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  • Date of birth : 20/06/1953

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  • Crais Robert

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Robert Crais (1953)

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Robert Crais is an American author of detective fiction. Crais began his career writing scripts for television shows such as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Quincy, Miami Vice and L.A. Law. He lists amongst his literary influences the authors Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B. Parker and John Steinbeck. Crais lives in California's Santa Monica mountains with his family.

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Born in Independence, Louisiana, near Baton Rouge, Crais moved to Hollywood in 1976 where he found work as a screenwriter for such television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey and Miami Vice, as well as pilots, TV movies and the NBC mini series Cross of Fire. He was nominated for an Emmy award for his writing on Hill Street Blues.

In the 1980s Crais decided to abandon scriptwriting and become a novelist. Following the death of his father in 1985 Crais was inspired to create his character Elvis Cole writing The Monkey's Raincoat, which won the 1988 Anthony Award for "Best First Novel", the 1988 Mystery Readers International Macavity Award for "Best Paperback Original" at Bouchercon XVIV, and has since been named one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

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