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by David Stuart,Robert Crais

When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can't even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back - no questions asked. The search for Ellen's errant husband leads Elvis into the seamier side of Hollywood. He soon learns that Mort Lang is a down-on-his-luck talent agent who associates with a schlocky movie producer, and the last place he was spotted was at a party thrown by a famous and very well-connected ex-Matador. But no one has seen him since - including his B-movie girlfriend. At the same time the police find Mort in his parked car with four gunshots in his chest - and no kid in sight - Ellen disappears. Now nothing is what it seems, and the heat is on. It's up to Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike to find the connection between sleazy Hollywood players and an ex-Matador. "Far and away the most satisfying private eye novel in years. Grab this one - it's a winner!" - Lawrence Block "Is Bob Crais good? Put it this way: if they're taking you out to put you against the firing squad wall, and you want to enjoy your last moments on earth, pass on the last cigarette and ask for an Elvis Cole novel." - Harlan Ellison "Robert B. Parker has some competition on his hands....Elvis Cole is an appealing character and Crais' style is fresh and funny." - Sue Grafton
Download The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike Series) epub
ISBN: 1455807397
ISBN13: 978-1455807390
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: David Stuart,Robert Crais
Language: English
Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (May 6, 2011)
ePUB size: 1400 kb
FB2 size: 1514 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 615
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Set in the Hollywood of the 1980s this feels a bit dated, but only because it was written then as the debut novel of screenwriter Robert Crais, who wrote scripts for Hill Street Blues and Miami Vice amongst others so it has that authentic 1980s feel about it. At first Crais' PI, Elvis Cole seems like a wise-cracking smart-arse but he grows on you as his smart, compassionate side comes out. Apart from quoting Jiminny Cricket and being a yoga and martial arts practitioner, Cole is a Vietnam vet whose partner, Joe Pike is a mercenary he calls in when he needs heavy duty surveillance and gun power.

When Cole takes on a job to find missing husband Mort and young son Perry for Ellen Lang, he expects it to be a simple case of a husband running away with his younger mistress but instead when Mort is found dead and the boy missing, the case gets a whole lot more complicated involving done very nasty characters from Hollywood's seamier side. While the plot line is not terribly inventive, the characters, the smartness and the sharp quips kept it interesting. This was a good introduction to a series that promises to get even better.
Gold Crown
This is the first installment of Robert Crais' award winning Elvis Cole-Joe Pike series of private eye novels. Its a super read and an excellent place to start the series although each book can be read independently. The book almost functions as a textbook for the modern PI novel--a wisecracking private investigator, who exhibits both heart and toughness; a sidekick to do the serious dirty work (think Hawk in Robert B. Parker's Spencer series); and a great setting in LA that Crais uses to the max.

The plot involves a damsel in distress. In this case a husband and a nine year old son are missing and Cole sets out to find them. The plot thickens and involves sleazy movie producers, drug dealers and irritating cops, all of whom offer obstacles to Cole's investigation.

This is one of my favorite mystery series and I don't know why I waited so long to read the first volume. But it was worth the wait. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys modern private eye stories or anyone looking for a top flight new series of crime novels.
blac wolf
It was a pretty good read. Not the best thing I've ever read but enough to keep me engaged. The protagonist had some interesting quirks which I would have liked to have more background on, why he keeps Jimminy Cricket statues on his desk and so on, but maybe in the next few books. Wish I knew more about why Pike and Poitras butt head but like I said, maybe later on. There's enough violence to keep me going (Unusual for a girl I know but hey, I like it.) while not being a non-stop gore fest. Plenty of mental exercise from the detective. I enjoyed it enough to continue the series.
I love all of the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike books by Robert Crais. This was the 1st and is a multi-award winning read. Elvis Cole is a sexy, wise-cracking, private detective in LA whose breezy exterior overlays a smart, tough multi-layered interior. The self-styled 'World's Greatest Detective' sticks to his beliefs (against his own best interests) and is intensely loyal to his friends - chief among them, his partner, the silent and intimidating Joe Pike.

The well-constructed plots and beautifully drawn characters elevate this series far above similar LA detective stories. These are people you come to know and care about. These are two guys that appeal to men and women. This is a series I can highly recommend. Try them - you'll like them.