Voodoo River by Robert Crais
Series: #5 in the Elvis Cole/ Joe Pike series
Publication Date: Originally 1995, this edition 1996
The Short Version:
Elvis Cole is hired by a television star to find the biological parents who gave her up 36 years ago but he finds a whole lot more than he expects.
Why I Read It:
I was picking books to take on vacation and realized that it had been far too long since I last read an Elvis Cole book.
Jodi Taylor is a well known actress and singer on a hit television series. She hires Elvis Cole to go to Louisiana to find the biological parents who gave her up for adoption thirty six years ago. Elvis works with a local attorney who he admires for her legal talent as much as for her looks and intelligence.
Soon Elvis is caught up in a web of deceit and crime that is a twisty mess of local crime lords, law enforcement, Jodi’s birth parents, a huge scary thug and a couple of hilarious characters. Oh there’s also an ancient man-killing turtle.
I had a great time being back on a case with Elvis. It was good to get him out of LA but it also meant that much of the book took place without the presence of Elvis’s partner Joe Pike. But Joe finally made his appearance in all his wonderful Joe Pike-ness and made me happy.
Robert Crais was born in Louisiana so it was makes sense for him to send Elvis there on a case. This added some great elements to an already interesting and fun story. The quirky characters he encountered were great. Some scary, some hilarious and local attorney Lucy Chernier looks to be a recurring character in future books. That’s fine with me.
This series has my favorite qualities. Elvis is smart and sarcastic. Joe is brilliantly aloof and scary. The story is interesting and makes for plenty of suspense and action. The settings vary and this trip to Louisiana was a good one.
If you haven’t yet read any of this series I definitely recommend them. It’s a series that both The Hubster and I enjoy. They’re a great mix of fun and thrilling.