LULLABY TOWN Hardcover – Mar 1 1992
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From Kirkus Reviews
Lullaby Town is Chelam, Connecticut, where L.A. shamus Elvis Cole (The Monkey's Raincoat, 1987--not reviewed) goes in search of Karen Shipley, divorced ten years earlier by boyish filmmaker Peter Alan Nelsen, who's since developed deep pockets (courtesy of a string of action hits beginning with Chainsaw) and a conscience of sorts. Just when it looks like Elvis has found Karen and her son, Toby, all too easily, Karen turns out to be laundering money for the Mafia, and the story takes off like a two-stage rocket. It'll take all of Elvis's wise-guy savvy to pry Karen loose from those other wise-guys without condemning her to the witness-protection program or the East River. Elvis is as sharp as a West Coast Spenser, but without Spenser's nasty/noble attitudinizing--and this story is pure pleasure from the very first page. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Hollywood's newest wunderkind is Peter Alan Nelson, the brilliant, erratic director known as the King of Adventure. His films make billions, but his manners make enemies. What the boy king wants, he gets, and what Nelson wants is for Elvis to comb the country for the airhead wife and infant child the film-school flunkout dumped en route to becoming the third biggest filmmaker in America. It's the kind of case Cole can handle in his sleep -- until it turns out to be a nightmare. For when Cole finds Nelson's wife in a small Conneticut town, she's nothing like what he expects. The lady has some unwanted -- and very nasty -- mob connections, which means Elvis could be opening the East Coast branch of his P.I. office . . .at the bottom of the Hudson River. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Elvis Cole is the star attraction, the co-owner of The Elvis Cole Detective Agency. He's now 38, ex-Army, served in Vietnam, ex-security guard, has two years of college, learned to be a detective by working under George Feider, a licensed P.I. for over 40 years, does martial arts as enthusiastically as most people do lunch, and is fearless but not foolish. He's out to right the wrongs of the world as much as he is to earn a living. Elvis has a thing for Disney characters (including a Pinocchio clock), kids, cats, scared clients and rapid fire repartee. He drives a Jamaica yellow 1966 Corvette Stingray convertible, and usually carries a .38 Special Dan Wesson.
His main foil is partner, Joe Pike, an ex-Marine, ex-cop who moves quietly and mysteriously wearing shades even in the dark . . . when he's not scaring the bad guys with the red arrows tattooed on his deltoids, which are usually bare in sleeveless shirts. Although he's got an office with Elvis, Pike spends all of his time at his gun shop when not routing the bad guys with martial arts while carrying and often using enough firepower to stop a tank. Pike rarely speaks . . . and never smiles.Read more ›
Cole finds out that Nelson's wife is far from the loser that the director thought she was. He finds Karen Lloyd in Chelam, Connecticut. The failed actress has become a bank vice-president, raising her son on her own and doing well. Not as well as she should be, though. In the hard days, she did a favor for the mafia and now she's in Charlie DeLuca's back pocket. Since Charlie is the son of the Capo and a complete psychotic, this is not a good place to be. No problem, Elvis Cole and Joe Pike to the rescue.
By now, the reader should know that Pike/Cole solutions inevitably involve a surfeit of chaos and violence. This time is no exception. Cole has to worry about Toby, the mafia (several mafias), Peter Alan Nelson (who never behaves as if he is as old as Toby), and a steady flow of crazies. Something a lot worse than a little money laundering is going on and Cole is stuck right in the middle of it. Being Robert Crais' answer to the tired old archetype of the Los Angeles private investigator, you can trust Cole to smiles, cracks sarcastic jokes, play hero, and wait until you're not looking before he hits you up side of the head with a cast iron two-by-four.
This book, the third in the series, drags just a bit.Read more ›
Twelve years later, Peter Alan Nelsen, Karen's former husband, is one of the most successful film directors in Hollywood. For some unexplained reason he wants to mend out his wrongs and try to find her ex-wife and son. He wants to be a part of his son's life so he hires Elvis Cole to try to find her. Elvis finds Karen, now living a somewhat idyllic life, and her whole world turns upside down once she is found.
This is one of the better Elvis Cole novels that I read. He does a good job in fleshing out Karen's character from the naïve girl she used to be to the mature single mom trying to do right for her son. She had to do some sacrifices for her son. Her story was well told and it seemed plausible.
Peter Alan Nelsen has never grown up and he is a caricature of the overly rich and famous. He is arrogant, pompous and egotistical. The circumstances in the book will turn him into someone wanting to be a better person. I was becoming disappointed with the Elvis Cole novels but this one might just change my mind. Elvis is still his wise guy self and his partner, Joe Pike is still the strong silent type. I liked that Crais used this novel to do more character development with Cole's clients while still giving something about Cole and Pike for any first timer reading his stories.
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Excellent hard boiled thriller with lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing to the very end. A must-read for fans of hard boiled mysteries.Published 18 months ago by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
I have read several of Robert crais s books . the Elvis cole character is interesting.
good read fora lazy day.
The comparisons to Spencer are obvious. Even the storyline here is familiar. But despite all that, the book is a fun, fast-paced, enjoyable crime novel. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by John D. Costanzo
Robert Crais does it again. Elvis Cole does it again. Joe Pike: ditto. It's difficult not to get hooked by this series. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2003
I see from other reviews that I am not the first to notice the similarities between Cole and Spenser. Read morePublished on March 3 2003 by T. King
Lullaby Town is Chelam, Connecticut, where L.A. shamus Elvis Cole (The Monkey's Raincoat, 1987--not reviewed) goes in search of Karen Shipley, divorced ten years earlier by boyish... Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2002
Foregoing his familiar LA turf, Robert Crais ventures to New York City and the sleepy Connecticut suburb of Chelam in this offbeat and entertaining mystery. Read morePublished on June 10 2002 by Gary Griffiths
Once again Crais weaves a brilliant yarn. This one had fewer wisecracks than others, but it sped along on a good tight story line. If you are not familiar with Mr. Read morePublished on April 24 2002
I didn't like this book quite as much as the other Elvis Cole books I have read, Monkey's Raincoat, Freefall, and LA Requiem. Read morePublished on March 18 2002 by Jason K. Terry