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Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole Novel (Elvis…

Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole Novel (Elvis Cole Novels) (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Robert Crais

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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.
Title:Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole Novel (Elvis Cole Novels)
Authors:Robert Crais
Info:Pocket Books (2009), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 408 pages
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Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais (2008)

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    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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Elvis Cole #11 ( )
  Ronald.Marcil | Jul 7, 2019 |
Laurel Canyon, Contemporary (p.2008)
1 Wildfire Evacuation that turns up
1 Apparent Suicide with Evidence of
7 Murdered Young Women

1 Private Investigator relying on
1 Formerly Proven Alibi
1 Former Bomb Squad Cop turned Detective
1 Very Secretive Task Force
Questionable Methods of Investigation
1 Nervous Defense Lawyer

1 Local Politician
1 Political Career Consultancy
1 Ambitious Deputy Chief
3 Protective Brothers
Many, Many Twists

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One thing I will say for this novel, just when I would think I had figured things out, another twist came and surprised me, keeping me off-balance. I enjoyed the cleverness of the plot, though I will admit that I didn't really care much about wise-cracking Elvis Cole or taciturn Joe Pike, nor Elvis' relationship with Carol Sharkey (though perhaps I would have felt differently if I had read more in the series - though you don't need to in order to enjoy this one). Chasing Darkness is fun, and it reads a bit like a few episodes of an LA set detective show - not necessarily a bad thing if that's what you're in the mood for, but also not particularly memorable. ( )
  Caramellunacy | Jan 29, 2019 |
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  bienhoa | Jan 10, 2019 |
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 |
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