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The Monkey's Raincoat [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert Crais
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March 1 1992
Taking the mystery community by storm, this Elvis Cole novel was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Shamus, and Macavity awards and won both the Anthony and Macavity for Best Novel of the Year. 

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Robert Crais is the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award. He is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including The Two Minute Rule, The Forgotten Man, and L.A. Requiem. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With smooth efficiency, David Stuart reads this abridgment of Robert Crais's first novel, the Anthony and Macavity Award-winning mystery that introduced Private Investigator Elvis Cole. Stuart reads with a syncopated hesitation that confers a Hollywood sullenness but misses the "noir" edge of Crais's writing. Elvis Cole--the sensitive and wisecracking collector of Disneyana--and his heavy-artillery partner, Joe Pike, traipse through the seamier streets of Los Angeles, infiltrate high-society Hollywood, and cross the line with the Latino drug trade in search of an errant husband and a missing boy. The adventure and the characters of this novel are exciting and totally satisfying. S.E.S. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis is the King March 19 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Monkey's Raincoat" is the first novel in the Elvis Cole L.A. Private Eye series. The main character is a cynical, yet soft, private eye, with a penchant for morning yoga stretches and Disney collectibles. You can't help but enjoy a main character who has a Pinocchio clock in his office, loves spicy food, and has a sidekick with an empty office.
As another reviewer pointed out, this book is more of an "action" novel than it is mystery. There are no major plot twists that leave you in shock. There are no subtle clues at the beginning of the story you should pay attention to. You feel more that you are the listener to Elvis' outloud ramblings that help him in solving the case.
The book flows, and I found myself absorbed in the whip sharp dialogue and wondering how Cole can eat what he does while still remain healthy and on top of his game.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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If you have yet to begin the marvelous Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais, you've got a great treat ahead of you! Few series get off to a stronger start than Mr. Crais did with The Monkey's Raincoat, which won both the Anthony and Macavity awards for best novel while being nominated for the Edgar and Shamus awards as well. And the books just keep getting better from there in their characterizations, action, story-telling and excitement.
Elvis Cole is the star attraction, the co-owner of The Elvis Cole Detective Agency. He's 35, ex-Army, served in Viet Nam, 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 convertible, and usually carries his .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. 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. A standing gag is trying to catch Pike with a little twitch of his lips indicating he might possibly be amused. But he's there when you need him. He drives a red Jeep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! April 2 2014
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We have read quite a few of Robert Crais books in the last few years and always love his writing.
It was fun to go back in time. Very good book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read March 31 2014
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A little bloody, but will be enjoyed by Pike/Cole fans. Shows heroes can get banged up too. A a a
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monkey's Raincoat Sept. 16 2013
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Just got started reading this auther's book and was hooked with the first book his characters are so real can't wait to read this one
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3.0 out of 5 stars Parker is better. May 17 2013
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I would have enjoyed the book more if I never have read Robert B. Parker.
It seems like an imitation, but I like Spencer and Hawk better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible print. April 15 2013
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However good the story may prove to be, reading it will not be a pleasure since the type quality is appalling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Detective July 12 2004
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I have to say for a first novel this one is definately not lacking. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike shine as brightly as another dynamic dou next to Alex Delaware & Milo Sturgis. It is jam-packed with action and mystery. A real page-turner ... You don't want to miss it!
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