It was almost impossible to put this book down. The characters' personal stress and the search for the kidnapper and missing child kept me in suspense from the very beginning. Crais knows how to involve the reader.
Elvis Cole loves his girlfriend, Lucy, but his job as a PI on the streets of Los Angeles has stretched their relationship to the limit--especially when it brings danger too close to Lucy's beloved son, Ben.
But at last things seem to be getting better, and when Lucy is out of town, she leaves Ben in Elvis's care. Then Ben disappears. One minute he's playing on his computer in Elvis's house, the next he has vanished. Elvis receives a phone call: "I've got the boy; this is payback." They don't want money, they want retribution. And Elvis must embark on a journey into his own past if he is to protect his future.
I had missed reading this book of Robert Crais' in some sort of order while reading through his Elvis Cole/Joe Pike books. I could tell it would be a good one and it didn't disappoint. I'm just sorry I had read another book that was written after this one and knew how it ended.
I highly recomment this as another great Elivis Cole/Joe Pike mystery.
PI Elis Cole's relationship with attorney Lucy Chenier is becoming strained. When she moved from Louisiana to be with Elvis in Los Angeles, she never dreamed that voilence could touch her life so easily. But then the unthinkable happens. While Lucy is away on business and her young son Ben is staying with Elvis, Ben vanishes. Desperate to believe that the boy has run away, Elvis begins a frantic search. But evidence soon mounts to suggest a much darker scenario than Elvis could ever have imagined.
As Lucy's wealthy ex-husband attempts to wrest control of the investigation away, Elvis and his partner, Joe Pike, are forced to consider a troubling lead one indicating that Ben's disappearance is connected to a terrible, long-held secret from Elvis's troubled past...
ELVIS IS AN ACTING FATHER-IN-LIEU FOR HIS GIRL FRIENDS SON. THEN THE BOY IS KIDNAPPED AND HERE COMES MOTHER, SCARED TO DEATH, AND EX-HUSBAND, NEGLIGENT FATHER. ELVIS IS SCARED BUT DETERMINED. ENLISTS JOE PIKE FOR HELP. GOOD STORY OF TRACKING DOWN EVIDENCE, THINKING LIKE THE KIDNAPPER, AND WORKING THE CLUES.
Crais at his best. We get to really know Elvis and Joe in this installment in the Cole series. Crais is such a good writer, you get wrapped up in the story and the characters. Can't wait to read the next one!!
Elvis Cole's relationship is already strained with his girlfriend who has recently moved with her 10 year old son from Baton Rouge to L.A. in order to be nearer Elvis. It become worse when her son is staying with Elvis while she is out of town on business. Ben, mysteriously disappears just minutes before she returns.
The kidnapper makes a call to Elvis with threats to punish him for past deeds which Elvis knows nothing about.
Many twists and turns involve international gorillas and Ben's natural father before the mystery is solved.
Robert Crais has a talent for creating characters, and by extension, his stories, by building small piece by small piece, and thereby creating a coherent whole. Every book, in the Elvis Cole series, beginning with "Monkey's Raincoat", has followed this pattern. in "The Last Detective" there is, perhaps, more introspection for both of the lead characters, Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, than in any of the previous books in the series. It's like Crais said to himself before he started on this one, "I'm creating a story that will really flesh out everything the readers know about these guys, and expand on it". If that was his intention, he is extraordinarily successful. The story is deep, and engrossing, well told, almost mesmerizing in parts.
James Daniels is the perfect embodiment for the Elvis Cole character - so believable. I'm now listening to "The Forgotten Man", and it just keeps getting better.
Because of the way Crais builds his characters, block by block, I would advise to start this series at the beginning. Crais repeats very little information learned from the earlier books, he really keeps it to a minimum, so if you start in the middle, you'll miss some key points about the characters.
I'm so glad I discovered Crais, he's up there with the best of them; happy reading!
P.I. Elvis Cole's relationship with attorney Lucy Chenier is strained. But it becomes even more tense when 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 parter, 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...
An interesting and suspenseful read.