Voodoo River (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #5)

Voodoo River (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #5)

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by Robert Crais
     
 

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Los Angeles private eye Elvis Cole is hired by a famous television star to find her biological parents, and is drawn into a frightening web of deceit and danger when he discovers that the long-ago adoption was kept secret for a very good reason. From the author of The Monkey's Raincoat and Free Fall. HC: Hyperion.

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Los Angeles private eye Elvis Cole is hired by a famous television star to find her biological parents, and is drawn into a frightening web of deceit and danger when he discovers that the long-ago adoption was kept secret for a very good reason. From the author of The Monkey's Raincoat and Free Fall. HC: Hyperion.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fifth installment in Crais's Elvis Cole series, in which the wisecracking private eye journeys from Los Angeles to Louisiana to trace a client's past. (Apr.)
John B. Clutterbuck
"What a terrific book. Robert Crais...should be mentioned in the same breath as Robert B. Parker, Tony Hillerman, Sue Grafton, and James Lee Burke." -- Houston Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446889056
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
02/19/1996
Series:
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series , #5

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Elizabeth George
"Voodoo River is Robert Crais's best Elvis Cole adventure today. It's Louisana, Cajun food, nonstop action, crisp dialogue, attitude..."

Meet the Author

Robert Crais lives in Los Angeles and is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, including The First Rule, The Sentry, the #1 bestseller Taken, and Suspect. In 2014 the Mystery Writers of America honored Robert Crais with the Grand Master Award.

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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Voodoo River 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my frist Robert Crais book and I don't think I could have gotten a better first impression! With Elvis Cole's twist of humor, it makes the series so much fun to read and enjoy. I found myself not being able to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elvis Cole is one of my favorite PIs. I'm working my way through Crais' books, and have enjoyed them all. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are great characters, and the stories are always interesting. I also liked "The Two Minute Rule", although it doesn't have these two characters in it. Crais can make even a bad husband/father, bank robber, ex con likeable and sympathetic.
MullyJS More than 1 year ago
I keep recommending Robert Crais to my friends. The books take you on a roller and this one was no exception. One minute you're laughing out loud the next you feel the pain of real tragedy unfolding. He's a great mystery writer. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot help but appreciate the humor. The setting for this story - south Louisiana - was well presented and crais accurately depicted the area's unique language, speech, habits and personalities. Good plot as well.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This was a very interesting story. It was suspenseful and had a few surprises!
Carstairs38 8 months ago
Cole and Pike in the Bayou I was on a mystery message board 15 or so years ago when some of the regulars started reading the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike mysteries by Robert Crais. I remember them raving about Voodoo River, so when I realized that was the next in the series for me to read, I was jazzed. Turns out I had a very different reaction to it. Private Investigator Elvis Cole is hired by actress Jodie Taylor, the star of a very successful TV show, to find her birth parents. No, she has no desire to meet them and she doesn’t want anything from them. She only wants to find out about her medical history. Jodie was born in Louisiana, so Cole catches the next flight out. Since Jodie’s adoption files are sealed and Jodie wants all of this kept quiet, Elvis has to figure out a way to find her birth parents without anyone else knowing what he is doing. He’s hardly started his investigation when someone starts following him. Why would someone else be interesting in his investigation? This seems like an interesting case, and the book starts quickly. I was intrigued and settled back for a great ride. Unfortunately, the book is very disjointed and never really develops into a decent mystery. There are long passages that barely contribute to advancing the story. Even when we do finally get to a crime that Elvis starts to care about, things don’t pick up until we get to the climax. That leaves us with hardly any time for a well thought out climax. Instead, we rush through it, and Crais uses his favorite technique, dues ex machina, to get the characters out of the jam he’s put them in. It’s not quite as bad as in some books since he does a little set up for it, but he’s not completely successful at hiding it. Fortunately, the characters do help to carry the novel. Elvis is a fun main character, and his wise cracks help liven up the book. His partner Joe Pike isn’t in much of the book, but I felt he was more of a character here, too. That leaves the new characters, and there are a wide variety of them, most of whom are quite entertaining, although I must admit I had to wonder for a while just which of the female characters Elvis was going to bed, and when. The constant rotation of females in his bed is certainly another thing I could do without in this series. I listened to the audio book narrated again by Mel Foster. He does a good job bringing all the characters to life without getting in the way of the story. My problems with the pacing of the story have nothing to do with his narration. I’m not sure what I’m missing in this book, but it certainly isn’t the best of the series. Voodoo River needed another edit to pick up the pace of the plot and smooth out the climax.
1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Once again, Robert Crais has kept me awake with a great mystery. Don't miss this one.
CarolG70 More than 1 year ago
I REALLY enjoy Robert Crais' books and now I'm reading everything he's written. Except I can't find Free Fall yet. But I will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only reason I never give his books 5 stars is because Cole feeds his cat things that could kill it such as beer, onions, etc. Crais needs to do his research on this because it is no laughing matter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always consistently good story line. I really enjoy my time with Elvis and Joe,
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Drobster More than 1 year ago
Another good read from Crais. A good mix of the culture and climate down in Cajun Country.
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