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Sunset Express: An Elvis Cole Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert Crais
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Jan. 25 2005 Elvis Cole Novels (Book 6)
Prominent restaurateur Teddy Martin is facing charges in his wife’s brutal murder. But he’s not going down without spending a bundle of cash on his defense. So his hotshot attorney hires P.I. Elvis Cole to find proof that Detective Angela Rossi tampered with the evidence. Rossi needs a way back to the fast track after falling hard during an internal investigation five years ago. But Cole needs to know if she’s desperate enough to falsify the case against Martin in order to secure her own position. As Cole and his partner Joe Pike work their way through a tangle of witnesses and an even greater tangle of media, they begin to suspect that it’s not the police who are behind the setup.

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From Publishers Weekly

The public's readiness to believe the worst of its police forces is an undercurrent in the latest case (after Voodoo River) for Southern California PI Elvis Cole. Beginning with the discovery of a corpse off Mulholland Drive in suburban L.A., the plot uncovers high-level venality, advances the romance of the ever-engaging Cole with Louisiana lawyer Lucy Chenier and reveals some of the past of Joe Pike, Cole's enigmatic, seriously strange sidekick. Soon after the body of Susan Martin is found in a garbage bag, Detective Angela Rossi discovers evidence that implicates the victim's husband, wealthy mover and shaker Teddy Martin. Unfortunately, Rossi is under a cloud, having been accused of falsifying evidence in a previous case. Martin's attorney, Jonathan Green, considered one of the country's top five criminal defense attorneys, hires Cole after arriving at his office with a video and sound crew, to investigate Rossi. Though Cole's investigation clears Rossi, Green's subsequent announcement that Cole has proven her guilt, puts the PI at odds with the LAPD, forces him to examine Green's motives in the case and, finally, puts him on a course to correct the series of wrongs in the case that have prompted Lucy to observe: "The law is not about justice." $150,000 ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If Spenser and Hawk are the forefathers of the double-tough-guy mysteries, then Crais' Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are among their most notable offspring. Here Elvis is hired by high-profile attorney Jonathan Green to investigate the death of Susan Martin, wife of megamillionaire Teddy Green. The defense is basing its case on the Mark Fuhrman^-like theory that evidence was planted at the scene by Detective Angela Rossi, a fallen star in the LAPD who could use a celebrity conviction as her ticket back to the fast track. Elvis and Joe are pleased when their efforts show Rossi worked by the book, but attorney Green puts his own spin on the data. When the people Elvis contacted begin dying, he senses something is terribly wrong. This hip, funny, and thought-provoking novel will delight Crais' growing legion of fans, and the fist-shaking, high-fiving conclu sion offers at least the hope of ultimate justice when our system fails. Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read all but two of the Elvis Cole series and it's generally good throughout. This one was a little disappointing. For series fans, a lot more of Joe Pike's history with LAPD detective Angela Rossi could have been added here, and I think it would have fleshed him out a little. (We had to wait for LA Requiem for that.) There are a few geographic flaws which I found disconcerting as an Angeleno...San Pedro is not sixty miles from LA, maybe more like 16, which is a little like saying Brooklyn is twenty miles from Manhattan. The interplay with the Louisiana girlfriend lends a subplot which series fans will probably appreciate, but I can see where a casual reader might not get it.
But I occasionally found myself thinking that this book seemed like it was written in a hurry, or didn't have the full interest of the author. Not up to the usual standard, which is pretty good. I'd recommend starting with The Monkey's Raincoat first - this is best as part of the series, not as good read independently IMHO. Better than many other mysteries rated at three stars in Amazon, just less desirable in comparison to the rest of the Elvis Cole series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love it when the lawyers feel the heat June 27 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
From the beginning, you know Elvis is being hired by a sleezy lawyer, who has got rich on high profile criminal defenses. This time, it involves a TV producer, who is accused of murdering his wife. The defense team wants to pin reasonable doubt on a particular LA police detective known for questionable activity in her past. But Elvis, just wants the truth. And you know, with Elvis and Joe Pike, the truth will be found, no matter who gets hurt along the way. Elvis's romance with Lucy Chenier gets re-kindled, as she pays him a visit during some west coast business meetings of hers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story! Aug. 4 2014
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Nothing is quite what it seems to be in this exciting hard boiled thriller. A rich and famous man accused of murder, a powerful lawyer determined to prove his client's innocence, and a detective determined to find out the truth make for a suspenseful and must-read story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let this one get away Feb. 20 1998
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I give this book a ten. After reading all of Robert Crais' books this is the best so far. The characters certainly more developed and the story more detailed. I had the chance to meet Robert Crais in San Francisco and was able to tell him how much I love his books. I pick it up and I can't put it down. I am glad to see Elvis get his girl! His writing makes me feel like I can see everything as it happens, real and alive!
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