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Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole Novel (Elvis Cole Novels) (2008)

by Robert Crais

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Series: Elvis Cole (11)

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    The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler (Bookmarque)
    Bookmarque: If you liked the more noir-ish voice Crais comes back to here, give Chandler a go - TLS is his best IMO.
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in L.A. — 2 detectives Joe Pike / Elvis Cole — good plot — gruesome murders — twist at the end.

It's fire season, and the hills of Los Angeles are burning. When police and fire department personnel rush door to door in a frenzied evacuation effort, they discover the week-old corpse of an apparent suicide. But the gunshot victim is less gruesome than what they find in his lap: a photo album of seven brutally murdered young women -- one per year, for seven years. And when the suicide victim is identified as a former suspect in one of the murders, the news turns Elvis Cole's world upside down.
  christinejoseph | Sep 20, 2017 |
Evidence uncovered by Elvis Cole was instrumental in exonerating a man accused of the serial murder of several women. Since that time two additional women have been murdered. Now the man is found dead in an apparent suicide and on the floor in front of his chair is an album containing the photos of each of the murdered women, taken as they were in the act of dying. Even more telling, his fingerprints and DNA are all over the album and on each of the individual photos.

This entry in the Elvis Cole, Joe Pike series focuses on Elvis' attempts to discover the truth behind the mystery. He's certain the dead man did not commit the murder so some complicated plot must be afoot. Why did he commit suicide or was he murdered and the scene staged to appear like a suicide? Who is the serial killer? Evidence points to a powerful Commissioner and the top brass in the police department appear to be involved in a cover-up designed to direct attention away from the Commissioner? Who is the mysterious newspaper reporter supposedly writing a book about the dead man and who is the mysterious woman who took meals to him?

Crais' writing is again distinguished by his clever use of smilies, metaphors, and bon mots. His descriptions of the physical scene is never intrusive but he has a way or bringing scenes to life with only a few words.

My only criticism is his inconsistent treatment of Carol Sharkey and John Chen. Chen's personality appears to change from novel to novel as does Sharkey's relationship with Crais. His treatment of these characters in Chasing Darkness almost makes it seem like this book was written before a couple of the previous works and withheld from publication. ( )
  Tatoosh | Sep 11, 2017 |
Three years ago Elvis was called to help Lionel Byrd from being falsely convicted of murder. Elvis found evidence that Byrd couldn't have done it. Now, Byrd's dead body has been found with evidence which links him to the murders. Elvis feels that he has to rectify a possible mistake. Nothing too new here... Lots of action... ( )
  creighley | Sep 21, 2016 |
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It's fire season, and the hills of Los Angeles are burning. When police and fire department personnel rush door to door in a frenzied evacuation effort, they discover the week-old corpse of an apparent suicide. But the gunshot victim is less gruesome than what they find in his lap: a photo album of seven brutally murdered young women -- one per year, for seven years. And when the suicide victim is identified as a former suspect in one of the murders, the news turns Elvis Cole's world upside down. Three years earlier Lionel Byrd was brought to trial for the murder of a female prostitute named Yvonne Bennett. A taped confession coerced by the police inspired a prominent defense attorney to take Byrd's case, and Elvis Cole was hired to investigate. It was Cole's eleventh-hour discovery of an exculpatory videotape that allowed Lionel Byrd to walk free. Elvis was hailed as a hero. But the discovery of the death album in Byrd's lap now brands Elvis as an unwitting accomplice to murder. Captured in photographs that could only have been taken by the murderer, Yvonne Bennett was the fifth of the seven victims -- two more young women were murdered after Lionel Byrd walked free. So Elvis can't help but wonder -- did he, Elvis Cole, cost two more young women their lives?

My Thoughts:

Think you know "who done it"? You will guess again and again and again in this latest Elvis Cole/Joe Pike offering. As usual Crais's characters are filled with the energy of actual people who have to find a way through the utter chaos of life and to hopefully grow through the trial and tribulations that are placed in front of them. Elvis Cole is still his sarcastic self but a more serious side of his personality comes out in this novel, as he deals with the family members who hold him responsible for the deaths of their children and siblings. The ever silent and dangerous Joe Pike is still at Cole's side, but he plays a much smaller role this time around. The few scenes that Pike is in, however, are powerful and almost steal the show from our hard-working and wisecracking detective. All in all another excellent novel in this outstanding series.

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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
A former murder suspect that Cole had helped exonerate is discovered dead, an apparent suicide, apparently remorseful for the murder of a series of young women.
This puts Cole in the line of fire both from the police and from the relatives of murder victims that suffered since the suspect's release.
There appears to be a massive cover-up and Cole finds things getting extremely muddy.
This was a well-written story. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743281640, Hardcover)

Elvis Cole is Back--In a Desperate Fight to Clear his Name...

It's fire season, and the hills of Los Angeles are burning. When police and fire department personnel rush door to door in a frenzied evacuation effort, they discover the week-old corpse of an apparent suicide. But the gunshot victim is less gruesome than what they find in his lap: a photo album of seven brutally murdered young women -- one per year, for seven years. And when the suicide victim is identified as a former suspect in one of the murders, the news turns Elvis Cole's world upside down.

Three years earlier Lionel Byrd was brought to trial for the murder of a female prostitute named Yvonne Bennett. A taped confession coerced by the police inspired a prominent defense attorney to take Byrd's case, and Elvis Cole was hired to investigate. It was Cole's eleventh-hour discovery of an exculpatory videotape that allowed Lionel Byrd to walk free. Elvis was hailed as a hero.

But the discovery of the death album in Byrd's lap now brands Elvis as an unwitting accomplice to murder. Captured in photographs that could only have been taken by the murderer, Yvonne Bennett was the fifth of the seven victims -- two more young women were murdered after Lionel Byrd walked free. So Elvis can't help but wonder -- did he, Elvis Cole, cost two more young women their lives?

Shut out of the investigation by a special LAPD task force determined to close the case, Elvis Cole and Joe Pike desperately fight to uncover the truth about Lionel Byrd and his nightmare album of death -- a truth hidden by lies, politics, and corruption in a world where nothing is what it seems to be.

Chasing Darkness is a blistering thriller from the bestselling author who sets the standard for intense, powerful crime writing.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:19 -0400)

Elvis was a hero when he cleared an innocent man of a murder charge. But when that innocent man is found dead three years later holding photos of the victim, Elvis is the one on trial.

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