Authors > Robert Crais

Mystery and Detective writer predominately with the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series of Los Angeles based, hard boiled detective stories. An extension of Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, and Robert B. Parker before him, Crais has perfected the genre with the team of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. Elvis carries the wise cracking, tough guy private eye responsibilities, while Joe Pike delivers the hard boiled muscle.

Mostly set in and around Los Angeles, the stories are packed with action with interesting plots and all aspects of crime fiction. Initially, Joe Pike was merely the silent side kick for Elvis. As the series progresses, both characters back stories have developed and Joe is the focal point for a number of the later books.

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The Monkey's Raincoat

When quiet Ellen Lang enters Elvis Cole's Disney-Deco office, she's lost something very valuable--her husband and her young son. The case seems simple enough, but Elvis isn't thrilled. Neither is his enigmatic partner and firepower, Joe Pike. Their search down the seamy side of Hollywood.

Year: 1987     Genre: Private Eye

L.A. Requiem

The day starts like any other in L.A. The sun burns hot as the Santa Ana winds blow ash from mountain fires to coat the glittering city. But for private investigator Joe Pike, the city will never be the same again. His ex-lover, Karen Garcia, is dead, brutally murdered with a gun shot to the head.

Year: 1999     Genre: ActionMysteryPolice ProceduralPrivate EyeVengeance

The Last Detective

While Lucy is away on business and her ten-year-old son, Ben, is staying with Elvis, the boy vanishes without a trace. When the kidnappers call, it's not for ransom, but for a promise to punish Cole for past sins he claims he didn't commit. With LAPD wrestling over the case and the boy's estranged father attempting to take control of the investigation, Cole vows to find Ben first. But Cole's partner, Joe Pike, knows more about this case than he has said.

Year: 2003     Genre: KidnappingPrivate Eye

The Wanted

When single mother Devon Connor hires private investigator Elvis Cole, it's because her troubled teenage son, Tyson, is flashing cash and she's afraid he's dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two other partners in crime, he's been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of them is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear.

Year: 2017     Genre:

A Dangerous Man

Joe Pike didn't expect to rescue a woman that day. He went to the bank same as anyone goes to the bank, and returned to his Jeep. So when Isabel Roland, the lonely young teller who helped him, steps out of the bank on her way to lunch, Joe is on hand when two men abduct her. Joe chases them down, and the two men are arrested. But instead of putting the drama to rest, the arrests are only the beginning of the trouble for Joe and Izzy.

Year: 2019     Genre: Buried PastKidnapping




1987The Monkey's Raincoat Private Eye, Elvis Cole, Joe Pike
1989Stalking the Angel Private Eye, Stolen Goods, Elvis Cole, Joe Pike
1992Lullaby Town Private Eye, Elvis Cole, Joe Pike, New York City
1993Free Fall Private Eye, Corruption, Elvis Cole, Joe Pike, Los Angeles
1995Voodoo River Elvis Cole, Joe Pike
1996Sunset Express Private Eye, Elvis Cole, Joe Pike
1997Indigo Slam Elvis Cole, Joe Pike
1999L.A. Requiem Action, Mystery, Police Procedural, Private Eye, Vengeance, Elvis Cole, Joe Pike
2000Demolition Angel Police Procedural
2001Hostage Hostage, Police Procedural
2003The Last Detective Kidnapping, Private Eye, Elvis Cole, Joe Pike
2005The Forgotten Man Elvis Cole, Joe Pike
2006The Two Minute Rule Crime Fiction
2007The Watchman Thriller, Elvis Cole, Joe Pike
2008Chasing Darkness Thriller, Elvis Cole, Joe Pike
2010The First Rule Elvis Cole, Joe Pike
2011The Sentry Elvis Cole, Joe Pike
2012Taken Elvis Cole, Joe Pike
2013Suspect Police Procedural
2015The Promise Elvis Cole, Joe Pike
2017The Wanted Elvis Cole, Joe Pike
2019A Dangerous Man Buried Past, Kidnapping, Elvis Cole, Joe Pike