Robert Crais
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Robert Crais

Robert Crais is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels. He was the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award.

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in a blue collar family of oil refinery workers and four generations of police officers. He purchased a second-hand paperback of Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister when he was fifteen, which inspired his lifelong love of writing, Los Angeles, and the literature of crime fiction.

He journeyed to Hollywood in 1976 where he quickly found work writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, and Miami Vice, as well as scripting numerous series pilots and movies-of-the-week for the major networks.

Feeling constrained by the collaborative working requirements of Hollywood, Crais resigned from a lucrative position as a contract writer and television producer in order to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a novelist. His first efforts proved unsuccessful, but upon the death of his father in 1985, Crais was inspired to create Elvis Cole, using elements of his own life as the basis of the story. The resulting novel, The Monkey's Raincoat, won the Anthony and Macavity Awards and was nominated for the Edgar Award. It has since been selected as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

Crais conceived of the novel as a stand-alone, but realized that, in Elvis Cole, he had created an ideal and powerful character through which to comment upon his life and times. Elvis Cole's readership skyrocketed in 1999 upon the publication of L. A. Requiem, which was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller and forever changed the way Crais conceived of and structured his novels. Larger and deeper in scope, Publishers Weekly wrote of L. A. Requiem, "Crais has stretched himself the way another Southern California writer, Ross Macdonald, always tried to do, to write a mystery novel with a solid literary base." Booklist added, "This is an extraordinary crime novel that should not be pigeonholed by genre. The best books always land outside preset boundaries. A wonderful experience."

Crais followed with his first non-series novel, Demolition Angel, which was published in 2000 and featured former Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Technician Carol Starkey. In 2001, Crais published his second non-series novel, Hostage, which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and was a world-wide bestseller. The editors of Amazon.com selected Hostage as the #1 thriller of the year. A film adaptation of Hostage was released in 2005, starring Bruce Willis as ex-LAPD SWAT negotiator Jeff Talley.

Robert Crais lives in the Santa Monica mountains with his wife, three cats, and many thousands of books. Additional information can be found at his website, www.robertcrais.com.

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Best Sellers

    • The Wanted

    • Elvis Cole/Joe Pike, Book 17
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 901
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 827
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 819

    When single mother Devon Connor hires private investigator Elvis Cole, it's because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and she's afraid he's dealing drugs....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not what I expected after waiting for so long

    • By FhvnEd on 12-31-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Suspect

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,063
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,065
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,060

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping Page Turner!!

    • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Promise

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,809
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,584
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,581

    Loyalty, commitment, the fight against injustice - these are the things that have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they keep it....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Promise

    • By Diana Hart 33 on 11-12-15

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Sunset Express

    • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 6
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: David Stuart
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 472
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 369
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 367

    Elvis Cole, wisecracking private eye, finds himself embroiled in a controversial LA murder case....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Waste of time

    • By --------------- on 04-02-12

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Chasing Darkness

    • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 12
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: James Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 775
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 491
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 489

    A suicide may or may not have murdered seven women. Cole doesn't know what to believe, so he digs hard to uncover the truth - and escape his terrible guilt.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Elvis & Pike Ride Again

    • By J on 08-25-08

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Last Detective

    • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 9
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: James Daniels
    • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 669
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 501
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 507

    Elvis Cole's relationship with attorney Lucy Chenier is strained....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Scheme that Backfires!!

    • By R. Pontiflet on 02-09-15

    Regular price: $27.27

    • The First Rule

    • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 13
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Robert Crais
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 980
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 523
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 521

    The organized criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union are bound by what they call the thieves' code. The first rule is this: A thief must forsake his mother, father, brothers, and sisters....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I love Joe Pike

    • By Susan on 02-24-10

    Regular price: $25.89

    • The Monkey's Raincoat

    • An Elvis Cole Novel
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 802
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 788

    When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Slaughtered by sickeningly awful reader

    • By Lehua of Pacifica on 06-11-09

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Watchman

    • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 11
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: James Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 813
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 814

    Larkin Conner Barkley lives like the City of Angels is hers for the taking....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Joe Pike is a real person: no longer a cartoon.

    • By Richard Delman on 05-05-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Free Fall

    • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 4
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 639
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 479
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 483

    Elvis Cole is just a detective who can't say no, especially to a girl in a terrible fix....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • story better than reader

    • By Jo Anne on 10-30-11

    Regular price: $24.47

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