BOOK REVIEW: CHASING DARKNESS
Finding the body of a suspected rapist/killer in an apparent suicide touches off the newest Elvis Cole mystery by Robert Crais. Cole, a private investigator in a Crais series, is immediately brought into play by the LA police department because his investigation several years ago had helped set the suspect free. The LAPD feel that this suspect had just recently killed again and that he had actually killed seven different women. Their view is that several of the women would not have died if Coleís testimony hadnít freed the man.
After the police decide that Cole cannot be booked for anything they continue their investigation. However they tell Cole that he is to stay out of the way and is not to do any investigating on his own or he will be booked for hindering an investigation. This only ignites more of a fire in Coleís belly as to find out what is going on.
When word gets out that Cole helped the suspect get off of the charge her three brothers find and give Cole a severe beating. However he is finally able to prove to them and her parents that in fact the suspect could not have murdered the girl. After discussions with the family and more in depth searching Cole determines that the police chief in charge of the investigation is covering for someone.
The further he digs enables Cole to connect the chief with one of the councilmen of the city of Los Angeles. He uncovers several instances wherein this chief has in fact shielded the councilman from being connected with several crimes that involved young women.
It appears as though Cole has solved the crime when he is able to locate a cell phone that no one was able to find. He feels sure that he has now nailed the chief and the councilman. But when he dials the number that is not only the last outgoing call but is the number that was called the most from the cell he is shocked.
The person who answers completely astounds Cole and the supposed conclusion to the mystery takes a new turn.
Robert Crais has written a very interesting book that keeps the interest of the reader all the way to the conclusion. That conclusion is one that few if any readers will come to before it is unmasked.
The Elvis Cole series will no doubt continue as Crais comes up with new ideas and situations to involve this private investigator. And Crais does it with a well-written style that is practically free of profanity and sex. Well done!
REVIEWED BY ALLEN HOTT
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