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Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 12 | [Robert Crais]

Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 12

It's fire season, and the hills of Los Angeles are burning. As the residents of Laurel Canyon are being evacuated from their homes, Police and Fire Department personnel find the corpse of a recluse who apparently committed suicide. Clutched in his lap is a photo album containing photographs of seven young women who have been murdered.
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Publisher's Summary

It's fire season, and the hills of Los Angeles are burning. As the residents of Laurel Canyon are being evacuated from their homes, Police and Fire Department personnel find the corpse of a recluse who apparently committed suicide.

Clutched in his lap is a photo album containing photographs of seven young women who have been murdered.

LAPD homicide detectives had never connected the seven murders before and only one suspect has been charged in any of the murders - the suicide now discovered in the fire, Elliot Martin. Three years earlier, Martin had been brought to trial, but his defense attorney hired Elvis Cole to investigate. Cole found an exculpatory videotape that prompted the judge to dismiss the charges. But now Cole doesn't know what to believe, so he digs hard to uncover the truth - and escape his terrible guilt.

Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.

©2008 Robert Crais; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Little in life is as satisfying as a new Elvis Cole novel. Each installment of Robert Crais' 20-year-old series is like meeting a good friend for lunch who you haven't seen in a long time." (Chicago Tribune)

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    J WHEATON, IL, United States 08-25-08
    J WHEATON, IL, United States 08-25-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Elvis & Pike Ride Again"

    Years ago I sat next to an actual private detective on an airplane and he recommended Robert Crais. I have devoured all of his books and enjoyed every one of them. Chasing Darkness is no exception. James Daniels does a respectable job with the narration and my only complaint is that the book is finished so quickly.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 07-28-09
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 07-28-09

    danmc

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    "Nice Surprise"

    I downloaded this one because it was on sale. I had only listened to one other Crais novel and it was not very good (The Watchman - in that one, Pike is the lead character and Cole is the minor character).

    In this one, Cole is the lead character and can definitely carry the lead, whereas the Pike character cannot, imho.

    All in all, the story was good, characters good, he pulls the story together quite nicely and the narrator is good.

    I almost rated it 5-stars, but reserve that for the best of the best.

    This one was good - and recommended!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Wilmington, NC, USA 09-14-08
    Pam Wilmington, NC, USA 09-14-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Absolutely Robert Crais"

    wonderful, as always

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Highland Park, IL, United States 07-23-12
    Doug Highland Park, IL, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2011

    Author of the Reno McCarthy and Harry Cork Series

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    "Top of the Line Story Read By Superb Narrator"
    Where does Chasing Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read several series continuously and Crais' is one of my top five.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just effortless storytelling.


    Have you listened to any of James Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    James Daniels is the only believable voice of Elvis and Joe.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    01-16-12
    01-16-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Not my favorite story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I always enjoy Elvis and joe, but this story was not quite on par with many others. Still a good


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Nice wrap-up. I wondered what inspired the title.


    What about James Daniels???s performance did you like?

    Excellent. Narrators are my reason for listening rather than reading.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I am eager to hear the next Elvis or joe novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lehua Volcano, HI, USA 06-11-09
    Lehua Volcano, HI, USA 06-11-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Engaging character, good reader"

    This was not Great Literature, but it was well worth the purchase. Kind of a silly plot, but Crais does a nice job with Elvis, working skillfully to not make him a Parker-type blowhard.

    Audio: This is by far one of the better readers. He understands perfectly Elvis's quiet, steel-reinforced boundaries, and never destroys that by overacting. A pleasure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nadine Alexandria, VA, United States 04-03-09
    Nadine Alexandria, VA, United States 04-03-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Start to Finish!"

    I LOVED this book. Suspenseful with just the right twists and turns.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this IL, United States 10-02-13
    Think about this IL, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Cole and Pike, great entertainment"

    The book starts out with the solving of 7 murders, with the suicide of the killer. That's what it appears to be anyway. But Elvis Cole, had cleared the victim from one of those murders, and won't rest until he discovers the real truth behind the suicide. Thus starts, a real murder mystery, with lots of fact finding, clues, and a whole lot of suspects.
    With the combination of Cole's humor, and Pike's cameo pop-ins, it makes for a very interesting listen.
    The real killer isn't all that easy to figure out either, as more evidence unfolds throughout the story, til the very end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig windsor, CO, United States 06-25-11
    Craig windsor, CO, United States 06-25-11 Member Since 2011
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    "simple and predictable"

    Crais does a good job with his characters. This is a decent plot with okay development. It would be a simple read and is an even more simple listen. It ranks slightly above average in the "thriller" department and is good if you like series and watching a character or two develop. I will continue to listen to Crais' books because I know the development happens in the later books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Voorhees, NJ, USA 09-04-09
    Monica Voorhees, NJ, USA 09-04-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A little darker Elvis"

    This is a good mystery, where the possible pepetrators keep changing throughout the book. I felt that this one had Elvis having more of Joe Pike's personality due to the the narrator's presentation. It is a little darker, not the sprightly Elvis Cole of other books. Still a great story, just a different presentation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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