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Publisher's Summary

"[A] riveting novel with a vivid sense of place.... Anyone who enjoys a well-written, fast-paced, noirish thriller with a great aha! moment shouldn’t miss The Forgotten Man."--The Boston Globe

In an alleyway in Los Angeles, an old man, clutching faded newspaper clippings and gasping his last words to a cop, lies dying of a gunshot wound. The victim claims to be P.I. Elvis Cole’s long-lost father - a stranger who has always haunted his son.

As a teenager, Cole searched desperately for his father. As a man, he faces the frightening possibility that this murder victim was himself a killer. Caught in limbo between a broken love affair and way too much publicity over his last case, Cole at first resists getting involved with this new case. Then it consumes him. Now a stranger’s terrifying secrets - and a hunt for his killer - give Cole a frightening glimpse into his own past. And he can’t tell if it’s forgiveness or a bullet that’s coming next....

"Robert Crais is a crime writer of incredible talent - his novels are not only suspenseful and deeply atmospheric but very hard to put down."--Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code

"A brutal but exhilarating climax."--USA Today

Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.
©2005 Robert Crais (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

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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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Elvis is the Greatest

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

all of R Crais books read by James Daniels are a must listen.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Crais brings you along with each book. they can stand alone, but you will enjoy them much better if you read in order. This order I can not tell you, but they are not too be missed when read by J. Daniels

Which character – as performed by James Daniels – was your favorite?

Elvis and Pike (do not miss the Watchman, Pikes story, Sexy from get go) It was a great shame that R Crais thought he could compete with j. Daniels reading style in the Sentry. If Crais were to re record that book with J Daniels and NOT Luke Daniels, he would get a large winner and even bigger sales as I would re buy with James reading it

Any additional comments?

I had all of the elvis books on cassette, and will be buying only the J. Daniels recordings from audible. These all were worth a re listen and my time.

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Awful narration

I dont know why the narration has so many good reviews, I dont consider whispering and running your words together to be a great performance. Could not get past the first 3 chapters

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Who Is That Man?

Overall this book (Book 10 in the series) is well done. The story fades a bit now and again so that is why it earned a 4 rather than a 5. The ending has a nice twist to keep you guessing. James Daniels is a very good narrator making listening very enjoyable and engaging. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys mysteries and particularly if you are an Elvis Cole/Joe Pike fan. If not, you will likely become one.

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Original

A very inventive story ! Will hold your interest thru out and never be uninteresting.

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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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it's ok.

The story is great. The narrator is boring, and trying to hard. I dunno. his voice doesn't fit Elvis

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Powerful characters with a great narrator

Loved the California settings. Interesting backstory to start, and a well formed plot make this one of the best Cole-Pike novels I've listened to.

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Not Craig's best work

Not at all what I expected or was hoping for. finished it just to make sure I didn't miss something important for the next book.

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Cartoonish dialogue, week performance

Maybe it was the narrator, James Daniels’ high school level interpretation of the characters. But this sure felt like a bad 70s cop show. The story was fine. But the writer could have used more authentic prose and they could have used a better narrator. I will avoid Mr. Daniels in the future. XO

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