Elvis Cole is once again coming to terms with his life as a PI on the streets of LA. He loves his girlfriend, Lucy Chenier, but his constant exposure to the Californian underclasses has stretched their relationship to the limit - especially when Cole's job brings danger too close to her beloved son. The young boy, Ben, is rapidly becoming the ...
Elvis Cole is once again coming to terms with his life as a PI on the streets of LA. He loves his girlfriend, Lucy Chenier, but his constant exposure to the Californian underclasses has stretched their relationship to the limit - especially when Cole's job brings danger too close to her beloved son. The young boy, Ben, is rapidly becoming the light in both their lives. Then one sunny afternoon, the demons from Elvis's past finally come to visit. Ben is snatched from Cole's secluded home. The kidnappers call. They don't want money. They only want retribution. But who from his past is capable of such a crime? The only clue is that the kidnappers mention the words 'five-two'. Five-two was his unit designation in Vietnam - a life he has avoided thinking about for over twenty years. But now he must embark on a journey into his own past to try to protect his future. For it seems that this kidnapper is not only someone who knows him, but someone who owes him.
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This book is really a nail-biter; as any that puts innocent kids in the power of cruelty tends to be. When Ben Chenier is kidnapped while in Elvis's care, it appears that the kidnapping is in a sort of retalliation for something that much-decorated veteran Cole did in the war. Not so, but it takes a lot of effort to sort through what really is behind it. In the end, Ben is recovered, but Elvis gets dumped by Lucy, who still blames him for what happened with the boy. If anything, it is more her fault than anyone else's, and the unfairness of her actions really is annoying. Dump Lucy, and give Elvis a love interest who really appreciates him, ( whether it be Carole Starkey or someone else) please, Mr. Crais.
Sep 24, 2008
The last detective is, I think, Robert Crais' best book yet. The plot is very well written, the characters are very believable, and it gives more history into Joe and Elvis' pasts. I would highly reccomend this book.
Apr 19, 2007
Elvis Cole is Back !!
Robert Crais' new book 'The Last Detective' is a masterful page-turner which probes the meaning of family and burdens of the past. Great characters.
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