Series: Elvis Cole
Only in L.A.
You haven't seen a P.I. like this one, I'll bet. He has a Mickey Mouse phone in his office, drinks his coffee out of a Spider-Man mug, quotes Jiminy Cricket and he claims he wants to be Peter Pan. And he's been known to drive a bright yellow 1966 Corvette. Oh, and he's named after the King, just in case you don't remember him. He's ELVIS COLE.
But before you call for the guys in the white coats, rest assured he's not quite the flake he seems to be. He packs a Dan Wesson .38 in a shoulder rig, has dabbled in more than one of the martial arts, and has survived the Vietnam war, not to mention several years as a private detective in Hollywood. He's earned a rep as a tough, conscientious, albeit somewhat unorthodox investigator. Very much an eye for the nineties and beyond, a sort of Spenser via Disneyland, a comparison Crais is perfectly at ease with. Elvis is, in fact, as much a smartass as his beantown contemporary and, like Spenser, he's in love with the city he lives in. He's also prone to pondering the moral ambiguities and hypocrisies of our times, valiantly striving to do the right thing. Elvis seems particularly concerned with abused and battered women and children. All very chivalric. Spenser, not to mention Marlowe, would be proud. (In fact, Robert Crais' contribution, "The Man Who Knew Dick Bong," was one of the highlights of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, a 1988 collection of Marlowe stories by contemporary writers.)
And like Spenser, Elvis has a partner who just happens to be a bit bigger, tougher and more at home with the use of violence and not too troubled by attacks of conscience. His so-called "sociopathic sidekick", Joe Pike, is an ex-Marine and part-time mercenary and gunshop owner. He's also a lot quieter than the usually running-off-at-the-mouth Elvis. According to Joe, Clint Eastwood talks too much. Together Cole and Pike make quite a team.
- Kevin Burton Smith, Thrilling Detective.com
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