The Monkey's Raincoat : Elvis Cole/Joe Pike

  • by Robert Crais
  • Narrated by Patrick G. Lawlor
  • Series: Elvis Cole/Joe Pike
  • 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can't even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back - no questions asked.The search for Ellen's errant husband leads Elvis into the seamier side of Hollywood. He soon learns that Mort Lang is a down-on-his-luck talent agent who associates with a schlocky movie producer, and the last place he was spotted was at a party thrown by a famous and very well-connected ex-Matador. But no one has seen him since - including his B-movie girlfriend.At the same time the police find Mort in his parked car with four gunshots in his chest - and no kid in sight - Ellen disappears.Now nothing is what it seems, and the heat is on. It's up to Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, to find the connection between sleazy Hollywood players and an ex-Matador.

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What the Critics Say

"Robert B. Parker has some competition on his hands....Elvis Cole is an appealing character and Crais' style is fresh and funny." (Sue Grafton)
"Is Bob Crais good? Put it this way: if they're taking you out to put you against the firing squad wall, and you want to enjoy your last moments on earth, pass on the last cigarette and ask for an Elvis Cole novel." (Harlan Ellison)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good book for the first in the series.

I really like this style of detective novels. The PI has a smart mouth and guts and know how to back it up.

The plot had some unexpected turns which gave me the impression that the author was trying to stretch the books length more than actually following an outline.

In the end everything was tied up in a nice neat bow.

I will definately be getting the other books in this series.
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- John

Wrong Voice for the Character

I got online to see if anyone else found the narrator distracting. I was glad to see it wasn't just me. The narrator has a fine voice, just not for this first person story. As another reviewer mentioned, the main character, Elvis Cole, comes across whiny. I thought he was more of a quirky tough guy. He sounds like a quirky IT professional with a gun (I'm an IT professional, I know what we sound like).

I'm trying to power through this audiobook. I haven't finished it yet, but I also haven't listened in a week since it's not all that enjoyable.

The other problem, and maybe it's less of a problem when reading the book or with a different narrator, is that the character seems a little too full of himself. But it's possible that I'm hearing a whiny, yet conceited, character and if it were just a conceited character it wouldn't be so bad.

I got into this book because I love Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels and I read that the two authors did a bit of a cross-over by having each others characters make cameo appearances in one of their respective novels. But so far I'm just not enjoying Elvis Cole. Maybe I'll try another novel in the series to see if that is better.

I gave it two stars. Not wretched, but certainly sub-par.
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- T. Thomason

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-20-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio