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Author Robert CraisRobert Crais is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels. The novels of Robert Crais have been published in 62 countries and are bestsellers around the world.

A native of Louisiana, he grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in a blue collar family of oil refinery workers and police officers. He purchased a secondhand paperback of Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister when he was fifteen, which inspired his lifelong love of writing, Los Angeles, and the literature of crime fiction. Other literary influences include Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B. Parker, and John Steinbeck.

After years of amateur film-making and writing short fiction, he journeyed to Hollywood in 1976 where he quickly found work writing scripts for such major television series. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues, but is most proud of his 4-hour NBC miniseries, Cross of Fire, which the New York Times declared: "A searing and powerful documentation of the Ku Klux Klan's rise to national prominence in the 20s."

In the mid-eighties, feeling constrained by the collaborative working requirements of Hollywood, Crais resigned from a lucrative position as a contract writer and television producer in order to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a novelist. His first efforts proved unsuccessful, but upon the death of his father in 1985, Crais was inspired to create Elvis Cole, using elements of his own life as the basis of the story. The resulting novel, The Monkey's Raincoat, won the Anthony and Macavity Awards and was nominated for the Edgar Award. It has since been selected as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

Crais conceived of the novel as a stand-alone, but realized that in Elvis Cole he had created an ideal and powerful character through which to comment upon his life and times. Elvis Cole's readership and fan base grew with each new book, then skyrocketed in 1999 upon the publication of L. A. Requiem, which was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller and forever changed the way Crais conceived of and structured his novels. In this new way of telling his stories, Crais combined the classic "first person" narrative of the American detective novel with flashbacks, multiple story lines, multiple points-of-view, and literary elements to better illuminate his themes.

Crais followed with his first non-series novel, Demolition Angel, which was published in 2000 and featured former Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Technician Carol Starkey. Starkey has since become a leading character in the Elvis Cole series.

Currently, Robert Crais lives in the Santa Monica mountains with his wife, two cats, and many thousands of books.

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The Promise
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The Promise by Robert Crais

Suspect
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Suspect by Robert Crais

Taken
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Taken by Robert Crais

The Sentry
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The Sentry by Robert Crais

The First Rule
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The First Rule by Robert Crais

Chasing Darkness
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Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais
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Crais, Robert (Editor) | Best American Mystery Stories of 2012 | Signed First Edition Trade Paper Book Crais, Robert (Editor) | Best American Mystery Stories of 2012 | Signed First Edition Trade Paper Book

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Crais, Robert - Author Signed Bookplate (Signed Bookplate) Crais, Robert | Author Signed Bookplate | Signed Bookplate

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Crais, Robert - Chasing Darkness (Signed First Edition) Crais, Robert | Chasing Darkness | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  July 2008  NY:  Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Crais, Robert - Demolition Angel (Signed Advance Reading Copy) Crais, Robert | Demolition Angel | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy

Author Signed ARC  2000 NY: Doubleday  Advance reading copy, new in pictorial wraps, signed by author.

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Crais, Robert | First Rule, The | First Edition Book Crais, Robert | First Rule, The | First Edition Book

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Crais, Robert - First Rule, The (Signed First Edition) Crais, Robert | First Rule, The | Signed First Edition Book

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Crais, Robert | Hostage | Book on Tape Crais, Robert | Hostage | Book on Tape

Audio Edition.  2001 MI: Brilliance Audio.  Audio book (unabridged [7 cassettes, 9 hours]), read by James Daniels, box signed by both the author and the reader.

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Crais, Robert - Hostage (Signed First Edition) Crais, Robert | Hostage | Signed First Edition Book

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Crais, Robert - Indigo Slam (Signed Advance Reading Copy) Crais, Robert | Indigo Slam | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy

Author Signed ARC  1997 NY: Hyperion  Advance  reading copy, new in pictorial wraps, signed by author.

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Crais, Robert | L.A. Requiem | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy Crais, Robert | L.A. Requiem | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy

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Crais, Robert - Last Detective, The (Signed First Edition) Crais, Robert | Last Detective, The | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2003 NY: Doubleday  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Crais, Robert - Last Detective, The (Signed First Edition) Crais, Robert | Last Detective, The | Signed First Edition Book

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Crais, Robert - Last Detective, The (Signed First Edition) Crais, Robert | Last Detective, The | Signed First Edition Book

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Crais, Robert - Promise, The (Signed First Edition) Crais, Robert | Promise, The | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book. November 2015 NY: Penguin     First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Crais, Robert - Sentry, The (Signed First Edition) Crais, Robert | Sentry, The | Signed First Edition Book

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Crais, Robert - Sentry, The (Signed First Edition UK) Crais, Robert | Sentry, The | Signed First Edition UK Book

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Crais, Robert - Sunset Express (Signed Advance Reading Copy) Crais, Robert | Sunset Express | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy

Author Signed ARC  1996 NY: Hyperion  Advance  reading copy, new in pictorial wraps, signed by author.

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Crais, Robert - Sunset Express (Signed First Edition) Crais, Robert | Sunset Express | Signed First Edition Book

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Crais, Robert - Suspect (Signed First Edition) Crais, Robert | Suspect | Signed First Edition Book

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Crais, Robert - Suspect (Signed First Edition UK) Crais, Robert | Suspect | Signed First Edition UK Book

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Crais, Robert - Taken (Signed First Edition) Crais, Robert | Taken | Signed First Edition Book

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Crais, Robert - Taken (Signed First Edition) Crais, Robert | Taken | Signed First Edition Book

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Crais, Robert - Two Minute Rule, The (First Edition) Crais, Robert | Two Minute Rule, The | First Edition Book

2006 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Crais, Robert - Voodoo River (Signed Advance Reading Copy) Crais, Robert | Voodoo River | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy

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Crais, Robert - Voodoo River (Signed First Edition) Crais, Robert | Voodoo River | Signed First Edition Book

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Crais, Robert | Wanted, The | Signed First Edition Book Crais, Robert | Wanted, The | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  December 2017 NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Crais, Robert - Watchman, The (Signed First Edition) Crais, Robert | Watchman, The | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2007 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Crais, Robert - Watchman, The (Signed First Edition) Crais, Robert | Watchman, The | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book  2007 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author, remainder marked.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Robert Crais Bibliography

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series

1.The Monkey's Raincoat (1987)

2.Stalking the Angel (1988)

3.Lullaby Town (1992)

4.Free Fall (1993)

5.Voodoo River (1995)

6.Sunset Express (1996)

7.Indigo Slam (1997)

8.L. A. Requiem (1999)

9.The Last Detective (2003)

10.The Forgotten Man (2005)

11. The Watchman (2007)

12. Chasing Darkness (2008)

13.The First Rule (2010)

14.The Sentry (2011)
15.Taken (2012)
16.The Promise (Nov. 2015)

Other Novels

  • Demolition Angel (2000)
  • Hostage (2001)
  • The Two Minute Rule (2006)
  • Suspect (2013)

Robert Crais Awards

  • Anthony Award - Best Paperback Original 1988 for The Monkey's Raincoat
  • Macavity Award - Best First Novel 1988 for The Monkey's Raincoat
  • Shamus Award - Best P.I. Novel 1997 for Sunset Express
  • Dilys Ward for L.A. Requiem
  • Ross Macdonald Literary Award - 2006
  • Barry Award - Best Thriller 2008 for The Watchman
  • Mystery Ink's Gumshoe Award - Best Thriller 2008 for The Watchman
  • Shamus Award - Best Hardcover P.I. Novel 2013 for Taken
  • MWA Grand Master Award - Mystery Writers of America - 2014

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