Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are the featured characters in suspense novels by American author Robert Crais. Former Army Ranger Elvis Cole is a private detective alongside his partner Joe Pike, an ex-Marine. The majority of Robert Crais’ books feature both characters, but some of the later novels have focused on Joe Pike.

Robert Crais introduced the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike characters in the novel The Monkey’s Raincoat, published in 1987. The series is currently ongoing. Below is the order in which Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole/Joe Pike books have been released in:

Publication Order of Elvis Cole Books


The Monkey's Raincoat(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stalking the Angel(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lullaby Town(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Free Fall(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Voodoo River(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sunset Express(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Indigo Slam(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
L.A. Requiem(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Detective(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Forgotten Man(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chasing Darkness(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Promise(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Joe Pike Books


The Watchman(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The First Rule(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sentry(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Taken(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Promise(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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  • piggly

    You promise a chronological order for the books, not just publication order. You lie, like Obama.

    • Brandon

      The publication order is the same as the chronological order, from what I can tell. The order of the last four books is: The Watchman, The First Rule, The Sentry & Taken.

      (And since when was a politician lying new?)

  • Ray Brooksby

    “The Promise,” not available until November 10, 2015.