Indigo Slam (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #7) by Robert Crais - PDF free download eBook

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When fifteen-year-old Teri Hewitt pleads with Elvis to find the father who abandoned her and her two younger siblings, his first reaction is to turn the case over to the California department of social services. But when he sees that Teri has the liv...

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ISBN
9781423319566
Publisher
Hachette Books
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Age range
18+ Years
Book language
GB
Format
PDF, CHM, DOC, RTF
Quality
Low quality scanned pages
Dimensions
5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.37 (d)

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Some brief overview of this book

When fifteen-year-old Teri Hewitt pleads with Elvis to find the father who abandoned her and her two younger siblings, his first reaction is to turn the case over to the California department of social services. But when he sees that Teri has the lives and care of her little family well in hand, he decides to take the job, asking Joe Pike to help him keep an eye on the kids. The missing dad, Clark Hewitt, is an unemployed printer whose personal history is hard to pin down; as Elvis investigates, the image of Hewitt that emerges indicates a chronically unemployed drug addict who slums through the criminal world, not a bona fide printer but a master counterfeiter. The clues soon send Elvis to Hewitts home town, Seattle, where Elvis runs afoul of both the newly emerging Russian Mafia and U.S. Federal Marshals as he discovers more about the elusive deadbeat dad. In the meantime, Lucy Chenier comes to L.A. to interview for a television job she wants badly. This will mean her moving to Elviss town, and will cement the seriousness of their relationship. But things get complicated when her ex-husband shows up at Elviss office, claiming that Lucy still loves him and that he wont permit her to leave Louisiana. Just as Joe Pike has just about had it with babysitting, the bad guys converge in a breathtaking chase at Disneyland, and the novel comes to its unbearably suspenseful climax. With characteristic hilarity and wit, Robert Crais makes Indigo Slam his most compelling book yet.

A few words about book's author

Robert Crais is the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award. He is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including The Two Minute Rule, The Forgotten Man, and L.A. Requiem.

Biography

Los Angeles is known as the city of dreams, largely because so many Americans dream of breaking into the Hollywood film and television industry. In 1976, Robert Crais went west from Louisiana to pursue that very dream. As it turned out, he became one of the lucky few to break into the industry in a big way. Crais has since written for such hugely popular TV shows as Quincy, Cagney and Lacey, Miami Vice, Hill Street Blues, and L.A. Law, just to name a few. However, after achieving such success (which included a prestigious Emmy nomination) in a business that so many would give everything to break into, Robert Crais decided to step away and pursue his true dream. Frustrated by the collaborative process that comes with screenwriting, and inspired by pulp-pioneers such as Raymond Chandler, Crais became a mystery novelist. With his massively popular Elvis Cole/Joe Pike mysteries series, it seems as though success has a funny way of following Crais no matter what he decides to do. Crais published his very first novel in 1987. The Monkeys Raincoat introduced mystery fans to Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, a pair of L.A. private investigators who would become his most-beloved recurring characters. Craiss transition from screenwriting to novel-writing was an astoundingly smooth one. The Monkeys Raincoat earned him nominations for the Edgar, Anthony, Shamus, and Macavity awards, winning both the Anthony and Macavity for Best Novel of the Year. Craiss publisher was so overjoyed by the novels success that he encouraged Crais to keep the Cole/Pike team going. I started writing these books to get away from writing other peoples concepts, like TV and movies, Crais told Barnes&Noble.com. I never expected to write these guys as a series...but the book proved to be so popular and the characters were so popular that my publisher wanted more. What followed was a series of bestselling mysteries, including Stalking the Angel (1989), Free Fall (1993), L.A. Requiem (1999), and last years The Forgotten Man. Although the series was not part of Craiss original plan, he still seems to hold the Cole and Pike team closer to his heart than anything he has previously written. He explained, The characters have deepened, and I think they kind of reflect whats going on with me and the world as I see it. When asked about whether or not we can expect to see the crime-solving buddies on the big screen anytime soon, he said, I think I would have a difficult time in the collaborative process when other people suddenly put their fingerprints on Elvis and Joe, further illustrating his personal feelings for his P.I. team. As much as Crais loves his series, he does occasionally write novels outside of the Cole/Pike world. His latest, The Two-Minute Rule, tells the story of career criminal Max Holman, a recently released-from-prison bank robber who finds himself hunting an entirely different kind of criminal after his son is gunned down. The book has since raked in positive reviews from such publications as Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and The Library Journal. While The Two-Minute Rule does not feature Cole and Pike, Crais fans will notice one significant similarity between his latest novel and his famous series — the Los Angeles setting. I cant think of a better place to set crime novels because of what Los Angeles is. Los Angeles is the main where the nation goes to make its dreams come true. When you have a place like that where so many people are risking their very identities, not just money and cash, but theyre risking who they are because its their hopes and dreams, when you have that kind of tension and that kind of friction, you cant help but have crime. Fortunately, Crais will never have to succumb to such friction and tension since, for a success story such as he, Los Angeles completely lived up to its promise of being the city of dreams.Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Crais: My first job was cleaning dog kennels. It was especially, ah, aromatic during those hot, humid Louisiana summers, but it prepared me for Hollywood. My fiction is almost always inspired by a characters need or desire to rise above him-or herself. No one is perfect and some of us have much adversity in our lives; it is those people who struggle to rise above their nature or background that I find the most interesting and heroic. Fun details? Like Elvis Cole, I have a dry sense of humor. Sometimes I am so dry that people dont know Im kidding and think Im being serious. I enjoy this because their reactions are often funny. Also, I wear beautifully colored shirts like Elvis Cole, only I was wearing them before him. People will say, ‘Look, RC dresses just like Elvis Cole, and Ill say, No, Elvis Cole dresses like me! I also wear sunglasses like Joe Pike, but not indoors and not at night. Elvis Cole wrote two episodes of television. No lie. It happened like this: I had written episodes of Miami Vice and Jag that were rewritten by person or persons unknown — changed so badly that I didnt want my name on them, so I used Elvis Coles name as a pen name.

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