Robert Crais

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Robert Crais
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Robert Crais, Author
Born(1953-06-20) June 20, 1953 (age 60)
Independence, Louisiana, United States
Pen nameElvis Cole, Jerry Gret Samouche
OccupationNovelist, Screenwriter
GenresFiction, Crime Fiction, Thrillers

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Robert Crais
Rcrais wiki.jpg
Robert Crais, Author
Born(1953-06-20) June 20, 1953 (age 60)
Independence, Louisiana, United States
Pen nameElvis Cole, Jerry Gret Samouche
OccupationNovelist, Screenwriter
GenresFiction, Crime Fiction, Thrillers

www.robertcrais.com

Robert Crais (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. He lists amongst his literary influences the authors Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B. Parker and John Steinbeck. Crais lives in California's Santa Monica mountains with his family.

Biography[edit]

Born in Independence, Louisiana, near Baton Rouge, he was adopted by a childless couple and raised as an only child.[1] Attended Louisiana State University, where he studied mechanical engineering for a time before turning to writing.[1]

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. Following the death of his father in 1985, Crais was inspired to create his character Elvis Cole writing The Monkey's Raincoat, which won the 1988 Anthony Award for "Best First Novel",[2] the 1988 Mystery Readers International Macavity Award for "Best Paperback Original" at Bouchercon XIX,[3] and has since been named one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

Overview[edit]

Crais's usual protagonist and first-person narrator is private detective Elvis Cole, an ex-Ranger. Cole's partner is Joe Pike, a former Marine. Except for Demolition Angel, Hostage, Suspect, and The Two-Minute Rule, all of Crais' books feature Cole and Pike, with The Watchman (2007), The First Rule (2010) and The Sentry (2011) 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.

Themes[edit]

Robert Crais has stated that "Thematically, again and again my books are about people who are trying to be better than they have been."[4]

Crais on film[edit]

In March 2005, Bruce Willis appeared in Hostage, the first Hollywood adaptation of one of his books. Crais has no plans to sell the rights to his Elvis Cole novels, preferring to allow his readers to keep their own personal conceptions of the characters.[5]

Bibliography[edit]

Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels[edit]

1. The Monkey's Raincoat -- 1987

2. Stalking the Angel -- 1989

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 -- January 24, 2012 (USA) April 26, 2012 (U.K.)

Other novels[edit]

1. Demolition Angel -- 2000

2. Hostage -- Doubleday—2001

3. The Two-Minute Rule -- Simon & Schuster—2006

4. Suspect (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Encyclopedia of World Biography". Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Macavity Awards". Mysteryreaders.org. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  3. ^ "History of Bouchercon". Bouchercon.info. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  4. ^ Orion Books: Interview with Robert Crais[dead link]
  5. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". RobertCrais.com. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 

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