By Robert Crais
Elvis Cole is Back--In a determined struggle to transparent his Name...
It's fireplace season, and the hills of la are burning. while police and hearth division body of workers rush door to door in a frenzied evacuation attempt, they become aware of the week-old corpse of an obvious suicide. however the gunshot sufferer is much less grotesque than what they locate in his lap: a photograph album of 7 brutally murdered younger ladies -- one in step with yr, for seven years. And while the suicide sufferer is pointed out as a former suspect in a single of the murders, the scoop turns Elvis Cole's global the other way up.
3 years prior Lionel Byrd was once dropped at trial for the homicide of a feminine prostitute named Yvonne Bennett. A taped confession coerced by way of the police encouraged a fashionable safety legal professional to take Byrd's case, and Elvis Cole used to be employed to enquire. It used to be Cole's eleventh-hour discovery of an exculpatory videotape that allowed Lionel Byrd to stroll unfastened. Elvis was once hailed as a hero.
however the discovery of the demise album in Byrd's lap now manufacturers Elvis as an unwitting partner to homicide. Captured in photos that can in basic terms were taken via the assassin, Yvonne Bennett used to be the 5th of the seven sufferers -- extra younger ladies have been murdered after Lionel Byrd walked unfastened. So Elvis can't aid yet ask yourself -- did he, Elvis Cole, rate extra younger women their lives?
close out of the research by way of a unique LAPD job strength decided to shut the case, Elvis Cole and Joe Pike desperately struggle to discover the reality approximately Lionel Byrd and his nightmare album of loss of life -- a fact hidden by way of lies, politics, and corruption in a global the place not anything is what it kind of feels to be.
Chasing Darkness is a blistering mystery from the bestselling writer who units the normal for excessive, strong crime writing.
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Extra resources for Chasing Darkness (Elvis Cole, Book 11)
The chronicle has already been a thousand times told of those people liberated into their new and incomprehensible nightmare: of their poverty and hunger and humiliation, of the crosses burning in the night, the random butchery, and, above all, the unending dread. None of that madness and mayhem belongs in this story, but without at least a reminder of these things I would not be faithful to Shadrach. Despite the immense cheerfulness with which he had spoken to us of being "dibested of mah plenty," he must have endured unutterable adversity.
Mr. " Again I inclined my face to that black shrunken visage upturned to the blazing sun; I whispered the question and the reply came back after a long silence, in fitful stammerings. At last I said to Mr. " "Alabama! " I felt Shadrach pluck at my sleeve and once more I bent down to listen. Many seconds passed before I could discover the outlines of the words struggling for meaning on the flailing, ungovernable tongue. But finally I captured their shapes, arranged them in order. " Mr. Dabney said.
Shadrach sat in the middle of the front seat. Mr. Dabney was hunched over the wheel, chewing at a wad of tobacco and driving with black absorption; he had stripped to his undershirt, and I thought I could almost see the rage and frustration in the tight bunched muscles of his neck. He muttered curses at the balky gearshift but otherwise said little, rapt in his guardian misery. So voluminous that the flesh of her shoulders fell in a freckled cascade over the back of her seat, Trixie loomed on the other side of Shadrach; the corpulence of her body seemed in some way to both enfold and support the old man, who nodded and dozed.