The Monkey's Raincoat Paperback – 3 Mar 2011
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[T]his action thriller is pure escapism and has great dialogue (HEALTHY MAGAZINE)
A fantastic Joe Pike and Elvis Cole novel from the bestselling author of CHASING DARKNESS.See all Product Description
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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.
Summary: good story, well told.
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 ›
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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I'm on my fourth Cole and Pike story.
Format is generally the same; routine case for smart alec detective which escalates into run ins with organised crime that doesn't... Read more
Interesting to read this in comparison to his later work (which I love!) Whilst this is a good book, I think it is fair to say Crais has improved as a writer as time has gone on,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. P. Schumacher
Hard-boiled, high body count thrillers aren't usually my first choice of genre. I bought The Monkey's Raincoat on impulse, largely on the strength of the positive reader reviews... Read morePublished 4 months ago by K E Fellows
The old style PI muscled up, modernised and sexed up. Likes his brand names. Easy and entertaining for those who like this genre.Published 5 months ago by Frank T.