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
"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)
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.
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.
Author of the Reno McCarthy and Harry Cork Series
I read several series continuously and Crais' is one of my top five.
Just effortless storytelling.
James Daniels is the only believable voice of Elvis and Joe.
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.
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!
Lehua of Pacifica
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.
I always enjoy Elvis and joe, but this story was not quite on par with many others. Still a good
Nice wrap-up. I wondered what inspired the title.
Excellent. Narrators are my reason for listening rather than reading.
I am eager to hear the next Elvis or joe novel.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
My only issue with the Cole/Pike thrillers by Robert Crais is the use of James Daniels as narrator. It is not really his fault; Daniels' nasal voice is simply wrong for the content. Chasing Darkness, Book 12 in the 15 book series, is thankfully the last that James Daniels narrated. The narrator of the more recent Crais audiobooks is Luke Daniels who is far better suited for the task. I down rate audiobooks for narration only when the narrator detracts from the listening experience. Unfortunately that is true here.
This novel is about serial murders that a dead man is wrongly believed to have committed. Elvis Cole is the primary protagonist while Joe Pike plays a minor role.
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