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El Manuscrito Samurai by Robert Crais

El Manuscrito Samurai (edition 2007)

by Robert Crais

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Title:El Manuscrito Samurai
Authors:Robert Crais
Info:Zeta Bolsillo (2007), Paperback, 245 páginas
Collections:Your library
Tags:Joe Pike, Elvis Cole, yakuza, Los Angeles, novela negra

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Elvis gets hired by a highly objectionable businessman to find a stolen Japanese historical artefact which sends him in the direction the Japanese mafia.
Things escalate to threats against the businessman's family and Elvis and his friend, Joe Pike, have to do a lot of hunting and find their way through many misdirections to find out what's going on. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
Bradley Warren has lost a very valuable Japanese manuscript and hires Elvis to recover it. Elvis uncovers all sorts of other nasty things and he and Joe Pike once again save the day. ( )
  WinonaBaines | Jan 17, 2016 |
This second book in the Elvis Cole series is an interesting story about a kidnapped teenager the Cole is attempting to locate and rescue and an historic Japanese book (artifact) that established the Samari code. The book is well worth reading although a couple of shortcomings prevent it from achieving its potential.

Joe Pike, Elvis Cole's partner in the detective firm and sometimes sidekick is not given justice. Craig does not take the time to make him more than a one-dimensional shadow character. I know Crais focuses more on Pike later in the series and even writes several books with Pike as the central character but the shallow treatment of Pike in this book robs the story of some of its needed complexity.

Second, the climax basically repeats the first book in this series, The Monkey's Raincoat. The chief bad guys are ensconced in a mansion with a ton of bodyguards around and Cole and Pike decide to break in by themselves and take on the entire army. The characters change, as do the details about who gets shot how many times and how many wounds Cole and Pike sustain, but basically it's the same conclusion. More effort and originality would elevate the book half a star or even one star. ( )
  Tatoosh | Dec 27, 2015 |
Hotel magnate, Bradley Warren, ask Elvis to find a stolen Japanese manuscript called the Hagakure. When Elvis starts his investigation, he discovers that he is up against a Japanese gang who play very rough. Warren's alcoholic wife and waif like daughter add other elements. With the aid of his partner Joe Pike, Elvis follows the twists & turns of the case amongst all the bodies that turn up as they investigate. ( )
  lamour | Apr 9, 2015 |
I really like Crais. Elvis and Pike are such wonderfully written characters. They are real to me, even though Pike could easily be written as a very one-dimensional character. The juxtaposition of humor and the dark side of humanity somehow works. Some of these characters were so evil, not by design necessarily but through circumstance and choices. No clear cut answers. No easy solutions. Life is painful -- you have to laugh. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
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which angel voices tell.
- The Littler Corporal
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When all the truth is found to be lies,
and all the joy within you dies,
don't you want somebody to love?
-Jefferson Airplane
For Lauren, whose parents will always love her, & for Carol and Bill, who have made me larger by sharing their lives.
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I was standing on my head in the middle of my office when the door opened and the best looking woman I'd seen in three weeks walked in.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553286447, Mass Market Paperback)

Hired by a hotel magnate to locate a priceless Japanese manuscript, L.A. private eye Elvis Cole encounters the notorious Yakuza, the Japanese Mob, and is drawn into a game of sexual obsession, amorality, and evil.

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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 sociopathic sidekick Joe Pike did. Together their search begins in LA's Little Tokyo and the nest of the notorious Japanese mafia, the Yakuza, and leads to a white knuckled adventure filled with madness, murder and sexual obsession just another day's work for Elvis Cole.… (more)

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