Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais
An Elvis Cole Novel (Elvis Cole Novels)

78%

6 Critic Reviews

Some of the twists are more convincing than the last one, which leaves a few loose ends. But it’s great to see Cole...back in action.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Private Investigator Elvis Cole learns that LA fires bring more than heat, they bring his old friend Joe Pike and the past. Cole’s fight to clear his name brings murder and corruption terrifyingly close to home.

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.
 

About Robert Crais

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Robert Crais is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The First Rule, The Sentry, and the #1 bestseller Taken. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published July 1, 2008 by Simon & Schuster. 404 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Chasing Darkness
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average

Some of the twists are more convincing than the last one, which leaves a few loose ends. But it’s great to see Cole...back in action.

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Book Reporter

Good
on Dec 26 2010

Robert Crais does not pull any punches and really gets inside the heads of all his characters. When you read his novels you come away feeling you "know" them personally.

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Suite 101

Excellent
on Jun 30 2008

Chasing Darkness is a riveting page-turner...Fans of the Cole and Joe Pike books will enjoy revisiting the familiar characters, but the book also stands alone well to readers new to the series.

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Bestsellersworld

Good

The Elvis Cole series will no doubt continue as Crais comes up with new ideas and situations to involve this private investigator. And Crais does it with a well-written style that is practically free of profanity and sex. Well done!

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Blogger News Network

Below average
on Nov 23 2008

...not the best book ever in the series...does little to expand the character.

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New York Sun

Excellent
on Jul 09 2008

...if you read for plot...you will like it. If prose that is a model of clarity and, often, elegance is important, you will like it a lot. If great characters are your thing, you will love this book.

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