Excerpt from 'Criminal Pursuits'

(Los Angeles Times, April 28, 1996)


If it accomplished nothing else, the O.J. Simpson ordeal has served
as a source of endless inspiration for comedians and writers. Robert
Crais, whose novels about private detective Elvis Cole contain enough
humor to place him in both categories, cleverly makes good use of ele-
ments of the "trial of the century" in his latest highly entertaining mystery,
Sunset Express. Leaving the race card untouched, he presents a murder
suspect similar to Simpson several ways--he's wealthy, he's accused of
slaying his wife and he's hired the best legal minds money can buy. His
chief lawyer, enough of a grandstander to have a documentary filmmaker
as part of his entourage, hires the private eye to investigate the female
police officer who discovered the murder weapon at his client's home.
Did she plant it? True to Philip Marlowe's tenets, Cole is more
interested in morality than in money, and when he discovers that he may
not be on the side of the angels, takes appropriate action. How he and
his sociopathic partner, Joe Pike, seek to right the scales of justice makes
for what may be the series' strongest entry. The  Crais  fan club has been
growing with each novel, and this one, his seventh (sic), has the potential to make
it all the way to the bestseller lists.

(Note: this is an excerpt from a longer article.)

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