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We’ve always enjoyed the thrillers written by Robert Crais, from the Elvis Cole mysteries that started with “The Monkey’s Raincoat” to his stand-alone books like “Hostage” (which is scheduled to come out as a movie starring Bruce Willis next month).

Now, he has written his latest Elvis Cole book, “The Forgotten Man” (Doubleday - $24.95), and it is a worthy addition to the series, and shows a deepening talent willing to explore new angles of the detective form. You may need to read a few of the earlier Cole books to understand all of the history imbedded in this new book – Cole is a Los Angeles private eye, he has a stoic sidekick named Joe Pike, he’s been through all sorts of personal travails, and he never knew his father.

It is this latter piece of personal history that is critical to “The Forgotten Man,” as Cole gets a late night phone call from the police saying that a murder victim has declared on his deathbed that he is Cole’s father. From there, this page-turner takes off…and becomes a well-choreographed tour of the Southern California landscape and Cole’s internal demons.

And the best way to read it is how we did it – sitting by the fireplace, sipping on a glass or two of Lolonis Ladybug Red Old Vines (Cuvee IV), which is a light and delicious blend of Zinfandel, Carignane, Merlot, syrah, and Napa Gamay.

If you can’t find it, try our wine guy:

Great read. Terrific wine.

Have a good weekend.

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