Sunset Express: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel, Book 6 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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When a wealthy entrepreneur is accused of murder in Los Angeles, wisecracking private eye Elvis Cole is hired to prove that the evidence was corrupted and becomes suspicious about the defense attorney's motivations.
Prominent restaurateur Teddy Martin is facing charges in his wife's brutal murder. But he's not going down without spending a bundle of cash on his defense. So his hotshot attorney hires P.I. Elvis Cole to find proof that Detective Angela Rossi tampered with the evidence.
Detective Rossi needs a way back to the fast track after falling hard during an internal investigation five years ago. But Cole needs to know if she's desperate enough to falsify the case against Martin in order to secure her own position.
As Cole and his partner Joe Pike work their way through a tangle of witnesses and an even greater tangle of media, they begin to suspect that it's not the police who are behind the setup.
The sixth book in the Elvis Cole series, Sunset Express is marked by Robert Crais's dark humor and edge-of-your-seat suspense.
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|Audible.com Release Date||May 20, 2008|
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First, Crais' sense of humor, as displayed through his protagonist, Elvis Cole, is evident throughout his novels. Cole's self-deprecating, cynical (but not too much so) inner dialogue is crisp, timely and often quite funny. Repeatedly throughout Cole's first-person narration, he'll share spoken dialogue with another character and immediately, in his internal dialogue, berate himself for how he thinks his words sounded. He critiques his own interactions with other characters in the book as he goes along and this self-deprecation gives you a very clear picture of Cole's character.
Crais' novels aren't just about how funny Cole is though. They are whodunnits, sometimes suspenseful, sometimes thought-provoking. They are filled with action and mystery.
Because I came to Crais' novels due to a request for what I should read if I liked Harry Bosch, I should clarify that Crais' novels are, in some ways, starkly different from Connelly's. Connelly's novels tend to leave little room for humor, and paint Bosch as a tortured soul, whose raison d'être is solving homicides. Elvis Cole on the other hand has a much lighter, more carefree, humorous outlook on life. Crais' Elvis Cole novels really only share surface-level details with Connelly's Harry Bosch novels: They're both set mostly in Los Angeles and they both involve crime-solving (Bosch, specifically homicide, whereas Cole is a private eye and some of his cases don't involve homicide investigations, though some do). The other, more important (to me at least) detail that the novels share is that they're all very well written. There is a slew of awful books out there these days thanks to ebook publishing making the market fair game for anyone with enough time to hammer out enough letters on a keyboard to "write" a "novel". Crais' and Connelly are from that dying age where an author's work had to pass muster for a publishing house to pick it up and distribute it to the masses. Their works passed that muster, and with flying colors.
Crais is not just a great storyteller, but also an exceptional writer.
PS - sorry I didn't go into specifics of this novel, though I will say if you start with Monkey's Raincoat and find that you like Crais' writing as much as I do, you'll find yourself loving this novel soon enough.
This particular episode in the ongoing "ELVIS COLE" series by author Robert Crais revolves around the murder of famed restaurant owner Teddy Martin's wife. Teddy's restaurant is the type of place where everyone famous in Los Angeles eats at to be seen, as much as for what they eat. People who are "nobodies" want to eat there to be near "somebody's". Jonathan Green a renowned lawyer known coast to coast for his long list of victories in court as well as for his TV appearances is hired to defend Teddy. Jonathan then hires Elvis to do some professional sleuthing. Before you know it a cop is being framed, people who are known by one name are really someone else, rewards are offered, dupes are framed by scumbags, witnesses are changing their stories faster than your local gas station can raise their gas prices. What makes this story so enjoyable is the quick-witted humor interspersed amongst the skullduggery. Any crime story that can freely sprinkle comments regarding "MOE HOWARD", "FRED MUNSTER", "RALPH CRAMDEN", along with a character who calls his beer a "BREWSCALERO", and also say; "she shook her head, and her lips went WUBBA-WUBBA-WUBBA like a cartoon character", has to be rated above your average crime fiction. And don't forget about "MICKEY MOUSE", "JIMINY CRICKET", and "PINOCCHIO"!
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In this book, the wife of a famous (Hard Rock style) restauranteur goes missing. His lawyer throws mud around, in the hope that the jury pool will get so contaminated they’ll buy what he’s selling. Elvis Cole initially helps him (those bills don’t pay themselves), but he grows a conscience and saves the day.
It’s a decent enough read but if you’ve read a lot of crime novels before, you might find it a little formulaic.
Aside from a slightly long and, ultimately unnecessary, prologue, the plot hooked me early on. However, about halfway through (and that's generous--a little earlier than that) the plot becomes obvious and loses its drive. Maybe Crais left around too many red herrings, or maybe I'm good at spotting these things ahead of time, but I soon lost interest; the suspense was killed by the predictability of it all. And as the novel neared its conclusion, the story kind of petered out anyway. On top of that, the actual ending in which Elvis Cole confronts one of the bad guys and vows to ruin his life seemed tacked on, as if the publisher wasn't happy that the book had been left with no definitive resolution.
Overall, it's a quick-moving, albeit average, slice of fluff. I'd recommend it if you can find a cheap bargain bucket copy, or if you've read other Crais novels before.
Otherwise, go straight to L. A. Requiem and don't look back.
audio book we're paying extra for. I constantly struggled with listening and immersing myself in the story, because David Stuart's narration and the flawed recording technique or both, gave the impression that the narrator had a slight lisp or mild speech defect. I don't intend any disrespect but has anyone else had this problem with this particular book? I think I'd like to read/hear some more Crais books but I will be hoping to find a narration/recording that doesn't distract me from the book...