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Free Fall (An Elvis Cole Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Crais
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From Publishers Weekly

L.A. detective Elvis Cole aids a woman distressed by her fiance's involvement in illicit police work in this Edgar nominee.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Private detective Elvis Cole takes Jennifer Sheridan's case, which involves her decorated Los Angeles-cop boyfriend in some mysterious trouble, and Cole and his partner Pike are soon plunged in police corruption, gangs, and the depiction of themselves as armed killers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2860 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Crimeline (May 4 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JN1CGU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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3.0 out of 5 stars This Is Good - But Not Great June 12 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although I am a HUGE Elvis Cole fan, I found this book just a little more difficult to really get into. For that reason I'm only giving it three stars - I enjoyed it, don't get me wrong, it just wasn't quite as good as some of the other books in the series. The snappy dialogue from Elvis is still evident and the humour is constant, as usual, it just seemed to take a while for something to happen.
Elvis is hired by a young woman whose fiancé is a plainclothes police officer and she suspects that he may be getting himself into some sort of trouble. At first it seems that the young policeman is cheating on his girlfriend, but then it slowly becomes clear that something more sinister is happening. With the help of the ultra-capable Joe Pike, Elvis finds himself caught between the LAPD and a street gang who are intent on stopping him.
Like I implied earlier, Elvis Cole is Elvis Cole and ya gotta love him. It just didn't grab me the way the others have and I didn't race through it like I did the others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Entry June 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this Elvis Cole--Joe Pike story, Crais hits the mark again,
and his two heros work as one in solving some problems/mysteries
involving an elite squad of the LAPD, and their mysterious activities after the bright but naive girl friend of one of the
cops consults Elvis.
Just as soon as his new client leaves, a couple of LAPD cops
come into his office and threaten him and pester him to leave
the case alone, but Elvis isn't the kind of guy to easily scare
off. Although he isn't as quiet as his partner, Pike, he is
almost as fearless, and together they form a team that is almost
The action moves along quickly and smoothly, and the reader
who pays attention feels he is in L.A., moving with the
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis is the King! April 28 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Yet agian, Robert Crais puts forth an excellent novel starring the illustrious Elvis Cole and his dark partner Joe Pike. Elvis is asked to investigate an L.A. Police Officer, Mark Thurman, a member of a special division that investigates gang activity. What Elvis finds involves a Rodney King type incident and the cover-up that follows. As Elvis peels away the layers of the story, things are more complicated than they seem. Very readable and very quick story.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you have yet to begin the marvelous Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais, you've got a great treat ahead of you! Few series get off to a stronger start than Mr. Crais did with The Monkey's Raincoat, which won both the Anthony and Macavity awards for best novel while being nominated for the Edgar and Shamus awards as well. Stalking the Angel followed powerfully with classic noir style of the 1930s hard-boiled detective up against evil moderated with wise cracks. Lullaby Town brought Hollywood-oriented detective fiction into the 1990s with style and grace. And the books just keep getting better from there in their characterizations, action, story-telling and excitement.
Elvis Cole is the star attraction, the co-owner of The Elvis Cole Detective Agency. He's now 39, ex-Army, served in Vietnam, ex-security guard, has two years of college, learned to be a detective by working under George Feider, a licensed P.I. for over 40 years, does martial arts as enthusiastically as most people do lunch, and is fearless but not foolish. He's out to right the wrongs of the world as much as he is to earn a living. Elvis has a thing for Disney characters (including a Pinocchio clock), kids, cats, scared clients and rapid fire repartee. He drives a Jamaica yellow 1966 Corvette Stingray convertible, and usually carries a Dan Wesson .38 Special.
His main foil is partner, Joe Pike, an ex-Marine, ex-cop who moves quietly and mysteriously wearing shades even in the dark . . . when he's not scaring the bad guys with the red arrows tattooed on his deltoids, which are usually bare in sleeveless shirts. Although he's got an office with Elvis, Pike spends all of his time at his gun shop when not routing the bad guys with martial arts while carrying and often using enough firepower to stop a tank.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Little On The Preachy Side Nov. 25 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Elvis Cole's humor is a little strained in this one, and his devil-may-care attitudes about jail, his own invincibility, and his dewy eyed views of all veterans, marines, ingénues and underprivileged youth get a mite tiresome. Thank the Lord for Joe Pike, who remains cynical and enigmatic.
A pretty young lady radiating wholesomeness (is there any other kind?) wants to hire Elvis to see why her fiancé, an LAPD copy, has been acting so distant toward her lately. Elvis finds her a quick, not too pleasant answer and the case is closed. Right? Not quite, or the story would end on page 22. Elvis has sparked the interest of a whole squad of LAPD plus some heavy-duty gangbangers. The action picks up; the escapades are just short of unbelievable while Elvis and Joe are on everyone's Most Wanted List.
Mr. Crais does some excellent description of South Central LA, bringing the mean streets to life and shows us it isn't just one vast killing ground. The action is fast, it's highly readable, but not on a par with other works by Robert Crais.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller beyond the mystery novel! Jan. 19 2002
By DanD
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Robert Crais has proven again and again that he can keep us on the edge of our seats, and yet at the same time laughing our butts off, to be polite. "Free Fall" is a perfect example of that. It is an installment in the "Elvis Cole Series", but you do not have to have read any of the previous novels to read this one: I didn't. I've read other Cole novels, but they've been written after this one.
Anyway, this novel takes place in Los Angeles. It finds Elvis Cole sitting in his office, just another normal day. In walks an innocent looking young woman named Jenifer Sheridan. She tells Cole that she has a problem: She thinks her fiancee, Mark Thurman, is involved in something illegal. Willingly, unwillingly? It is Cole's task to find out the answer, and just what exactly Thurman is up to. Could it be another woman? Or is it something much worse, something much deadlier?
Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, find themselves up against rogue cops, South-side gangsters, and a haunting mystery. Oh, yeah: They're also wanted by the cops for murder.
Only Crais could weave a novel this complicated and powerful. You'll be loving every minute of "Free Fall", I promise you. I would know: I've been there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favourite authors
Riviting- couldn't lay it down
Published 2 months ago by michael Corson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good reading
Published 14 months ago by DGC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Another great thriller by Crais in which Cole takes a case to help a young woman find out what's troubling her boyfriend and murder and mayhem follow.
Published 15 months ago by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, standard detective fare
ok, standard type detective fare seems more common these days
More realistic stories and characters would be good to see
Published 19 months ago by fred taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Crais' Free Fall
I'm fond of this author, he writes good, light, mysteries with a bit of humour. The quality of the Cd's are excellent at a relatively inexpensive price.
Published on Oct. 29 2013 by rick whiteley
3.0 out of 5 stars ok, not spectacular
Robert Crais is doing his best to imitate Robert B. Parker in the Elvis series. Elvis = Spenser, Pike = Hawk, LA = Boston, you get the formula. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2002 by Paul Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars As exciting as free fall
Stalking the Angel was such a mess that I didn't want to read anything else by Robert Crais. My friend Roger insisted that I give Free Fall a try. I'm glad I did. Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2002 by G. B. Talovich
5.0 out of 5 stars You Must Listen To What I Heard!
You poor nonbelievers. For those of you thinking this isn't one of his best then listen my friends to the audiobook. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Free Fall
What if the bad guys had gotten hold of the Rodney King beating tape? That's the question at the end of the trail that starts when Jennifer Sheridan, worried that her cop... Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2002
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