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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (April 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786889055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786889051
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 10.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mac Blair on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Skinner on June 27 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 18 2004
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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.
Later.
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By Rickart New on July 27 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
painfully slow in the buildup - poor character development - terrible dialogue `lets kill them all``
very disappointing
leave louisiana to robicheaux
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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. Pretty much standard detective fiction stuff. Elvis Cole - world's greatest private detective- reappears in Cajun country hunting an unknown birth mother for a T.V. star. Little rough play, chases, silent down-home folks, and a touch of blackmail and murder. Elvis meets local lawyer and etufee. Case solved. But what dark deeds have led to local crawfish magnate's probable motive for murder. Plot two crawls out of the swamp: alien smuggling and big city hoods. Worry not. Gators and snappers will not triumph. Not Crais' best, but worth carrying onto the plane for the long ride from a cold climate to a destination in the Pelican State. Just that I am a bit upset by the false flag.
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By bill runyon on June 17 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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. A lot of typical action,with a
series of memorable characters made this a very readable
book, but of only passable mystery value.
Unhappily, the author rather mixes up '50s and '60 cultural
sensibilities with modern views when he tries to explore the
emotions of these characters and how they relate to their
problems.
He too quickly overcomes the shame of racial mixing, which practice
was almost universally condemned in that earlier era, by applying present-day indifference, and his quick glossing-over
of such problems rather reduces the ability of this story to
hold the attention of attentive readers.
This is a passable read, but not one to grip most readers.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 17 2003
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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