The Last Detective (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #9)

The Last Detective (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #9)

by Robert Crais
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Last Detective (Elvis Cole Series #9) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Last Detective is one of those books that grabs you from the first few pages and keeps you in the 'I hate to put this down' mode throughout the book. Having a peek into Elvis Cole's past adds another demention to his character in this well written book. Joe Pike continues to be a mysterious personality who will come to the aid of the few he truly cares about. He must have a soft spot somewhere ... the cat likes him!! I felt all the characters in the book were well developed. I knew who I liked, didn't like and why. I had read the earlier Elvis Cole books, but with all the other books out there I had not read him again until The Last Detective. I will most definitely go back and read the few I missed. Page turner, excellent read, well plotted, all of those terms we book lovers use, in my humble opinion of course, apply to this latest Robert Crais book.
Carstairs38 22 days ago
Personal Kidnapping I know lots of people who rave about Robert Crais’s books, but I’ve found them to be hit or miss. That’s changed with The Last Detective. Sit back while I rave about this book. As the book opens, Los Angeles based PI Elvis Cole is trying to repair things with Lucy Chenier, he girlfriend. She’s beginning to think that her ex-husband, Richard, is correct that Elvis’s world is too dangerous for her and her ten-year-old son Ben, while Elvis is trying to convince her that some of the events she’s seen since they got together were exceptions to what his life is like. Lucy still does trust Elvis mostly since, while Lucy is out of town for a few days for work, she leaves Ben with Elvis. On the last afternoon, the unthinkable happens – Ben vanishes. After a frantic search of the neighborhood, Elvis gets a phone call. Only it’s not a ransom. The caller tells Elvis this is payback for sins from his past. The only problem is, Elvis doesn’t recognize the voice or know what the caller is talking about. With so many people investigating the case, can Elvis figure out what is really going on in time to save Ben? Lucy and Ben have been in the past few books in the series, and I love these characters, so I was immediately pulled into the story. While most of the book is told from Elvis’s first person point of view, we get scenes from Ben’s point of view and even some from the point of view of Elvis’s partner Joe Pike. This adds to the suspense and our knowledge of what is really going on. Even though I figured out one plot point early on, I was still glued to the story to find out how it would end. Just how engrossed was I in the book? I listened to the audio version narrated by James Daniels. I had already started the book, but I listened to the majority of it while driving to and from an event in Southern California. I was actually disappointed when I got home since I was in a very exciting point and I needed to know what was going on. I might have invented a reason to go out again that night to get just a little bit more of the story. Since the kidnapper is targeting Elvis because of his past, we get our first real look at his past, from his childhood to an extended look at an incidence from his time in Vietnam. At first, I was disappointed because I wanted to know about what was happening to Ben, but then I got caught up in these flashbacks, too. My biggest complaint with previous books has been that the characters, especially Joe Pike, haven’t felt real to me. That wasn’t the case here at all. We are seeing weakness in Joe even as we get to see a different side of Elvis. The rest of the cast are also strong characters. Fans of Crais’s other books will be glad to know that Carol Starkey pops up here. She was first introduced in the standalone Demolition Angel. I feel like we missed a piece of her life between that book and her appearance here, but that’s a very minor issue. As with all of Crais’s books, there is more language and violence than the cozies I normally read. A couple scenes of violence were unnecessary, but I didn’t feel the language was as out of place this time as in some of his other books. Obviously, I can’t praise this book enough. The Last Detective is a thriller that will keep you engrossed until the very last word.
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fabulousgoldfish More than 1 year ago
Another great read by Robert Crais. Highly recommend!
1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! If you're looking for twists & turns, constant action, and don't mind losing sleep......you must read this one!!!!
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Arlene70AL More than 1 year ago
The usual exciting Cole and partner/best friend Joe Pike. Exciting, interesting and gripping. You never know when some random event will turn into a new case for the pair. I love the relationship between these two men and each book is a treat for me. If you like this series, you will like this book.
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glaine More than 1 year ago
Robert Crais is one of the best writers for this genre. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are great.
booberrysue More than 1 year ago
I have found a new author of mystery to read. Robert Crais moves quickly and keeps your attention riveted on the characters and the plot!
fredsbaby More than 1 year ago
Enjoy the Elvis Cole series of Robert Crais's books, very good read.
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Awesome read
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