Robert Crais is the man when it comes to crime fiction. He started out his writing career penning scripts for such classic TV crime shows as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Quincy, Miami Vice and LA. Law. In the Eighties he started writing crime novels featuring a fast talking if strangely named private investigator called Elvis Cole (King Cole geddit?) Along with his brooding muscle bound sidekick Joe Pike. The early Pike and Cole novels in particular are crime fiction classics, mixing humor, action and mystery with sharp writing that is bubbling with panache. Check out The Monkeys Raincoat or LA. Requiem. There has been comment that Crais’ (rhymes with grace) fiction is becoming darker of late, this is almost certainly true and many of his goofier lines from the early days are sorely missed, but trends change in crime fiction and Crais is undoubtably changing his personal and editorial vision in line with market demands. It must be said however that Crais’s naughties novels such as Demolition Angel, Hostage, Chasing Darkness and The Two-Minute-Rule are among his best. The latest Cole and Pike Novel First Rule is out now.