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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (28 Oct. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491576235
- ISBN-13: 978-1491576236
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,959,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvis Cole Novels) MP3 CD – 28 Oct 2014
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
Summary: good story, well told.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The old style PI muscled up, modernised and sexed up. Likes his brand names. Easy and entertaining for those who like this genre.Published 11 days ago by Frank T.
Took a bit more time to get into than other Elvis Cole novels but develops into a great story. Will definitely buy more books by this author.Published 14 days ago by G. Strack
Started the Cole and pike series in the wrong order so decided to start again with this one; great introduction and Cole is a character with a great since of humor , I'm on the... Read morePublished 18 days ago by lee murray
good story ,most enjoyable, have three Robert Crais on order which l am sure l will enjoyas muchPublished 2 months ago by steve s
Ellen Lang hires Elvis Cole to find her missing husband, Mort, and their son, Perry. Or rather, her friend kind of pushed her into hiring him. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. Coto