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 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 ...
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 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.
Very Good + Signed by Author A solid tight copy. This copy has some light creases in the spine area, some browning/light soil to pagedges, sone edgewear and a bump to the top of the spine. A Paperback Original of the first Elvis Cole novel that has been signed by the author. This copy includes a picture of Robert at the signing event.
Very good (usual toning to the pages, light crease to spine. ) SIGNED by author or contributor--An early printing of the author's first mystery, introducing Los Angeles private eye Elvis Cole, issued as a paperback original in 1987. Winner of the Anthony and Macavity awards, nominated for the Edgar and Shamus. SIGNED on the title page with the words "Hope you enjoy! All best." 201 pp plus a preview from 'Lullaby Town. '
N-Fine. Signed by Author A solid tight copy. This copy has some light creases in the spine area, some browning to the reverse of both covers. This copy includes a picture of Robert at the signing event. Pretty nice copy.
Collectible-Very Good. Mass Market Paperback. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. SIGNED 201 pages. A paperback original--first printing of the true first editon of the first Elvis Cole mystery. Signed by Robert Crais on the title page. The book is clean and square, with a remainder stripe on the bottom edge, a paperback bookstore advertising stamp on the inside of the front cover, several reading crease lines on the spine, and a 1/8" tear at the foot of the spine. Nicer than it sounds.
Very Good. No Jacket. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Signed by Author Paperback original, first printing or the first Elvis Cole mystery. Gently rubbed, spine creased, lightly tanned. Signed by Crais on the title page.
Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ), London
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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