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The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais

The Monkey's Raincoat (original 1987; edition 1992)

by Robert Crais

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Title:The Monkey's Raincoat
Authors:Robert Crais
Info:Crimeline (1992), Mass Market Paperback, 237 pages
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The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais (1987)

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    tmommy4: The characters are very similar, the writing has a great tone and pace

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Ellen Lang’s husband Mort and their son Perry have gone missing. Desperate and unsure of herself, she hires wisecracking Hollywood Private Investigator Elvis Cole to find
them. Winner of the 1988 Macavity Award for Best First Novel.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Dec 30, 2016 |
Audiobook performed by Patrick Lawlor

Private Investigator Elvis Cole is in his Hollywood office when two women come in. Ellen Lang’s husband and son are missing; her best friend Janet is pushing her to hire someone to find them.

This is a great detective story that reminds me of the old-fashioned noir tales by Chandler. This one involves the usual suspects – thugs, kingpins, ditzy blondes, fragile wives, irascible police sergeants, enigmatic partners, and a cast of minor players that add color and intrigue.

I was hooked from the beginning and interested throughout. I will definitely read more of this series.

Patrick Lawlor does an adequate job of the audio. He has good pacing and some of the scenes were particularly good, but I don’t like the timber and quality of his voice for this book. Just my opinion, of course; I wound up reading about half of it in text format rather than listening. ( )
  BookConcierge | Nov 3, 2016 |
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. I will definitely be reading more of this series. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jul 4, 2016 |
2.5 Stars ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais (Book 1 in the Elvis Cole series)

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When quiet Ellen Lang enters Elvis's office, she's lost her husband and her son. 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.

My Thoughts:

There are quite a few things going on plot wise and it held my interest, but I felt that this was more of a book to establish the characters and use this as a great springboard for the rest of the series.

Towards the end it got a bit more interesting and when I had finished I knew I was on to a winner because I certainly wanted to read more about Elvis and Cole. Overall, the story wasn't the best, but the writing of Robert Crais and the introduction of a great partner has spurred my interest considerably. When you take into consideration that this book was written twenty-seven years ago you realize that as a debut novel it's a really good one. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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That ain't tactics, baby. That's just the beast in me. /
- Elvis Presley / Jailhouse Rock (the movie).
Winter downpour - /
even the monkey /
needs a raincoat. /
- Basho
For Pat, who met Joe Pike and decided to hang around.
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'I'm sorry, Mr. Cole, this has nothing to do with you. Please excuse me.'
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Taking the mystery community by storm, this Elvis Cole novel was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Shamus, and Macavity awards and won both the Anthony and Macavity for Best Novel of the Year. 

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:42 -0400)

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CRIME & MYSTERY. 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.… (more)

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