Robert Crais

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Robert Crais
Born(1953-06-20) June 20, 1953 (age 61)
Independence, Louisiana, United States
Pen nameElvis Cole, Jerry Gret Samouche
OccupationNovelist, Screenwriter
GenreFiction, Crime Fiction, Thrillers
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Robert Crais
Born(1953-06-20) June 20, 1953 (age 61)
Independence, Louisiana, United States
Pen nameElvis Cole, Jerry Gret Samouche
OccupationNovelist, Screenwriter
GenreFiction, Crime Fiction, Thrillers

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. His writing is influenced by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B. Parker and John Steinbeck.


Born in Independence, Louisiana, he was adopted and raised as an only child.[1] He attended Louisiana State University and studied mechanical engineering.[1]

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.[2] Following the death of his father in 1985, Crais published the novel, The Monkey's Raincoat, which won the 1988 Anthony Award for "Best First Novel" and[3] the 1988 Mystery Readers International Macavity Award for "Best Paperback Original".[4]

In 2006 Crais was awarded the Ross Macdonald Literary Award[5] and in 2010 the Private Eye Writers of America's (PWA) Lifetime Achievement Award The Eye.[6] In 2014 he is scheduled to receive the Mystery Writers of America's (MWA) Grand Master Award.[7]

Crais novels include: 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. 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.[8]


Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels[edit]

1.1987The Monkey's RaincoatAnthony Award – Best Paperback Original 1988Won[9]
Macavity Award – Best First Novel 1988Won[10]
Edgar Award – Best Paperback Original 1988Nominated[11]
Shamus Award – Best Original P.I. Paperback 1988Nominated[6]
2.1989Stalking the Angel
3.1992Lullaby TownAnthony Award – Best Novel 1993Nominated[9]
Shamus Award – Best P.I. Hardcover 1993Nominated[6]
4.1993Free FallEdgar Award – Best Novel 1994Nominated[11]
5.1995Voodoo RiverDilys AwardNominated[12]
6.1996Sunset ExpressShamus Award – Best P.I. Novel 1997Won[6]
Publishers WeeklyBest Books of 1996 selection
7.1997Indigo SlamShamus Award – Best P.I. Novel 1998Nominated[6]
8.1999L.A. RequiemDilys AwardWon[12]
Edgar Award – Best Novel 2000Nominated[11]
Anthony Award – Best Novel 2000Nominated[9]
Shamus Award – Best P.I. Novel 2000Nominated[6]
9.2003The Last DetectiveAudie AwardFinalist
10.2005The Forgotten ManShamus Award – Best P.I. Novel 2006Nominated[6]
11.2007The WatchmanBarry Award – Best Thriller 2008Won
Mystery Ink's Gumshoe Award – Best Thriller 2008Won
Anthony Award – Best Novel 2008Nominated[9]
International Thriller Writers Awards – Best Novel 2008Nominated
12.2008Chasing DarknessSouthern California Independent Booksellers Association – Best Mystery AwardNominated
13.2010The First RuleShamus Award – Best Hardcover P.I. Novel 2011Nominated[6]
14.2011The Sentry
15.2012TakenShamus Award – Best Hardcover P.I. Novel 2013Won[6]
Left Coast Crime – The Watson (mystery novel with the best sidekick) 2013Nominated[13]
16.2014The Promise

Other novels[edit]

2000Demolition AngelDoubledayMary Higgins Clark Award 2001Nominated[11]
Dilys AwardNominated[12]
2001HostageDoubledayNew York Times Book ReviewNotable Book
2006The Two-Minute RuleSimon & SchusterLondon Evening StandardBest Crime Novel of the Year
Otto Penzler, The New York SunTop Ten Best Crime Novels of the Year
Oline Cogdill, Sun-SentinelTop Ten Best Crime Novels of the Year
January MagazineBest Books of 2006
Audie AwardFinalist


  1. ^ a b "Encyclopedia of World Biography". Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "34th Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners". Television Academy: Emmys. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Macavity Awards". Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  4. ^ "History of Bouchercon". Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Santa Barbara Book and Author Festival - Awards". Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Shamus Award". Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "MWA Announces 2014 Grand Master and Raven Awards". Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Award Nominees and Winners". Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Macavity Awards". Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Edgar Award Database". Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "The Dilys Award". Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ "2013 Left Coast Crime Awards". Retrieved January 25, 2014. 

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