Sunset Express (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #6)

Sunset Express (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #6)

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Sunset Express (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #6) by Robert Crais, David Stuart

The author of The Monkey's Raincoat returns with wisecracking private eye Elvis Cole, who finds himself embroiled in a controversial LA murder case. When a wealthy entrepreneur appears to have murdered his wife, a hot-shot defense attorney takes the case and hires Elvis to find proof that the LAPD tampered with the evidence. But as Elvis investigates, he becomes more suspicious of the media-loving lawyer than the cops. Simultaneous hardcover release from Hyperion. 3 cassettes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469265759
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Series: Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series , #6
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 890,914
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

ROBERT CRAIS is the author of many novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Last Detective, Hostage, and L.A. Requiem. Learn more about his work at


Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

June 20, 1953

Place of Birth:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana


B.S., Louisiana State University, 1976; Clarion Writers Workshop at Michigan State University

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Sunset Express (Elvis Cole Series #6) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently picked up a Crais book for the first time. Outstanding. Accordingly, I then got the order of publication and have methodically read them one after the other. All have been outstanding. And I just finished Sunset Express. This book is a CLASSIC. The best detective novel I have ever read. Publishers Weekly voted it a 'best book of the year' and they are right on target. Elvis and Joe are at the top of my list. Headed for the book store to buy several more and you SHOULD TOO. I rarely rate a book as ' a page turner not to be put down.' This book redefines that image. Do not pass Go, pick it up now and read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tongue in cheek humor throughout, twists and turns, and always the interesting relationship between Cole and Pike. Read it!
nhayes More than 1 year ago
Robert has it down. You get into the book from the start and it keeps you until the end. All of Roberts books are a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Keeps moving. Always with great humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great characters. Not perfect but just about human. Joe and Elvis are just about the best characters in fiction today. The stories leave me guessing. The locations are so descriptive I can just about feel the heat( and that feels good in the middle of winter in Minnesota) and just about smell the tar. If I ever visit Los Angeles I doubt that I will need a map.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Robert Crais novel that I read and I enjoyed it. Elvis Cole is a likable character.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Robert Crais tells a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read! It was suspenseful and I found myself throwing my arm in the air and saying "yes" a number of times! I am looking forward to the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great plot
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Who Can Elvis and Joe Trust? While I have had my issues with the Elvis Cole mysteries by Robert Crais, I’ve still found them enjoyable enough to continue listening to them on audio. I’m glad, too, since Sunset Express is the best in the series to date. It’s been three months since we last saw PI Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike. They’ve been hired by Jonathan Green, something of a legend in the defense attorney crowd, as part of his latest case. Teddy Martin, a rich kid who has gotten richer thanks to his restaurants, has been arrested for killing his wife, and the Big Green Defense Machine is trying to find anything they can to prove his innocence. They initially hire Elvis to see if there is anything to the rumors that the cop who found the murder weapon plants evidence, but it isn’t long before Elvis is also tracking down tips that come into the tip hotline that’s been set up. But something doesn’t feel right to Elvis, and the more he gets involved in the case, the more he feels that way. Is he helping an innocent man? Or is he being set up himself? The plot of this book is a lot of fun. Things slow down for Elvis and us a bit at one point, but that is the only issue with the pacing. In fact, it builds to a wonderful climax that had me glad I had several hours in the car planned so I could see how everything played out. Plus, he didn’t have to resort to a dues ex machina ending to resolve things this time around. In addition to Elvis and Joe, we also get a couple of characters who return from the previous book in the series. I was thrilled to see them, especially since it meant that, for once, Elvis didn’t have women throwing themselves at him. That’s been an irritant for me in earlier books as every available woman seemed to want to go to bed with Elvis. Anyway, we actually get several cameos from previous books, and that’s a fun touch. We also get some great new characters here that were created just for this story. Even with everything else firing on all cylinders, the author still can’t stop himself from putting in a scene that serves little purpose except to increase the foul language count. Yes, I know people use it, but there is a scene where we didn’t need to hear it and does little more than pad the word count with swear words. That’s my only real complaint with the novel. David Stuart took over as the narrator on this audio book. I must admit I had to adjust to his take on things and the characters, especially Joe Pike. But as I got into the story, I noticed the changes less and less. If you go into this book with no preconceived ideas, you won’t notice at all because he really did a great job with the narration. When Robert Crais is on, his books are great. Sunset Express is a fantastic PI novel and addition to the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series. Here’s hoping the next is just as strong.
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Interesting read
1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Another great read by this author. Don't miss this one!!!
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nicelynicely More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best Elvis Cole/Joe Pike stories yet. I enjoyed every page and recommend it highly to anyone who is a fan of mystery novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the entire Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series. I purchased #8 because it was very inexpensive. I enjoyed it so much, I paid far more than I normally would and have now read books one through 15. I eagerly await #16. Book #6 was quick, fun and at certain points, edge of your seat reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story as usual!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Favorite author. Always a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bn, can you please investigate and put a stop to these kids using the book review site for these silly cat roleplaying games? This is not the place for them.
jack1932 More than 1 year ago
My first Crais book, look I look forward to getting more of his books. I like Elvis & Joe Pike. . .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When his books are purchased they are very good!!
jbmom2dachs More than 1 year ago
Very good - I certainly didn't expect some of the plot twists in this mystery. I enjoyed this adventure almost as much as his "Suspect" novel.
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