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Robert Crais

USA flag (b.1953)

Robert Crais is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels, sixteen of them featuring private investigator Elvis Cole and his laconic ex-cop partner, Joe Pike. Before writing his first novel, Crais spent several years writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street BluesCagney & LaceyMiami ViceQuincyBaretta, and L.A. Law. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues, and one of his standalone novels, Hostage, was made into a movie starring Bruce Willis. His novels have been translated into forty-two languages and are bestsellers around the world. A native of Louisiana, he lives in Los Angeles.

Genres: Mystery, Thriller
New Books
November 2022

Racing the Light
(Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, book 19)
Series contributed to
Short stories
Weigh Station (1982)

Anthony Awards Best Paperback original winner (1988) : The Monkey's Raincoat
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1993) : Lullaby Town
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1994) : Free Fall
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (1996) : Voodoo River
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1997) : Sunset Express
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1998) : Indigo Slam
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2000) : L. A. Requiem
Dilys Awards Best Book winner (2000) : L. A. Requiem
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2000) : L. A. Requiem
Macavity Awards Best Novel nominee (2000) : L. A. Requiem
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (2000) : L. A. Requiem
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2001) : Demolition Angel
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (2006) : The Forgotten Man
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2008) : The Watchman
Barry Awards Best Thriller winner (2008) : The Watchman
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (2013) : Taken
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2014) : Suspect
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2014) : Suspect
Shamus Awards Best Hardcover Novel nominee (2016) : The Promise

Robert Crais recommends
The Trail to Buddha's Mirror (1992)
(Neal Carey, book 2)
Don Winslow
"Don Winslow may be the finest crime writer currently working in America."
Bearing Secrets (1996)
(Wil Hardesty, book 2)
Richard Barre
"Bearing Secrets is a richly textured novel brimming with complex and all-too-human characters. Barre's writing is lean and muscular and thoughtful. And the story bristles with a kind of ever-expanding suspense that kept me turning the pages. Richard Barre and Wil Hardesty are an E-ticket ride."
Winter and Night (2002)
(Bill Smith, Lydia Chin, book 8)
S J Rozan
"With WINTER AND NIGHT, SJ Rozan paints with the full palette of the human heart using depth, detail, and nuance of character that I haven't seen since Raymond Chandler. (Yes, I mean it.) Rozan delivers a wonderful mystery that is also a full-bodied novel about the pressures we place on ourselves and loved ones, and how these pressures can crush us."
The Da Vinci Code (2003)
(Robert Langdon, book 2)
Dan Brown
"Dan Brown has built a world that is rich in fascinating detail, and I could not get enough of it. Mr. Brown, I am your fan."
Death by Hollywood (2003)
Steven Bochco
"With a deft plot, an insiders eye, and considerable charm... 'Death By Hollywood' left me laughing out loud."
Crosshairs (2007)
(Lee Henry Oswald, book 3)
Harry Hunsicker
"Crosshairs delivers the goods: Layered, intense, and rich with deadly characters. Hunsicker is an emerging star."
Triple Cross (2009)
Mark Sullivan
"TRIPLE CROSS is a smart, prescient thriller that makes one wonder why the bottom really dropped out of the stock market. The story snaps and twists like a cracking whip, you can't help but root for Mickey Hennessey and his kids, and I defy you to guess the ending. Mark T. Sullivan has written a super-charged bestseller and surefire motion picture!"
Boulevard (2009)
(Hayden Glass, book 1)
Stephen Jay Schwartz
"Raw, twisted, and so hard-boiled it simmers from beginning to end."
Cemetery Road (2009)
Gar Anthony Haywood
"A thoughtful book, written with a layered complexity... And it's a helluva crime story, too, with plenty of surprises."
Laughed 'til He Died (2010)
(Death On Demand, book 20)
Carolyn Hart
"I'm a sucker for Carolyn Hart's Annie and Max series."
Available Dark (2012)
(Cass Neary, book 2)
Elizabeth Hand
"Available Dark is a skin-blistering crime novel, as edgy and black as dried blood on a moonlit night. The frigid Scandinavian setting is a perfect backdrop for the horrific overlap of heavy metal and black arts, sorcerers and curses, and one woman's search for a long lost lover."
The Assassins (2015)
(Judd Ryder and Eva Blake, book 2)
Gayle Lynds
"As fast as a sniper's bullet!"
Orphan X (2016)
(Orphan X, book 1)
Gregg Hurwitz
"Orphan X is the most exciting thriller I've read since The Bourne Identity ... A new thriller superstar is born!"
The Wild One (2020)
(Peter Ash, book 5)
Nick Petrie
"If you’re not already on the #PeterAsh train, jump aboard now. #TheWildOne is a beautifully written novel, rich with deep, complex characters, full-throttle action, and a superbly realized setting. @_NickPetrie_ is doing headliner work."
Love and Theft (2020)
Stan Parish
"Tight, beautifully written, and crackling with full-throttle tension, Love and Theft knocked me out. An electrifying novel. Stan Parish has the stuff. For real."
Steel Fear (2021)
(Finn Thrillers, book 1)
John David Mann and Brandon Webb
"Steel Fear is deadly good, a five-star scorcher from first page to last. The enigmatic and mysterious Finn is the next big thriller superstar."
The Gatekeeper (2022)
(Dez Limerick, book 1)
James Byrne
"Dez Limerick, the smart, mysterious hero of James Byrne's fabulous debut thriller, is the most exciting new character I've read in years. The Gatekeeper is a flat-out, high speed winner. I loved it."

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