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3.99979504435607 out of 53.99979504435607 out of 53.99979504435607 out of 53.99979504435607 out of 53.99979504435607 out of 5 4.00 (3,269 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Crais Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Elvis Cole / Joe Pike Novels Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9781423302599
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L.A. private eye Elvis Cole is hired by popular television star Jodie Taylor to delve into her past and identify the biological parents who gave her up for adoption thirty-six years before. Cole's assignment is to find out their biological history and report back. It seems all too clear cut. But when he gets to Louisiana and begins his search, he finds out there's something much darker going on. Other people are also looking for Taylor's parents; and some are ending up dead. And when Cole realizes that his employer knew more than she was telling, Voodoo River becomes a twisting tale of identity, secrets, and murder. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 2/20/2014

    " Updated Chandler: first person tale from a lone - well, almost lone in this case - wise-cracking gumshoe who sets out to help one damsel in distress and meets another intelligent enough to be worth falling for. Elvis' style relies on smart asides, not all of which are cynical. The initial problem was easy to solve with the help of some breaking and entering, and the one which arises from it is also sorted part way through, so there are effectively three issues for the price of one here which explains why I spent a lot of the book wondering how the story was going to stretch to fill all the pages which remained. It did so enjoyably enough for me to stay awake far too long reading it, but not quite enough to feel it was worth the suffering I endured the following day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/17/2014

    " Another wonderful suspense/mystery/detective story from one of my favorite authors! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Elsborg | 2/13/2014

    " I enjoyed it. I'd have liked more of Pike because I particularly like him but this was another well written mystery from the talented Mr. Crais. I've read his books out of sequence which is a pity but at least I know how Elvis met Lucy now. Great snappy dialogue and asides that made me laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/5/2014

    " Good,fast read, "Louisiana crime novel." Kind of a blend of James Lee Burke and Carl Hiaasen (that's a real compliment), strong plot, colorful characters, good humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/4/2014

    " One of the earlier Elvis Cole novels. Not his best, but it does give the back story to the start of his relationship with Lucy Chenier. I enjoyed his descriptions of cajun food, as well as rural Louisiana. But the story was far too convoluted from where it began to where it ended, and not particularly credible in may ways. All the Elvis Cole novels require some suspension of disbelief, but this one was a bit too much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/31/2014

    " Another good novel in the Cole series. I had a few minor grumbles about the plot but overall it was worth the read. If Crais ever gets tired of the detective novels I think he has a career in culinary fiction. Any time he writes about food I'm instantly hungry. I think that's a compliment... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Buckshnis | 1/30/2014

    " This book has been around a while so I am not really going to give a recap of the plot. The recipe for this book is southern Louisiana, small town, hidden secrets, a movie star, human trafficking, double crossing, murder, a bad ass turtle all mixed together in a big pot. Bring it to a boil and you got some good tasting jambalaya by the name of Voodoo River. Worth the read if you are an Elvis Cole Fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Huben | 1/9/2014

    " Robert Crais is one of my favorite writers and I really enjoy the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series'. I hadn't been able to find a copy until this last month. I didn't quite enjoy this one as I have some of his others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 1/7/2014

    " Totally enjoyed Voodoo River. Elvis and Joe Pike kick a$$ and enjoy Cajun food. "

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

    " An exciting Elvis Cole story. Lived it. A fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt Young | 7/31/2013

    " Elvis Cole travels from L.A. to La... Didn't dislike this book, but I didn't enjoy it as much as Crais' other books. The focus was on finding a possible romantic relationship for Cole, instead of the hard-boiled plot. Also disappoints in treatment of now common "monster" bad guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/17/2013

    " I do love my handsome private eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suziqoregon | 7/7/2013

    " My blog post about this book is at this link. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Douglass | 6/8/2013

    " The introduction of Lucy Chenier is a very welcome addition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 3/28/2013

    " Having read the first 5 books by Robert Crais, I can see his develpment as a writer. This story was the best of the 5 so far, with greater details about Elvis Cole;s background and motivations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryLou Pearce | 12/2/2012

    " When I find an author I really enjoy, I read every one of his/her books I can get my hands on. Robert Crais one of those authors for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ravie | 11/16/2012

    " A good read. The story starts off in an interesting way but loses steam halfway only to regain at the end!! Having armed with a set of good lead characters, Robert Crais pulls of a very convincing narrative!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 9/16/2012

    " You can read my thoughts here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Johnson | 7/27/2012

    " Another fabulous murder uncovered....kept me interested all the way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 7/18/2012

    " Listening to the audio. Am enjoying the Elvis Cole mysteries while exercising. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 5/2/2012

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 11/26/2011

    " More fun with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, this time in Louisiana. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 10/5/2011

    " good quick, low thinking "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 9/26/2011

    " fun read: wise-cracking p.i. Elvis Cole and silent/mysterious partner Joe Pike solve crimes & kick *** The series is entertaining but on the violent side. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 7/6/2011

    " Read in one sitting finished at 1:30 am!!!! Elvis Cole makes me laugh. "

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

    " Crais's mysteries are always fast paced with a sense of humor thrown in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leon Aldrich | 3/14/2011

    " (sings) Ohm good. Ohm good! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 3/12/2011

    " Free Fall is better. This story is more tedious to the point of boredom. 4 of 10 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 2/28/2011

    " Listening to the audio. Am enjoying the Elvis Cole mysteries while exercising. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henry | 11/25/2010

    "

    Just love Elvis Cole and Joe Pike "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burt | 11/21/2010

    " If you haven't given Crais a try, you are missing some great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 10/28/2010

    " This is the book that introduced Lucy as Elvis's love interest. I have to say that I did not find Lucy a compelling or likable character or a suitable companion for Elvis. There were some interesting Joe Pike moments in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 8/2/2010

    " Good,fast read, "Louisiana crime novel." Kind of a blend of James Lee Burke and Carl Hiaasen (that's a real compliment), strong plot, colorful characters, good humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 7/29/2010

    " In this book we learn more about Elvis Cole's morals than his detective skills and we like what we see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 7/6/2010

    " Enjoyable 5th Elvis Cole novel, this time set in Louisiana, interesting plot and some funny moments, series is developing nicely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 6/28/2010

    " The best Cole I've read. Warm and considered observations set within a crime odyssey.The counterpoint between LA and the bayou is marvelously done. "

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

    " Another winner from Robert Crais. Unusual story, starts slow, but buildds up fast. This is the book where Elvis meets Lucy which carries through the next one or two books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/14/2010

    " good. I like Elvis Cole.He's sweet and here is where he meets Lucy and her son David. I have read these books out of order and its ok, they stand on their own but it is probably better to read in order if you can get them that way - I take them when i can get them from the library. "

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

    " When I find an author I really enjoy, I read every one of his/her books I can get my hands on. Robert Crais one of those authors for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelli | 2/9/2010

    " I liked this....good story...interesting characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/31/2009

    " Crais's mysteries are always fast paced with a sense of humor thrown in. "

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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

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.