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The forgotten man, Robert Crais

Label
The forgotten man
Title
The forgotten man
Statement of responsibility
Robert Crais
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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Character
Review
  • 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 (BookList, 01-01-2005, p782)
  • 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. Agent, Aaron Priest. (Feb. 15) --Staff (Reviewed January 24, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 4, p221)
  • /* Starred Review */ In this unforgettable tale of intrigue and angst, Elvis Cole receives a middle-of-the-night phone call from Los Angeles Police Detective Kelly Diaz, saying that a man has been murdered and that his dying words were to find his son: Elvis Cole. Elvis never knew his father, so his response is immediate. Working with the LAPD, Elvis and partner Joe Pike ferret out the truth in their own inimitable style. In the process, Elvis learns more about himself and his family. Former bomb squad technician turned detective Carol Starkey (Demolition Angel ) helps out, too, mostly because she has a crush on Elvis, but he's too enmeshed in memories of Lucy Chenier (The Last Detective ) to notice. Quirky characters bring some dark humor to this finely written suspense yarn, with creepy killers, praying prostitutes, and enough surprises to keep the pages turning until the harrowing and extraordinary ending. Crais really knows how to build a series, giving more insight into his characters with each outing. Highly recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/03.]—Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL --Stacy Alesi (Reviewed February 15, 2005) (Library Journal, vol 130, issue 3, p113)
  • /* Starred Review */ Veteran LA private eye Elvis Cole, whose return in The Last Detective (2003) after his creator stalked bigger game (Hostage, 2001, etc.) suggested a bad case of gigantism, puts it all together in the murder of his own father.The case begins with an after-hours phone call from Detective Kelly Diaz. The LAPD have found a shooting victim who begs them with his dying breath to call his son, Elvis Cole. It's quite a shock to Elvis, who's never met his father—although he's certainly put in his time looking for him—and doesn't know his name. Nor is he about to learn it from the corpse, the cops, or even the motel-room key he providentially finds at the crime scene. Could Herbert Faustina, the alias under which the victim registered at the Home Away Suites, really be the father Elvis never knew? Elvis's partner, Joe Pike, is on the case. So is Det. Carol Starkey, the ex–Bomb Squad tech stuck on oblivious Elvis, who calls her only to ask more favors. And so, to more violent effect, is gas jockey Frederick Conrad, intent first on covering up the dark secret he shared with his missing boss and then on avenging the murder he's convinced was committed by the World's Greatest Detective.A potent mix of sound detection, black humor, cut-and-run action, sensitive-male flapdoodle, and half a dozen first-class surprises. Welcome back, Elvis. (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2004)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
121708
Cataloging source
TEFOD
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Crais, Robert
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3553.R264
LC item number
F67 2005eb
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
Series statement
Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels
Series volume
0010
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cole, Elvis
  • Private investigators
  • Birthfathers
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
Label
The forgotten man, Robert Crais
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
342 p.
Isbn
9780752852003
Lccn
2004061857
System control number
  • 1329630
  • (OCoLC)ocm56967283
  • (Pol)76628
  • 732707
  • 13765161
  • (OUa)vtls000594780
  • 2795547
  • (OCoLC)ocm53911585
  • (Sirsi) 2574358
Label
The forgotten man, Robert Crais
Publication
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
342 p.
Isbn
9780752852003
Lccn
2004061857
System control number
  • 1329630
  • (OCoLC)ocm56967283
  • (Pol)76628
  • 732707
  • 13765161
  • (OUa)vtls000594780
  • 2795547
  • (OCoLC)ocm53911585
  • (Sirsi) 2574358

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