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El Manuscrito Samurai by Robert Crais

El Manuscrito Samurai (original 1989; 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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Stalking the Angel by Robert Crais (1989)



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Elvis Cole or Hound Dog as Lou Poitras calls him, is the PI you call when you want something found. But, if you are in trouble he is there for you as long and as much as it takes.

Many twists and turns here, and I frequently didn't know what was true and what wasn't. The suspense is low-key but always present in the background. I look forward to the next book in this series. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jun 2, 2016 |
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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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Robert Crais presents us with a lovable hero with a smart mouth and eyes that don't miss much. But don't be deceived - this is no cozy. Violence is real, but not unjustified. Ethical lines are understandably blurred and happily ever after isn't part of the plan. Robert Crais' characters are never one sided. If anything, they defy the common stereotypes. Cole and Pike don't simply hunt villains and right wrongs; they hold intelligent conversations, (even if some are with a cat), and understand the issues they must deal with. Good plot, great characters and a fine eye for detail makes all Elvis Cole stories memorable. It's diffidently one that will drive you back to the bookshelves looking for more. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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 |
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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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