Bradley Warren had lost something very valuable, something that belonged to someone else: a rare thirteenth-century Japanese manuscript called the Hagakure. Everything PI Elvis Cole knew about Japanese culture he'd learned from reading SHOGUN, but he knew a lot of crooks - and what he didn't know, his sidekick Joe Pike did. Together, Cole and Pike ...
Bradley Warren had lost something very valuable, something that belonged to someone else: a rare thirteenth-century Japanese manuscript called the Hagakure. Everything PI Elvis Cole knew about Japanese culture he'd learned from reading SHOGUN, but he knew a lot of crooks - and what he didn't know, his sidekick Joe Pike did. Together, Cole and Pike begin their search in L.A.'s Little Tokyo, the nest of the notorious Japanese mafia, the Yakuza - and find themselves caught up in a white-knuckled adventure filled with madness, murder and sexual obsession. Just another day's work for Elvis Cole...
Very Good in Near Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First printing of the second Elvis Cole novel. Joe Pike joins Elvis when his search for a valuable stolen Japanese manuscript puts him in conflict with the Japanese mafia. Gently bumped and rubbed with light foxing to the end papers and edges of the text block. Jacket lightly rubbed, flaps a bit tanned, in mylar. Signed, without inscription, by Crais on the title page.
Good in good dust jacket. UK hardback first impression. VG-with a spine slant and a date in red ink to ffep. The jacket is Good with a little spine fade, and a small crease to front flap corner. Piatkus 1990. 0.0 0.0" 0.0 0.0 0.0.
Fine in Fine jacket. Signed by Author Book and jacket are in as new condition. Binding firm enough to be termed, "unread". Signed by the author on the second title page. A lovely copy, suitable for use as a gift.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-12-03 Undoubtedly prompted by the success of recent Crais bestsellers (Demolition Angel; Hostage), his audio publishers have gone back to the second book in his increasingly popular Elvis Cole series, originally published in 1989, for a lively and colorful outing that manages to capture much of the author's early innocence and freshness. Stuart brings the quirky Cole to life quickly, combining his strengths (tenacity, incorruptibility, frequent flashes of humor) with his oddities (his love of the Disney artifacts that litter his office) to make a credible whole person. Other characters emerge with equal vocal skill: the enigmatic Joe Pike, Cole's muscular sidekick; a glowering Los Angeles property developer, his alcohol-impaired wife and their fragile adolescent daughter, who winds up being kidnapped by Japanese gangsters. Cole, hired to find a rare Japanese manuscript, discovers that the teenager's fate is very important to him personally forging a bond between the detective and children in peril that has become a hallmark of the series. For those who have been fans of Elvis since book one, The Monkey's Raincoat, it's good to have his early adventures around to listen to. For more recent Crais converts, this could prove an eye-opening revelation of how Cole got to be who he is. Based on the Bantam mass market. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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