Robert Crais Books

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Robert Crais was born on 20th June 1953 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. He is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole series. A native of Louisiana, Robert Crais grew up in one blue collar family of police officers and oil refinery workers. He was trained as a mechanical engineer before he pursued his dream of becoming an author. After years of writing short fiction and amateur film-making, he journeyed to Hollywood back in 1976, where he found work writing scripts for major network television series such as Hill Street Blues, Quincy, Miami Vice, Cagney and Lacey and L.A. Law.

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Order of Elvis Cole & Joe Pike Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Monkey's Raincoat 1987 Description / Buy
2 Stalking the Angel 1989 Description / Buy
3 Lullaby Town 1992 Description / Buy
4 Free Fall 1993 Description / Buy
5 Voodoo River 1995 Description / Buy
6 Sunset Express 1996 Description / Buy
7 Indigo Slam 1997 Description / Buy
8 L. A. Requiem 1999 Description / Buy
9 The Last Detective 2003 Description / Buy
10 The Forgotten Man 2005 Description / Buy
11 The Watchman 2007 Description / Buy
12 Chasing Darkness 2008 Description / Buy
13 The First Rule 2010 Description / Buy
14 The Sentry 2011 Description / Buy
15 Taken 2012 Description / Buy
16 The Promise 2015 Description / Buy
17 The Wanted 2017 Description / Buy
18 A Dangerous Man 2019 Description / Buy
19 Racing the Light 2022 Description / Buy
20 The BIg Empty 2025 Description / Buy

Order of Scott James & Maggie Series

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1 Suspect 2013 Description / Buy
2 The Promise 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Robert Crais Standalone Novels

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1 Demolition Angel 2000 Description / Buy
2 Hostage 2001 Description / Buy
3 The Two Minute Rule 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Robert Crais Short Stories/Novellas

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1 The Man Who Knew Dick Bong (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Mysterious Profiles Series

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1 Elvis Cole and Joe Pike 2022 Description / Buy
2 Jack Taylor ( By: Ken Bruen) 2022 Description / Buy
3 Jack Reacher ( By: Lee Child) 2022 Description / Buy
4 Charlie Parker ( By: John Connolly) 2022 Description / Buy
5 Hieronymus Bosch ( By: Michael Connelly) 2022 Description / Buy
6 Lincoln Rhyme ( By: Jeffery Deaver) 2022 Description / Buy
7 Alex Delaware ( By: Jonathan Kellerman) 2022 Description / Buy
8 Tess Monaghan ( By: Laura Lippman) 2022 Description / Buy
9 Charlie Resnick ( By: John Harvey) 2022 Description / Buy
10 Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus ( By: Faye Kellerman) 2022 Description / Buy
11 Inspector Morse ( By: Colin Dexter) 2022 Description / Buy
12 Dismas Hardy ( By: John Lescroart) 2022 Description / Buy
13 Bob Lee Swagger ( By: Stephen Hunter) 2022 Description / Buy
14 Aloysius X. L. Pendergast ( By: Douglas Preston) 2022 Description / Buy
15 Lou Boldt (Short Story) ( By: Ridley Pearson) 2022 Description / Buy
16 Spenser ( By: Robert B. Parker) 2022 Description / Buy
17 Charlotte and Thomas Pitt ( By: Anne Perry) 2022 Description / Buy
18 John Rebus ( By: Ian Rankin) 2022 Description / Buy
19 Mallory ( By: Carol O'Connell) 2022 Description / Buy
20 Jane Whitefield (Short Story) ( By: Thomas Perry) 2022 Description / Buy
21 Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (Short Story) ( By: Charles Todd) 2022 Description / Buy
22 Amos Walker (Short Story) ( By: Loren D. Estleman) 2022 Description / Buy
23 Precious Ramotswe (Short Story) ( By: Alexander McCall Smith) 2022 Description / Buy
24 Maisie Dobbs (Short Story) ( By: Jacqueline Winspear) 2022 Description / Buy
25 The Lincoln Lawyer (Short Story) ( By: Michael Connelly) 2022 Description / Buy
26 Ben Kincaid (Short Story) ( By: William Bernhardt) 2023 Description / Buy
27 Repairman Jack (Short Story) ( By: F. Paul Wilson) 2023 Description / Buy

Robert Crais Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe 2011 Description / Buy
2 The Best American Mystery Stories 2012 2012 Description / Buy
3 Crimespree Magazine #61 2015 Description / Buy
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An award winning novelist, Robert’s books have made into the New York Times best seller lists. He is also the 2006 recipient of Ross MacDonald Literary Award. In addition, he has authored several New York Times best sellers.

He also received an Emmy nomination for his works on Hill Street Blues. Besides all these, Robert Crais is most proud of his four-hour NBC miniseries, The Cross of Fire, which was declared by The New York Times declared as “A powerful and searing documentation of the Ku Klux Klan’s rise to national prominence back in the 1920s.”


Crais’ debut in the fiction world was The Monkey’s Raincoat back in 1987 –the first novel of the Elvis Cole series. Apart from the Cole and Pike series, Crais has also written several standalone novels. One of these novels, Hostage, was adapted into a Bruce Willis movie of the same name. One of the rare cases where the movie may just be better than the book.


The Elvis Cole Series is one of the best series that Robert Crais has written. Below are the top 3 books in this series.

Indigo Slam: This is the seventh book in this series. It is an action packed and razor sharp thriller that features Elvis Cole, LA private eye. Meet Elvis Cole, a Vietnam Veteran, private eye who always carries a .38 and is very much determined never to grow up. Fifteen year old Teri Hewitt has been left to hold the babies now that Clark , her dad, has disappeared without trace. Teri Hewitt wants Cole to find her dad. The search then reveals an unemployed drug addict who’s caught up in several counterfeiting scams and mixed up with the Vietnamese Gunmen and Russian mafia. As the novel’s action heads towards a gunfight at Disneyland and Elvis Cole dodges his girlfriend’s husband , Indigo Slam shapes up into the most exciting and entertaining American crime novel for several years.

The Last Detective: Elvis Cole is again coming to terms with his whole life as a PI on L.A streets. He loves Lucy Chenier, his girlfriend, but his constant exposure to Californian underclasses has stretched further their relationship to the limit more so when Cole’s job brings danger close to her much-loved son. Ben, the young boy, is quickly becoming the light in their lives. Then on one sunny afternoon, the demons from Cole’s past finally come to visit. The young boy is snatched from his secluded home by kidnappers. The kidnappers call but they do not want money. The only thing that they want is retribution. However, who from his past is able to do such type of crime? The only clue is that kidnapper mentions the words ‘five two’. Five two used to be his unit designation when in Vietnam. This is a life that he has avoided to think about for over 20 years. However, he now has to embark on a journey into his past to try to protect his own future. This is because it seems that this kidnapper is not just someone who knows him well but he’s also someone who owes him.

The Watchman: In Robert Crais’ novel, The Watchman, we have this author firing on all cylinders and all Crais aficionados shall know that’s an experience to savor. It is one of the tough long-term Robert Crais protagonists, Joe Pikes, who sets this edgy narrative in motion. The narrative barely pauses for breath once this Crais’ high adrenaline novel gets in motion. Joe Pike has been requested to look after a young female witness in a case that involves an extremely dangerous gangster. Larkin Conner Barkely, the witness, could not be more different from the silent Joe: she is rich, willful and much used to getting her own ways. The uneasy alliance between these two is not helped a lot when some violent men start to breath down their necks. Joe Pike realizes that he will have to drag the reluctant Larkin from her privileged background and then hide her from view in down-market areas of Los Angeles, while at the same time still bloodily taking the battle to the enemies.

When Does The Next Robert Crais book come out?

The next book by Robert Crais is The BIg Empty and will be released on January, 14th 2025. It is the newest book in the Elvis Cole & Joe Pike Series.

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