Book: Robert Crais “Sunset Express (Elvis Cole 06)”

September 18, 2016

Following on a few months from the previous novel Elvis is back in LA waiting for a client to walk in the door, when a client walks in the door.  A hot-shot celebrity defense lawyer hires Cole to investigate a police officer who may have planted evidence against a murderer he is defending.

bookReluctant to go against the police at first Cole looks into the case, finds the officer is clean and reports this back to his client.  Job done, end of case.  But when the client announces that his star investigator has found evidence against the police it all turns upside down.  Who is framing who and why?

Among all that Elvis’s romance with Lucy, who we met in the previous novel, grows as she spends time in LA.

Book: Robert Crais “Voodoo River” (Elvis Cole 05)”

September 16, 2016

Voodoo River is the fifth Elvis Cole novel by Robert Crais.  The one when Elvis falls in love.

bookAn actress hires Elvis to check into her background knowing that she was adopted.  A simple enough case that takes Elvis to Louisiana.  Only it really doesn’t turn out that simple and as in his previous books the plot is well crafted and exciting.

Cole meets Lucy, a Louisiana attorney who Elvis develops a romantic interest.


Book: Robert Crais “Free Fall (Elvis Cole 04)”

September 16, 2016

I’ve fully settled into working through Robert Crais’s books.  This is the fourth in the Elvis Cole series published in 1993.

bookElvis Cole, is a great character, he’s funny and sarcastic.  He has great throw away lines and able to follow the trail to keep the story moving. In this book Jennifer Sheridan walks into Elvis Cole’s office and hires him to investigate her boyfriend and LAPD officer Mark Thurman who is hiding something from her, and she’s afraid he’s been involved in a crime.

Cole begins to find things that point to Mark being in serious trouble. What has Mark gotten himself into? Can Cole and his partner Joe Pike get him out of it?

It’s an interesting case, which unfolds quickly. There are surprises, both good and bad, and the stakes keep going up for Elvis, Joe, Jennifer, Mark, and the others in the book.  As with the previous Elvis Cole books you are constantly wondering how things can be resolved.

Book: Robert Crais “Lullaby Town (Elvis Cole 03)”

August 24, 2016

Lullaby Town is the third novel in Robert Crais Elvis Cole series.

bookAgain we see that Elvis is dealing with an obnoxious client – a movie producer Peter Alan Nelson who wants to track down his ex-wife and child.  But when Elvis finds her it turns out she is trapped into a life serving the New York Mafia.

With Elvis and his partner Joe Pike trying to find a way to fight the Mafia Peter Alan Nelson turns up thinking his fame and fortune will help as no one ever says no to him, only to spoil every chance they have.

Again a very easy and entertaining read, the third in this series and I’m hooked!

Book: Robert Crais “Stalking the Angel (Elvis Cole 02)”

August 24, 2016

Robert Crais second novel, following “The Monkey’s Raincoat” sees PI Elvis Cole take on the job for a man called Bradley Warren, tracking down a priceless Japanese manuscript.

bookFrom the outset we can see that Warren isn’t a good man, but Elvis soon picks up a trail in Little Tokyo and starts tracking down possibly buyers for the manuscript. But when the Warren family get threatening phone calls Elvis has to focus on keeping the family safe and brings in his partner Joe Pike.

Good read, loved every minute.

Book: Robert Crais “The Monkey’s Raincoat”

August 24, 2016

Following more than a year of reading all Michael Connelly novels then searching for a new author/character to follow, I might just have found it.  Robert Crais first novel published in 1987 “The Monkey’s Raincoat” introduced Private Investigator Elvis Cole and his enigmatic partner, Joe Pike.

bookIn this story Ellen Lang comes to Cole to find her showbiz agent husband Mart and their son.  She doesn’t want the cops involved, so Elvis starts looking for the missing pair.  When Mort’s body is found and it’s time for Elvis to call in his partner Joe Pike – lethal fellow Vietnam vet who left the LAPD under a cloud.

As the plot unravels they get involved with a former matador drug dealer, a Miami mob don.  As they build the case, Ellen’s self-esteem builds, transforming her from woman unable to cope without her husband’s lead into an avenging angel.

The books is fast paced, funny at times, keeps you guessing and wanting to turn the page.

Book: Jo Nesbo “The Bat”

July 11, 2016

Again, I’m trying to move on from reading nothing but Michael Connelly books – another recomendation has been the Harry Hole character by Jo Nesbo.

bookIn this first book The Bat, Harry is a visiting detective sent to Australia to assist Sydney police investigating the murder of a Norwegian girl. It starts well with HH being teamed with an Aboriginal detective. However, the story quickly looses all sense of direction.  There is a series of one-off stories of meetings with strangers, casual conversations, aboriginal folk tales…  nothing very much about the actual case which moves along in the background without much mention in the plot.

Perhaps this character gets better in future books – but I’m not sure I can be bothered finding out.  Certainly not at the moment – I really need a  good book to get into.