do it all on his own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/8/2014

    " Enjoyable Elvis Cole tale . . . Crais rocks! this is number 4 in the Elvis series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 2/1/2014

    " Interesting 4th Cole / Pike novel, this time sees the duo come up against corrupt cops, following taking on a case to investigate a clients fiance.. This series is a real grower for me having not really liked the 1st in series. I look forward to seeing how the characters develop.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lola4 | 1/31/2014

    " This is the first Robert Crais book I've read but will undoubtedly seek out more--I just love these guys. Fun exciting page-turner, with hero smart-mouthing his way through dirty cops and street gangs--not a smart thing to do, but it works well for a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/29/2014

    " #4 in the Elvis Cole series... I love the characters and dialogue. Another fun mystery by Robert Crais. It always amazes me how much Cole & Pike get away with as detectives. Lots of action, especially as the plot thickens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/28/2014

    " Getting to like these characters. Plot was a little better than most. I think Elvis and Joe will keep me reading. What new will we learn about them? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/26/2014

    " This was my first Elvis Cole book.I really enjoyed it especially the second half where the pace picked up. My only small complaint is that I really didn't get to know the main characters in the course of the book and therefore didn't become invested in them as I normally would. Perhaps I need to go back and read some earlier books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/22/2014

    " Crais continues to rock it. The first third slipped a little into some old habits, but after that, it's all awesome. He's able to take some over the top moments and make you believe. You really want the bad guys to get what's coming their way - so you know he did a good job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/14/2014

    " Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are quite a formidable team. A very good page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/16/2013

    " Sisterhood Series #7 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marsha | 12/11/2013

    " Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, I just couldn't continue after the 25th time this author used "...I gave her embaraassed...", "...she gave him surprised...", "...I gave confused...", "she gave happy...". Oh my. I know, it MUST have been an earlier novel, but really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mo | 12/8/2013

    " Another Elvis Cole novel. Another quick read with fun characters and slick writing. Again, a novel title that has nothing to do with anything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 11/28/2013

    " The more I read the Elvis Cole books, the more I like them--and I liked the first one pretty well! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 11/18/2013

    " This was my first Robert Crais book...I prefer more realistic books, but it was light and entertaining, so I will read more of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 10/9/2013

    " Well done for the most part. 8 of 10 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 3/29/2013

    " Another good one from Robert Crais---i'll keep on working my way through his Elvis Cole/ Joe Pike series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddy | 11/25/2012

    " Private detective Elvis Cole takes Jennifer Sheridan's case, which involves her decorated Los Angeles-cop boyfriend in some mysterious trouble, and Cole and his partner Pike are soon plunged in police corruption, gangs, and the depiction of themselves as armed killers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhod | 11/17/2012

    " The fourth Elvis Cole adventure involving some renegade police and gang bangers - different kind of a story, but a good one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 woody | 8/15/2012

    " I enjoy the Elvis Cole series. Maybe because it reminds me of Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar and Win series. Detective with a sense of humor and a soft spot for people who can't afford his rates. Too much bad language is the only downfall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 10/19/2011

    " This was a typical Elvis Cole novel although not one of the best. It was a fun quick read and I would recommend it for light reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 5/15/2011

    " Re-read the Elvis Cole 3rd book, first published in 1993.
    Elvis and Joe Pike come up against a team of bad cops when Elvis is hired by the girlfriend of their newest member. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 4/10/2011

    " Crais continues to rock it. The first third slipped a little into some old habits, but after that, it's all awesome. He's able to take some over the top moments and make you believe. You really want the bad guys to get what's coming their way - so you know he did a good job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 3/24/2011

    " Very good, yet quite violent. Why do they always kill the characters you like? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 8/29/2010

    " Good thriller. Main character Elvis Cole. Titolo italiano: La squadra. Una giovane ragazza si rivolge a Cole perché il fidanzato, membro di una super-selezionata squadra di polizia, si comporta in modo strano. Emergono legami fra la squadra e una gang criminale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 7/2/2010

    " I really enjoy Robert Crais books and this one didn't disappointment. A real page turner with enough twists to keep you guessing to the end. Recommended for a quick easy and entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosey | 6/19/2010

    " The Elvis Cole books are easy and fun to read. They can be really serious, but Robert Crais kind of mixes the serious with funny cracks here and there. I like his sidekick Joe Pike, he's like a ghost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhod | 6/4/2010

    " The fourth Elvis Cole adventure involving some renegade police and gang bangers - different kind of a story, but a good one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 6/1/2010

    " Interesting 4th Cole / Pike novel, this time sees the duo come up against corrupt cops, following taking on a case to investigate a clients fiance.. This series is a real grower for me having not really liked the 1st in series. I look forward to seeing how the characters develop.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 woody | 5/27/2010

    " I enjoy the Elvis Cole series. Maybe because it reminds me of Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar and Win series. Detective with a sense of humor and a soft spot for people who can't afford his rates. Too much bad language is the only downfall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KarenLee | 5/23/2010

    " Elvis Cole is definitely starting to grow on me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jed | 4/21/2010

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 4/17/2010

    " The more I read the Elvis Cole books, the more I like them--and I liked the first one pretty well! "

About the Author

Robert Crais is an American author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Taken, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He received the Ross Macdonald Literary Award in 2006, The Eye—Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, and the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award in 2014. He has written for such acclaimed television shows as L.A. Law, Cagney and Lacey, Miami Vice, and Hill Street Blues. A film adaptation of his novel Hostage was released in 2005, starring Bruce Willis as ex-LAPD SWAT negotiator Jeff Talley.

About the Narrator

Lauren Ezzo, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, is a commercial voice talent and Chicago–based actor and graduate of Hope College. She has acted in Peppermint Creek Theatre Company’s world premiere of Or You Could Kiss Me. Her narrations have placed her on several “Best of the Year” lists, including AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of the Year list. In 2018, she was part of a full cast of narrators nominated for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Original Work.