In Robert Crais’ Chasing Darkness, Glib Los Angeles PI Elvis Cole and his taciturn ex-Marine partner, Joe Pike, reopen a three-year-old case when new evidence indicates the ne’er-do-well murder suspect that Cole exonerated not only committed the crime but masterminded a slew of other grisly killings.

Movie Pitch
The offbeat sensibility of Fletch meets the graphic violence of L.A. Confidential.

Last Word
Crais maintains the classic crime-noir staples — damsels in distress, double crosses, climactic gunfights — that kicked off the Elvis Cole series back in 1987. But this time, he also injects a welcome jolt of self-doubt into his usually unflappable, self-professed ”World’s Greatest Detective.” A-

Chasing Darkness
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