Voodoo River by Robert Crais was originally published in 1995. My paperback copy has 383 pages. This is the 5th of Crais' Elvis Cole mysteries. In Voodoo River, Elvis travel to Louisiana, gets the job done in his special way, and falls in love. I continue to enjoy Crais. I think one of the reasons is that although there is swearing in the book, Elvis isn't the foul mouthed one. I enjoy his enigmatic partner Joe Pike too. Rating: 4
Synopsis from cover:
L.A. private eye Elvis Cole is hired by popular television star Jodie Taylor to delve into her past and identify the biological parents who gave her up for adoption thirty-six years before. Cole's assignment is to find out their biological history and report back.
It seems all too clear cut. But when he gets to Louisiana and begins his search, he finds out there's something much darker going on. Other people are also looking for Taylor's parents; and some are ending up dead.
And when Cole realizes that his employer knew more than she was telling, Voodoo River becomes a twisting tale of identity, secrets, and murder.
"Jodi Taylor was the star of the new hit television series, Songbird, in which she played the loving wife of a small town Nebraska sheriff and the mother of four blond ragamuffin children, who juggled her family and her dreams of becoming a singer." pg. 3
"I'm an adopted child, Mr. Cole.... I'm thirty-six years old....and there are things I want to know...I have questions and I want answers. Am I prone to breast or ovarian cancer? Is there some kind of disease that'll show up if I have children?" pg. 4
"If you find these people, I have no wish to meet them, and I don't want them to know who I am. I don't want anyone to know that you're doing this, and I want you to promise me that anything you find out about me or my biological relatives will remain absolutely confidential between us." pg. 6
"We were paying this guy, and we wanted to find out if what he had was really real....We didn't want to stir the water, so we didn't hip you to the whole deal. So sue us. We wanted you to go into this with a fresh eye. That makes sense, doesn't it? We wanted to see if you'd get to the same place as the goof with the hair." pg. 168