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Los Angeles, 3:58 a.m.: Elvis Cole receives the phone call he's been waiting for since childhood. Responding to a gunshot, the LAPD has found an injured man in an alleyway. He has told the officer on the scene that he is looking for his son, Elvis Cole. Minutes later, the man is dead. Haunted throughout his life by a lack of knowledge about his father, Elvis turns to the one person who can help him navigate the minefield of his past - his longtime partner and confidant, Joe Pike. Together with hard-edged LAPD detective, Carol Starkey, they launch a feverish search for the dead man's identity - even as Elvis struggles between wanting to believe he's found his father at last, and allowing his suspicions to hold him back. With each long-buried clue they unearth, a frightening picture begins to emerge about who the dead man might have been, and the terrible secret he's been guarding.
At the same time, Elvis has no way of knowing he has awakened a sleeping monster. The further he goes in his investigation, the closer he draws to a merciless killer who is violently connected to the unidentified man's past. This psychopath believes Cole is hunting him, and he goes on the attack to find Elvis before Elvis can find him.
©2005 Robert Crais (P)2005 Brilliance Audio
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By David on 05-14-10

Crais's reliable craft

This is a nicely paced book which keeps moving even though we are given a good deal of flashback information about Elvis Cole's childhood abandonment. Crais knows how to craft a plot and use it to reveal character on the fly. It does seem to me, however, that he has pretty much exhausted some of his supporting characters at this point and needs to shake things up in a major way if he continues with Cole's story.

Still, this is a good read. It develops honestly, giving you all the information you have a right to expect along the way and then delivering a surprising revelation about how it all fits together.
I particularly like the way Crais combines first and third person narrative. He keeps all the threads of the story developing in parallel and ties the knot artfully at the end.

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By MadMex on 05-04-12

A Brother Fit for Calamity

What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten Man the most enjoyable?

In a world where Face-to-Face Friendships is all but lost, the human connection between Cole and Pike makes the adventure believeable. Knowing someone has Cole's back kept me reading

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pike. When I grow up, I want to be like him or know someone like him.

What does James Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Feeling. Audible listening is all about the "Reader". Daniels does a great job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, many days I would sit in my truck in my drive-way after getting home, just listening.

Any additional comments?

My first Cole/ Pike book was "Taken". Now I'm Hooked on series. Thanx, Robert

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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