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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (2 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752816993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752816999
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.6 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Crais is the author of the bestselling Cole & Pike novels. A native of Louisiana, Crais moved to Hollywood in the late 70s where he began a successful career in television, writing scripts for such major series as Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues. In the mid 80s, following his success with the TV buddy genre, Crais created a series of crime novels based around the characters Cole & Pike. In addition, Crais has also written several bestselling standalone thrillers. Robert Crais lives in LA with his wife and family.

Here are the Elvis Cole novels in series order:

The Monkey's Raincoat
Stalking the Angel
Lullaby Town
Free Fall
Voodoo River
Sunset Express
Indigo Slam
L. A. Requiem
The Last Detective
The Forgotten Man
The Watchman
Chasing Darkness

Stand-alone novels:

Demolition Angel
Hostage
The Two Minute Rule
The First Rule


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[T]his action thriller is pure escapism and has great dialogue (HEALTHY MAGAZINE) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The first Elvis Cole novel from the bestselling author of THE WATCHMAN.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 24 April 2006
Format: Paperback
'The Monkey's Raincoat' is the first in the Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais. Cole is a smart alec LA based PI who not only has to deal with crimes but also the assorted collection of eccentrics that LALA land provides.

In this novel we are introduced to some of the characters that will re appear throughout the series. Cole himself is very funny and probably the most likeable hero of the genre. We are also introduced to the perfect foil for his humor - Pike. Pike is a no nonsense ex marine and police officer who is not very popular with anyone. Between them Cole and Pike will do almost anything to solve their case.

In 'The Monkey's Raincoat' the case centers around a wife whose husband and son have gone missing. Cole must discover where they are and whether there is any link between them and the sinister ex-bull fighter who seems to have lost 2 Kg of grade A Cocaine.

This book is very funny and fast and definitely worth reading. The later novels in the series are better as this book suffers from having to establish the characters but still holds its own. Not the best then but still an excellent way to start a series that I look forward to reading for many years to come.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 July 2004
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If you have yet to begin the marvelous Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais, you've got a great treat ahead of you! Few series get off to a stronger start than Mr. Crais did with The Monkey's Raincoat, which won both the Anthony and Macavity awards for best novel while being nominated for the Edgar and Shamus awards as well. And the books just keep getting better from there in their characterizations, action, story-telling and excitement.
Elvis Cole is the star attraction, the co-owner of The Elvis Cole Detective Agency. He's 35, ex-Army, served in Viet Nam, ex-security guard, has two years of college, learned to be a detective by working under George Feider, a licensed P.I. for over 40 years, does martial arts as enthusiastically as most people do lunch, and is fearless but not foolish. He's out to right the wrongs of the world as much as he is to earn a living. Elvis has a thing for Disney characters (including a Pinocchio clock), kids, cats, scared clients and rapid fire repartee. He drives a Jamaica yellow 1966 Corvette convertible, and usually carries his .38 Special Dan Wesson.
His main foil is partner, Joe Pike, an ex-Marine, ex-cop who moves quietly and mysteriously wearing shades even in the dark . . . when he's not scaring the bad guys with the red arrows tattooed on his deltoids. Although he's got an office with Elvis, Pike spends all of his time at his gun shop when not routing the bad guys with martial arts while carrying and often using enough firepower to stop a tank. Pike rarely speaks . . . and never smiles. A standing gag is trying to catch Pike with a little twitch of his lips indicating he might possibly be amused. But he's there when you need him. He drives a red Jeep.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By 100wordreviewer on 2 April 2006
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This superb thriller, set in Los Angeles, has all the ingredients that make it hard to put a book down. They include an intriguing, sympathetic lead tough-guy with a sense of humour ("Elvis Cole"); a likeable damsel-in-distress who is changed by the story into something better; an array of despicable thugs; and, best of all, a strong story, told with flair and building to an exciting climax. The only element which didn't ring true for me was the hero's improbable sex-life, but this didn't detract from a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Summary: good story, well told.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Mar. 2009
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The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvis Cole Novels)

So far I have only read the later Elvis Cole novels and it was fascinating to go back right to the beginning.

Crais hit the ground running, but the Cole we meet in Chapter 1 is very different from the Cole we leave at the end of the book, an interesting case of a character developing as the novelist wrote.

The characters are first class from the traumatised Ellen Lang whose estranged husband has disappeared with her young son, set in the seamy side of Hollywood steeped in drugs and violence.

Brilliant first outing from Elvis Cole and his psychopath sidekick Joe Pike.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Nov. 2000
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I had read all Robert Crais's Elvis Cole novels when I heard him interviewed on Woman's Hour (yeah, yeah) and learned that he had written scripts for some of my all-time favourite TV shows, like Quincy, Hill Street Blues and LA Law. Then it all fell into place: the great dialogue; cool, classy characters you really get involved with; and can't-put-it-down pace. If you like wise-ass-with-an-edge American crime fiction from Chandler and Hammett to Evanovich and Lehane, you'll love Robert Crais.
This is Elvis Cole's first case - and it's a stunner. Drippy Hollywood housewife Ellen Lang comes to his office, having been bullied into doing so by a strident friend. Ellen's showbiz agent husband, Mort, has vanished, taking with him their young son, Perry. She doesn't want the cops involved, so Elvis starts looking for the missing pair. He starts with Mort's mistress - but she has vanished. And soon the sleazy friend Mort had been cooking up deals with disappears, too. Then Mort's body is found and it's time for Elvis to call in his partner Joe Pike - a taciturn, lethal fellow Vietnam vet who left the LAPD under a cloud (think Ranger in the Stephanie Plum novels).
As the plot unravels Cole and Pike get involved with a deadly former matador, a ruthless blonde with a talent for leaving devastation in her wake, a badly-dressed Miami mob don - and ends up carting a 2kg pack of lab quality cocaine round town. And as they build the case, Ellen's self-esteem builds, transforming her from weepy woman into avenging angel.
It's a fast, funny, suspenseful story from an addictive writer. Start here and then follow Cole and Pike through their following cases: Stalking the Angel, Lullaby Town, Free Fall, Voodoo River, Sunset Express, Indigo Slam and LA Requiem. I set a friend off on them in September and she had to start rationing herself! She's now worked her way through the whole series.
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