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BOOK REVIEW: THE LAST DETECTIVE
BY ROBERT CRAIS

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If you are familiar with Elvis Cole then this book is for you. Elvis is one of Mr. Crais’s ongoing characters. He is in fact a detective (private) in the Los Angeles area and no he is not “The Last Detective” although that is exactly what his girl friend calls him in a fit of anger. She actually tells him that he is NOT “The Last Detective” in Los Angeles.

The plot as put together by Mr. Crais is an intriguing one and will hold your attention through the conclusion. He writes with just enough description to let you picture the surroundings and not enough to bore you to death. His cast of characters is well filled out so that you can get a good feeling for each of them and their personal traits.

Elvis Cole’s military background coupled with that of his partner Joe Pike put them in a position to hunt down the perpetrators in this instance. The son of Elvis’ girlfriend is kidnapped and early on the crime shows definite signs of the kidnappers having extensive military knowledge. All signs point to the possibility that the kidnapping is a retaliatory shot at Elvis.

But he and Pike team up to track down the kidnappers and prove that neither Elvis nor his background had anything to do with the crime. Along the way the kidnapped boy’s estranged father gets deeply involved by using his financial status to bring in detectives from the New Orleans area.

While Elvis is working all angles including using his tracking instincts picked up in the military, Joe Pike works at solving the puzzle with the help of some of the friends that he has acquired while working throughout the world as a mercenary. His contacts from this background provide much needed assistance in not only naming the kidnappers but also helping to physically locate them.

As the story is coming to a close the reader is given enough clues to figure out who is responsible for the crime. But with a quick twist in the plot the actual mastermind is unveiled. Not always does the reader see all the pieces of the puzzle until the author fully opens the box.

This was my first read of Robert Crais’ work but I am sure there will be more, as I like the sharpness of his writing and the evolvement of his plot.

REVIEWED BY ALLEN HOTT

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