Free Fall (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #4)

Free Fall (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #4)

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by Robert Crais
     
 

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Private detective Elvis Cole takes Jennifer Sheridan's case, which involves her decorated Los Angeles-cop boyfriend in some mysterious trouble, and Cole and his partner Pike are soon plunged in police corruption, gangs, and the depiction of themselves as armed killers.


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Private detective Elvis Cole takes Jennifer Sheridan's case, which involves her decorated Los Angeles-cop boyfriend in some mysterious trouble, and Cole and his partner Pike are soon plunged in police corruption, gangs, and the depiction of themselves as armed killers.


From the Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Crais's old fashioned detective tale centers on investigators Elvis Cole and Joe Pike as they attempt to uncover a plot against a decorated L.A. police officer. Mel Foster's hard boiled narration creates a strong sense of noir throughout, making it at once a classic mystery and a modern day cop drama. Foster's voice is deep, dark and dry, which brings a likeable, tough persona to Cole and immediately draws listeners into the story. There is a subtle sense of nostalgia in this story as well, sure to please fans of the genre as Foster manages to capture certain trademark characteristics of stock detectives without sounding clichéd. A Crimeline paperback (Reviews, Mar. 29, 1993).
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
L.A. detective Elvis Cole aids a woman distressed by her fiance's involvement in illicit police work in this Edgar nominee. (May)
Wes Lukowsky
Elvis is back. No, not that one . . . the good one, the one who's fun to read about. Elvis Cole, Los Angeles private eye, returns in the fourth installment of a series in which there is way too much time between installments. Jennifer Sheridan wants Elvis to find out what's bothering her fiance, Mark Thurman, an undercover cop with an elite LAPD unit. Jennifer is certain it's not another woman, but Thurman himself tells Elvis the opposite. Elvis breaks the news to Jennifer in a hilarious restaurant scene, but she convinces him to stay on the case. Inevitably, Jennifer's suspicions turn out to be more than wishful thinking. Take the Rodney King case and put this spin on it: the guy with the camera was more interested in blackmail than justice. Pretty soon Elvis and his borderline sociopath partner, Joe Pike, are up to their smoking guns in renegade cops and angry gangs. Crais, who also writes for television ("L.A. Law," "Hill Street Blues"), has created a series hero who is tough, witty, resourceful, and even romantic. Let's face it: we all want to be Elvis Cole when we grow up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307789914
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/04/2011
Series:
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series , #4
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
11,449
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Crais is the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award. He is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including The Two Minute Rule, The Forgotten Man, and L.A. Requiem.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
June 20, 1953
Place of Birth:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Education:
B.S., Louisiana State University, 1976; Clarion Writers Workshop at Michigan State University
Website:
http://www.robertcrais.com

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Free Fall 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read L.A. Requiem I looked for earlier books with Cole & Pike. I found Free Fall and I fell! When you pick up a Robert Crais book put everything else aside as you will not be able to do anything until the last page is read. Highly recommend this book.
DLW10 More than 1 year ago
Another installment of Elvis Cole and his side kick Joe Pike. Definitely worth reading. 226 pages of entertainment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...enjoyed reading this series, funny, entertaining, good escapism from T.V. and video games.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! This author does not let you down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting as usual.
Mikeeman More than 1 year ago
good read with the enigmatic character named Joe Pike making it more entertaining as the reader has to figure him out. He is as mucha mystery as the plot. Elvis gets inot bad situations and Poke bails him out. Nice to have this relationship to go along with the plot of the novel. fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has the name Elvis in it so it must be good!
1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Don't miss this one. As usual, Robert Crais has written another great book. Have read all of his books. Can't wait till the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
The Bottom Drops Out from Cole Fast on This Case When I first tried the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels almost 15 years ago, I stopped after the dark second book in the series. Now that I’ve pushed past that, I’m finding I’m enjoying my visits with these characters. Free Fall is the fourth book in the series, and it’s another good mystery. It’s a pleasant spring day when Jennifer Sheridan walks into Elvis Cole’s PI office. She is concerned about her boyfriend. They’ve been together for years, but suddenly Mark Thurman is hiding something from her, and she’s afraid he’s been involved in a crime. Since he’s a police officer, Jennifer wants Cole to look into it. Cole initially finds a simple, obvious, and believable explanation. However, Jennifer just isn’t buying it. She convinces Cole to look again, and he begins to find things that point to Mark being in serious trouble. What has Mark gotten himself into? Can Cole and his partner Joe Pike get him out of it? The book was first published in 1993, in the shadow of the Rodney King trial. It’s interesting to look back at that considering the issue is back in the news today. It’s also interesting realizing just how much our lives have changed in some other ways in the last 20+ years. In the age before wide spread internet and cell phone use, investigations happened differently. Those elements aside, this is an interesting case, and watching it unfold kept me quite entertained. There are some surprises, both good and bad, along the way, and the stakes keep going up for Elvis, Joe, Jennifer, Mark, and the others in the book. I was left wondering just how things would be resolved until the very end. There aren’t too many recurring characters in this series, so the focus is on the new ones. They are all sharp, and I liked watching them and our opinions of them develop along the way. Elvis is a good main character, and I love spending time with him, which is important since he narrates the book first person. Of course, I do have to issue my normal complaint. Joe Pike still comes across more as a superhero deus ex machina than a real character. This also cuts down on the suspense in a few scenes. Oh, and I really don’t want to ride in the car with author Robert Crais. He must drive like a maniac given some of the travel times he gives for his characters in this book. The book has more language than I would normally read, although I didn’t feel it got gratuitous given the characters involved. Likewise, the violence is more graphic than I would normally read but fits the PI genre perfectly. These are issues to note if you tend to stick to the cozy end of the spectrum like I do, but they didn’t lower my enjoyment of the book. Once again, I listened to the audio version with Mel Foster as the narrator. He continues to do a wonderful job bringing the characters and story to life without getting in the way of the events. So if you’ve overlooked the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels, go back and give them a chance. Now that I’ve finished Free Fall, I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to this duo next.
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