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June 20, 1953 |
Independence, Louisiana, United States
|Pen name||Elvis Cole, Jerry Gret Samouche|
|Genre||Fiction, Crime Fiction, Thrillers|
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.
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. 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 the 1988 Mystery Readers International Macavity Award for "Best Paperback Original".
In 2006 Crais was awarded the Ross Macdonald Literary Award and in 2010 the Private Eye Writers of America's (PWA) Lifetime Achievement Award The Eye. In 2014 he is scheduled to receive the Mystery Writers of America's (MWA) Grand Master Award.
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.
Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels
|1.||1987||The Monkey's Raincoat||Anthony Award – Best Paperback Original 1988||Won|
|Macavity Award – Best First Novel 1988||Won|
|Edgar Award – Best Paperback Original 1988||Nominated|
|Shamus Award – Best Original P.I. Paperback 1988||Nominated|
|2.||1989||Stalking the Angel|
|3.||1992||Lullaby Town||Anthony Award – Best Novel 1993||Nominated|
|Shamus Award – Best P.I. Hardcover 1993||Nominated|
|4.||1993||Free Fall||Edgar Award – Best Novel 1994||Nominated|
|5.||1995||Voodoo River||Dilys Award||Nominated|
|6.||1996||Sunset Express||Shamus Award – Best P.I. Novel 1997||Won|
|Publishers Weekly||Best Books of 1996 selection|
|7.||1997||Indigo Slam||Shamus Award – Best P.I. Novel 1998||Nominated|
|8.||1999||L.A. Requiem||Dilys Award||Won|
|Edgar Award – Best Novel 2000||Nominated|
|Anthony Award – Best Novel 2000||Nominated|
|Shamus Award – Best P.I. Novel 2000||Nominated|
|9.||2003||The Last Detective||Audie Award||Finalist|
|10.||2005||The Forgotten Man||Shamus Award – Best P.I. Novel 2006||Nominated|
|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|
|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|
|15.||2012||Taken||Shamus Award – Best Hardcover P.I. Novel 2013||Won|
|Left Coast Crime – The Watson (mystery novel with the best sidekick) 2013||Nominated|
|16.||November 10, 2015||The Promise|
|2000||Demolition Angel||Doubleday||Mary Higgins Clark Award 2001||Nominated|
|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|
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