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The last detective by Robert Crais

The last detective (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Robert Crais

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Title:The last detective
Authors:Robert Crais
Info:New York : Doubleday, c2003.
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The Last Detective by Robert Crais (2003)

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P.I. Elvis Cole’s relationship with attorney Lucy Chenier is strained. Then the unthinkable happens. 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 the 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. Pike lives in a world where dangerous men commit crimes beyond all reckoning. Now, one of those men is alive and well in L.A.—and calling Elvis Cole to war.

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Be prepared for the darker tone we saw in the previous books. There is little for Elvis to wisecrack about; no one has brought him a case to strategically solve, instead he's vilified as the party responsible for the kidnap of Ben Chenier. Crais gives us strong dialogue and emotion, change ups in the story's point of view, some blind alleys and some down right insightful detective work. Layers of Elvis' past evolve, and, for the first time, we see Joe Pike as vulnerable and unsure. The writing is first rate, the action is nonstop, and there are many surprises...just what we have come to expect from Robert Crais. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
A fairly well-written book, except for the fact that the guilty party was easily guessed quite early on--and that was before it was revealed to the reader in a scene not witnessed by the characters in the book.
Cole's girlfriend's son is kidnapped and Cole, with Pike, races against time to try and figure out who dunnit. Because he is so intimately involved with the case other's try to shut him out, but he is determined to bring the little boy home.
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  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
Very good compelling plot -- his main characters are well drawn. Even his villains seem fairly well fleshed out. Strong women characters too. I didn't like seeing Pike vulnerable but that was part of creating believable characters. More back story on Elvis as well. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
completed 10.11.14 cole and pike unravel kidnapping of son by his father; immoral mercenaries are the baddies ; good page turner ( )
  Papa51 | Oct 12, 2014 |
Elvis Cole is babysitting his girlfriend, Lucy's son Ben. Ben suddenly disappears from Cole's back yard and the abduction is by someone very good at hiding their presence. Lucy's EX makes a big deal out how his son was put in danger by her dating PI Cole as he has always disliked the man who caused his EX and son to move from New Orleans to LA.

Cole calls in his partner Joe Pike to help. The police and FBI want them out of the case as does the EX as he has hired New Orleans police to help. As Cole & Pike research the abduction, they realize that they are up against mercenaries who have no qualms about killing the boy or anyone else.

Be ready for the twist at the end although I suspected it before it was revealed. This is my third Elvis Cole novel and I have thoroughly enjoy them all. This one lacked the descriptions of the Los Angeles area that the other two did and which I am sure make them wonderful reads for an LA resident; however the plot was interesting with twists and turns that make this genre fun to read. ( )
  lamour | Aug 18, 2014 |
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Don't start reading The Last Detective with much on your calendar. This tense, satisfying thriller will glue you to your chair, as private eye Elvis Cole--the star of eight previous Robert Crais novels, prior to the Cole-less Demolition Angel and Hostage--faces his toughest case: the abduction of his girlfriend's son, 10-year-old Ben Chenier, who was staying with Elvis when he was snatched.

Panic at Ben's disappearance turns to terror when the kidnapper phones to reveal his apparent motive, a dark secret from Elvis's past. But the plot thickens and twists, and then twists again, as Elvis and his longtime buddy, tough guy Joe Pike, race the clock against a group of villains as sinister as they are capable. The author mixes Elvis's first-person narration with third-person sections that describe other points of view--a risky technique, but Crais makes it work. He also does a fine job resurrecting the wisecracking Elvis of earlier books while imbuing him with a new depth and darkness.

This dazzlingly plotted, crisply told story is threaded with real detection (what a rarity!) and peopled by characters you can't help but care about--including Carol Starkey, the haunted bomb-squad cop from Demolition Angel, who's now a juvenile-abduction detective. Crais has long been getting better with each book, and The Last Detective continues the pattern. --Nicholas H. Allison

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When the son of his long-time girlfriend, Lucy, goes missing, Elvis Cole finds himself encumbered by his personal demons, the dark secrets of his childhood, and long-suppressed memories of his service in Vietnam.

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