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Robert Crais (pronounced to rhyme with 'chase') (born June 20, 1953) is an American author of detective fiction. Crais began his career writing scripts for television shows such as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Quincy, Miami Vice and L.A. Law. His writing is influenced by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B. Parker and John Steinbeck. Crais has won numerous awards for his crime novels. Lee Child has cited him in interviews as one of his favourite American crime writers. The novels of Robert Crais have been published in 62 countries and are bestsellers around the world. Robert Crais received the Ross Macdonald Literary Award in 2006 and was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 2014.

Biography

Born in Independence, Louisiana, he was adopted and raised as an only child. He attended Louisiana State University and studied mechanical engineering.
Crais moved to Hollywood in 1976 where he found work as a screenwriter for the television series Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey and Miami Vice, and was nominated for an Emmy award. Following the death of his father in 1985, Crais published the novel, The Monkey's Raincoat, which won the 1988 Anthony Award for "Best Paperback Original" and the 1988 Mystery Readers International Macavity Award for "Best First Novel". It has since been selected as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
In 2006 Crais was awarded the Ross Macdonald Literary Award and in 2010 the Private Eye Writers of America's (PWA) Lifetime Achievement Award The Eye. In 2014 Crais received the Mystery Writers of America's (MWA) Grand Master Award.
Crais novels include: Demolition Angel, Hostage, Suspect, and The Two-Minute Rule. Most of Crais' books feature the characters Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, with The Watchman (2007), The First Rule (2010) and The Sentry (2011) centering on Joe Pike. Taken is a 2012 detective novel by Robert Crais. It is the fifteenth in a series of linked novels centering on the character Elvis Cole. The 2005 film, Hostage, was an adaptation of one of his books.

Bibliography

Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels

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rowspan="4" 1. rowspan="4" 1987 rowspan="4" The Monkey's Raincoat Anthony Award – Best Paperback Original 1988
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Macavity Award – Best First Novel 1988
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Edgar Award – Best Paperback Original 1988
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Shamus Award – Best Original P.I. Paperback 1988
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2. 1989 Stalking the Angel
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rowspan="2" 3. rowspan="2" 1992 rowspan="2" Lullaby Town Anthony Award – Best Novel 1993
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Shamus Award – Best P.I. Hardcover 1993
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4. 1993 Free Fall Edgar Award – Best Novel 1994
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5. 1995 Voodoo River Dilys Award
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rowspan="2" 6. rowspan="2" 1996 rowspan="2" Sunset Express Shamus Award – Best P.I. Novel 1997
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Publishers Weekly
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7. 1997 Indigo Slam Shamus Award – Best P.I. Novel 1998
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rowspan="4" 8. rowspan="4" 1999 rowspan="4" L.A. Requiem Dilys Award
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Edgar Award – Best Novel 2000
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Anthony Award – Best Novel 2000
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Shamus Award – Best P.I. Novel 2000
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9. 2003 The Last Detective Audie Award
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10. 2005 The Forgotten Man Shamus Award – Best P.I. Novel 2006
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rowspan="4" 11. rowspan="4" 2007 rowspan="4" The Watchman Barry Award – Best Thriller 2008
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Mystery Ink's Gumshoe Award – Best Thriller 2008
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Anthony Award – Best Novel 2008
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International Thriller Writers Awards – Best Novel 2008
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12. 2008 Chasing Darkness Southern California Independent Booksellers Association – Best Mystery Award
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13. 2010 The First Rule Shamus Award – Best Hardcover P.I. Novel 2011
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14. 2011 The Sentry
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rowspan="2" 15. rowspan="2" 2012 rowspan="2" Taken Shamus Award – Best Hardcover P.I. Novel 2013
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Left Coast Crime – The Watson (mystery novel with the best sidekick) 2013
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16. 2015 The Promise
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17. 26 December 2017 The Wanted
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18. 18 June 2019 A Dangerous Man
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Other novels

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rowspan="2" 2000 rowspan="2" Demolition Angel rowspan="2" Doubleday Mary Higgins Clark Award 2001
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Dilys Award
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2001 Hostage Doubleday New York Times Book Review
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rowspan="5" 2006 rowspan="5" The Two-Minute Rule rowspan="5" Simon & Schuster London Evening Standard
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Otto Penzler, The New York Sun
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Oline Cogdill, Sun-Sentinel
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January Magazine
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Audie Award
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2013 Suspect

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Category:Living people
Category:American mystery writers
Category:20th-century American novelists
Category:Novelists from Louisiana
Category:People from Independence, Louisiana
Category:Writers from Los Angeles
Category:1953 births
Category:Anthony Award winners
Category:Macavity Award winners
Category:Shamus Award winners
Category:Barry Award winners
Category:Dilys Award winners
Category:21st-century American novelists
Category:American male novelists
Category:20th-century American male writers
Category:21st-century American male writers
 
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