It is fire season, and the hills of Los Angeles are burning. Fire Department personnel rush to evacuate the inhabitants, and find the days-old corpse ...Show synopsisIt is fire season, and the hills of Los Angeles are burning. Fire Department personnel rush to evacuate the inhabitants, and find the days-old corpse of a middle-aged recluse who apparently committed suicide. Clutched in his lap is a photo album containing photographs of seven young women who have been murdered, each photograph was taken only moments after the women were killed. One murder per year for seven years, their bodies found in different parts of the city. LAPD homicide detectives had never connected the seven murders. But now with the discovery of the "death album" these seven murders have been linked, and the news for Elvis Cole is bad...Only one suspect had been charged in any of those cases, that being for the murder of victim #4. LAPD and the LA County District Attorney had a recorded confession by the suspect and believed him to be the murderer. But, with evidence supplied by Elvis Cole, in the end he walked free. That suspect was the suicide now discovered in the fire, Elliot Martin. Did Cole's action three years ago free a killer to commit more murders? Did Elvis cost three young women their lives?Hide synopsis
Chasing Darkness (Pocket Books) – Mass-market paperback (2009)
Mass-market paperback, Pocket Books 2009
ISBN: 1416514988 ISBN-13: 9781416514985
During a fire evacuation of Laurel Canyon, the charred body of a man Detective Elvis Cole help to clear of murder charges is found, along with an album of photos of seven brutally murdered young women. Available in a tall Premium Edition.During a fire evacuation of Laurel Canyon, the charred body of a man Detective Elvis Cole help to clear of murder charges is found, along with an album of photos of seven brutally murdered young women. Available in a tall Premium Edition.Hide
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Description:New with no dust jacket. 9781416514985. Mass Market PB; 7.50 x 1...New with no dust jacket. 9781416514985. Mass Market PB; 7.50 x 1.25 x 4.25; 391 pages; Three years earlier, Elvis Cole's investigation freed a suspected serial killer. The man is found in his home, suspected of suicide with a photo album of several dead women. Elvis must work to clear his name while meeting obstacle after obstacle in the highest officers of the LAPD. Robert Crais' masterful plot twists promises you will be reading into the night.
Forced evacuations during one of Los Angeles's many wildfires lead to the discovery of a man who's been dead for several days, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot. Found near the body: a "memory book" with graphic photos of seven murdered women, photos that could only have been taken by the killer himself. Two years earlier evidence discovered by Elvis Cole helped to clear this man of the murder of one of the women...and two of the murders have taken place since then.
Elvis Cole, although he knows that his evidence was good, proven by a time-stamped security tape, is compelled to take up the case on his own--sometimes in concert with and sometimes in opposition to the LAPD--to find the real killer. Joe Pike is, of course, along for the ride (and how much more deeply we can appreciate this character, after last year's The Watchman, which was Pike-centric), as are several LAPD uniforms and detectives we know from Elvis Cole outings past.
As always, Crais constructs a tight, well-written thriller, driven by his PI's need to reach the truth. Crais loves L.A., and his descriptions of this sprawling city shine.
Chasing Darkness is highly recommended, and not only for those who've read other Elvis Cole novels. Any good series with a recurring character allows you to pick up anywhere, and Crais is among the best.
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