The Last Detective

The Last Detective

Book - 2002
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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-supressed memories of his service in Vietnam.

Blackwell North Amer
Elvis Cole's relationship with attorney Lucy Chenier is strained. When she moved from Louisiana to join Elvis in Los Angeles, she never dreamed that violence would so easily touch her life. But then the unthinkable happens. While Lucy is away on business and her ten-year-old son, Ben, is staying with Elvis, Ben disappears without a trace. Desperate to believe that the boy has run away, Elvis soon receives a phone call that suggests a much darker scenario.
Joining forces with his enigmatic partner, Joe Pike, Elvis frantically searches for Ben with the help of LAPD Detective Carol Starkey, even as Lucy's wealthy, oil-industry ex-husband attempts to wrest away control of the investigation. Amid the maelstrom of personal conflicts, Elvis and Joe are forced to consider a troubling and recurring possibility - that Ben's disappearance is not random, but is connected to a terrible long-held secret from Elvis Cole's past.
Venturing deep inside a complex psyche, Robert Crais explores Elvis's search for family - the military that embraced him as a troubled adolescent, his rock-solid partnership with Pike, and his floundering relationship with Lucy - as he races the clock in his search for Ben.

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When the son of his longtime girlfriend, Lucy, mysteriously vanishes, Elvis Cole finds himself encumbered by his personal demons, the dark secrets of his childhood, and haunting long-suppressed memories of his service in Vietnam, which threaten to destroy his world. 140,000 first printing. $140,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday , c2002
ISBN: 9780385504263
Branch Call Number: F CRA
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 24 cm


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Jan 18, 2018

I was introduced to Robert Crais by reading a couple of his more recent novels. I went back and started the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series. I found this novel to be very informative as the characters of Cole and Pike. I enjoyed the book very much.

Mar 07, 2015

Enough background to make this a standalone novel. Too much for one in this series, but I really enjoyed this one. As I have this whole series. Well worth the read.

Oct 09, 2011

Another great one.

Feb 26, 2011

I really enjoyed this book, almost to the point I couldn't put it down. The end was a bit anticlimatic but the rest of the book was pretty good


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