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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (18 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409136531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409136538
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,915 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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Book Description

The second blistering Elvis Cole novel from the bestselling author of THE FIRST RULE.

About the Author

Robert Crais is the author of the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels. Crais began a successful career in television in the 1970s, writing scripts for such major series as CAGNEY AND LACEY, MIAMI VICE and HILL STREET BLUES. In addition to the Cole and Pike novels, he has also written several bestselling standalone thrillers. Crais lives in Los Angeles with his wife and family. Find out more at www.robertcrais.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Sep 2004
Format: Paperback
When Bradley Warren saunters into Elvis's office, the two men clash from the beginning. But Elvis still takes his case. Seems a rare and valuable manuscript from Japan that Bradley borrowed has gone missing and Bradley feels the police aren't doing enough to find it. Elvis soon picks up a trail that leads him to the underside of Little Tokyo. But when the Warren family begins receiving threatening phone calls, the heat really picks up. Can Elvis keep the family safe and find the manuscript?
Ok, I admit, I'm not much of a hardboiled fan. But something about this series intrigues me. Probably the fact that the main character is more passionate about Disney then I am. And I really do love Elvis. His sarcasm and quips had me laughing throughout the entire book. However, it's not all fun and games. The further you go, the darker it gets. That's probably my big complaint; it just got too dark for my personal tastes. On the whole, it's a great storyline that keeps you reading until the final page with a couple nice twists. And all the characters are interesting and very real.
I certainly recommend this book to fans of hardboiled PI's. It's very well written and engaging. Frankly, even though I'm not a fan of this sub-genre, I'm thinking I may need to continue with these characters myself. They're that intriguing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clarence T. Henry on 27 Feb 2006
Format: Paperback
First the job involved the robbery of an ancient Japanese book, known as the Hagakure. Now the owner’s daughter is kidnapped. Elvis is on a mission to find the girl. Joined by his devout partner, Joe Pike, Elvis must confront the yakuza or Japanese Mafia. Elvis’ sarcastic and flip comments are absolutely hilarious in this outing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 July 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Now, if you're wondering how a hardboiled mystery could ever make you laugh, you obviously haven't met Elvis Cole. This is a series I resisted at first - I guess I was put off by the thought of a detective named Elvis. But I'm hooked and I think you will be too! Stalking the Angel hits the ground running on page one and I didn't put it down until the last page was read. Wise cracking Cole adheres to no one's standards and doesn't much seem to care who hires him. When he's approached by Bradley Warren, a pompous executive, to investigate the theft of a priceless manuscript, he takes the job even though the two clash from the first word. Meeting Warren's exhibitionistic wife and troubled daughter dampens what little enthusiasm he has for the case, but when the daughter is kidnapped after Cole promised her he'd watch out for her, it becomes personal. When suspects start dying torturous, violent deaths, Cole enlists the aid of partner Joe Pike and the two leave no stone unturned in bringing the case to a climactic end. Robert Crais presents us with a lovable hero with a smart mouth and eyes that don't miss much. But don't be deceived - this is no cozy. Violence is real, but not unjustified. Ethical lines are understandably blurred and happily ever after isn't part of the deal. Still, it's a highly enjoyable read and we can all look forward to Elvis' latest adventure - LA Requiem, due out in June.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jun 2008
Format: Paperback
Disney-loving, wise-cracking tough guy Elvis Cole returns in the second novel in the series from Robert Crais in `Stalking the Angel'. Bradley Warren has lost a very valuable thirteenth-century Japanese manuscript, the Hagakure, and hires Elvis Cole, with the help of Joe Pike, to recover it. Elvis and Pike search through Los Angeles' Little Tokyo and the nest of the notorious Japanese mafia, known as the yakuza.

I read Crais' first Elvis Cole novel last year and really enjoyed it and so I've been looking forward to getting round to reading the follow-up and although it's not as good as the original, it is still a great, action-packed detective thriller with some of the best and fastest dialogue I've came across in a series.

The story is fairly faced-paced and has a lot of action from the get-go with some gun battles and martial arts that jump straight out of the page. The mystery regarding the missing book is fairly dull but that isn't the main focus of the story as it does unravel into many other stories as it goes on. Cole and Pike's relationship evolves some more, if a little slowly.

Overall this is a decent read that isn't the best in the series but is short and enjoyable. If this is your first Crais book, I strongly recommend reading The Monkey's Raincoat first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 23 Aug 2007
Format: Paperback
Elvis Cole is back in his second mystery and this time he is up against the Japanese Yakuza. A priceless Japanese book has been stolen from a rich property magnate and Cole, with his silent partner Pike, has been hired to retrieve it. Things become more dangerous when the daughter of the property magnate is kidnapped and threatened with death unless the investigation is called off. Can Cole save the day without being turned into Sushi?

'Stalking the Angel' is a very early, but fun Cole novel. Written in 1989 it does feel quite dated. I also noticed that the character of Elvis Cole himself has not quite yet reached the quality of later novels. Here he is more annoying than funny at times and there is little that links him to real life. Despite these misgivings this book highlights Crais' ability to write a rip roaring action thriller. The mystery itself is good and there are enough twists and turns to make any Robert Crais fan happy.
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