Mystery Books

  • The Black Tower (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #5)

    Scotland Yard Inspector Adam Dalgliesh races to solve a twisted murder in bestselling author P.D. James’ classic mystery The

  • Cradle and All

    In Boston, a young woman finds herself pregnant--even though she is still a virgin.In Ireland, another young woman

  • Trevayne: A Novel

    Fearless and incorruptible, Andrew Trevayne is a self-made millionaire, former undersecretary of state, and current head of one of

  • The Lake of Darkness

    Martin Urban is a quiet bachelor with a comfortable life, free of worry and distractions. When he unexpectedly comes into a small

  • Darkness: A Novel

    Villejeune, Florida. A secluded little town at the edge of a vast, eerie swamp. Far from prying eyes. Far from the laws of civiliz

  • The Coffin Dancer (A Lincoln Rhyme Novel)

    NYPD criminalist Lincoln Rhyme joins his beautiful protégé, Amelia Sachs, in the hunt for the Coffin Dancer -- an ingenious kill

  • The Narrows (Harry Bosch)

    FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years, the one that tells her the Poet has surfaced. She

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Mystery Movies

  • The Negotiator

    Negotiator, The (DVD)Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee Samuel L. Jackson ("Snakes on a Plane," the second

  • The Arrival

    Calling this 1996 science fiction thriller "a glorified B movie," isn't a criticism. Writer-director David Twohy managed to get in

  • Cube

    Six ordinary strangers awaken from their daily lives to find themselves in a seemingly endless maze of interlocking cubical chambe

  • The Prestige

    Award-winning actors Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Scarlett Johansson star in THE PRESTIGE, the twisting, turnin

  • Arlington Road

    A gripping contemporary thriller about the terrible truths that can hide behind everyday appearances, ARLINGTON ROAD is an intense

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Mystery Authors

Robert Crais biography

Crais

 

 

Robert Crais

(1954 - )

Robert Crais was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Crais moved to Hollywood in 1976 where he found work as a screenwriter for such television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey and Miami Vice, as well as pilots, TV movies and the NBC mini series Cross of Fire. He was nominated for an Emmy award for his writing on Hill Street Blues.
In the 1980s Crais decided to abandon scriptwriting and become a novelist. Early attempts proved to be unsuccessful but following the death of his father in 1985 Crais was inspired to create his character Elvis Cole. The resulting novel featuring Elvis Cole, The Monkey's Raincoat, won the 1988 Anthony Award for "Best First Novel" and the 1988 Mystery Readers International Macavity Award for "Best Paperback Original" at Bouchercon XVIV[2] and has since been named one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
Crais's usual protagonist and first-person narrator is private detective Elvis Cole, a wisecracking ex-Ranger tough guy with a heart of gold and all the charm of his namesake, Elvis Presley. Almost as well known is Cole's partner Joe Pike, an intimidating ex-Marine who never smiles. Except for Demolition Angel, Hostage and The Two-Minute Rule, all of Crais' books feature Cole and Pike, with The Watchman (2007) centering on Joe Pike.
The author tackles a variety of subjects in his novels. Free Fall was inspired by the Rodney King riots and Sunset Express dealt with a killer who bore an uncanny resemblance to O.J. Simpson. The most frequently recurring theme in Crais's books is the value of honesty; in his works, the long-term value of coming clean always outweighs the short-term benefits of covering up the problem. Crais also delves into issues of family and loyalty.
Some readers have complained that Crais's style has veered into over-the-top melodrama in recent years and that each book has the same basic structure (usually leading to a shoot-out climax). Others insist that his increasingly cinematic storytelling is how he keeps getting better with every novel. Over the years, his novels have taken a turn for the darker side, with a greater cynicism being expressed in his writing, although the wit and humor of his earlier books are still present. His novels and characters have become more deeply realized, and his extensive use of flashbacks and dream imagery add a greater depth to the present-day narrative.

Information source: wikipedia