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The Last Detective: A Novel (An Elvis Cole Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Crais
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Don't start reading The Last Detective with much on your calendar. This tense, satisfying thriller will glue you to your chair, as private eye Elvis Cole--the star of eight previous Robert Crais novels, prior to the Cole-less Demolition Angel and Hostage--faces his toughest case: the abduction of his girlfriend's son, 10-year-old Ben Chenier, who was staying with Elvis when he was snatched.

Panic at Ben's disappearance turns to terror when the kidnapper phones to reveal his apparent motive, a dark secret from Elvis's past. But the plot thickens and twists, and then twists again, as Elvis and his longtime buddy, tough guy Joe Pike, race the clock against a group of villains as sinister as they are capable. The author mixes Elvis's first-person narration with third-person sections that describe other points of view--a risky technique, but Crais makes it work. He also does a fine job resurrecting the wisecracking Elvis of earlier books while imbuing him with a new depth and darkness.

This dazzlingly plotted, crisply told story is threaded with real detection (what a rarity!) and peopled by characters you can't help but care about--including Carol Starkey, the haunted bomb-squad cop from Demolition Angel, who's now a juvenile-abduction detective. Crais has long been getting better with each book, and The Last Detective continues the pattern. --Nicholas H. Allison

For The Last Detective Robert Crais fields something of a crime busting dream team; his regular duo, private detective Elvis Cole and enigmatic partner Joe Pike, hook up with Carol Starkey, the feisty, chain-smoking heroine of Demolition Angel in a tautly plotted kidnapping caper.

Crais has always spiced his elaborate LA procedurals with the gamier elements from action thrillers and this book, which pits his gumshoes against a gang of vicious mercenaries as well as the intractable red tape of policing law, is no exception. The drama kicks off when Ben Chenier, Cole's girlfriend Lucy's ten-year-old son, is abducted with military precision from outside Elvis' own home. Stunned by the kidnappers' audacity, Cole receives an even bigger shock when the gang phone. There is no ransom demand; instead the caller reminds him of a horrific incident from his past. As a Ranger in Vietnam, Cole's unit, number Five-Two, had come under heavy attack. Only he had survived the assault. Now more than 20 years later, the kidnappers accuse Cole of murdering his colleagues and maintain that Ben has been taken in retribution. Could the snatcher be a bitter relative with a grudge or perhaps, a disgruntled old army buddy out for vengeance?

Elvis and Pike, along with renegade LAPD cop Carole Starkey, start to hunt for Ben. Meticulously tracking leads and drawing on their military know how they start to build up a profile of their prey. While they make headway Cole is still left feeling "as if each piece of the picture was from a different puzzle and no matter how hard" he tries "to arrange them it made no sense". Their efforts are further hampered by Ben's father, Richard. Richard has always despised Cole and accompanied by Myers, his personal investigator, he begins stirring up trouble for Elvis with Lucy and with the authorities. But when Cole's researches start paying off, things in this page-turner become far, far murkier. --Travis Elborough


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Es wird immer besser!! 7. Oktober 2003
In L.A. Requiem hat Robert Crais schon angefangen uns etwas über die Vergangenheit von Elvis Cole und seinem Partner Joe Pike zu erzählen. Ging es in L.A. Requiem noch um Joe Pike widmet sich Crais jetzt Elvis Cole. Der Leser erfährt viel über die Vergangenheit von Elvis. Das Buch ist wie immer von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite spannend.
Der Sohn von Lucy, Elvis` Freundin, wird entführt und alles deutet auf einen Rachefeldzug gegne Elvis hin. Die Schatten seiner Vietnam Vergangenheit scheinen ihn einzuholen. Er und sein Partner ermitteln gegen den Willen der Polizei und des Vaters.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beinahe John Connolly 1. März 2005
Von Ein Kunde
Das war mein erster Crais überhaupt und ich bin absolut begeistert.
Elvis Cole und sein Partner sind m.E. die legitimen Nachfolger von Spenser und Hawk, ohne von ihnen abgeschrieben zu sein, seine Freundin ist eine angenehme Ausgabe von Susan und der Stil kommt beinahe an Connolly ran, sowohl was die Rückblicke auf Vietnam wie auch was die Handlung in der Gegenwart betrifft.
Besser geschrieben als Parker, nicht brutal, gelegentlich witzig, unglaublich plastisch und relistisch und dann noch eine gute Geschichte, die bis zum Ende für Überraschungen sorgt. Der Showdown ist ein geschriebener John Woo Film und ich hol mir jetzt die nächsten Bücher von ihm.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Suspenseful 4. Juni 2004
Elvis Cole is once again coming to terms with his life as a private eye in the streets of Los Angeles. He loves his girlfriend Lucy Chenier, but their relationship is stretched to the limit when Cole's job brings danger very close her beloved son Ben. When Ben is snatched from Cole's secluded home, the demons from Elvis's past catch up with him. The kidnappers want retribution for an incident that happened twenty years ago in Vietnam. Now Elvis must embark on a journey into his past to protect his future...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Okay 7. August 2006
Von TKr
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Crais has written better and more plot driven novels which are stronger on dialogue. This is an untypical Cole novel closer to action films than to Raymond Chandler. It's a matter of taste but the voice is defintely not Cole.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Five, five, five STARS! 19. März 2003
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Crais is a favorite of mine because he takes chances and seems to grow with his characters. For four years, fans have been waiting for a new Elvis Cole book -- and this tense, fast paced story will not disappoint many!
Be prepared for the darker tone we saw in L.A. Requiem; there is little for Elvis to wisecrack about; no one has brought him a case to strategically solve, instead he's vilified as the party responsible for the kidnap of Ben Chenier. Crais gives us strong dialogue and emotion, change ups in the story's point of view, some blind alleys and some down right insightful detective work.
Layers of Elvis' past evolve, and, for the first time, we see Joe Pike as vulnerable and unsure. Crais adds Carol Starkey, tough cop from "Demolition Angel" as the Juvenile cop assigned to the case. Starkey and Elvis are a potent mix.
True responsibility for the kidnapping is somewhat easy to guess, but Crais makes up for it by insuring that the story ends in a way that much of life does...everybody loses, but some lose more than most.
If there is a better writer in this genre today than Crais, please let me know who he/she is! Crais' work is outstanding...
Highly recommended, but more so if you've read previous novels in the Cole series. You can't invest as much in Elvis and Joe as characterized here, unless you've glimpsed the past.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not one of Crais's best 9. Januar 2004
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I have been a fan of Robert Crais since I was first captured by Crais's unique and enjoyable style in "Freefall" in the early 90's. "Freefall" was my first Elvis Cole novel, and I was immediately hooked. He quickly became one of my favorite authors. I went on to read every other Cole book I could find, and was sad to see "Hostage" and "Demolition Angel" come out in place of another Elvis story. I was, however, NOT disappointed in either book, as for stand alone novels, these were top notch, well done, fast paced stories that kept you on the edge of your seat.
I was beyond thrilled to hear that Crais was working on another Cole story. But when I got the hard copy of "The Last Detective" in my hands after a very long 4 year wait, I am sorry to say I was highly disappointed.
Gone from this book was Elvis's witty one liners, his fun sense of humor and cast of quirky, odd-ball secondary characters. The thing I've always loved about Elvis is that lying underneath his good-natured humor was a man with good morals, who was absolutely dead serious about getting the job done. Every Elvis book in the past has dealt with serious issues, but not once did Elvis loose the light hearted way in which he dealt with these issues. Unfortunately, that is not the case with "The Last Detective".
There is absolutely no humor in this book, and it is full of darkness, moodiness and a lot of military psycho-babble, which is hard to follow at times and a bit dry. The story is a bit slow, and jumps back and forth from being told in first to third person, making the pace of an already choppy book even choppier. Although I enjoyed "Demolition Angel" and did sympathize with Carol Starkey's dark, moody and foul-mouthed character, and while I applaud Crais's decision to intertwine Starkey with Elvis, I do not think they would make a good romantic pairing, which it appears (if the end of "The Last Detective" is any indication) that Crais is considering for future Cole novels.
The one good part of this book was learning more of Elvis's past. Though that is something I've been longing to be revealed, I would have preferred it to have been done differently somehow, perhaps within in-depth, soul-searching discussions between Elvis and Lucy, or even Elvis and Pike.

All of this said, I am still a huge Crais fan, and will anticipate Crais's next Elvis Cole release. I can only hope that future stories will revert back to his older style of writing, the one which we've come to know and love.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Robert Crais does it again!! 23. Februar 2003
Von Janet Slezak - Veröffentlicht auf
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What can I say about Robert Crais and his Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series that I haven't said before? In my opinion, he is simply the greatest author out there and I knew I didn't have to wonder about whether I would enjoy THE LAST DETECTIVE. It was simply excellent!
Elvis is watching his girlfriend Lucy's 10 year old son Ben while she is out of town, and in a matter of minutes he vanishes. After searching for him and having no luck he gets a phone call from someone telling him that the boy has been kidnapped as "payback for what he did." Poor Elvis has no idea who this person is and contacts the police, but you can bet he is determined to find Ben himself with Joe Pike's help and of course there is never a dull moment. I read it in less than a day because I could not bring myself to put it down.
Robert Crais reveals a part of Elvis that we've never known, and around that writes an excellent story that gives the reader an example of how important having family and friends in our everyday lives is. Although it is filled with the usual suspence of a Crais novel, it is at the same time a touching story.
Add this novel to your MUST READ list now. If you are a Robert Crais fan, or have never read his novels before, you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Well worth waiting for...Bravo! 26. Februar 2003
Von nobizinfla - Veröffentlicht auf
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It was worth the four-year wait for Elvis Cole to return in "The Last Detective" by Robert Crais. I read it in less than 24 hours.
The plot catapults at a relentless pace. Down-to-earth, practical detective work is what solves the crime in this ticking clock child kidnapping. Since the child is the son of Elvis Cole's girl friend, the hunt is both personal and professional...and therefore all the more chilling,
The point of view switches between the characters (Elvis is in the first person) is smooth as silk and most engaging.
The reader learns the clues as they unfold for Elvis, going thru the stages of frustration to hope to possibility to solution with Elvis and his archangel Joe Pike.
The supporting cast, especially Carol Starkey (from "Demolition Angel") is outstanding.
We learn a lot of Elvis' past via flashbacks that propel the plot. The scene from his Vietnam days is as intense as any I have read.
It is a compelling novel that truly showcases depth of Robert Crais as a writer.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A one sitting page-turner! 28. Februar 2003
Von Nick G - Veröffentlicht auf
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Private investigator Elvis Cole and his longtime girlfriend Lucy Chenier are having a tough time making their relationship work. Lucy left her life in Louisiana to be with Elvis in Los Angeles even though she knew the transition would be a hard one, especially for her ten year-old son Ben, but she never dreamed the violence of the city would touch her.
While Lucy is away on business, Elvis is left in charge of Ben, and after a week of quality bonding time, Ben disappears without a trace. Confused as to what has happened, Elvis believes the boy ran away, until a mysterious phone call explains a much more sinister scenario...
The caller states that he has the boy and it's payback for what Elvis has done.
Now with the help of his partner Joe Pike and LAPD Detective Carol Starkey, Elvis must race the clock to save Ben and the key to doing this is a long buried secret from his past.
The highly anticipated `The Last Detective' is easily the best novel yet from Robert Crais, and that's saying a lot! From page one I was held captive by the gripping plot, well drawn characters and shocking twists. Readers of the previous Cole novels will see this as his best outing, and fans of `Demolition Angel' will welcome the appearance of Carol Starkey.
Robert Crais is one of our finest writers of suspense fiction, and with each new novel he gets better and better. With a writing style that is sharp and smooth, pacing that is pitch perfect and plots so tight and suspenseful, Crais creates novels that are intense reading experiences.
Expect to see `The Last Detective' on all the bestseller lists. This truly is a MUST read page-turner, one that I finished in one sitting.
Nick Gonnella
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