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Robert Crais (2015)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2015-09-06

Duration: 00:25:25

Subjects: CRAIS, ROBERT | Authors | Writing | Fiction | Television


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Yancey, Allegra Nevils Producer
  • Fourrier, Clay Interviewee
  • Arceneaux, William Interviewee
  • Crais, Robert Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from September 6, 2015, features an interview with author Robert Crais conducted by Beth Courtney. Crais, a native of Baton Rouge, is a mystery writer best known for his Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels. He discusses: his love for Baton Rouge; his decision to move to Los Angeles to become a writer; his time as a screenwriter for television, including “Cagney & Lacey”; the differences between writing for television and writing novels; writing female characters; growing up around police officers; his standalone novels; the film adaptations of his novels; the Louisiana references in his books; and being honored with the Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America.