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. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All...Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. 202 p.
Description:Cloth. Hard Cover. No. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Used hardcover in...Cloth. Hard Cover. No. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Used hardcover in fine condition, dust jacket in protective brodart cover. Crais is the winner of the Anthony and Macavity Awards.245 pages, pages a re clean and tight."Elvis Cole provides more fun for the reader than any L. A. private eye to come along in years."
Description:Very Good. Nice, clean copy with small smudge on front cover. ...Very Good. Nice, clean copy with small smudge on front cover. /lhMendoPower Employment Services will immediately and carefully pack this book in high-quality bubble lined, envelopes. Then we send you a confirmation e-mail. We appreciate your business and welcome any questions.
Description:Good. No dust jacket as issued. Hardcover in mylar-covered dust...Good. No dust jacket as issued. Hardcover in mylar-covered dust jacket. X-Library Book with usual markings/attachments. Normal shelf and display wear. Minor cover wear...
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.
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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