Robert Crais - Author

About the Author

Robert Crais is the author of the bestselling Cole & Pike novels. A native of Louisiana, Crais moved to Hollywood in the late 70s where he began a successful career in television, writing scripts for such major series as CAGNEY & LACEY, MIAMI VICE and HILL STREET BLUES. In the mid 80s, following his success with the TV buddy genre, Crais created a series of crime novels based around the characters Cole & Pike. In addition, Crais has also written several bestselling standalone thrillers. Robert Crais lives in Los Angeles with his wife and family.

 

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Featured books by Robert Crais

Suspect

Suspect

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Eight months ago, a shocking late-night assault by unidentified men killed his partner Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. A German shepherd who survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing out explosives before losing her handler to an IED. They are each other's last chance. Shunned and shunted to the side, they set out to investigate the one case that no one wants them to touch: the identity of the men who murdered Stephanie. What they begin to find takes them both on a journey through the darkest moments of their own personal hells. Whether they will make it out again, no one can say.

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Taken

Taken

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

April 2013 Book of the Month. Another addictive, adrenaline fueled, breakneck adventure for Elvis Cole Private Detective and Joe Pike. A very dangerous man when roused especially when his best friend has been kidnapped.Cole is employed by a mother worried about her daughter who she thinks has run off with her boyfriend. This turns out to be the least of either of their worries as it becomes clear she has been taken by a ruthless gang of  ‘bajadores’ who kidnap illegal immigrants to demand a ransom and kill the ones whose families won’t pay. In his search, Cole is captured as well and the clock is ticking if he is to be found alive...

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The Two Minute Rule

The Two Minute Rule

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 16/08/2012

Robert Crais is one of the very best of today’s crime writers and The Two Minute Rule will grip and intrigue those familiar with him and provide the perfect opportunity for new readers to discover the author who sets the standard when it comes to twisting plots and powerful characters. This title is also available as an Audiobook, in CD format. Click here to find out about Robert Crais' new book, The Watchman.

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The Sentry

The Sentry

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2012

A Maxim Jakubowski Great Male Crime Sleuth. For almost a dozen novels so far, Pike has acted as a sidekick for rock n'roll sleuth Elvis Cole in Crais' super-slick California thrillers. Now he has been given his own solo adventure and he takes it by the scruff of the neck. After witnessing a bout of gang violence, Pike is drawn into a case that involves post-Katrina New Orleans, drugs lords, contract killers and rogue federal agents. A force of nature, the seemingly sociopathic Pike, ex-marine and LAPD cop, is a gun-laden taciturn loner whose sense of justice and fairness it's best not to offend.

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The Forgotten Man

The Forgotten Man

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2011

A new Elvis Cole novel which is always good news, and one that attempts to throw a little more light on his past.  The converted will know exactly what I’m talking about, newcomers can’t help but be intrigued.  I rate him highly. This title is also available as an Audiobook, in CD format.Comparison: Harlan Coben, G M Ford, Michael Connelly.Similar this month: None but try Tess Gerritsen and Peter James.

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The First Rule

The First Rule

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2011

Frank Meyer had got out of 'the life' safely. He had put an end to his mercenary days, turned over a new leaf and settled down with his wife and children. It had been a hard decision but, encouraged by his boss and friend Joe Pike, he had walked away. Ten years later, a group of armed men break into his Los Angeles home and brutally gun down him and his family. It's a vicious, cold and professional job. The crew leave no trace behind except the bodies. But they have made one catastrophic, and almost certainly terminal, mistake - Joe Pike. Because Pike is now determined to hunt down and eliminate everyone involved in the attack, one by one. And it doesn't matter that, as he starts to investigate, he discovers that these criminals are bigger and better organised than he ever could have imagined, because they are about to learn the first rule...Don't make Joe Pike mad...

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The Watchman

The Watchman

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2014

After his acclaimed stand-alone bestseller, THE TWO MINUTE RULE, Robert Crais returns with the eagerly awaited new Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novel. For Elvis and Joe, two of the most beloved characters in crime fiction, the action is getting a little close to home. The dangerous and enigmatic Joe Pike has always defied close examination, but in this breathtaking new thriller, that's all about to change... Joe Pike owes a bad man a big favour. And the favor is to protect the life of Larkin Conner Barkley, a spoiled rich girl who happens to be a federal witness in a case against the mob. When Pike and the girl come under intense fire, he hatches a plan: disappear into the anonymous underbelly of Los Angeles, turn the table, and hunt down the hunters. Enlisting the help of Elvis Cole, Pike uncovers a web of lies and betrayals; even the cops aren't who they seem. But as the body count rises, it becomes clear that Pike's biggest threat may be the girl herself - a vapid soul determined to destroy herself, unless Joe can fill the void in her bruised heart.  

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Chasing Darkness

Chasing Darkness

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/02/2009

Three years ago Elvis Cole's actions may have freed a killer. Now three more young women are dead... It is fire season, and the hills of Los Angeles are burning. As the Police and Fire Departments evacuate the inhabitants, they find something no one expected: the days-old corpse of a middle-aged recluse who apparently committed suicide. Then comes an even more horrible discovery. Clutched in his lap is a photo album containing photographs of seven young women who have been murdered. Each photograph was taken only moments after the women were killed, and could only have been taken by the killer. One murder per year for seven years, their bodies found in different parts of the city. LAPD homicide detectives had never connected the seven murders. But now with the discovery of the 'death album' there is a link. Only one suspect had been charged in any of those cases but, with evidence supplied by Elvis Cole, in the end he walked free. That suspect was the suicide now discovered in the fire... and now the police are out for Cole...

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Other books by Robert Crais

A Dangerous Man

A Dangerous Man

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/01/2020

'Just keeps getting better and better' DAVID BALDACCI 'Slick and enjoyable' SUN 'Top-notch fun noir' SUNDAY TIMES CRIME CLUB (starred review) DESPERATE MEN ARE DANGEROUS . . . Joe Pike wasn't looking to save someone's life on the day he left the bank. But when he saw Isabel, a young teller, being forced into a car by two men, he had no choice but to chase them down. Not long after being released on bail, the men are found dead and Isabel is missing. After his handling of the men, Pike is a prime suspect, along with Izzy - was this an abduction gone wrong? Or did it go exactly how she planned? Convinced that her life is in danger, Pike involves Elvis Cole in a search for the truth, and for Izzy. But they're not the only ones desperate to find her - and desperate men are dangerous. As explosive as Michael Connelly and as addictive as Lee Child, A Dangerous Man has 'the smoothest writing and best storytelling you'll ever read' (DAVID BALDACCI) *THE NEW COLE AND PIKE THRILLER* Why Crais is the King of Crime . . .'Bob is like a Porsche when it comes to writing. Indeed, it's quite fitting that he drives that model of car. Like the Porsche, his writing is elegant, stylish, funny, can fire on turbos when need be and dive deep when the plot demands it, but this is far and away some of the smoothest writing and best storytelling you'll ever read. He's written a lot of books, but just keeps getting better and better' DAVID BALDACCI '[Crais] expertly delivers his customary modern-day riff on the 1940s hardboiled idiom' Guardian 'Outstanding . . . Crais begins the story with deceptive simplicity but slowly ratchets up both the tension and the action with surgical precision . . . This one's sure to hit the bestseller charts' Publishers Weekly (starred review) 'Another rewarding page-turner by one of the most reliable storytellers in modern crime fiction' Daily Mail 'Crais is a whip-smart writer. Cole and Pike are carefully drawn, multilayered characters who've grown more complex through the years. This is one of the very best entries in a long-running and still first-rate series' Booklist on A Dangerous Man (starred review) 'Cleverly plotted, stylishly written' Washington Post 'If you've always wished Lee Child's Jack Reacher had a little more balance in his life - but the same formidable talents - you'll love Joe Pike and the latest book in this long, superb series . . . Crais never loses control of his clean, clear prose or his ability to sketch fully fleshed characters in a few scenes . . . A taut, exceptional thriller' Kirkus on A Dangerous Man (starred review)

The Wanted

The Wanted

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/12/2017

As addictive as Lee Child and as explosive as Michael Connelly - THE WANTED is the new thriller from Robert Crais, and a NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'I can't wait for the next Robert Crais!' Bill Clinton Seventeen-year-old Tyson is a normal teenaged boy - he's socially awkward, obsessed with video games, and always hungry. But his mother is worried that her sweet, nerdy son has started to change... and she's just found a $40,000 Rolex watch under his bed. Suddenly very frightened that Tyson has gotten involved in something illegal, his mother gets in touch with a private investigator named Elvis Cole and asks him to do some digging. Cole uncovers a connection between Tyson and eighteen unsolved burglaries in LA's ritziest neighbourhood. Tyson spooks and runs. And then people start dying... Robert Crais' books have been published in a staggering 62 countries and are bestsellers around the world. He began his career writing for classic crime and police shows like Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice and LA Law. He is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. * * * PRAISE for THE WANTED * * * 'Cleverly plotted, stylishly written... another rewarding page-turner by one of the most reliable storytellers in modern crime fiction' Washington Post 'Los Angeles ace Crais extends his streak of sharp, enjoyable thrillers' Kirkus 'Gripping... The Wanted is a relentless thriller... I found myself engrossed by two terrible - but remarkably compelling - villains... a welcome literary gift from a master of the craft' HuffPost 'Taut... expertly crafted' Publishers Weekly 'An absolute must read' Mystery Tribune * * * PRAISE for ROBERT CRAIS * * * 'In Crais, a new star has appeared on the priovate eye scene - a dazzling first novel' -Tony Hillerman on The Monkey's Raincoat 'Far and away the most satisfying private eye novel in years. Grab this one - it's a winner!' -Lawrence Block on The Monkey's Raincoat 'Taken is intense and fast-paced and reads like a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster!' -CNN 'A tale of one man's bare-knuckled search for redemption. Like the best L.A. noir writers, Crais nudges the mystery genre into higher gear, tackling grand themes in exceedingly personal ways through flawed heroes and hard-to-spot villains' - LA Times Book Review on The Two Minute Rule

Wanted

Wanted

Author: Robert Crais Format: Ebook Release Date: 26/12/2017

Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike take on the deadliest case of their lives in the new masterpiece of suspense from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Robert Crais.It seemed like a simple casebefore the bodies started piling up...When single-mother Devon Connor hires Elvis Cole, its because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and shes afraid hes dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two others, hes been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of them is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear.They stole the wrong thing from the wrong man, and, determined to get it back, he has hired two men who are smart and brutal and the best at what they do.To even the odds, Cole brings in his friend Joe Pike, but even the two of them together may be overmatched. The police dont want them anywhere near the investigation, the teenagers refuse to be found, and the hired killers are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. Pretty soon, theyll find out everything they need to know to track the kids downand then nothing that Elvis or Joe can do may make any difference.It might even get them killed.

Hostage

Hostage

Author: Robert Crais Format: Ebook Release Date: 16/05/2017

Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life by taking the chief-of-police job in a sleepy, affluent bedroom community far from the chaos and crime of Los Angeles.But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change when three young men, fleeing the robbery of a mini-mart, invade a tightly secured home, and take the family hostage. Plunged back into the high-pressure world that he has desperately been trying to put behind him, Talley finds his nightmare has barely begun, because this isn't just any house. It belongs to a brilliant white-collar criminal who launders money for L.A.'s renegade franchise of La Cosa Nostra. And the accountant's records of the incriminating money trail that lie within will put L.A.'s most lethal and volatile crime lord, Sonny Benza, behind bars. As Talley desperately tries to save the innocents inside, the full weight of Benza's wrath descends on him, putting Talley and his own family at risk. Soon, all involved are held hostage by the exigencies of fate and the only one capable of diffusing the crisis is the least stable of them all.

The Promise

The Promise

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/01/2017

Loyalty, commitment, the fight against injustice - these are the things that have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they keep it. Even if it could get them killed. When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case - until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defence contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown. Meanwhile, in another part of the city, LAPD officer Scott James and his patrol dog, Maggie, enter an abandoned building to locate an armed and dangerous thief, only to discover far more than they expected. Soon, Scott and Maggie find themselves targeted and, as their case intertwines with Elvis and Joe's, join forces to follow the trail of the missing woman as well. From inner-city drug traffickers to a shadowy group of Afghan war veterans with ties to a terrorist cell, the people they encounter on that trail add up to ever-increasing odds, and soon the four of them are fighting to find the woman not only before she is killed ... but before the same fate happens to one of them.

Promise

Promise

Author: Robert Crais Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/11/2015

In this #1 New York Times bestselling suspense masterpiece, Elvis Cole and Joe Pike team up with new heroes Scott James and his K-9 partner, Maggie.Elvis Cole and Joe Pike keep their promises. Even if it could get them killed.Elvis Cole is hired to find a woman who's disappeared, a seemingly ordinary case, until Elvis learns the missing woman is an explosives expert and worked for a defense department contractor. Meanwhile, LAPD K-9 Officer Scott James and his patrol dog, Maggie, track a fugitive to a house filled with explosivesand a dead body. As the two cases intertwine, they all find themselves up against shadowy arms dealers and corrupt officials, and the very woman they promised to save may be the cause of their own deaths.

Voodoo River

Voodoo River

Author: Robert Crais Format: Ebook Release Date: 16/07/2013

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 that 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.

Suspect

Suspect

Author: Robert Crais Format: Ebook Release Date: 22/01/2013

For twenty-five years, Robert Crais has written extraordinary novels of crime and suspense. He is a master of crime fiction (Associated Press); his novels get better with every new book (Portland Oregonian); Crais is hands-down the worlds greatest crime writer (The Huffington Post).But in Suspect, he may have written his most remarkable novel of all.LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for dutyuntil he meets his new partner.Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scotts.They are each others last chance. He was a young cop on the rise, she was bred to guard and protect. Now they are shunned and shunted to the side. They are suspect. And together they will set out to investigate the one case that no one wants them to touch: the identity of the men who murdered Stephanie.Nine months and sixteen days later, they remained free. They were still out there.What they begin to find is nothing like what Scott has been told, and where it will lead them will take them both through the darkest moments of their own personal hells. Whether they will make it out again, no one can say.Thrilling, emotional, intense, with some of the best characters and well-crafted writing in all of crime fiction, Suspect is further proof that Crais just keeps getting better (Publishers Weekly).

Demolition Angel

Demolition Angel

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/08/2012

The clock is ticking for Carol Starkey, tenacious detective - and bomb survivor . . . John Michael Fowles has a natural talent: he understands explosives. He has a feel for them. It is a talent which he fully expects will take him onto the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. Along the way he will match himself against the best: the FBI's elite team of bomb technicians and one person in particular - Carol Starkey, Detective in the LAPD Criminal Conspiracy Section. Starkey died for two minutes and forty seconds after being blown up by one of his bombs, and Fowles dearly wants her dead again. As the FBI attempt to find the link behind a series of bomb explosions that have been designed to kill their technicians, Special Agent Ben Williams stumbles on the bomber's secret: his desire to kill Starkey. If Williams can keep this from Starkey he can set a trap and catch the bomber. A trap that uses Carol Starkey as bait.

Indigo Slam

Indigo Slam

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2012

Fifteen-year-old Teri Hewitt has been left holding the babies since her dad disappeared without trace. She wants LA private eye Elvis Cole to find him, and although he knows he should refuse and hand it over to social services, he finds himself taking on the case. The search reveals a chronically unemployed drug addict caught up in counterfeiting scams and mixed up with the Russian mafia and Vietnamese gunmen. As the action heads towards a gunfight in Disneyland and Cole dodges his almost-girlfriend's ex-husband, he realises Teri is one whole lot of trouble he should have left to the professionals.

Taken

Taken

Author: Robert Crais Format: Ebook Release Date: 24/01/2012

Crais has never written a book with the power and intensity of Taken.When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isnt afraid, even though shes gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows its a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only that boy, and that they need money: Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them.But she is wrong. The girl and her boyfriend have been taken by bajadoresbandits who prey on other bandits, border professionals who prey not only on innocent victims, but on one another. They steal drugs, guns, and peoplebuying and selling victims like commodities, and killing the ones they cant get a price for.Cole and Pike find the spot where the couple were taken. There are tire tracks, bullet casings, and bloodstains. They know things look as bad as possible.But they are wrong, too. It is about to get much worse. Going undercover to find the couple and buy them back, Cole himself is taken, and disappears. Now it is up to Joe Pike to retrace Coles steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers to find his friend.But he may already be too late.Thrilling, emotional, passionate, with some of the best characters and well-crafted writing in all of crime fiction, Taken is further proof that Crais just keeps getting better (Publishers Weekly).Praise for the narrators performance of Taken by Robert Crais:Luke Daniels doesn't just narrate Robert Crais's latest novel featuring Elvis Cole and Joe Pikehe transports us to the terrifying world of human trafficking, which Cole must infiltrate in order to find a client's missing daughter. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

Stalking The Angel

Stalking The Angel

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/08/2011

The second blistering Elvis Cole novel from the bestselling author of THE FIRST RULE. Bradley Warren had lost something very valuable, something that belonged to someone else: a rare thirteenth-century Japanese manuscript called the Hagakure. Everything PI Elvis Cole knew about Japanese culture he'd learned from reading SHOGUN, but he knew a lot of crooks - and what he didn't know, his sidekick Joe Pike did. Together, Cole and Pike begin their search in L.A.'s Little Tokyo, the nest of the notorious Japanese mafia, the Yakuza - and find themselves caught up in a white-knuckled adventure filled with madness, murder and sexual obsession. Just another day's work for Elvis Cole...

Sunset Express

Sunset Express

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/08/2011

Elvis Cole is caught up in a high-profile murder case - and between the cops and the lawyers, it's going to be a rough ride... On his own turf in L.A., PI Elvis Cole is embroiled in a controversial, high-profile murder case. A wealthy restaurateur is accused of murdering his wife, and his hot-shot defence lawyer hires Cole to find proof that the detective on the case, Angela Rossi, fooled around with the evidence. Yet as Elvis investigates Rossi for the defence team, he begins to be more suspicious of the media-loving lawyers than the cops. And as the investigation continues, Cole is drawn deeper and deeper into the intrigue and dangers surrounding the case of the missing woman.

The Last Detective

The Last Detective

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/08/2011

Elvis Cole has got a problem to solve - and this time it's personal. Elvis Cole's girlfriend, Lucy, is out of town, and she has left her young son Ben in Elvis's care. Elvis and Lucy have had a few problems lately - not least over his job as a private investigator. But at last things seem to be getting better. Then Ben disappears. One minute he's playing his computer game in Elvis's house; the next he has vanished. Elvis looks everywhere, but he just can't find Ben; and neither can Lucy when she arrives. Then Elvis receives a phone call about Ben - and realises that something from his own past has come back to haunt him...

The Monkey's Raincoat

The Monkey's Raincoat

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2011

A fantastic Joe Pike and Elvis Cole novel from the bestselling author of L A REQUIEM When quiet Ellen Lang enters Elvis Cole's Disney-deco office, she's lost something very valuable - her husband and young son. The case seems simple enough, but Elvis isn't thrilled. Neither is his enigmatic partner and firepower Joe Pike. Their search down the seamy side of Hollywood's studio lots and sculptured lawns soon leads them deep into a nasty netherworld of drugs and sex - and murder. Now the case is getting interesting, but it's also turned ugly. Because everybody, from cops to starlets to crooks, has declared war on Ellen and Elvis.

L. A. Requiem

L. A. Requiem

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2011

They killed the only one who ever cared and now they're going to pay. A reckoning has come to the City of Angels... Karen Garcia is missing and her father doesn't trust the cops - he wants someone he knows on the case. So he enlists the help of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. It seems that Karen is the latest victim of a distinctive serial killer and the police are determined to pin her death, and four others, on the witness who found her body. Cole doesn't believe the man has the guts to murder, and with his partner and the police at each other's throats, it's down to him to find the connection that will reveal the killer. But nailing the murderer means choosing between the two people he cares most about...

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