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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,584 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Crais Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Elvis Cole / Joe Pike Novels Release Date: June 1999 ISBN: 9781464034015
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The day starts like any other in Los Angeles. The sun burns hot as the Santa Ana winds blow ash from mountain fires to coat the glittering city. But for Joe Pike, private investigator and former cop, the city will never be the same again. His ex-lover, Karen Garcia, is dead, brutally murdered with a gunshot to the head.

Now Karen’s powerful father calls on Pike and his partner, Elvis Cole, to keep an eye on the Los Angeles Police Department as they search for his daughter’s killer because in the luminous City of Angels, everyone has secrets, and even the mighty blue have something to hide. But what starts as a little procedural hand-holding turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse, for a dark web of conspiracy threatens to destroy Pike and Cole’s twelve-year friendship—and maybe their lives. And LA just might be singing their dirge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the best crime novels I’ve ever read.”

    David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “What starts as a routine search for a rich man’s pampered daughter becomes a tense face-off with a killer and a serious examination of the limits of friendship.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A milestone in the career of a very fine writer and a must-read for contemporary hardboiled fans.”

    Washington Post

  • “As the complicated plot unfolds, there are surprises and setbacks for all the characters, as well as many moving moments as the friendship between Joe and Elvis is put to the ultimate test. And behind it all stands the city of Los Angeles, populated with the best and worst humanity has to offer and served and protected by a police force that also mirrors the best and worst in human nature.”

    Denver Post

  • “Easily the most ambitious in an outstanding series…This is an extraordinary crime novel that should not be pigeonholed by genre. The best books always land outside preset boundaries. A wonderful experience.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Nominated for the Shamus Award
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2000 Dilys Award
  • Finalist for the 2000 Edgar Allan Poe Award
  • Finalist for the 2000 Anthony Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan-josep Vallbe | 2/11/2014

    " I'm a detective novels reader and have read the first nine Elvis Cole novels. This may be the darker and more complex of Crais' so far. The characters grow in richness here especially Pike. Very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 2/11/2014

    " This was my first Robert Crais novel and I was not disappointed. I'll be looking for more in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series. One of those page-turner---can't put it down books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/10/2014

    " Neighbor recommended Crais' novels. Los Angeles private investigators Elvis Cole and Joe Pike look into the murder of Pike's former girlfriend. Page-turner! "

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

    " LA PI Elvis Cole and his laconic partner Joe Pike hunt a serial killer who murdered an ex-girlfriend of Joe's. Flashbacks to Joe's childhood and previous experiences as a LA police detective add depth and raise this out of the genre fiction level. Another urban crime writer with literary quality, hard-boiled with a soft side, and a good feeling for LA. "

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

    " Interesting and good 9th Elvis Cole / Joe Pike novel, answers some questions in relation to the background of the pair. Will be interested how the character development progresses for Cole and Pike through the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott E | 1/27/2014

    " Crais is a decent crime fiction writer with a very successful series. This may be the best, and/or the first of the series to carry a darker tint. Still, as with previous books in the series, the "world's greatest detective" just gets by too easily. Maybe that's why the series has grown more popular over the years. Rating "4-"...better than the previous entries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kit | 1/17/2014

    " Entertaining, but something is lacking. Maybe it's just the sense that I've seen it all before, though "it" (whatever it is) is done well here. "

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

    " After reading everything Mr. Crais has put out I wanted to learn more about both of the guys, I got what I wanted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/3/2014

    " His best. And they are all fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy-Sug | 12/31/2013

    " Police procedure book that reads fast. Great for a cruise!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 owen | 12/26/2013

    " bittersweet, if not at times a bit too cinematic. robert crais always refuses to option these books for film, which i love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 12/9/2013

    " good background on what makes Joe tick "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/8/2013

    " Great action mystery and Cole and Pike's friendship a highlight for me. This is the best of the Cole mysteries, in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matagiri | 9/18/2013

    " If you have read all of Robert B. Parker's books, and wish he was still writing, then you'll probably like Robert Crais. I started with the earlier ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 8/15/2013

    " I love all the Elvis Cole novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Kirton | 7/15/2013

    " Great one-liners, excellent plotting, a master of the genre (although the L.A. 'presence' added little). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rex Fuller | 6/3/2013

    " This one is a bit uneven but I still put it among my favorites of Crais. Not up with Taken, The Watchman, or The Two Minute Rule. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allyn | 5/4/2013

    " Crais writes a very entertaining detective novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 6/25/2012

    " I like the Elvis Cole character. Not as much of a wiseass as Brian Haig's Sean Drummond but still definitely entertaining. I was a bit lost at the beginning as the story initially jumps around in time. Once I got used to who the characters were, it became a better read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Coates | 6/17/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is told from Cole's perspective. This book deals with love and relationships when it talks about coles relationship with Lucy and his partner Starkey. You get to see a differnt side of Pike while he and cole try to find ex-girlfriend's killer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 marcy vernier | 5/16/2012

    " I know that this is "just" a detective novel, and just one in a long line of a series, but it really was that good. I just had to give it 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shantelle | 4/28/2012

    " I was so happy that my friend recommended this series to me. I can't wait for the next book to come out. I can't believe I was to shy at that writers con to ask for an autograph! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 2/29/2012

    " This was the second Elvis Cole novel I read. Edgy and tense in a very good way. One of his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merrill | 2/20/2012

    " Really good one, with a lot of Joe Pike back-story.... "

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About the Author
Author Robert Crais

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

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning nine Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.