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Robert Crais

USA flag (1953 - )

Robert Crais is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels: A native of Louisiana, he grew up in a blue collar family of oil refinery workers and police officers, and was trained as a mechanical engineer before pursuing his dream of becoming a writer. After years of amateur film-making and writing short fiction, he journeyed to Hollywood in 1976, where he quickly found work writing scripts for such major network television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Quincy, Miami Vice, and L.A. Law, as well as scripting numerous series pilots and movies-of-the-week for all four major networks. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues, but is most proud of his 4-hour NBC miniseries, Cross of Fire, which The New York Times declared: "A searing and powerful documentation of the Ku Klux Klan's rise to national prominence in the '20s."

In the mid-eighties, feeling constrained by the rigid working requirements of Hollywood, Crais created Elvis Cole and Joe Pike in order to deal with themes he could not readily explore on television. His major literary influences were Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, and Robert B. Parker, among others.

Currently, Crais lives in the Santa Monica mountains with his family, three cats, and many thousands of books. Of his novel, L. A. REQUIEM, Publishers Weekly wrote, "Crais has stretched himself the way another Southern California writer-Ross Macdonald-always tried to do, to write a mystery novel with a solid literary base," and Booklist added, "This is an extraordinary crime novel that should not be pigeonholed by genre. The best books always land outside preset boundaries. A wonderful experience." High praise indeed.

When not writing, Robert Crais is an active aerobatic pilot, gourmet cook, and backpacker.

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike
1. The Watchman (2007)
2. The First Rule (2009)
3. The Sentry (2011)
4. Taken (2012)
5. The Promise (2015)
6. The Wanted (2017)


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

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
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
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 (2014)
Gayle Lynds
"As fast as a sniper's bullet!"

Orphan X (2016)
(Orphan X, book 1)
Gregg Hurwitz
"The most exciting thriller since The Bourne Identity."

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