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Robert Crais


USA flag (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.
 
Anthology series
Best American Mystery Stories (with Otto Penzler)
The Best American Mystery Stories 2012 (2012)
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Short stories
Weigh Station (1982)


Awards
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
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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Death by Hollywood (2003)
Steven Bochco
"With a deft plot, an insiders eye, and considerable charm... 'Death By Hollywood' left me laughing out loud."
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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."
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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!"
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Boulevard (2009)
(Hayden Glass, book 1)
Stephen Jay Schwartz
"Raw, twisted, and so hard-boiled it simmers from beginning to end."
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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."
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Laughed 'til He Died (2010)
(Death On Demand, book 20)
Carolyn Hart
"I'm a sucker for Carolyn Hart's Annie and Max series."
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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."
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The Assassins (2015)
Gayle Lynds
"As fast as a sniper's bullet!"
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Orphan X (2016)
(Orphan X, book 1)
Gregg Hurwitz
"The most exciting thriller since The Bourne Identity."


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