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The Promise Hardcover – November 10, 2015
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“What a perfect book: It has layered, appealing characters, a riveting plot, a most satisfying ending—and a German shepherd! Investigator Elvis Cole thinks he’s finding a missing woman, but what unfolds is a case involving explosives, terrorists, betrayals, and broken hearts. Grade: A.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Robert Crais takes the most popular characters from previous novels and shakes them up in an intense and thrilling mystery. Crais delivers a master class in writing with this latest novel.”—Associated Press
“After 20 novels, Crais remains one of crime fiction's smartest and most effortless plotters. The story unfolds with supreme ease.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Master crime fiction writer Crais delivers another winner....For readers who long for character crossovers and unambiguous resolutions, this excellent thriller should fit the bill. A skillfully convoluted plot evolves ever so slowly and culminates in a satisfying finish that also successfully ties up multiple story lines.”—Library Journal
“MWA Grandmaster Crais is at the top of his game.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
About the Author
Robert Crais is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, many of them featuring private investigator Elvis Cole and his laconic ex-cop partner, Joe Pike. Before writing his first novel, Crais spent several years writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice, Quincy, Baretta, and L.A. Law. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues, and one of his standalone novels, Hostage, was made into a movie starring Bruce Willis. His novels have been translated into forty-two languages and are bestsellers around the world. A native of Louisiana, he lives in Los Angeles.
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My major gripe is that the lack of Joe Pike was glaring. Why create such an awesome character if you're not going to use him? Literally, if Pike didn't even exist the book wouldn't be different at all. I like Elvis Cole but I love Joe Pike. And Pike was useless in all regards. At least Stone was involved. The only thing Pike did that was even remotely memorable was sniff, "Marines," about Maggie, which was funny but it wasn't enough.
More Pike, not necessarily less of anyone else. But get him involved.
Mr. Crais, if this is old age for Elvis and Joe, (they were in Vietnam; that war ended 40 years ago, so these guys are about 60) please let them retire, or go out in a blaze of glory.
The story: Elvis has been hired by a woman to find one of her friends/employees. The missing person has embezzled nearly 500K from their company and she is deeply troubled over the murder of her son by an African terrorist. Elvis is directed to a home in Echo Park to meet with a friend of the dead son, who might know of the son’s mother’s whereabouts. Elvis arrives as Scott and Maggie arrive, along with a passle of police officers. The rain is falling and the choppers are flying, blasting the area with searchlights. A dead man is found inside the house while his putative killer escapes, though not before he is seen, face to face, by Scott.
This basic but curious circumstance eventually evolves into a deeply complex (though not unintelligible or convoluted) story which brings out all of Crais’s considerable skills as a creator of crime plots.
Since the heart of the story (a woman’s mourning over her murdered son) is deadly serious, there is not a great deal of humor here, but Elvis exhibits a bit of the old Elvis-the-wisecracker spirit while Joe grimaces silently. Since the son was killed by a terrorist and Maggie is an ex-Marine, there is a lot of fellow feeling with Joe and Jon. This looms over the novel and you sense, early on, that this is not the team to be messed with, no matter how tough you believe yourself to be.
Strictly speaking, this is a terrorist novel, and we get a look at the doings of the SAC of Homeland Security and the individuals within the LAPD with whom the SAC articulates. Finally, however, this is a novel about loyalty, brothers and sisters in arms and the manner in which street smarts and personal courage trump high-tech detection.