Free Fall by Robert Crais was originally published in 1993. My paperback copy has 288 pages. This is another mystery featuring the PI, Elvis Cole. It's not quite as good as Lullaby Town, but I still found it a solid effort. Crais's Cole is a clever, funny character. Rating: 3.9
Synopsis from cover:
Elvis Cole is just a detective who can't say no, especially to a girl in a terrible fix. And Jennifer Sheridan qualifies: Her fiancé, Mark Thurman, is a decorated LA cop with an elite plainclothes unit, but Jennifer's sure he's in trouble - the kind of serious trouble that only Elvis Cole can help him out of.
Five minutes after his new client leaves his office, Elvis and his partner, the enigmatic Joe Pike, are hip-deep in a deadly situation as they plummet into a world of South Central gangs, corrupt cops, and conspiracies of silence. And before the case is through, every cop in the LAPD will be gunning for a pair of escaped armed-and-dangerous killers - Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.
"Jennifer Sheridan stood in the door to my office as if she were Fay Wray and I was King Kong and a bunch of black guys in sagebrush tutus were going to tie her down so that I could have my way. It's a look I've seen before, on men as well as women." opening sentences
"Jennifer and I have been going together since we were kids. I've been acting kind of distant with her for the past couple months and I haven't told her why, and Jennifer has figured out that I'm mixed up in something." pg. 14
"I miss them. Minimalls are not as attractive as orange trees, but maybe that's just me." pg. 20
"A woman I know gave me a build-it-yourself bird-feeder kit for Christmas, so I built it, and hung it from the eve of my roof high enough to keep the birds safe from my cat. But the birds scratch the seed out of the feeder, then fly down to the deck to eat the seed. They know there's a cat, but still they go down to pick at the seed. when you think about it, people are often like this, too." pg. 37
"That's an official police investigation. That's what I'm telling you to stay away from. I'm also telling you to stay....out of Mark Thurman's personal life." pg. 101
"I will always love him. No matter what. If he did something, it's because he believed he had to. If I can help him, then I will help him. I will love him even if he no longer loves me." pg. 117