Alphabet in crime fiction: Robert Crais

C I decided to follow the lead of some others and find an old post to recycle this week. Already, a lot of good Cs have been taken(the perils of leaving a weekly task to Tuesday!) – Connelly, Christie, Cotterill, etc. So who is left? I decided to look through my old posts, betting with myself that the first C would be Coben or Crais. So - was I right? (Clue is in the title of this post.) Here is a post from 18 February 2006 (one of six posts that day! How my blogging frequency has decreased over the years):

Last night I finished reading Robert Crais' latest book, The Forgotten Man, just out in paperback in the UK (though I got it in hardback a couple of weeks before the paperback release from Amazon UK, where it was heavily discounted to below the p/b price to clear out stocks in anticipation, presumably).

Crais is, if nothing else, an object-lesson in writing series. About 3 chapters in, after drawing you in to the current plot, he writes a short (paragraph) recap of where we were at in the last book. Thanks!

The latest of the Elvis Cole novels is focused mainly on Cole (not much of Pike in this one) and his will-they-won't-they relationships with Lucy and (nascently) with Starkey. I much prefer the character of Starkey to that of Lucy, so I know which way I hope it comes out.

As usual with Crais, the plot is pacy, prose spare and the whole an absorbing read. The author has a talent for conveying the emotions hidden by the laconic exterior of Cole's character. The search for his unknown father is poignant, both in the flashbacks to Cole's life as a boy and in the present-day. This area of emotion, which Cole thought he had long-since packaged away ("forgotten"), is gradually shown to be unrepressed — and the resultant clouding of his judgement in the case he's involved in is brought into focus by the solution to the mystery.

I look forward to the next in the series.

Mysteries in Paradise crime fiction alphabet meme.

Previous letters at Petrona.

5 thoughts on “Alphabet in crime fiction: Robert Crais

  1. Maxine – You make such a good point about how useful it is when authors recap previous novels in a series. That’s such a delicate balance, too. One wants to be updated and have some background on the “regular” characters. On the other hand, it can spoil a story if too much attention is paid to summing up previous novels. Interesting post : ).

  2. You’ve reminded me I haven’t read a Robert Crais for a while, but I did enjoy them. I even have one sitting in TBR I think,

  3. Oh another author I have never tried. But it sounds like I could get away with starting in the middle as he provides a recap so maybe I will seek this one out.

  4. I followed the link to the 2006 post and stumbled upon the one called ´Family Life´. My daughters and I (sitting behind two computer screens and a TV screen) loved that one!

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