Indigo Slam: An Elvis Cole Novel Paperback – 2003
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Readers who complain that there's too much wisecracking and cute icon worship in Robert Crais's books about Los Angeles private eye Elvis Cole will be glad to find these traits downplayed (but not totally disappeared) in this story about Cole's search for a missing printer whose specialty is funny money. The book is centered by the presence of the printer's three children--especially the motherly 15-year-old Teri and the obnoxious 12-year-old Charles--who hire Elvis from the phone book. Cole, hoping to become the stepfather of the son of his own lady love, gets sucked in by the children's combination of need and family unity, and soon finds himself in the middle of a shooting war between Russian gangsters, Vietnamese patriots, and ambiguous Federal agents. Previous Elvis outings in paperback: Sunset Express, Free Fall, Lullaby Town, The Monkey's Raincoat, Stalking the Angel, Voodoo River. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Having made it big with his last Elvis Cole mystery (Sunset Express, Hyperion, 1996), Crais here puts Cole on the track of a missing father who seems to have criminal connections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story has an interesting beginning when a teen-age girl,
taking care of her two younger siblings, comes into Cole's office and tries to hire him to find her missing father. This
improbable request is initially denied, but Cole's soft heart
leads him into a mystery that grows by the day.
The father turns out to be truly missing, and the trail leads
to a Seattle counterfeiting operation for the Russian mob,
and before Cole knows what is going on, he is arrested by the
feds and knocked around by a team of US Marshals.
And that is just the beginning.
The action leads from Seattle back to the large L.A. area, and
the search generates more threats and banging-around, and Cole,
and then his partner, Pike, end up taking shots from Orientals
as well as Russians, while dodging both the Secret Service and
the US Marshals, and the complex conflicts taxes even these
best of private detectives.
And the kids of the missing man keep getting in the way as
well, and there is considerable interesting reading here,
and this book is recommended.
I really enjoy crimer/thrillers with a bit of humour and old-fashioned psychos to make it interesting & Crais is what I really needed after a few 'classical' crime books. If you love your crime to keep you laughing and guessing until the end, then you will love Indigo Slam..I can't wait to get the rest of this books!
The bit about the mysterious klling machine partner (Pike) who always shows up at the right time is also getting tedious and makes Harvey the six-foot rabbit seemed grounded in reality. Let's face it -- characters like Pike and Hawk (in the Spenser series) are as pathetic fantasies as anything found in some bodice-ripping romance novel.
Buy Michael Connelly's latest (or any book of his) rather than this book. For real writing, emotion and character development there is just no comparison.
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent, although I am biased as I have never read A Robert Crais novel I didn't like. I won't go to bed until I have finished any of his novels.Published 3 months ago by cathie hanson
This was quite a good novel but not one of Crais's best to hold a person's interest.Published 13 months ago by june haliburton