I endured this book,(I'm not a quitter).The narrator was just not macho enough to make the story believable. And like the other characters I was annoy..Show More »ed by the silly comments from Elvis...
Story - average for all, below average Cole/Pike. Narrator - bad, sounds a lot like Dick Hill, his Cajun is strained and just wrong at times, his Joe..Show More » Pike is way off. Not sure if authors are part of the process to choose narrators, but Cole's quirky personality which comes through with all other narrators in the series is completely lost here. Sounds as dry as a procedural. Don't waste your credits.
If you are, then you know you're getting t..Show More »he usual Elvis Cole story - There's Cole. There's Pike. There's a case. Nothing is as it seems but the boys will shoot their way to the truth.
Sunset Express isn't the weakest entry in the lengthy series but it wasn't a case/story so strong/interesting/unique/character developing that I'd read it again.
If you're a fan you'll read it no matter what, just like I did.
If you're not a fan of Elvis Cole, know that the series is the quintessential PI tale. If you look up a list of PI clichés, Cole will tick EVERY box (I’ve done it...) but Crais does it so unapologetically, giving you a straight up shot gumshoe that you'll love knocking it back every time.
If this is your first encounter with Cole, don't start here (Book #6). Don't even start at Book #1 (Monkey's Raincoat). Jump right ahead to Book #11 (The Watchman). That is where I started by accident and it had the benefit of being far in enough to be really well developed (both character and story) so I knew it was worth sticking through some of the weaker earlier entries when I went back to the beginning.
If you've hit a few Cole novels but aren't hooked yet, I'd also recommend jumping forward to #11 or so.
It surprises me that Crais' name does not get linked with Connolly and Sandford more often. He certainly belongs in that company and, in fact, one of..Show More » my fantasies is to find out what would happen if Elvis and Harry Bosch got together on a case. This is definitely one of the very best of the Cole/Pike books and is eminently worth your time and credit. Characters and plot are beautifully balanced, and the LA setting is vivid and evocative. if you have not read any Crais, this would not be a bad place to start even though it is well along in the sequence. It does not substantially spoil any previous cases and actually sheds some very interesting light on the underpinnings of the whole series. I thoroughly enjoyed it far beyond the satisfaction of the well designed plot which moved the book along at a satisfying pace. I tried to find a reason to mark it down to four stars but could not. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen.
I am an audible junkie and love detective and police stories and this would have to be the worst book I have ever read. I will be very aware of any bo..Show More »ok narrated by William Roberts and will avoid at any cost.
This book "The Forgotten Man" is up to Robert Crais' Usual standard of excellence. Elvis Cloe is hunted by his past loss of a father & a very weird c..Show More »ase. You will enjoy this book as it is read well & is a top book
This is a nicely paced book which keeps moving even though we are given a good deal of flashback information about Elvis Cole's childhood abandonment...Show More » Crais knows how to craft a plot and use it to reveal character on the fly. It does seem to me, however, that he has pretty much exhausted some of his supporting characters at this point and needs to shake things up in a major way if he continues with Cole's story.
Still, this is a good read. It develops honestly, giving you all the information you have a right to expect along the way and then delivering a surprising revelation about how it all fits together.
I particularly like the way Crais combines first and third person narrative. He keeps all the threads of the story developing in parallel and ties the knot artfully at the end.
Joe Pike, ex-Sniper, ex-Policeman, ex-Mercenary... a complex, screwed-up character.
The pace of this book is slowed down by the characte..Show More »r development and relationships that develop between Pike and the rich 'hot' girl that he is protecting. I ended up liking both characters much more than a lot of action-hero characters like "Jack Reacher" books by Lee Child (I highly recommend Lee Child books for there extreme action). Pike and the 'babe' became more real and touching (you will actually feel for these characters).
The plot was definitely not predictable. Especially in regards to the gratuitous sex between leading characters in most books and movies. Furthermore, the ending of the book was a bit sad.
I purchased this book both on the reader reviews of both Amazon and Audible. "The Watchman" deserves it's favorable high ranking.
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 ever..Show More »y 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.
Long time reader/listener of Crais. Big fan of Elvis Cole. This is second to feature sidekick Joe Pike. Missing the humour & humanity from the Elvis C..Show More »ole books. My opinion Pike is better supporting character than feature. Crais as narrator neither hurt nor helped. That being said I still enjoyed this.
Twenty years ago, Robert Crais introduced two very entertaining characters: the wise-cracking, self-deprecating Elvis Cole ("the world's greatest dete..Show More »ctive") and his pal Joe Pike. Pike has always been cartoonish, an ex-Marine who has two red arrows tattooed on his deltoid muscles, pointing forward. Pike grunts few words, is mostly invisible, but always helps Cole solve the case. This sounds a little like Robert B. Parker's Spenser and Hawk. Initially the humor was fresh and Crais seemed to be a modern day Raymond Chandler. The material managed to stay fresh for a long time. For several years Crais introduced Lucy Chenier, a woman from New Orleans with a son, who established an interesting love life for Cole. However, it seems to me that Crais is now running out of material. "Hostage" was clearly made for the movies, and "Taken" is a complex jumble of Syrians, Korean and Mexican gangs, and a new character who is even more of a caricature than Pike, John Stone. This guy is so macho, speaks nine languages or something, works as a mercenary, and can apparently jump over buildings in a single bound (not really, but even so...). Two guys like this is one too many. In the past I could not imagine putting down a Crais novel in the middle, but with this one, I did. Crais is hyping up the violence and simultaneously running out of humor, sadly. Maybe he is in a rut and should create a new character. In any case, not good. Cole is no longer the world's greatest detective.