The Last Detective
Elvis Cole is once again coming to terms with his life as a PI on the streets of LA. He loves his girlfriend, Lucy Chenier, but his constant exposure to the Californian underclasses has stretched their relationship to the limit - especially when Cole's job brings danger too close to her beloved son. The young boy, Ben, is rapidly becoming the light in both their lives. Then one sunny afternoon, the demons from Elvis's past finally come to visit. Ben is snatched from Cole's secluded home. The kidnappers call. They don't want money. They only want retribution. But who from his past is capable of such a crime? The only clue is that the kidnappers mention the words 'five-two'. Five-two was his unit designation in Vietnam - a life he has avoided thinking about for over twenty years. Now Elvis must embark on a journey into his own past to try to protect his future. For it seems that this kidnapper is not only someone who knows him, but someone who owes him.
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 158 x 234 x 38mm | 621.43g
- 20 Feb 2003
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
The author of LA Requiem, Hostage, Demolition Angel and other big-selling novels has produced a new one which sounds hugely saleable. I have only had a chance to read the opening 50 pages or so, which tell how private eye Elvis Cole is looking after his girlfriend's son Ben when he is kidnapped under Elvis's nose from his house outside LA. The kidnapper telephones saying, "I've got the boy. This is payback." Also mentioned is 'Five-two', which was his unit's designation in Vietnam. That is another part of his life which he has not thought of for 20 years, but it is obvious that retribution is what the kidnappers are after, not money, and he's going to have to look back into his past if he is to secure the future. His latest thriller looks like another big bestseller for this American author, and has an explosive beginning.
About Robert Crais
Robert Crais is the author of nine previous novels, including HOSTAGE and the international bestsellers, DEMOLITION ANGEL and the Edgar-nominated L.A. REQUIEM. He has two additional Edgar nominations and Anthony and Macavity Awards for his Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series of crime novels. Crais has also written for such acclaimed television shows as L.A. LAW and HILL STREET BLUES. DEMOLITION ANGEL is currently in development as a major motion picture by Columbia/Tristar and producer Laurence Mark (JERRY MAGUIRE, AS GOOD AS IT GETS). He lives in Los Angeles.