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. 0385470088 Former library book with the usual library...Good. 0385470088 Former library book with the usual library markings. The binding and pages are tight and clean. Last blank page was clipped by the librarian.
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: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. 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.
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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