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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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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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Other books by Robert Crais

Demolition Angel

Demolition Angel

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback / softback 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.

Hostage

Hostage

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

Would you sacrifice another family to save your own? Jeff Talley left his high-stress job as a frontline negotiator with the LAPD's SWAT unit when he failed to prevent a man from killing his family and then himself. Talley takes the chief-of-police job in a sleepy, affluent suburb, but he is soon plunged back into the high-pressure world he left behind when three young men, fleeing a robbery, burst into a home and take the family hostage. For Talley, the nightmare has barely begun. Because this isn't just any house. It belongs to an accountant who launders money for LA's renegade Mafia family - and they don't want the police involved...

Indigo Slam

Indigo Slam

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback / softback 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.

Free Fall

Free Fall

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

Corruption, conspiracy and a cop in trouble - only Cole and Pike can help. Elvis Cole is just a detective who can't say no, especially to a girl in a terrible fix. And Jennifer Sheridan qualifies. Her fiance, Mark Thurman, is a decorated LA cop with an elite plainclothes unit, but Jennifer is sure he's in trouble - the kind of serious trouble that only Cole can get him out of. Five minutes after his new client leaves the office, Cole and his partner, the enigmatic Joe Pike, are hip-deep in a deadly situation as they plummet into a world of South Central gangs, corrupt cops and conspiracies of silence. And before long, every cop in the LAPD is gunning for a pair of armed and dangerous killers - Cole and Pike.

Lullaby Town

Lullaby Town

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

The road to fame is paved with danger... as Cole and Pike are about to find out. Peter Alan Nelsen is a super-successful movie director who is used to getting what he wants. And what he wants now is to find the wife and infant child he dumped on the road to fame. It's the kind of case that Cole could handle in his sleep, except that when Cole actually finds Nelsen's ex-wife, everything takes on nightmarish proportions - a nightmare which involves Cole with a nasty New York mob family and a psycho killer who is the son of the godfather. And when the unpredictable Nelsen charges in, an explosive situation blows sky-high.

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

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 / softback 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 / softback 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 / softback 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...

Voodoo River

Voodoo River

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

In a search for a young woman's past PI Elvis Cole discovers far more than he expected . . . Hired to uncover the past of Jodi Taylor, an actress in a hit TV show, Elvis leaves his native Los Angeles to head for Louisiana in search of Jodi's biological parents. But before he can tackle the mystery of the actress's background, he is up against a whole host of eccentrics, including a crazed Raid-spraying housewife, a Cajun thug who looks like he's been made out of spare parts, and a menacing hundred-year-old river turtle named Luther. As Elvis learns about the enigmatic actress's origins, he also discovers the real reason he's been sent to Louisiana . . .

L. A. Requiem

L. A. Requiem

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback / softback 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...

The Monkey's Raincoat

The Monkey's Raincoat

Author: Robert Crais Format: Paperback / softback 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.

Sentry

Sentry

Author: Robert Crais Format: eBook Release Date: 11/01/2011

In The Watchman and The First Rule, Robert Crais put Joe Pike front and center for the first time, to remarkable effect: A beautifully crafted piece of story-telling (The Seattle Times); A high-octane thriller. Pikes unshakable belief in right and wrong provides a moral center (South Florida Sun-Sentinel); Joe Pike is a joy to watch, an urban Zen warrior priest righting wrongs. More Pike, please (Chicago Sun-Times).But when Joe Pike does return, it is to a case that will rock him to his core. Five years ago, Dru Rayne and her uncle fled from Louisiana to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina hit, but now they face a different kind of danger. A neighborhood protection gang savagely beats Drus uncle, but Pike witnesses it and offers his own brand of protection. Oddly enough, neither of them seems to want itand neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their storefront, men who appear quite willing to let the gang have its way. None of that deters Piketheres something about Dru that touches him and he wont back away, whether she wants his help or not but as the level of violence escalates, and Pike himself becomes a target, he and Elvis Cole begin to discover some things. Dru and her uncle are not who they seem, and everything Pike thought he knew about them, their relationship to the gang, and the reasons they fled New Orleansits all been lies. A vengeful and murderous force is catching up to them and its perfectly happy to sweep Pike and Cole up in its wake.

Sentry

Sentry

Author: Robert Crais Format: eBook Release Date: 11/01/2011

In The Watchman and The First Rule, Robert Crais put Joe Pike front and center for the first time, to remarkable effect: A beautifully crafted piece of story-telling (The Seattle Times); A high-octane thrillerPikes unshakable belief in right and wrong provides a moral center (South Florida Sun-Sentinel); Joe Pike is a joy to watch, an urban Zen warrior priest righting wrongs. More Pike, please (Chicago Sun-Times).But when Joe Pike does return, it is to a case that will rock him to his core.Five years ago, Dru Rayne and her uncle fled from Louisiana to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina hit, but now they face a different kind of danger. A neighborhood protection gang savagely beats Drus uncle, but Pike witnesses it and offers his own brand of protection. Oddly enough, neither of them seems to want itand neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their storefront, men who appear quite willing to let the gang have its way.None of that deters Piketheres something about Dru that touches him and he wont back away, whether she wants his help or notbut as the level of violence escalates, and Pike himself becomes a target, he and Elvis Cole begin to discover some things. Dru and her uncle are not who they seem, and everything Pike thought he knew about them, their relationship to the gang, and the reasons they fled New Orleansits all been lies. A vengeful and murderous force is catching up to themand its perfectly happy to sweep Pike and Cole up in its wake.

First Rule

First Rule

Author: Robert Crais Format: eBook Release Date: 12/01/2010

The organized criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union are bound by what they call the thieves code. The first rule is this: A thief must forsake his mother, father, brothers, and sisters. He must have no familyno wife, no childrenbecause only other criminals are his family. If any of the rules are broken, it is punishable by death.Frank Meyer had the American dreama wife and family he adored, a successful businessuntil the day a professional crew invaded his home and murdered everyone inside. The only thing out of the ordinary about Meyer was thatbefore the family and the business and the normal lifea younger Frank Meyer worked as a professional military contractor, a mercenary, with a man named Joe Pike. Frank was one of Pikes guys, and they faced death together in every rotten hellhole around the world.The police think Meyer was hiding something very bad, because previous home invasions by the crew had targeted only criminals with large stashes of cash or drugs. Pike cannot believe it, and with the help of Cole, he sets out on a hunt of his own: to clear his friend, to punish the people who murdered him.A trail that at first seems relatively simple, however, very quickly becomes complicated, as the two of them find themselves entangled in a web of ancient grudges, blood ties, blackmail, vengeance, double crosses, and cutthroat criminality, and at the heart of it all, an act so terrible even Pike and Cole have no way to measure it.

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