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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

Critic Reviews

"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

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.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Doug
  • Highland Park, IL, United States
  • 07-23-12

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Start to Finish!

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

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Pam
  • Wilmington, NC, USA
  • 09-14-08

Absolutely Robert Crais

wonderful, as always

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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?


Any additional comments?

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

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 02-02-16

Excellent Elvis Cole private detective thriller!

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.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful