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ISBN: 0861888170 / ISBN-13: 9780861888177

The Monkey's Raincoat

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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 synopsis

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  • The Monkey's Raincoat (Piatkus Books) – Hardcover (1989)
    by Robert Crais

    The Monkey's Raincoat
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    Hardcover, Piatkus Books
    1989
    English
    202 pages

    ISBN: 0861888170
    ISBN-13: 9780861888177

    A thriller featuring LA private eye, Elvis Cole set in the seamy side of Hollywood.

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Overall customer rating: 4.000
bookwormandapple

A Good Place to Start

by bookwormandapple on Aug 28, 2011

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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