The Last Detective - Robert Crais

The Last Detective

By Robert Crais

  • Release Date: 2003-02-18
  • Genre: Hard-Boiled
Score: 4.5
From 651 Ratings


With his acclaimed bestsellers, Hostage and Demolition Angel, Robert Crais drew raves for his unstoppable pacing, edgy characterizations, and cinematic prose. Now, Crais returns to his signature character, Los Angeles private investigator Elvis Cole, in a masterful page-turner that probes the meaning of family and the burdens of the past.

Elvis Cole is back...

Elvis Cole's relationship with attorney Lucy Chenier is strained. When she moved from Louisiana to join Elvis in Los Angeles, she never dreamed that violence would so easily touch her life—but then the unthinkable happens. While Lucy is away on business and her ten-year-old son, Ben, is staying with Elvis, Ben disappears without a trace. Desperate to believe that the boy has run away, evidence soon mounts to suggest a much darker scenario.

Joining forces with his enigmatic partner, Joe Pike, Elvis frantically searches for Ben with the help of LAPD Detective Carol Starkey, as Lucy's wealthy, oil-industry ex-husband attempts to wrest control of the investigation. Amid the maelstrom of personal conflicts, Elvis and Joe are forced to consider a more troubling lead—one indicating that Ben's disappearance is connected to a terrible, long-held secret from Elvis Cole's past.

Venturing deep inside a complex psyche, Crais explores Elvis's need for family—the military that embraced him during a troubled adolescence, his rock-solid partnership with Pike, and his floundering relationship with Lucy—as they race the clock in their search for Ben. The Last Detective is Robert Crais' richest, most intense tale of suspense yet.


  • The Last Detective

    By boots saddle
    Marvelous read. A real page turner, and believable plot. Five stars all the way.
  • Last Detective

    By Adam G23456
    I have now read seven Pike/Cole novels and would say this one is one of my two favorites. Great plot, entertaining, and suspenseful.
  • Last Deyective

    By Bob1446
    Another great Crais work with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike--also enjoyed Elvis talking to Connelly's Harry Bosch at Hollywood Station.