Racing the Light
by Robert Crais opens with private investigator Elvis Cole in his office on the
western edge of Hollywood. It is hot and clear when Ms. Adele Schumacher and her
entourage arrive. The entourage arrives first, and after checking out the
office, back out so that Ms. Schumacher can talk with Mr. Cole. Things started off a bit weird so it was a
sign for Cole that things would get weirder.
Ms. Schumacher has good reason to be believe her son, Joshua
Alberta Schumacher, has been kidnapped. She has not received a ransom demand.
She firmly believes that he has kidnapped to silence him. Her 26-year-old son
is an investigative journalist with his own podcast. She believes that he is
being held at a secret government facility. Not surprisingly, her case has gone
nowhere with the police as he is an adult and she does not have any real proof
While she may believe in government conspiracies, her fear
is very real, and she clearly needs help. Cole agrees to poke around for her so
that she knows somebody is listening and looking. He does not expect there is
an issue and Joshua probably is fine. He also questions the motives of the
people involved in Ms. Schumacher life.
It does not take Elvis Cole long to realize that something seriously
really is going on. Joshua is very much missing, has odd neighbors, and the
folks in Ms. Schumacher life are not at all what they seem. If that was not
enough, government spooks from our side and others seem to be involved. Things
get murkier and more violent as Cole and Pike work the case.
A complicated and fast paced read, Racing the Light, is the latest installment in this long running series. It is also a mighty good read.
Make sure you check out Don Crouch’s perspective at https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2022/11/don-crouch-reviews-racing-light-by.html
My reading copy came from the Dallas Public Library System.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2023