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Robert Crais Biography & Facts

Robert Crais (pronounced /kreɪs/) (born June 20, 1953) is an American author of detective fiction. Crais began his career writing scripts for television shows such as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Quincy, Miami Vice and L.A. Law. His writing is influenced by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B. Parker and John Steinbeck. Crais has won numerous awards for his crime novels. Lee Child has cited him in interviews as one of his favourite American crime writers. The novels of Robert Crais have been published in 62 countries and are bestsellers around the world. Robert Crais received the Ross Macdonald Literary Award in 2006 and was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 2014. Biography Born in Independence, Louisiana, he was adopted and raised as an only child. He attended Louisiana State University and studied mechanical engineering.Crais moved to Hollywood in 1976 where he found work as a screenwriter for the television series Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey and Miami Vice, and was nominated for an Emmy award. Following the death of his father in 1985, Crais published the novel, The Monkey's Raincoat, which won the 1988 Anthony Award for "Best Paperback Original" and the 1988 Mystery Readers International Macavity Award for "Best First Novel". It has since been selected as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. In 2006 Crais was awarded the Ross Macdonald Literary Award and in 2010 the Private Eye Writers of America's (PWA) Lifetime Achievement Award The Eye. In 2014 Crais received the Mystery Writers of America's (MWA) Grand Master Award.Crais novels include: Demolition Angel, Hostage, Suspect, and The Two-Minute Rule. Most of Crais' books feature the characters Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, with The Watchman (2007), The First Rule (2010) and The Sentry (2011) centering on Joe Pike. Taken is a 2012 detective novel by Robert Crais. It is the fifteenth in a series of linked novels centering on the character Elvis Cole. The 2005 film, Hostage, was an adaptation of one of his books.In 2020 his novel Suspect (2013) was named Best Mystery/Crime Novel of the Decade in the Barry Awards. Bibliography Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels Other novels References External links Official website Robert Crais at IMDb Interview with Robert Crais, A DISCUSSION WITH National Authors on Tour TV Series, Episode #158 (1995). Discover the Robert Crais popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Robert Crais books.

Best Seller Robert Crais Books of 2023

  • Taken synopsis, comments


    Robert Crais

    The search for a missing girl leads private investigators Elvis Cole and Joe Pike into the nightmarish world of human trafficking in this #1 New York Times bestseller from Robert C...

  • No Lady synopsis, comments

    No Lady

    Saskia Hope

    30yearold Kate walks out of her job, dumps her boyfriend and goes off in search of adventure. And she finds it. Held captive in the Pyrenees by five men who believe they can do wha...

  • Angel of Death synopsis, comments

    Angel of Death

    Richard Shaw

    When Victoria is called in to investigate the theft of valuable marble statues from a north London cemetery, she soon finds out the lives of the cemetery staff are as tangled as th...

  • Eagle Trap synopsis, comments

    Eagle Trap

    Geoffrey Archer

    Revenge is not a possibility, but a certainty.He was head of an international drugs ring, a kidnapper and a ruthless killer. One night British Sea Harriers reduced his Beirut headq...

  • A Study in Scarlet synopsis, comments

    A Study in Scarlet

    Arthur Conan Doyle

    When Dr John Watson takes rooms in Baker Street with amateur detective Sherlock Holmes, he has no idea that he is about to enter a shadowy world of criminality and violence. Accomp...

  • Blonde Ice synopsis, comments

    Blonde Ice

    R. G. Belsky

    “Insightful and genuinely interesting characters, gritty atmospherics, and a wry sense of humor power the plot, which is filled with enough bombshell twists to keep readers guessin...

  • Night Players synopsis, comments

    Night Players

    Roberta Murphy

    In the West End of London in 1913 a multiple murderer prowls the streets. He is nicknamed 'the Gardener' for the ghastly signature of a rose carved into the breast or thigh of his ...

  • Chasing Darkness synopsis, comments

    Chasing Darkness

    Robert Crais

    Private Investigator Elvis Cole learns that LA fires bring more than heat, they bring his old friend Joe Pike and the past. Cole’s fight to clear his name brings murder and corrupt...

  • The Correction Of An Essex Maid synopsis, comments

    The Correction Of An Essex Maid

    Yolanda Celbridge

    Innocent orphan Sophia joins the House of Rodings, a maid's training school deep in the Essex countryside, where she meets a cast of submissive and dominant females, all adorin...

  • Suspect synopsis, comments


    Robert Crais

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series comes a thrilling novel featuring LAPD K9 Officer Scott James and his German shepherd, Magg...

  • The Wanted synopsis, comments

    The Wanted

    Robert Crais

    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERInvestigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike take on the deadliest case of their lives in the new masterpiece of suspense from #1 New York Timesbes...

  • The Promise synopsis, comments

    The Promise

    Robert Crais

    Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are joined by Suspect heroes LAPD K9 Officer Scott James and his German shepherd, Maggie, in this heartstopping thriller from #1 New York Tim...

  • A Dangerous Man synopsis, comments

    A Dangerous Man

    Robert Crais

    A brilliant new crime novel from the beloved, bestselling, and awardwinning master of the genreand Joe Pike's most perilous case to date.Joe Pike didn't expect to rescue a woman th...

  • The Reluctant Virgin synopsis, comments

    The Reluctant Virgin

    K Grahame

    On the face of it, Katrina Devonside has everything that a young and beautiful girl should want. The daughter of immensely wealthy parents and soon to inherit a fortune of her own,...

  • The Last Detective synopsis, comments

    The Last Detective

    Robert Crais

    With his acclaimed bestsellers, Hostage and Demolition Angel, Robert Crais drew raves for his unstoppable pacing, edgy characterizations, and cinematic prose. Now, Crais re...

  • The Watchman synopsis, comments

    The Watchman

    Robert Crais

    At last, the enigmatic partner of Elvis Cole (The Two Minute Rule) takes center stage in this pulseracing thriller. When Joe Pike is charged with safeguarding a wealthy heiress, he...

  • Pleasure Hunt synopsis, comments

    Pleasure Hunt

    Sophie Danson

    Paris. City of Passion. From elegant hotels to squalid alleyways, Olympia Deschamps pursues her goal: to become accepted into the Legion D' Amour, exclusive society of libertin...

  • Rupert of Hentzau synopsis, comments

    Rupert of Hentzau

    Anthony Hope

    Rudolf Rassendyll, having heroically saved the kingdom of Ruritania and nobly given up the hand of the beautiful Princess Flavia, has returned to his normal life in England. But wh...

  • Buzz Riff synopsis, comments

    Buzz Riff


    'Fast, funny and popping with surprises' Robert CraisTop Keirnan has got problems. The research firm he's been running out of his 30sera schoolhouse in Athens, Georgia, is beginni...

  • Scrublands synopsis, comments


    Chris Hammer

    In this searing, “indisputable pageturner” (Associated Press), a town’s dark secrets come to light in the aftermath of a young priest’s unthinkable last actin the vein of The Dry a...

  • The Lucifer Network synopsis, comments

    The Lucifer Network

    Geoffrey Archer

    TERROR KNOWS NO FRONTIERSA deadly secret whispered by a dying gunrunner on a lonely roadin Zambia sets MI6 agent Sam Packer on a frantic race against time. A terrorist gang has acq...

  • The Five Orange Pips and Other Cases synopsis, comments

    The Five Orange Pips and Other Cases

    Arthur Conan Doyle

    'He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson ... He sits motionless, like a spider in the centre of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and he knows well every quiver of each ...

  • Metamorphosis and Other Stories synopsis, comments

    Metamorphosis and Other Stories

    Franz Kafka & Michael Hofmann

    This collection of new translations brings together the small proportion of Kafka's works that he himself thought worthy of publication. It includes Metamorphosis, his most famou...

  • The Sign of the Devil synopsis, comments

    The Sign of the Devil

    Oscar de Muriel

    The Devil Has Come to Edinburgh . . . An illfated graverobbery unearths a corpse with a most disturbing symbol on it. When a patient in Edinburgh's lunatic asylum is murdered, the...

  • The Two Minute Rule synopsis, comments

    The Two Minute Rule

    Robert Crais

    From the author of The Last Detective and Hostage, comes a thriller featuring a father searching for vengeance in the City of Angels. But for an excon fresh on parole, finding answ...

  • Racing the Light synopsis, comments

    Racing the Light

    Robert Crais

    On Reader's Digest's list of "30 new books we can't wait to read in 2022" Private investigator Elvis Cole and his enigmatic partner, Joe Pike, are back on the case in this brillian...

  • Java Spider synopsis, comments

    Java Spider

    Geoffrey Archer

    A British minister is a pawn in a deadly game played out in one of the world's most explosive countries Indonesia. His kidnapping does not fall under British jurisdiction and ...

  • Conquest synopsis, comments


    John Connolly & Jennifer Ridyard

    “A beautiful book…one that should not be missed!” (The Guardian): The first in a stunning science fiction trilogy, this mesmerizing novel introduces a world where young rebels must...

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles synopsis, comments

    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    Arthur Conan Doyle & Christopher Frayling

    One of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'The Hound of the Baskervilles gripped readers when it was first serialised and remains one of Sherlock Holmes's greatest and most...

  • In My Wildest Dreams synopsis, comments

    In My Wildest Dreams

    Leslie Thomas

    From Barnardo boy to original virgin soldier; from apprentice journalist in London's Fleet Street to famous novelist...At times funny, at times sad, but always honest and utterly c...

  • Hostage synopsis, comments


    Robert Crais

    The bestselling author of Demolition Angel and L.A. Requiem returns with his most intense and intricate thriller yet. As the Los Angeles Times said, Robert Crais is “a crime wri...

  • The Doll Princess synopsis, comments

    The Doll Princess

    Tom Benn

    It’s Manchester, July 1996, the month after the IRA bomb, and the Evening News is carrying reports of two murders. On the front page is a glamorous Egyptian woman, a socialite and ...

  • The Forgotten Man synopsis, comments

    The Forgotten Man

    Robert Crais

    “[A] riveting novel with a vivid sense of place . . . Anyone who enjoys a wellwritten, fastpaced, noirish thriller with a great aha! moment shouldn’t miss The Forgotten Man.”The Bo...