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What cranks up Cole the most is the thought of a nine-year-old boy in the hands of sadistic dope dealers -- and the misery of his helpless mother. Cole has an interesting partner, Joe Pike, who, as the owner of a gun shop, is in possession of a veritable arsenal of guns. Pike never smiles and wears government-issue pilot's sun glasses at all times. He shines at infiltrating enemy territory guarded by men with thick necks. Pike can be a killing machine when needed.
There's a lot of fighting and shooting. Even the helpless mother shoots off a gun at one point. Cole is not only quick to punch and kick, he's also quick to fall into bed with an attractive woman. So there's no shortage of action and excitement in the plot. In spite of that, the writing style has a certain hard-bitten elegance. I especially liked the descriptions of the unsavory types on the fringes of the Hollywood scene. And Cole's somewhat juvenile wisecracks are always amusing.
I'm definitely interested in reading more from Robert Crais. I'd like to see how Elvis Cole and his scary partner develop.
Robert Crais had the private eye story technique down pat when he first assembled his debut novel. There's the fearless hero with a smart mouth who constantly gets the crap beat out of him because he can't keep it closed. There's the droll and mysterious partner who watches his back. There's his cat that's smarter than most of the scum bags he deals with. There's an abundance of round-heels to keep him company when he needs to relax. And, of course, there are all the violent crooks in the shadowy world of drugs, kidnapping, and murder who he constantly rubs the wrong way. That's about it for the plot. Although the story is trite, Crais tells it better than most.
What makes it good for the reader is the brisk repartee, the scene construction including detailed tours of Los Angeles, the twisted angles of the plot, the well developed characters, and Crais's ability to put it all together into an entertaining read. You, dear reader owe it to yourself to set aside the likes of Roth, Irving, Wharton, and Dreiser and occasionally pick up something a little frisky and fun. The thoughtful, intense, and heavy prose of the masters will always be there. Try on "The Monkey's Raincoat."
Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES
P.S. Read Crais' Suspect--it's the best book with a dog as co-protagonist that I've ever read.
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