In his major New York Times bestseller, The Last Detective, Robert Crais returned to
his signature characters, private investigator Elvis Cole and his enigmatic
partner, Joe Pike. Now Crais delivers a stunning, edge-of-your-seat suspense
novel that leads Elvis to the very thing he's always searched for the dark
secrets of his own lifeas well as a brutal killer determined to stop him.
Los Angeles, 3:58 a.m.: Elvis Cole receives the phone call he's been
waiting for since childhood. Responding to a gunshot, the LAPD has found an
injured man in an alleyway. He has told the officer on the scene that he is
looking for his son, Elvis Cole. Minutes later, the man is dead.
Haunted throughout his life by a lack of knowledge about his father, Elvis turns
to the one person who can help him navigate the minefield of his past his
longtime partner and confidant, Joe Pike. Together with hard-edged LAPD
detective, Carol Starkey, they launch a feverish search for the dead man's
identityeven as Elvis struggles between wanting to believe he's found his
father at last and allowing his suspicions to hold him back. With each
long-buried clue they unearth, a frightening picture begins to emerge about who
the dead man might have been and the terrible secret he's been guarding.
At the same time, Elvis has no way of knowing he has awakened a sleeping
monster. The further he goes in his investigation, the closer he draws to a
merciless killer who is violently connected to the unidentified man's past.
This psychopath believes Cole is hunting him, and he goes on the attack to find
Elvis before Elvis can find him.
Summoning all the powerful elements that have made Robert Crais one of the
preeminent crime writers today, The Forgotten Man is a spectacular
tour-de-force of suspense and intrigue.
high-powered action, a commanding cast and a touch of dark humor to excellent
dramatic effect.....Crais boasts a distinctive knack for a sucker-punch element of surprise.
A potent mix of sound detection, black humor, cut-and-run action,
sensitive-male flapdoodle, and half a dozen first-class surprises. Welcome back,
Booklist - Wes Lukowsky
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.
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Before Crais published his first standalone thriller, Demolition
Angel, in 2000, followed by Hostage in 2001, he wrote a series
of eight books featuring Elvis Cole, a 'sensitive and wisecracking
collector of Disneyana' and his 'heavy-artillery partner, Joe Pike', set
in the seamy streets of Los Angeles. In 2003 he returned to the series
with The Last Detective. The
Forgotten Man is the 10th in the series.
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