Robert Crais (born June 20, 1953) 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.
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 XIX, and has since been named one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.