NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)

Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!


Friday, August 15, 2008


by Robert Crais

Three years ago, Elvis Cole uncovered evidence that proved a man innocent of a heinous murder. Now that same man has been found with a self-inflicted fatal gunshot wound in his head and a gruesome photo album at his feet. Photos of seven dead women, one of them being the woman he was found not guilty of killing. Two more were killed after his release. Did Elvis help free a serial killer? He and Joe Pike intend to find out.

If I were asked to pick my favorite private detective off the top of my head, Elvis Cole's name would surely be the first to pop out. He's got that smart-aleck attitude and self-deprecating humor that I love. And, even better, he's got Joe Pike for a partner. This whole series is great to read, but Chasing Darkness in particular was fantastic. I listened to the audio CD during my commute, and it was one of those rare books that very nearly made me wish for a traffic jam. The only problem? It's all over now, and I have to wait another year for Elvis and Joe's next case. :-(


Thoughts of Joy said...

Hi Lezlie! I love Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, too. When I first started reading Crais, I didn't know Elvis was a series, so I've had to go back and fill in the missing books. I know I've read more, but can't remember which ones (before I started keeping track).

Lezlie said...

Hi, Joy! Don't you hate when that happens? The nice thing is that they're good enough to read again. :-)


Darlene said...

Hmmmm, I've never heard of this series. It does sound good though-nothing like a good detective story thrown in the bunch, that's for sure. Hope you have a wonderful weekend Lezlie.

Kara said...

I have heard of this series, but haven't tried it yet. After this review - looks like I've added another series to my list!!!

Lezlie said...

Dar & Kara ~ I hope you both end up as big a fan of Elvis and Joe as I am. They're great reads for when you want something quick and entertaining.

Anonymous said...

Any idea when more Pike books will be coming out?

Lezlie said...

J. Kaye ~ I haven't heard a peep. I'll be sure to let you know if I do. I'm curious about that myself.


Terri B. said...

I LOVE Elvis Cole novels! I've gotten a bit behind (how did that happen?) and have two in my stack yet to read. Glad to find others interested.

Lezlie said...

Terri ~ I'm almost jealous that you have two you haven't read yet. I'm thinking about starting from the beginning again just to get another fix! :-)