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January 11, 2010
The First Rule A Joe Pike Novel Robert Crais G.P. Putnam's Sons: 308 pp., $26.95
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August 20, 2013 | By Robert Crais
When Elmore Leonard died Tuesday -- at 87, still working on his 46th book -- we asked some of our favorite authors to share their thoughts about him. Robert Crais, the bestselling author of the 2012 thriller "Suspect" and the Elvis Cole crime series that began with "L.A. Requiem," has this remembrance. Most people knew him from "Get Shorty" or  "Justified," or "Be Cool" or "Bandits," and so this may surprise you, me being a crime writer and all, but my favorites are his westerns, "Valdez Is Coming" and "Hombre.
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August 20, 2013 | By Robert Crais
When Elmore Leonard died Tuesday -- at 87, still working on his 46th book -- we asked some of our favorite authors to share their thoughts about him. Robert Crais, the bestselling author of the 2012 thriller "Suspect" and the Elvis Cole crime series that began with "L.A. Requiem," has this remembrance. Most people knew him from "Get Shorty" or  "Justified," or "Be Cool" or "Bandits," and so this may surprise you, me being a crime writer and all, but my favorites are his westerns, "Valdez Is Coming" and "Hombre.
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January 27, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
"Suspect," Robert Crais' 19th crime novel, which hit bookstores last week, introduces two new characters (and one new species) to the award-winning L.A. author's repertoire - LAPD cop Scott James and his K-9 partner, Maggie. The former TV writer, born in Louisiana, is perhaps best known for his 15 books featuring unorthodox detective Elvis Cole and his stone-faced partner, Joe Pike. "Suspect" is about an LAPD officer and an ex-military dog who both have PTSD, which makes them suspect.
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April 22, 2012
Event: Robert Crais in conversation with Times Film Critic Kenneth Turan When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Bing Theater on the USC campus For more information: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks
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June 10, 1999
* Author of the new novel "L.A. Requiem." Literary Explorations: Weekends are a wonderful time to search for settings to use in my books. I was jogging around Lake Hollywood and thought it a very L.A. kind of place to find a body, so that's what I did in "L.A. Requiem." I found a park in the mountains above Encino that had once been a Cold War missile base and thought it a fine place for a clandestine meeting, so it's in the new book also. I call these exploratory wanderings of mine "research."
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January 26, 2011
The Sentry A Joe Pike Novel Robert Crais G.P. Putnam's Sons: 306 pp., $26.95
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January 26, 2011 | By Paula L. Woods, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"If a zombie appeared, Daniel planned to jump out the window after it and rip its putrid, unnatural flesh to pieces with his teeth. He was, after all, a werewolf, which was why he was such a good hunter and killer. Werewolves feared nothing. " Mystery readers may wonder if they've been drop-kicked into the wrong genre as they read the unsettling prologue to Robert Crais' new thriller "The Sentry. " Set in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina, the prologue introduces the phantasmagorical Tobey and Cleo along with their master, Daniel, who has just killed Tolliver James and his girlfriend while trying to learn the whereabouts of two people he's seeking.
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February 25, 2007 | Will Beall, Will Beall, a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, is the author of "L.A. Rex."
JUST as Charlie Rich and Buck Owens once emulated Elvis Presley, mystery authors of the last 30 years pay homage to Robert B. Parker's redoubtable Spenser and his urban samurai, Hawk. Spenser and Hawk still cast long shadows across our pulp landscape. In fact, no self-respecting fictional private investigator works without a larger-than-life, extralegal sidekick. For his diverting Spenser clone, Myron Bolitar, author Harlan Coben has cleverly recast Hawk as a lethal WASP named Wynn.
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February 26, 2006 | Kristina Lindgren, Kristina Lindgren is an editor with Book Review.
ROBERT CRAIS kick-starts his new novel with two commando-clad meth heads, high on crystal and paint fumes -- not just any paint, but Krylon Royal Blue Metallic, "a warrior's color" -- spraying bullets in a bank on L.A.'s Westside. The tweakers have bagged $16 million in 12 earlier bank heists. This time, hyped as well on equal parts power and greed, the huffers break the cardinal rule of bank robbers : Never linger more than two minutes; even if you haven't gotten the cash, just walk away.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2012
Event: Robert Crais in conversation with Times Film Critic Kenneth Turan When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Bing Theater on the USC campus For more information: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2011
The Sentry A Joe Pike Novel Robert Crais G.P. Putnam's Sons: 306 pp., $26.95
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2011 | By Paula L. Woods, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"If a zombie appeared, Daniel planned to jump out the window after it and rip its putrid, unnatural flesh to pieces with his teeth. He was, after all, a werewolf, which was why he was such a good hunter and killer. Werewolves feared nothing. " Mystery readers may wonder if they've been drop-kicked into the wrong genre as they read the unsettling prologue to Robert Crais' new thriller "The Sentry. " Set in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina, the prologue introduces the phantasmagorical Tobey and Cleo along with their master, Daniel, who has just killed Tolliver James and his girlfriend while trying to learn the whereabouts of two people he's seeking.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2010
The First Rule A Joe Pike Novel Robert Crais G.P. Putnam's Sons: 308 pp., $26.95
BOOKS
June 29, 2008
The following reviews are scheduled: Jonathan Kirsch reviews "The Book of Getting Even," a novel by Benjamin Taylor. Donna Rifkind reviews "Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole Novel" by Robert Crais. Tim Rutten reviews "Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America" by Miles Harvey. Steve Ryfle reviews "In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics and Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era" by Richard Iton. Gordon Marino reviews "American Son: My Story" by Oscar De La Hoya with Steve Springer.
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February 25, 2007 | Will Beall, Will Beall, a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, is the author of "L.A. Rex."
JUST as Charlie Rich and Buck Owens once emulated Elvis Presley, mystery authors of the last 30 years pay homage to Robert B. Parker's redoubtable Spenser and his urban samurai, Hawk. Spenser and Hawk still cast long shadows across our pulp landscape. In fact, no self-respecting fictional private investigator works without a larger-than-life, extralegal sidekick. For his diverting Spenser clone, Myron Bolitar, author Harlan Coben has cleverly recast Hawk as a lethal WASP named Wynn.
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April 20, 2003 | Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Breaking news: Robert B. Parker is back in full form. Spenser, Susan and Hawk have recovered wits and wit. Wisecracks snap, pop, crackle all the way. Flippancy flips as bullets fly. Even Pearl, the Wonder Dog, reappears as Pearl II and turns out as meddling, affectionate and endearing as her predecessor.
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February 21, 2007 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
Robert Crais is 20 years into an acclaimed career built around a fictional private detective named Elvis Cole. Elvis is easy to like, friendly and wisecracking. His only bad qualities are a corny sense of humor and a fondness for loud shirts. The Cole books have become bestsellers, earning their author a reputation as heir to the great California detective writer Ross Macdonald. But lurking at Elvis' side for 10 books has been a laconic, deadly sidekick named Joe Pike.
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