Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Forgotten Man, by Robert Crais

Responding to a gunshot, the LAPD has found an injured man in an alleyway. He has told the officer on the scene that he is looking for his son, Elvis Cole. Minutes later, the man is dead. Cole's been haunted his entire life by not knowing who is father was, so, even though he doesn't believe the nameless man was his father, Cole tries to find out who this man was while grappling with who he is.

I heard someone say The Forgotten Man does for Cole what LA Requiem did for his partner, Joe Pike. In a way, I agree.  We learn more of Cole's back story and why he became a private detective. It's also a more introspective and less wise-cracking Cole than we see in Crais's earlier books.

I don't want to talk more about the plot because there's a lot to give away.

Crais's Elvis Cole series is one of the great modern PI series. You can't go wrong with any of them.

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