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Voodoo River [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert Crais
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Book Description

April 1 1996 Elvis Cole Novels
L.A. private eye Elvis Cole is hired by popular television star Jodie Taylor to delve into her past and identify the biological parents who gave her up for adoption thirty-six years before. Cole's assignment is to find out their biological history and report back.

It seems all too clear cut. But when he gets to Louisiana and begins his search, he finds that there's something much darker going on. Other people are also looking for Taylor's parents, and some are ending up dead.

And when Cole realizes that his employer knew more than she was telling, Voodoo River becomes a twisting tale of identity, secrets, and murder.

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From Publishers Weekly

Fifth installment in Crais's Elvis Cole series, in which the wisecracking private eye journeys from Los Angeles to Louisiana to trace a client's past.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

On a trip to Louisiana in order to locate the biological parents of a popular television actress, private eye Elvis Cole runs into more than he bargained for, including a cast of memorable characters. From the author of Lullaby Town (Bantam, 1992).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars ELVIS KNOWN AS STUDLY?????????? Nov. 17 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the fifth book for me in this series. I think I liked it least of all. I am so glad I did not read the Booklist Review before I bought the book or I would not have bought it. Why they had to give the main information I do not know. Elvis is in Cajun country, Crais is at home. But, I was not pleased with a lot of pages of talk, talk and more talk with Lucy. Elvis does his job, see review, but thought a lot of the book just drug. The ending was good but only lasted a few pages. Would also like a lot more of Pike. He is so good. Can do without Lucy in future books but I gather she is going to be in them. If you have not read a Crais book before do not start with this one. Any of the first four are better, I think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When's the movie coming out? Feb. 18 2004
By A Customer
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Having just read Hostage, Demolition Angel, and LA Requiem, I am now reading Voodoo River. I guess you could say that I like Robert Crais" writing.
The back page always refers to Mr. Crais' credentials as a screenwriter for LA Law and Hill Street Blues, both excellent TV shows from years gone by. Why hasn't any of his books been considered for full-length movies? It seems to be a natural consequence, given his prior work.
I can't help but visualize each of the characters, especially, Joe Pike. I think of Jan Michael Vincent as Joe Pike, cat-like, etc.
Given the success this year of the movie version of Mystic River, I think it might be time to consider one of Crais' novels for a similar treatment. The difficulty lies in deciding which one to do first. LA Requiem was good for the action and character of Joe Pike. Might be a good one to begin with. I'll have to read the rest of the books so I can assess them all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mildly humorous swamp romp June 27 2004
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Elvis gets a call to help out a TV actress discover info about her biological parents, which leads him to a small town in Louisiana. Interesting characters abound, including a giant snapping turtle. Soon, Elvis realizes another detective is on the scene, and not everything is as it first appears. The storyline also involves some romance with Elvis first meeting Lucy Chenier (who appears in subsequent Elvis stories), a lawyer from Baton Rouge. Somewhere about 2/3rd of the way into this book, the storyline changes as Elvis takes on a mission to right the wrongs of several folks in the back woods.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Falls in Love in Bayou Country May 17 2003
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 updated the 1930s detective stories about Hollywood. Free Fall looked hard at the corruptibility of the police and found them wanting. 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 40ish, 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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Voodoo River Aug. 21 2002
By A Customer
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Missing-persons specialist Elvis Cole (Free Fall, 1993, etc.) thinks his fifth case is right up his alley: locate the blood family of white-hot TV actress Jodi Taylor, adoptive and concerned about her long-term medical history. So Elvis plunges into the Louisiana bayous, racing against another local shamus, and soon finds not only the bashful parents, but a secret about Jodi that nobody told him when he was first hired. So far, so good: the first half of this tale is so cunningly tailored to Elvis's strengths--the cocky confidence, the droll humor, the aw- shucks authority--that reading it is like scrunching into a comfy featherbed. But just as it seems the case is winding down, Elvis stumbles onto an elaborate plot to smuggle illegals into the country. Jodi, who's been promised confidentiality, has a hard time dealing with this development, and no wonder: Except for some shared characters, this second plot has nothing to do with what she thought was her book. It's a lot less tricky and inventive, too, though a lot more violent. Half a masterpiece is better than none, but you've gotta feel for poor Jodi, abandoned still again just when she thought she finally had it made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story!
Wow! This was an excellent had boiled mystery with so many twists and turns that it was hard to keep up with everything that was going on. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
1.0 out of 5 stars voodo river
painfully slow in the buildup - poor character development - terrible dialogue `lets kill them all``
very disappointing
leave louisiana to robicheaux
Published 15 months ago by Rickart New
3.0 out of 5 stars TWO, Two, Two plots in one.
Who names these things anyway? Yes there's a river, but where's the "voodoo?" Maybe it's in Louisiana itself, but certainly not in this novel's plots. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2003 by Charles J. Marr
3.0 out of 5 stars passable
Another decent Elvis Cole/Joe Pike story, with the heros
traveling to New Orleans and Baton Rouge to help a Hollywood
TV actress trace her roots. Read more
Published on June 16 2003 by bill runyon
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Solid Elvis
To know Elvis Cole is to enjoy him. Once again, Craig brings his excellent dialogue, intriguing plot lines and sense of humor to life. Read more
Published on May 15 2002 by Rick Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't start with this book
I agree with the other reviews, if this is your first encounter with Elvis Cole DO NOT start with this book! It does not give the background info usually found in the series. Read more
Published on April 3 2002 by Gretchen
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as some of his others
This book was enjoyable, but wasn't as good as some of his other books. I recently read Demolition Angel by the same author, and thought it was better.
Published on Feb. 26 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great way to know Elvis
My only experience with Robert Crais was reading DEMOLITION ANGEL. I discovered that aside from DEMOLITION ANGEL and HOSTAGE, he has a series of books starring Elvis Cole, a... Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2002 by Angel L. Soto
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great way to know Elvis
My only experience with Robert Crais was reading DEMOLITION ANGEL. I discovered that aside from DEMOLITION ANGEL and HOSTAGE, he has a series of books starring Elvis Cole, a... Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2002 by Angel L. Soto
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