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Los Angeles, 3:58 a.m.: Elvis Cole receives the phone call he's been waiting for since childhood. Responding to a gunshot, the LAPD has found an injured man in an alleyway. He has told the officer on the scene that he is looking for his son, Elvis Cole. Minutes later, the man is dead.

Haunted throughout his life by a lack of knowledge about his father, Elvis turns to the one person who can help him navigate the minefield of his past - his longtime partner and confidant, Joe Pike. Together with hard-edged LAPD detective, Carol Starkey, they launch a feverish search for the dead man's identity - even as Elvis struggles between wanting to believe he's found his father at last, and allowing his suspicions to hold him back. With each long-buried clue they unearth, a frightening picture begins to emerge about who the dead man might have been, and the terrible secret he's been guarding.

At the same time, Elvis has no way of knowing he has awakened a sleeping monster. The further he goes in his investigation, the closer he draws to a merciless killer who is violently connected to the unidentified man's past. This psychopath believes Cole is hunting him, and he goes on the attack to find Elvis before Elvis can find him.

Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.
©2005 Robert Crais; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

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  • David
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 05-14-10

Crais's reliable craft

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. 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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A Brother Fit for Calamity

What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten Man the most enjoyable?

In a world where Face-to-Face Friendships is all but lost, the human connection between Cole and Pike makes the adventure believeable. Knowing someone has Cole's back kept me reading

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pike. When I grow up, I want to be like him or know someone like him.

What does James Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Feeling. Audible listening is all about the "Reader". Daniels does a great job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, many days I would sit in my truck in my drive-way after getting home, just listening.

Any additional comments?

My first Cole/ Pike book was "Taken". Now I'm Hooked on series. Thanx, Robert

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  • Debbie
  • Tehachapi, CA, United States
  • 11-22-15

Great book

I Really enjoyed the story line and I think it grabbed and held your attention,

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Original

A very inventive story ! Will hold your interest thru out and never be uninteresting.

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Elvis is the Greatest

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

all of R Crais books read by James Daniels are a must listen.

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

Crais brings you along with each book. they can stand alone, but you will enjoy them much better if you read in order. This order I can not tell you, but they are not too be missed when read by J. Daniels

Which character – as performed by James Daniels – was your favorite?

Elvis and Pike (do not miss the Watchman, Pikes story, Sexy from get go) It was a great shame that R Crais thought he could compete with j. Daniels reading style in the Sentry. If Crais were to re record that book with J Daniels and NOT Luke Daniels, he would get a large winner and even bigger sales as I would re buy with James reading it

Any additional comments?

I had all of the elvis books on cassette, and will be buying only the J. Daniels recordings from audible. These all were worth a re listen and my time.

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Not A Good Choice For Me

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone much older.

Has The Forgotten Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes - I thought switching to a murder mystery would be a nice change of pace, but if I had to use this book to make a final determination, the outcome would be fatal.

How could the performance have been better?

The storyline could have been better.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Forgotten Man?

The dream sequence.

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Great character development

In this book, Crais introduces and skillfully develop some new and interesting characters and also develops some of Elvis Cole's very interesting backstory. With L.A. Requiem, Crais really ramped up his storytelling, and that high level continues into this book.

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Crais Does it Again!!

If you could sum up The Forgotten Man in three words, what would they be?

Loss, Identity, and Family

What did you like best about this story?

This one probes Elvis Cole's background and personal psychology. It lends an added richness to the character. Some will complain that Elvis isn't quite as funny here as he usually is but, it makes sense given the context.

What about James Daniels’s performance did you like?

I thought his performance brought a kind of gravitas and force to the story that fit the prose quite nicely.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I couldn't quite manage to do that, but I wanted to.

Any additional comments?

Loved the book. My only complaint is that sometimes Lucy Chanier really gets on my nerves. Part of me wishes Crais would write her out of the series.