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Sunset Express (1996)

by Robert Crais

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Yet another solid outing from Crais. No surprises in the plot. One knows, almost from the beginning, that the Dream Team of lawyers is really a nightmare. The ending was excellent, showing that with imagination one can get even without being straight-jacketed by the court system. Best line of any Crais novel -- "So sue me." ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 23, 2014 |
Read this following Voodoo River, and from elements in the story, this is the following book. Nice to see some returning characters, but they did not have much to do with the main mystery of the story. Shady events and dirty deals drive murder and double crosses, causing serious trouble for Elvis and his pal, Joe Pike. All does get straightened out in the end. ( )
  susanbeamon | Aug 2, 2014 |
From Wikipedia Sunset Express is a 1996 detective novel by Robert Crais. It is the sixth in a series of linked novels centering on the private investigator Elvis Cole. It won the Shamus Award and was named as one of the "Best Books of 1996" by Publishers Weekly. Read more - Shopping-Enabled Wikipedia on Amazon From Publishers Weekly The public's readiness to believe the worst of its police forces is an undercurrent in the latest case (after Voodoo River) for Southern California PI Elvis Cole. Beginning with the discovery of a corpse off Mulholland Drive in suburban L.A., the plot uncovers high-level venality, advances the romance of the ever-engaging Cole with Louisiana lawyer Lucy Chenier and reveals some of the past of Joe Pike, Cole's enigmatic, seriously strange sidekick. Soon after the body of Susan Martin is found in a garbage bag, Detective Angela Rossi discovers evidence that implicates the victim's husband, wealthy mover and shaker Teddy Martin. Unfortunately, Rossi is under a cloud, having been accused of falsifying evidence in a previous case. Martin's attorney, Jonathan Green, considered one of the country's top five criminal defense attorneys, hires Cole after arriving at his office with a video and sound crew, to investigate Rossi. Though Cole's investigation clears Rossi, Green's subsequent announcement that Cole has proven her guilt, puts the PI at odds with the LAPD, forces him to examine Green's motives in the case and, finally, puts him on a course to correct the series of wrongs in the case that have prompted Lucy to observe: "The law is not about justice." $150,000 ad/promo; author tour.
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  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Elvis Cole does it again. He is one slick dude. And then there's' Joe Pike, the intimidator. These guys rank right up there with Spenser & Hawk. Get hooked on this series and you won't stop until you read every one ( )
  hayduke | Apr 3, 2013 |
After finishing the book, I did a little "research" and found that Crais was inspired by the 1995 OJ Simpson murder trial. His descriptions and characterizations of the events in the story capture the essence of what Los Angeles was like. Everyone connected with the case became a "celebrity." Elvis Cole is a character that fits well in his time and place; Joe Pike is a little too mystical. Although not mentioned in this book, Cole is a neighbor of Harry Bosch. Good reading, great ending. ( )
  Roycrofter | Mar 28, 2013 |
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For Leonard Isaacs, who opened the door, and for Kate Wilhelm and Damon Knight, who invited me in.
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The sky above the San Fernando Valley that Saturday morning was a deep blue, washed clean of the dirt and chemical particulates that typically color L.A. air by a breeze that burbled out of the San Gabriel Mountains and over the flat valley floor and across the high ridge of the Santa Monica Mountains.
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Prominent restaurateur Teddy Martin is facing charges in his wife’s brutal murder. But he’s not going down without spending a bundle of cash on his defense. So his hotshot attorney hires P.I. Elvis Cole to find proof that Detective Angela Rossi tampered with the evidence. Rossi needs a way back to the fast track after falling hard during an internal investigation five years ago. But Cole needs to know if she’s desperate enough to falsify the case against Martin in order to secure her own position. As Cole and his partner Joe Pike work their way through a tangle of witnesses and an even greater tangle of media, they begin to suspect that it’s not the police who are behind the setup.

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Prominent restaurateur Teddy Martin is facing charges in his wife's brutal murder. But he's not going down without spending a bundle of cash on his defense. So his hotshot attorney hires P.I. Elvis Cole to find proof that Detective Angela Rossi tampered with the evidence. Rossi needs a way back to the fast track after falling hard during an internal investigation five years ago. But Cole needs to know if she's desperate enough to falsify the case against Martin in order to secure her own position. As Cole and his partner Joe Pike work their way through a tangle of witnesses and an even greater tangle of media, they begin to suspect that it's not the police who are behind the setup.… (more)

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