Robert Crais

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Robert Crais
Born (1953-06-20) June 20, 1953 (age 61)
Independence, Louisiana, United States
Pen name Elvis Cole, Jerry Gret Samouche
Occupation Novelist, Screenwriter
Genre Fiction, Crime Fiction, Thrillers
Website
http://www.robertcrais.com

Robert Crais (born June 20, 1953) is an American author of detective fiction. Crais began his career writing scripts for television shows such as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Quincy, Miami Vice and L.A. Law. His writing is influenced by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B. Parker and John Steinbeck.

Biography[edit]

Born in Independence, Louisiana, he was adopted and raised as an only child.[1] He attended Louisiana State University and studied mechanical engineering for.[1]

Crais moved to Hollywood in 1976 where he found work as a screenwriter for the television series Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey and Miami Vice, and was nominated for an Emmy award.[2] Following the death of his father in 1985, Crais published the novel, The Monkey's Raincoat, which won the 1988 Anthony Award for "Best First Novel" and[3] the 1988 Mystery Readers International Macavity Award for "Best Paperback Original".[4]

In 2006 Crais was awarded the Ross Macdonald Literary Award[5] and in 2010 the Private Eye Writers of America's (PWA) Lifetime Achievement Award The Eye.[6] In 2014 he is scheduled to receive the Mystery Writers of America's (MWA) Grand Master Award.[7]

Crais novels include: Demolition Angel, Hostage, Suspect, and The Two-Minute Rule, all of Crais' books feature Cole and Pike, with The Watchman (2007), The First Rule (2010) and The Sentry (2011) centering on Joe Pike. Taken is a 2012 detective novel by Robert Crais. It is the fifteenth in a series of linked novels centering on the character Elvis Cole. The 2005 film, Hostage, was an adaptation of one of his books.[8]

Bibliography[edit]

Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels[edit]

Nr Year Title Award Result
1. 1987 The Monkey's Raincoat Anthony Award – Best Paperback Original 1988 Won[9]
Macavity Award – Best First Novel 1988 Won[10]
Edgar Award – Best Paperback Original 1988 Nominated[11]
Shamus Award – Best Original P.I. Paperback 1988 Nominated[6]
2. 1989 Stalking the Angel
3. 1992 Lullaby Town Anthony Award – Best Novel 1993 Nominated[9]
Shamus Award – Best P.I. Hardcover 1993 Nominated[6]
4. 1993 Free Fall Edgar Award – Best Novel 1994 Nominated[11]
5. 1995 Voodoo River Dilys Award Nominated[12]
6. 1996 Sunset Express Shamus Award – Best P.I. Novel 1997 Won[6]
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 1996 selection
7. 1997 Indigo Slam Shamus Award – Best P.I. Novel 1998 Nominated[6]
8. 1999 L.A. Requiem Dilys Award Won[12]
Edgar Award – Best Novel 2000 Nominated[11]
Anthony Award – Best Novel 2000 Nominated[9]
Shamus Award – Best P.I. Novel 2000 Nominated[6]
9. 2003 The Last Detective Audie Award Finalist
10. 2005 The Forgotten Man Shamus Award – Best P.I. Novel 2006 Nominated[6]
11. 2007 The Watchman Barry Award – Best Thriller 2008 Won
Mystery Ink's Gumshoe Award – Best Thriller 2008 Won
Anthony Award – Best Novel 2008 Nominated[9]
International Thriller Writers Awards – Best Novel 2008 Nominated
12. 2008 Chasing Darkness Southern California Independent Booksellers Association – Best Mystery Award Nominated
13. 2010 The First Rule Shamus Award – Best Hardcover P.I. Novel 2011 Nominated[6]
14. 2011 The Sentry
15. 2012 Taken Shamus Award – Best Hardcover P.I. Novel 2013 Won[6]
Left Coast Crime – The Watson (mystery novel with the best sidekick) 2013 Nominated[13]

Other novels[edit]

Year Title Publisher Award Result
2000 Demolition Angel Doubleday Mary Higgins Clark Award 2001 Nominated[11]
Dilys Award Nominated[12]
2001 Hostage Doubleday New York Times Book Review Notable Book
2006 The Two-Minute Rule Simon & Schuster London Evening Standard Best Crime Novel of the Year
Otto Penzler, The New York Sun Top Ten Best Crime Novels of the Year
Oline Cogdill, Sun-Sentinel Top Ten Best Crime Novels of the Year
January Magazine Best Books of 2006
Audie Award Finalist
2013 Suspect

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Encyclopedia of World Biography". Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "34th Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners". Television Academy: Emmys. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Macavity Awards". Mysteryreaders.org. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  4. ^ "History of Bouchercon". Bouchercon.info. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Santa Barbara Book and Author Festival - Awards". sbbookfestival.org. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Shamus Award". thrillingdetective.com. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "MWA Announces 2014 Grand Master and Raven Awards". mysterywriters.org. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". RobertCrais.com. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Award Nominees and Winners". Bouchercon.info. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Macavity Awards". Mysteryreaders.org. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Edgar Award Database". TheEdgars.com. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "The Dilys Award". mysterybooksellers.com. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ "2013 Left Coast Crime Awards". leftcoastcrime.org. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 

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