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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,807 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:
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Los Angeles, 3:58 a.m.: Elvis Cole receives the phone call he’s been waiting for since childhood. Responding to a gunshot, the LAPD has found an injured man in an alleyway. He has told the officer on the scene that he is looking for his son, Elvis Cole. Minutes later, the man is dead.

Haunted throughout his life by a lack of knowledge about his father, Elvis turns to the one person who can help him navigate the minefield of his past—his longtime partner and confidant, Joe Pike. Together with hard-edged LAPD detective, Carol Starkey, they launch a feverish search for the dead man’s identity—even as Elvis struggles between wanting to believe he’s found his father at last, and allowing his suspicions to hold him back. With each long-buried clue they unearth, a frightening picture begins to emerge about who the dead man might have been, and the terrible secret he’s been guarding.

At the same time, Elvis has no way of knowing he has awakened a sleeping monster. The further he goes in his investigation, the closer he draws to a merciless killer who is violently connected to the unidentified man’s past. This psychopath believes Cole is hunting him, and he goes on the attack to find Elvis before Elvis can find him.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Robert Crais’s] L.A.-noir thrillers feel as if they might have been written by Raymond Chandler if had been a nice guy…Cole is a wonderfully sweet creation…and Crais is just as serious and adept with his secondary characters…Where character and texture and decent spiritedness in a noir world are concerned, he’s one of the real pros.”

    Washington Post

  • “The plot itself has as many blind turns as a California coast road, and the resolution is bloody…Crais still knows how to capture your attention.”


  • “Crais has kept [Cole] fresh and unpredictable. This, plus clever plotting and crisp dialogue, offer reassuring proof that the private eye is in good hands.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “Crais is a forceful, talented writer, adept at developing complex mysteries.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “A potent mix of sound detection, black humor, cut-and-run action, sensitive-male flapdoodle, and half a dozen first-class surprises. Welcome back, Elvis.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Crais’s latest L.A.-based crime novel featuring super-sleuth Elvis Cole blends high-powered action, a commanding cast, and a touch of dark humor to excellent dramatic effect…This character-driven series continues to be strong in plot, action and pacing, and Crais boasts a distinctive knack for a sucker-punch element of surprise.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[An unforgettable tale of intrigue and angst…Crais really knows how to build a series.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Very few thrillers leave readers with teary vision, pondering such profundities as acceptance and forgiveness. This is one of the few. A deeply moving, heartfelt mystery.”


  • “A crackling story line and vivid supporting characters make this book one of the best yet in the popular series.”


  • A 2006 Shamus Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ron | 2/12/2014

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 6 stars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kevin Coates | 1/7/2014

    " The book was pretty good, but not nearly as good as the other Robert Crais books I have read so far. There wasnt much action and it seemed to drag on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan | 12/28/2013

    " More solid Elvis Cole. Crais has created an interesting lead character when plenty of very good supporting characters that in just a few books I've grown to know and appreciate. I love me a good dose of Joe Pike and he was missing from this book, for the most part, but it was still a very good read/listen. If you need a solid detective read, you'd be hard pressed to do better than Elvis Cole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by D | 12/27/2013

    " I enjoy the Elvis Cole series, but this one was flat. Throughout the book, you waited for something to happen and it was anti-climatic. "

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