Forgotten Man, The(CD)(Unabr.) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
Crais's latest L.A.-based crime novel featuring super-sleuth Elvis Cole blends high-powered action, a commanding cast and a touch of dark humor to excellent dramatic effect. One morning at four, Cole gets a call from the LAPD informing him that a murdered John Doe has claimed, with his dying breath, to be Cole's father, a man Cole has never met. Cole immediately gets to work gathering evidence on the dead man - Herbert Faustina, aka George Reinnike - while cramping the style of the assigned detective, Jeff Pardy. Though Cole finds Reinnike's motel room key at the crime scene, the puzzle pieces are tough to put together, even with the unfailing help of partner Joe Pike and feisty ex-Bomb Squad techie Carol Starkey, who's so smitten with Cole that she can't think of him without smiling. Days of smart sleuthing work take the self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Detective" from a Venice Beach escort service to the California desert, then a hospital in San Diego, where doubts about Reinnike's true heritage begin to dissipate. Meanwhile, a delusional psychopath named Frederick Conrad, who is convinced that his partner in crime was killed by Cole, stalks and schemes to even the score. There's lots to digest, but this character-driven series continues to be strong in plot, action and pacing, and Crais (The Last Detective) boasts a distinctive knack for a sucker-punch element of surprise.
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When an apparently homeless man is found shot in an alley, the first officer on the scene tells private investigator Elvis Cole that the dying man claimed to be Cole's father. Cole has never known the identity of his father. His mother was mentally unstable and would often go missing for extended periods. Cole was conceived during such a disappearance, and the only clue his mother gave him was the cryptic comment that his father was a "human cannonball" in a circus. Long obsessed with finding his father, Cole backtracks through the years to learn the dead man's true identity. As he searches, Cole is unaware that he is the target of an associate of the dead man. Crais' Cole mysteries are infinitely superior to his stand-alone thrillers. The snappy, Spenser-like dialogue and the bursts of violence notwithstanding, the series is most memorable for its intense, character-driven studies of people searching for context and purpose in their lives. Cole's career as a detective stems directly from his childhood attempts to find his father, and his sidekick, Joe Pike, measures himself through a self-defined process of readiness. Very few thrillers leave readers with teary vision, pondering such profundities as acceptance and forgiveness. This is one of the few. A deeply moving, heartfelt mystery. Wes Lukowsky
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Since Lucy Chenier left town with her son, Elvis Cole hasn't been sleeping all that well. A call from Detective Kelly Diaz of LAPD at 3:58 a.m. finds him not really asleep. A homicide victim has been found in a dangerous alley and with his dying breath has said that he's looking for Elvis, his son. The victim's pockets reveal newspaper clippings about Elvis. With that call, Elvis is thrown back into his childhood trauma of never having met his father and having a mother who wasn't all there.
Riveted by this information, Elvis asks to investigate the case along with the LAPD. Despite occasional friction, "the world's greatest detective" is soon ahead of the police and rapidly tracking down who the John Doe is.
The story alternates narrators between Elvis, Carol Starkey and a villain. In this way, Mr. Crais keeps us ahead of Elvis in knowing what's going on.
For those who like Elvis, the superman, this book will be a disappointment. He's so emotionally under the weather because of losing Lucy and with this new hunt for his father that Elvis is having trouble functioning. You'll think that you are reading about a binging alcoholic (although that's not his problem) rather than Elvis Cole. I suspect that these readers will find this to be a 2 or a 3 star book.
The best parts of this book come in flashbacks to the young Elvis as he repeatedly runs away from home to find his father. I was impressed that Mr. Crais could write such emotionally strong material. It's quite a contrast with his usual action style.
The plot itself is awfully contrived . . .Read more ›
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