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The Last Detective: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 9 | [Robert Crais]

The Last Detective: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 9

Elvis Cole's relationship with attorney Lucy Chenier is strained. When she moved from Louisiana to join Elvis in Los Angeles, she never dreamed that violence would so easily touch her life - but then the unthinkable happens. While Lucy is away on business and her 10-year-old son, Ben, is staying with Elvis, Ben disappears without a trace.
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Elvis Cole's relationship with attorney Lucy Chenier is strained. When she moved from Louisiana to join Elvis in Los Angeles, she never dreamed that violence would so easily touch her life - but then the unthinkable happens. While Lucy is away on business and her 10-year-old son, Ben, is staying with Elvis, Ben disappears without a trace. Desperate to believe that the boy has run away, evidence soon mounts to suggest a much darker scenario.

Joining forces with his enigmatic partner, Joe Pike, Elvis frantically searches for Ben with the help of LAPD Detective Carol Starkey, as Lucy's wealthy, oil-industry ex-husband attempts to wrest control of the investigation. Amid the maelstrom of personal conflicts, Elvis and Joe are forced to consider a more troubling lead - one indicating that Ben's disappearance is connected to a terrible, long-held secret from Elvis Cole's past.

Venturing deep inside a complex psyche, Crais explores Elvis' need for family - the military that embraced him during a troubled adolescence, his rock-solid partnership with Pike, and his floundering relationship with Lucy - as they race the clock in their search for Ben. The Last Detective is Robert Crais' richest, most intense tale of suspense yet.

Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.

©2004 Robert Crais; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Fanne Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-21-13
    Fanne Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-21-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "One book and I was hooked"
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    I came to crime fiction quite by accident and surprised myself about 2 years ago when i was looking for a new book and found THE FIFTH WITNESS by Michael Connelly. now I don't much want to read anything else.I found the Elvis and Joe series via Crais' SUSPECT, which I loved. I immediately bought the first three Cole/Pike-s. I have now been through most of them I was reluctant read the Pike-centric books because I am so wild about Elvis, but I now love the Still Zen quality of Joe. I hate guns. I am not so into this much violence, but I still really like the books. the Last Detective and LA Requiem are my favorites, but I like the whole series very much. not as much as Michael Connelly, but I like Crais enough to be wondering what will come next. To me, finding new authors is one of the great pleasures of reading.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    K. Corsiatto Indianna USA 10-02-12
    K. Corsiatto Indianna USA 10-02-12 Member Since 2014

    Thought Review

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    "Great listen! Great narrator!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like Jack Reacher then you should love the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike duo. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story line, fast paced but with emotions you can identify with.


    What other book might you compare The Last Detective to and why?

    I would compare to Lee Child's Reacher series.


    What does James Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    James Daniels brings humor and down to earth emotion to his characters. They have flaws but they continue to struggle onward.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As soon as I finished this book, I looked for the next one in the series with the same author!


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy the way Joe's character plays off Elvis's.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart 04-10-11
    Stuart 04-10-11
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    "Can't get enough"

    Since I read the first book in this series I cannot get enough of Elvis and Joe. The books are gripping from start to finish. Crais needs to start turning them out because I'm almost at the end of the series. I give these 5 stars.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-09-15
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-09-15 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "A Scheme that Backfires!!"

    This is a good tale of suspense highlighting how an under-handed scheme can backfire. The Audible description of this story is good. The real thick of this story revolves around the question: At what lengths will a person go to in order to get what they want? Be careful of the scheme you concoct for it can become your worst nightmare! This is an enjoyable story. I found no fault with the narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy 11-14-08
    Timothy 11-14-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding!"

    The story and narration were exceptional. After I read this book I downloaded all of Robert Crais' books. Highly recommended.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Louanne Santa Fe, NM, United States 06-23-15
    Louanne Santa Fe, NM, United States 06-23-15 Member Since 2005

    With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.

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    "WHERE'S THE ENTERTAINMENT, SUSPENSE, ENGAGEMENT"

    I wanted to follow this up after L.A. Requiem which I really enjoyed. It was pretty boring for the first three quarters. It created tension that was trite. One would want relief, resolution, healing from the personal drama between Elvis and his mate Lucy, instead of an escalation. The romance story line is often the feel good portion in contrast to the horrors of killing and murder. Robert Crais created an interesting take on twists and turns in the story line. I think it was not presented in an interesting manner. I found myself skipping chapters wanting to get to the heart of the matter. Elvis was almost a characature (this word does not seem to be in the dictionary - oh well) of heroism. I won't go into the exact dialogue because I am not a spoiler in any way. He was a sappy Bruce Willis in Die Hard. And I observe that there seems to be an almost predictable theme in successful detecting partners. I appreciate originality and it is harder and harder to come by. Joe Pike does not live up to James Lee Burke's Cletus with Dave Robicheaux ( that's not easy to spell even after looking it up), or Robert Parker's Hawk with Spenser. Again Pike has no depth as a character compared with these long time favorites. Even though we have been filled in on his brutal childhood, he's a wannabe Hawk.

    I do think Crais is a talented writer but like all production performances, the originality and engagement seems to give way to predictable public standards, and sticking to a different version of the same story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 11-06-13
    Linda 11-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Page Turner................"
    Where does The Last Detective rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Elvis Cole's past and present collide.


    What does James Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    James Daniels fits Elvis Cole and he is good at the female and kids voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Wondering why Elvis did not call Pike right away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Allen 10-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Crais ups the excitement"
    If you could sum up The Last Detective in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, exhausting rollercoaster


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I feel like this was the most gripping Crais novel, yet. I couldn't turn it off, because the plot just kept developing in exciting ways. In this book, we see a side of Elvis Cole that we haven't really been exposed to, yet. Throughout the story, I was caught up in his desperation to make things right.


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

    I have not heard anything else by James Daniels. After the other narrators, I needed to get used to his relatively soft reading style. But that didn't take too long. And he did a great job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Elvis Cole races the clock to save the son of the woman he loves


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 07-23-12
    Chris 07-23-12 Member Since 2009

    Fool series by Christopher Moore. Liked Horse soldiers and the Heart and t he Fist also.

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    "Another Credit to the Elvis Cole Joe Pike series"
    Would you listen to The Last Detective again? Why?

    Yes, after a period of time. I really like the series with a few exceptions for less than stellar narrators and would listen to most any of them again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Detective?

    Elvis and Joe putting it on the line during the rescue.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ex-husbands deception uncovered.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just an enjoyable read that doesn't leave you feeling guilty for listening to a rediculously umbelievable storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the Elvis Cole, Joe Pike series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sonny 04-28-12
    Sonny 04-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Addictive!"

    Having discovered Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, I'm now an avowed fan of Robert Crais. Wow!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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