Chasing Darkness - Robert Crais

Chasing Darkness

By Robert Crais

  • Release Date: 2008-07-01
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 871 Ratings


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.


  • Did NOT see that coming

    By Auggie's Man
    Beautiful plot twists with always great writing.
  • Good Book

    By Wardlawkm
    Good book. Lots of characters to keep up with.
  • Another excellent story

    By P LH
    Couldn’t put it down, a real page turner. Highly recommend it.
  • Crais does it again!

    By Rrberry
    One of the best Elvis Cole books. Plot keeps you intrigued and the end is not suspected!
  • Chasing Darkness

    By boots saddle
    Good whodunit mystery, but very complicated plot and events. Another Elvis Cole adventure.
  • Chasing Darkness

    By Scov2
    An absolutely amazing, thrilling and unstoppable read!! Thank you Robert Crais.
  • Chasing Darkness

    By ASfandancer
    Yet another excellent book in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series.
  • Chasing Darkness

    By Eily2030
    Great Book!! Hard to put down once you start reading. I would recommend this book to mystery book lovers. G
  • Chasing Darkness

    By Craig Roach
    My first with this author;it's entertaining and fast read.
  • Vintage Crais

    By Poodledog2
    This read, better than LA Requeim in shades, has the added dimension of plot twists. What I lke and what has been done so well, is the forward movement as the protagonist travls through conflict in a progression that maintains suspense, creates interest, and draws you in close beside to root for our hero. Go Cole, Go.