When quiet Ellen Lang enters Elvis Cole's Disney-deco office, she's lost something very valuable - her husband and young son. The case seems simple ...Show synopsisWhen quiet Ellen Lang enters Elvis Cole's Disney-deco office, she's lost something very valuable - her husband and young son. The case seems simple enough, but Elvis isn't thrilled. Neither is his enigmatic partner and firepower Joe Pike. Their search down the seamy side of Hollywood's studio lots and sculptured lawns soon leads them deep into a nasty netherworld of drugs and sex - and murder. Now the case is getting interesting, but it's also turned ugly. Because everybody, from cops to starlets to crooks, has declared war on Ellen and Elvis.Hide synopsis
Description:Good in good dust jacket. Ex-library. 202 p. Audience: General...Good in good dust jacket. Ex-library. 202 p. Audience: General/trade. This is an ex-library book (in library binding) with the usual markings to the book, but none to the jacket. Otherwise, the book is good with shelfwear, a slanted spine and a few lightly soiled pages. The dust jacket has no library markings and is good plus with rubbing, edgewear and creasing to the front cover. A good example of a scarce book.
Description:Very Good in Very Good jacket. Signed by Previous Owner Signed...Very Good in Very Good jacket. Signed by Previous Owner Signed on free front endpaper. Front and rear endpapers with discoloration (printer? ) along interior hinges. Book is clean, tight and bright. Dust jacket is clean and bright 1/4" dark mark to bottom board. Book looks fine with above flaws.
Description:Fine in Near Fine jacket. The book condition is Fine. The dust...Fine in Near Fine jacket. The book condition is Fine. The dust jacket is NF, price clipped, but with publisher's price sticker on front flap. First hardcover edition. Published as a paperback original in the U.S.
Description:Octavo, boards. First hardcover edition. The author's first...Octavo, boards. First hardcover edition. The author's first novel, first published as a Bantam paperback in 1987. A fine copy in fine price-clipped dust jacket with new £11.95 price sticker affixed to the front flap. (#135375)
Description:0861888170. Warmly INSCRIBED & dated in year of publication on...0861888170. Warmly INSCRIBED & dated in year of publication on the title page. Near fine in a fine dj. (Light hint of foxing at edges) FIRST hardcover edition of the author's FIRST book. (B)
Description:Very Fine in Very Fine jacket. Signed by Author A very fine copy...Very Fine in Very Fine jacket. Signed by Author A very fine copy with very fine dust jacket, as new. briefly inscribed by the author on the title page. the inscription reads " For Stan-Best wishes from Elvis, Joe & Robert Crais 4 Nov 89. " the true first printing, text clean and tight, no names or markings. not price-clipped, faded or remainder marked. jacket has L10.95 price on flap. a very fine unread copy, scarce signed and in this condition.
Publisher: London / NY: Piatkus / Bantam / Hyperion / Doubleday / Simon and...
Description:Various Cover Artists. Fine in Fine jacket. Signed -----------19...Various Cover Artists. Fine in Fine jacket. Signed -----------19 volumes plus a DVD of CROSS of FIRE, hardcovers, all are Near Fine / Fine copies in Near Fine / Fine dustjackets, all 19 books have been signed by CRAIS with some being dated as well, the particulars are as follows: Elvis Cole Novels---The Monkey's Raincoat (1989)-1st hardcover edition (by PIATKUS-UK) ( preceded by the Bantam paperback), this copy has been signed TWICE by CRAIS, laid-in to this copy is an ELVIS COLE Detective Agency business card, jacket has been price clipped; Stalking the Angel (1989)-jacket has been price clipped; Lullaby Town (1992)-ink name on front blank endpaper; Free Fall (1993); Voodoo River (1995); Sunset Express (1996); Indigo Slam (1997); L. A. Requiem (1999)-lower corners have been gently bumped; The Last Detective (2003); The Forgotten Man (2005); Chasing Darkness (2008) Taken ( 2012 )------Joe Pike Novels---The Watchman (2007-also includes an ADVANCE UNCORRECTED PROOF od WATCHMAN which is not signed); The First Rule (2010); The Sentry (2011)---Carol Starkey Novels---Demolition Angel (2000)---Novels---Hostage (2001)---3rd printing; The Two Minute Rule (2006), Suspect (2013) is signed TWICE and is a stand alone novel---all jackets are in mylar protectors, a fabulous set, as well this set comes with a DVD of CROSS of FIRE which was written by Crais, a movie based on the life of D C Stephenson who rose to be a Grand Dragon with the Ku Klux Klan, stars Lloyd Bridgesm John Hurd, Mel harris, etc, a movie based on actual history and really quite compelling---the DVD is NOT signed, ---not all books nor is the DVD pictured in the scans, one slim stain on one page of The Sentry, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and NOT a generic photo.
I read this book 20 years ago and remembered it fondly enough to pick it up again this year. In fact, I decided to read the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels in chronological order this summer.
What I discovered was a real treat. The Monkey's Raincoat is actually only a fair novel. You can tell it was his first with a less polished style and a heavy reliance on dated cultural references that makes reading the novel now a little harder.
But stick with it and then continue on. What you will see is both a real development of a writer and of the characters Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. Somewhere along the way, Crais really develops his skills and by the time I hit L.A. Requiem, I thought, this is a damn fine story and the characters became fully fleshed out and compelling.
Subsequent books are a little uneven, but the writing quality is still high, and with every book, I fall in love with Elvis and Joe a little bit more.
You might, however, skip Crais' stand-alone novels. Demolition Angel was good, but the others seem like a miss after the Cole and Pike books.
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