By Robert Crais

Elvis Cole is Back--In a determined struggle to transparent his Name...

it truly is hearth season, and the hills of la are burning. whilst police and fireplace division team of workers rush door to door in a frenzied evacuation attempt, they observe the week-old corpse of an obvious suicide. however the gunshot sufferer is much less ugly than what they locate in his lap: a photograph album of 7 brutally murdered younger women -- one consistent with 12 months, for seven years. And whilst the suicide sufferer is pointed out as a former suspect in a single of the murders, the scoop turns Elvis Cole's international 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 via the police encouraged a well-liked safeguard lawyer 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 dying album in Byrd's lap now manufacturers Elvis as an unwitting associate to homicide. Captured in images which may in basic terms were taken via the assassin, Yvonne Bennett was once the 5th of the seven sufferers -- extra younger ladies have been murdered after Lionel Byrd walked loose. So Elvis can not help yet ask yourself -- did he, Elvis Cole, price extra younger women their lives?

close out of the research via a distinct LAPD activity strength made up our minds 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 through lies, politics, and corruption in an international 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 traditional for excessive, robust crime writing.

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They stored me within the backseat of Giardi’s automobile for nearly hours, first Crimmens and his accomplice, then one, then the opposite, then either jointly back. They puzzled me approximately Tomaso, the telephone calls I positioned sooner than arriving at his place of dwelling, and every little thing I observed, did, and witnessed as soon as I reached the scene. I saved Pat Kyle out of it. I instructed them I had checked the outside doorways and home windows for symptoms of pressured access simply because I knew they might locate my fingerprints, yet refused to confess I had entered the guesthouse. If I admitted getting into, Marx could have an uncontested shot at me for illegal access, and that i didn’t belief he wouldn’t e-book me. I informed the reality approximately every thing else. The questions have been reasonable and applicable, and could were requested of an individual came across on the scene. A criminalist seemed midway in the course of the wondering to take my fingerprints. We have been going over an identical questions for the 3rd time while Crimmens bought a decision on his phone. He listened a second prior to responding. “Sure, leader. We’re nonetheless wondering him. ” He listened a few extra, then held out the telephone. “Chief Marx. ” I took the telephone. Marx acknowledged, “Listen to me, Cole, and make no mistake. Lieutenant Poitras instructed me you have been shut. I comprehend you’re the godfather to at least one of his teenagers. ” I felt annoyed and harassed, and unexpectedly scared. “That isn’t your online business, Marx. ” “I gave the lieutenant a lawful and direct order while I urged him to seal Byrd’s apartment and deny all requests for info. but there you have been, a civilian, current at against the law scene I had sealed, and also you have been observed by way of the lieutenant—in direct violation of my orders, and in entrance of a number of witnesses. Are you listening to me? ” I felt the edge of acid at the again of my tongue. “I listen you. ” “I can have Lieutenant Poitras stated ahead of a evaluate board for administrative punishment. this might successfully finish his profession. ” “What are you doing, Marx? ” “Stay clear of the Repkos. keep away from the nice humans at Leverage and clear of my case. can we comprehend one another? ” “Yes. ” “Give the telephone to Crimmens. ” I felt empty, as though I had now not eaten in days and could by no means consume back. Crimmens listened for a second, then closed his mobile. “Get outta right here, Cole. He says you could pass. ” 24 TWILIGHT SETTLED like a murky scarf as I drove clear of the crime scene. Marx had taken an incredible probability by means of threatening Lou Poitras. He may have expected i'd inform Poitras, which intended Marx was once convinced he may keep watch over the placement besides the fact that Poitras reacted—probably by means of doing precisely what he had threatened. yet humans don’t take huge, immense dangers until they’re determined, which intended Marx used to be hiding anything very important. If he desired to make me back down, then i wished to get even nearer. I pulled right into a gasoline station on Ventura street, referred to as Joe Pike, then an legal professional named Abbot Montoya. It used to be overdue within the day, yet I knew Mr. Montoya might take my name. “How are you, my son? it really is reliable to listen to you. ” The smile in his voice was once hot.

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