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Publisher's Summary

L.A. private eye Elvis Cole is hired by popular television star Jodie Taylor to delve into her past and identify the biological parents who gave her up for adoption 36 years before. Cole's assignment is to find out their biological history and report back.

It seems all too clear cut. But when he gets to Louisiana and begins his search, he finds out there's something much darker going on. Other people are also looking for Taylor's parents - and some are ending up dead.

And when Cole realizes that his employer knew more than she was telling, Voodoo River becomes a twisting tale of identity, secrets, and murder.

Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.
©2008 Robert Crais (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Cole, in his fifth appearance, is in fine form. He's as tough, witty, and clever as ever, and his partner Pike exudes danger like no one in suspense fiction this side of Spenser's Hawk. The series has been nominated for Edgars and has won Anthonys. This installment is every bit as good as its predecessors." ( Booklist)

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  • David
  • Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • 07-28-11

Wonderful story...great narrator

If you like Elvis, he's in fine form in this Crais offering.

Outstanding mystery with just a note of sadness. Compelling characters, delightful plotting that clips along. This is Crais at his best.

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Narrator's Voice Did Not Fit the Narrative

Narrator's voice was too deep. Did not match my mental image of Elvis Cole. The narrator did not do other voices well at all, especially female voices.

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  • Tim
  • Jupiter, FL, United States
  • 09-02-17

Who worte this book

It doesn't appear to have been Robert Crais. Elvis and Pike are here, Pike a lot more to character than Elvis. The story drags, Elvis acts in was not like Elvis. The one main flaw... Mel Foster has to go. He doesn't get the characters. I believe I tried to listen to this story a while back, Luther the snapping turtle jolted my memory. I think I got bored and never finished it. Well this time I did finish, and I'm disappointed.

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You can skip this one

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 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.

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Made me take pause

I have been reading Robert Crais for a couple years. Voodoo River is an earlier book that I had not read. This story gave me some missing background about Lucy so the story was interesting. However I have always recommended Crais as a writer that has minimal cursing and not over the top sexual exploits. I was shocked at the content of both in this rendering. I am very glad I did not read this first or I never would have read the others where both are rarely present. I would recommend reading his later offerings over this book. Plots are better also.

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  • Kevin
  • Austin, TX
  • 02-23-18

Excellent Narration

There are two narrated versions of this book on Audible. Mel Foster is the best narrator for this hard-boiled detective story set in Louisiana. He understands the characters and setting and speaks in a slow cadence while emphasizing the correct words and hesitating at the crucial time in order to bring out the humor in the story. Do yourself a favor and avoid the Patrick Lawlor version. He is not a good narrator for this particular book.

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  • Martha
  • chATTANOOGA, TN, United States
  • 11-30-17

great story. good characters. Nice Romance.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

Elvis is quite enjoyable as a smart alec private eye. romance with Lady attorney was quite touching. you know by the end there has to be more at the next story. narration was weak. he had trouble giving authentic voices to other characters. this did not take away substantially from the enjoyment of the story. I look forward to more Elvis Cole stories.

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Would have enjoyed it more if I read it myself

The story is ok and characters are enjoyably familiar but the reader's voice is soporific if not unpleasant and he can't do a decent ethnic accent of any kind. His attempts at Louisiana patois and Mexican immigrants' accents are just plain cringe worthy. That kind of wrecked it for me. And he made Joe Pike sound like Frankenstein's monster on quaaludes. I still love ya Elvis et al but would rather hear the stories from a live reader.

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Not enough Joe Pike!

good story plenty of twist and turns but very little Joe Pike. that's a bummer.

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An insult to Louisiana

Story is disjointed and a bit rambling. The accents and mispronunciation of names and some words truly pathetic! You would think they would have gotten the correct pronunciation before recording!