The Monkey's Raincoat Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 1992
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[T]his action thriller is pure escapism and has great dialogue HEALTHY MAGAZINE --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.See all Product Description
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When they find Mort … in his car … shot … dead, there is still no sign of Perry. And then, Ellen disappears. Elvis Cole enlists the help of Joe Pike, his investigative partner.
This first book in the Elvis Cole series set the stage and introduced both Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. They are pretty dissimilar in everything, but they work well together. Neither seems to step in the other’s space. I liked both characters and their ‘snarkiness’ quite a lot so I’m sure this will not be my last Elvis Cole novel. This is not a new book; the pub date was 1987, but the pace and action is good and the ending most interesting. There are now 14 books in the series with the latest, The Promise, published 2015. Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Ellen Lang is a housewife that has lived a sheltered life. Then one day, her aspiring Hollywood producer husband goes missing. Their son goes missing with him. On the advice and insistence of her pushy friend, Mrs. Lang goes to see Elvis Cole, the detective that never wants to grow up.
Cole is a wise-cracking detective with a thing for Disney characters. His experiences in Viet Nam, to sound redundant, lead to his decision to never grow up. Nevertheless, Cole engages in Yoga, in psychotic fashion, enjoys a good beer, and hangs out with an unnamed cat, and occassionally, his partner Joe Pike, who is a bit on the extreme side of things.
Cole takes the case and sets out to find Mort Lang. It doesn't take long for Lang to turn up dead. Not long after that, Mrs. Lang goes missing. Cole, and the reader, smells a rat. Deciding not to give up on his client, Cole doggedly pursues this case.
This is definitely crime/noir fiction. It is also very, very dark. Despite, and sometimes because of, Cole's wisecracks, there is a fair amount of violence. When Pike finally gets around to making an appearance in the novel to help Cole out, the violence only escalates. This isn't a complaint, but more of a warning of what to expect.
Crais writing reminds me of Dennis Lehane. Both authors seem to favor a protagonist with a quick wit thrown into a dark setting. I'd highly recommend both. I plan on picking up the next novel in the Elvis Cole series. We'll see if it is as dark, or darker than the first.
Deciding to break with a long tradition (for me), I ordered this book, the first in the Elvis Cole series, for my trial dip. I was ill prepared for a small but potent bombshell that won its author several awards and nominations. Gasping for breath, I settled in for an unexpectedly wild and enjoyable ride.
Elvis Cole is the anti-detective incarnate. In an office filled with Disney memorabilia, shared with an invisible partner, Cole meets with new client Ellen Lang and her best friend Janet Simon. The problem - Ellen's husband Mort and her son Perry have disappeared. Ellen is a difficult client, but Mort definitely was not a perfect husband, and Cole proceeds on the assumption that this is a straightforward parental snatch and run.
Cole discovers Mort's girlfriend is missing as well, and that his business partners in the film business are a bit sleazy, but he is caught by surprise when this suddenly becomes a murder case. The badness mounts as Cole finds his clues lead from film moguls to the top of the narcotics trade. Soon Cole, on a grim search for the boy, is having his strings pulled by people who would just as soon kill him as look at him. With unusual adeptness, the detective switches from Jiminy Cricket quotes to guns and fists. Joined by his partner, Elvis Cole goes to war.Read more ›
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This story was a pretty good read and held my interest throughout the story.Published 12 months ago by june haliburton
Another exciting hard boiled thriller with lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing to the very end. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
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!
A little bloody, but will be enjoyed by Pike/Cole fans. Shows heroes can get banged up too. A a aPublished on March 31 2014 by G. M. McCaig
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 onePublished on Sept. 16 2013 by laurie angrove
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.
However good the story may prove to be, reading it will not be a pleasure since the type quality is appalling.Published on April 15 2013 by fiona Bryden