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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: February 2005 ISBN: 9781597103053
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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.”

    People

  • “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.”

    Booklist

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

    BookPage

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Bernstein | 12/25/2013

    " Not as good as the last one. The story seems to be getting darker and darker. I'm hoping that doesn't continue too long. I'm reading too many things with dark overtones, I looked forward to Elvis's lighthearted humor to lighten up the list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/6/2013

    " LANGUAGE!!! Deception and revenge never good things are the crux of this story. Elvis Cole a private detective is drawn in a search for a man who could be his father. He has been looking for his father his whole life and this seems like a good lead. As the action heats up facts don't add up and the truth begins to come out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 12/5/2013

    " #10 elvis cole "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaladin | 12/3/2013

    " Thanks to James Daniels's unik voice, Elvis Cole is more real and dear to me efter listning to this book then ever before, It was a very beautifull and a sad story and was narrated as such. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doctorwu51 | 11/30/2013

    " Crais writes consistently engaging and entertaining crime fiction and this entry in the Cole series is no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 11/12/2013

    " lesser crais "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbierandall1 | 11/11/2013

    " My first Elvis Cole mystery-enjoyed it. Will read more by Robert Crais. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 10/11/2013

    " As always, a well-plotted and enjoyable thriller. Mr. Crais never disappoints! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Macjest | 9/2/2013

    " This is the first one I've read, but is 10th in the series. It's a really good book. Liked the snarky humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 8/30/2013

    " It was OK. I listened to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 8/28/2013

    " You cannot go wrong reading these. Start with the first one. Great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 4/27/2013

    " PI Elvis Cole searches for the kidnapped son of his romantic interest, while dealing with demons from his past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Burt | 2/28/2013

    " You can never go wrong with a Elvis Cole and Joe Pike story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Macha | 1/19/2013

    " 3 & 1/2 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 9/18/2012

    " Read my thoughts at: Thoughts of Joy... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Fosberry | 2/14/2012

    " Not the best elvis cole, but I so like his writing style. Reminiscient of Parker, but LA and more modern. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Murray | 1/14/2012

    " Quick, fun, but not as good as it could have been, Just a little too convoluted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laine | 1/10/2012

    " I love Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. This is a "just for fun" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 11/16/2011

    " Another page turner... almost impossible to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Lee | 10/15/2011

    " Just kinda another ho humm book. Elvis Cole is cool at times, but starting to get bored with it just a bit. Still more of fan of Rebus, Bosch, and a few others over this. I like Jo Nesbo's series too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 9/27/2011

    " Crais' writing just keeps getting better and he just gets better looking as well. Cole is hoodwinked into looking for the murderer of a man who supposedly is his father -- you finally find out how Elvis got his name, and Carol Starkey is one of my favorite characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawna | 9/22/2011

    " Simply enjoy Joe Pike antics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 7/11/2011

    " Los Angeles private investigator Elvis Cole gets caught up in a murder mystery that somehow has him tied in from a past event. Great thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 4/29/2011

    " It was OK. I listened to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Murray | 4/3/2011

    " Quick, fun, but not as good as it could have been, Just a little too convoluted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 3/9/2011

    " Great story, as are all of Robert Crais' Elvis Cole movels. I always wait for the next one to come out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phillis | 12/14/2010

    " Very good. Like it alot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 10/17/2010

    " Picked it up and was half way through it before I was sure I had already read it. These thrillers don't stick with you. Even after I discovered I had read it, I still didn't remember what happened and whodunnit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 9/7/2010

    " Titolo italiano: L.A. Tattoo. Una notte Cole viene chiamato dalla polizia perché è stato ucciso un vecchio che diceva di essere suo padre (il corpo del vecchio è ricoperto di tatuaggi a sfondo religioso). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rory | 6/28/2010

    " This was really good, even if you haven't read the first books in the series. There is some referene to them but not so much you can't enjoy the story or are lost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawna | 6/23/2010

    " Simply enjoy Joe Pike antics. "

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

    " The Elvis Cole series based in L.A. I've been reading Crais for a long time and it was nice to get a new installment. Sort of like the Spenser novels by Robert B. Parker, they're good for a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/27/2010

    " Crais' writing just keeps getting better and he just gets better looking as well. Cole is hoodwinked into looking for the murderer of a man who supposedly is his father -- you finally find out how Elvis got his name, and Carol Starkey is one of my favorite characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryLou | 2/10/2010

    " Robert Crais is one of my favorite detective authors. The stories center around Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike. I like that neither Cole nor Pike use profanity in the books although other characters within his books do. But the stories are great! "

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About the Author
Author Robert Crais

Robert Crais is the American author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Taken, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Some of his other works include Hostage, The Two Minute Rule, and The Monkey’s Raincoat, an Anthony and Macavity Award winner. He is a recipient of The Eye—Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award in 2014. He lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

James Daniels is a labor organization attorney who performed Shakespeare in London, received a Grammy nomination for his audiobook narration, and wrote the hard-boiled noir mystery Ghost Bride. He and his family live in the Midwest.