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Monkey's Raincoat Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1987
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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 ›
Cole, a former security guard turned private investigator, is hired by Helen Lang to find her missing husband, Mort, and son. Before you can even begin to wonder about kidnapping, Mort is found dead in his car, and their house has been trashed, with the boy still missing. Throw in the mafia and a spanish bull-fighter turned aristocrat, and you have one exciting novel.
Cole is a wonderful, wise-cracking character, complimented nicely by his mercenary partner, Joe Pike. Together, they make a sensational team. The storyline is nicely developed and the suspense is great. Crais is talented writer.
Overall, this is an excellent book, and a really good start to the Elvis Cole mystery series. This faced-paced story doesn't stop with the thrills until the heart-stopping, wild ending.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just love his books. They are hard to put down. Lots of action, fast moving and so exciting. He and Pike are just great together.
Thanks again for a very good read
Elvis Cole strikes again, with the considerable help of his mostly stoic but definitely lethal partner, Joe Pike, who shows another side of his persona. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by MJL46
Robert Crais writes with a deft hand. His creation, Elvis Cole, is arguably one of the best, most entertaining characters in books today. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Shirley Y. Thomas
Stands the test of time.
Robert Crais is a must buy, must read author. I read this story when first published and am still a fan of his writing. Read more
Really enjoy this series. Elvis Cole is a great character as is Pike. Good plot with well developed characters.Published 9 days ago by Andrea L. Schrader
Another great book by Robert Crais. I have read the entire series for Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. Every book is PERFECT! Can't wait for the next one to be published.Published 11 days ago by Arroyo Grande Dave