Sunset Express by Robert Crais
Series: #6 in the Elvis Cole series
Publication Date: 2014 Hachette Book Group (originally published 1996)
From the publisher:
Prominent restaurateur Teddy Martin is facing charges in his wife’s brutal murder. But he’s not going down without spending a bundle of cash on his defense. So his hotshot attorney hires P.I. Elvis Cole to find proof that Detective Angela Rossi tampered with the evidence. Rossi needs a way back to the fast track after falling hard during an internal investigation five years ago. But Cole needs to know if she’s desperate enough to falsify the case against Martin in order to secure her own position. As Cole and his partner Joe Pike work their way through a tangle of witnesses and an even greater tangle of media, they begin to suspect that it’s not the police who are behind the setup.
It’s been too long since I last read an Elvis Cole book. This is a fun series. Elvis is an LA based private detective. His partner, Joe Pike is awesome and scary in a fun way. The main mystery is about who killed the wife of a well-known businessman. The high priced defense team wants to claim the detective planted evidence. When Elvis tells them she’s an honest cop, they claim to be OK with that but we all know they’ll do whatever it takes to clear their client.
At the same time the recent new love in Elvis’s life is visiting from Louisiana. Obviously that’s going to get complicated too.
It’s a fun ride and a series both The Hubster and I enjoy reading.
The only trouble with reading a book published in 1996 is that certain things date the story. I could imagine the story taking place today until something would crop up to remind me it wasn’t. First it was Elvis picking up someone at the airport and going to the gate to meet them. I really didn’t even notice the lack of cell phones and widespread computer use but when they navigated to a destination using the Thomas Guide maps that Joe Pike keeps in his car that was noticeable. Those things sometimes took me out of the story momentarily but not enough to detract from enjoying it.