Robert Crais is an American novelist who specializes in detective fiction and thrillers. He started out writing scripts for detective shows such as Miami Vice and L.A. Law. His influences include such novelists as Raymond Chandler, Ernest Hemingway and Robert B. Parker. He is best known for his Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series.

Crais’ debut in the world of fiction was The Monkey’s Raincoat in 1987 – the first of the Elvis Cole series. Aside from the Cole/Pike series, he has also written three standalone novels. One of which, Hostage, was adapted into a Bruce Willis film of the same name. Crais refuses to sell the rights to Cole and Pike, however.

Below is a list of all of Robert Crais’ published works in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Elvis Cole & Joe Pike 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
The Watchman (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chasing Darkness (2008)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
The Wanted (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Dangerous Man (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Scott James & Maggie Books

Suspect (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Promise (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Demolition Angel (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hostage (2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Two Minute Rule (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe(2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Mystery Stories 2012(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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10 Responses to “Order of Robert Crais Books”

  1. Ron: 4 months ago

    Read 7 of your books. Bought rest so I can read in order. Comparable to Harlan Coben. Keep ’em coming.

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  2. Commenter: 2 years ago

    I just re-read all the novels, in anticipation of the next in the series, due in 2 months. My favorites are “Taken” and the stand alone “Suspect”.

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  3. Veronica: 4 years ago

    I love the Elvis Cole series. They make me laugh and sometimes they make me cry.

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  4. CADFAEL: 6 years ago

    I just read Suspect and absolutely loved it.

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  5. Mark: 7 years ago

    Suggestion: Add “Suspect” to the Stand-alone novels

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  6. jimney: 7 years ago

    His books are excellent! I especially like the Pike Novels!

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  7. Mongoose218: 7 years ago

    I agree with Cathy, they do best read in order! They get better and better!!

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  8. Cathy: 7 years ago

    I started with “The Monkey’s Raincoat” and recommend readers read them in the order of publication and as RCrais wrote them. I saw where Elvis who is such a great character, developed and even changed. n an interview RC said that he consciously changed his personality by toning him down. But it’s my feeling that they should be read in order. Regardless of the order, they move fast with a great storyline and pace, so read them all.

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  9. David Winfrey: 7 years ago

    I recommend reading “The Watchman” which is the first Joe Pike novel, then read “The Monkey’s Raincoat” and read them in order. Skip the second book, “Stalking the Angel”. My favorite books are “The First Rule” and “the Watchman”, the pace is fast, all of Robert Crais books are like a great summer movie in a book. Action packed !

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  10. ERA: 8 years ago

    JUST GREAT – A MUST READ

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