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The Monkey's Raincoat By Robert Crais, The Monkey s Raincoat Elvis Cole Jan , The Monkey s Raincoat is the first book in Robert Crais s now eighteen strong series of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels The two guys s adventure starts when Ellen Lang and Janet Simon show up in Cole s office Lang is there because her friend Janet has dragged her along. The Monkey s Raincoat Elvis Cole, by Robert Crais Jul , Crais first book, The Monkey s Raincoat, is full of one P.I trope after another, with a s plot ripped off from Miami Vice, and characters created with the depth of pop psychology from Donahue We begin in Elvis office, where he s busy staring at his Pinocchio clock Ellen Lang arrives, best friend dragging her through the door. The Monkey s Raincoat The Monkey s Raincoat by Robert Crais, Paperback Barnes In The Monkey s Raincoat, Robert Crais has set his stage with two superb characters in Cole and Pike, and I just happen to have Acts Two Stalking the Angel and Three Lullaby Town waiting in the wings.Now if I could only find myself one of those Pinocchio clocks. The Monkey s Raincoat Summary Study Guide The Monkey s Raincoat is the story of L.A detective Elvis Cole, who is hired by Ellen Lang to find her husband and young son Elvis discovers that Mort Lang has been killed by wealthy ex bullfighter Dom Duran, because Duran believes Mort stole two kilos of cocaine Perry, Ellen s son, is Robert Crais The Monkey s Raincoat ROBERT CRAIS THE MONKEY S RAINCOAT The novel that introduced Elvis Cole, L.A Private Eye and his partner, Joe Pike Ellen Lang walks into Cole s Disney Deco office and hires Elvis to find her husband and son.

  • Title: The Monkey's Raincoat
  • Author: Robert Crais
  • ISBN: 9780752816999
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.
    The Monkey s Raincoat 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 nethe

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    1. I hated the 80s Hated them while I was living through them and twenty years later I still get slightly queasy when I think about that time So when I was reading this book written in 1987, and the hero is bragging about wearing white jeans with a white jacket to cover up his shoulder holster, I leaned over and vomited with visions of Sonny Crockett dancing in my head Fortunately, it got much better.Robert Crais is one of those mystery writers I ve been meaning to read for a while now When I came [...]

    2. Mort Lang runs off with his son, leaving his wife and daughters in the lurch Elvis Cole is tapped to find him and promptly ends up in the middle of a plot involving two kilos of cocaine Can Elvis find the drugs and find Mort and his son I have to admit that I wasn t sold on Elvis Cole at the beginning He felt like a Spenser ripoff with some quirks thrown in for no reason A wiseass detective that does yoga and is into Disney junk Then Crais grabbed me and dragged me to the end of the winding tale [...]

    3. If you ve followed my reading recently, it s no secret I ve been enjoying Robert Crais Elvis Cole books Somehow, I started with book three, Lullaby Town, perhaps because it was the first book in the series with an above four star average Thank goodness I did, because what a difference five years makes in personal changes and skill Crais first book, The Monkey s Raincoat, is full of one P.I trope after another, with a 1980s plot ripped off from Miami Vice, and characters created with the depth of [...]

    4. Unless something surprising shapes up as I write this, I don t think I have anything new to add to the general consensus that other reviewers have established for this novel, the first mystery in a series that features private eyes Elvis Cole and Joe Pike If you ve read Robert B Parker s novels, and I haven t, this may strike you as a rip off, or so I ve heard However, it seems to be a good rip off, the kind with promise, because the book starts well and gets better and better, apparently, wheth [...]

    5. The Monkey s Raincoat The P.I Who Didn t Want to Grow Up Prove yourself brave, truthful, and unselfish, and someday you will be a real boy The Blue Fairy said that In Pinocchio Elvis Cole Licensed Investigator, State of CaliforniaA dream is a wish your heart makesMr Cole, this looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship Yeah, with you and the big guy, Joe Pike Don t tell him I said so I don t want him to jump to the wrong conclusion But, after all, he said you taught him good things Says [...]

    6. Browbeaten into seeing a detective by her best friend Jane, Elvis Cole s client Ellen Lang is still reluctant She doesn t wish to cause any trouble for her husband Mort even though he s cheating on her, even though he has threatened to leave But now Mort has disappeared, and their son Perry has disappeared with him Elvis signs on to find them both, and soon discovers that talent agent Mort, desperate to keep his failing business afloat, has become involved with sketchy people with even sketchier [...]

    7. This is the first book in the Elvis Cole series and the first book by the author that I have read The book was originally published in 1987 and feels dated when you read it In addition to things like pay phones it comes across like one of those television PI s from the 1970 s or 80 s Magnum P.I or Rockford The setting is LA and the author wrote scripts for television so I guess that is understandable The characters are not very well developed.We meet Elvis Cole in his office staring at his Pinoc [...]

    8. I started with Elvis Cole 13, which was actually Joe Pike 1 As the second book of the series, I liked Joe Pike 1 best Having said that, this was a walk in the past for me I d call it an entertaining story, your basic Magnum P.I Mike Hammer Gumshoe detective novel Perhaps along the lines of Rockford Files with a active and ass kicking, younger James Garner What a walk down memory lane, where consensual sex with strangers was possible, people actually used pay phones without needing a calling c [...]

    9. Set in the Hollywood of the 1980s this feels a bit dated, but only because it was written then as the debut novel of screenwriter Robert Crais, who wrote scripts for Hill Street Blues and Miami Vice amongst others so it has that authentic 1980s feel about it At first Crais PI, Elvis Cole seems like a wise cracking smart arse but he grows on you as his smart, compassionate side comes out Apart from quoting Jiminny Cricket and being a yoga and martial arts practitioner, Cole is a Vietnam vet whose [...]

    10. My first introduction to Robert Crais work was through the Joe Pike character Having read several of the books and being introed to Elvis Cole, I true to my usual form went back and got the first volume.Pretty good book Related in first person rather than third as the Pike books were are we get Cole s voice telling the story Pike in the first book I read told one of their client s that Elvis thinks he s funny s true, he does Cracking jokes along the way Elvis chronicles the story of a woman who [...]

    11. When Ellen Lang walks into Elvis Cole detective agency she asks him to find her missing husband Mort their son Perry as they are nowhere to be found the case seems simple enough but Elvis isn t thrilled neither is his partner gun dealer Joe Pike.Their search down the seamy side of Hollywood s studios lots sculpted lawns leads them deep into a nasty world drugs, sex murder Everybody from cops to starlets crooks turn on Elvis Pike, i found this to be okay but i thought it dragged a bit in the midd [...]

    12. The start of the Elvis Cole series and supposedly a popular, well done mystery This was bad The mystery wasn t that interesting, the female characters not very believable, and the hero is a dick and I don t mean that like as a detective.For example, he doesn t like his client s friend because she is apparently a strong woman who thinks her friend is wasting her time So Elvis, to get her to shut up, says, I d like to pour choclate on you and lick it off Now, would anybody ever say that No If they [...]

    13. What drew me to read this was a review from Orson Scott Card recommending the latest Elvis Cole novel by Robert Crais, but since I like to read things in order, I decided to start with The Monkey s Raincoat instead of Taken.Despite the protagonist s propensity to dress like a Miami Vice extra, and his obsession with Disney trinkets the reasons for which are not adequately explored , I enjoyed this 80s era detective story on steroids, which culminated in a finale that read like the climax of Arno [...]

    14. Not so long ago I read my first Robert Crais book the Two Minute Rule and simply adored it The humanity of the characters touched me greatly I wanted to read Robert Crais and so I started to read the Elvis Cole books in the right order and I m glad I purchased the first three so far This introduction to the Elvis Cole series is a highly entertaining read The outstanding characters make up for an average plot I enjoy how well the author pulls off the combo of the taciturn Pike and the extremely [...]

    15. That was a fun thriller with a couple of very memorable characters I see Joe Pike has his own series I m intrigued Luckily, I got the first 2 of his series with this book Hopefully there won t be as many attempts at humor They got rather flat after a while.The writing wasn t bad Good action scenes, but I didn t appreciate all the road directions through L.A They didn t mean a thing to me Maybe if I knew the area As it was, they read like filler.All in all, it was fun.

    16. Robert Crais published his first novel featuring his now famous L.A private detective, Elvis Cole, in 1987 The Monkey s Raincoat was an instant success, garnering nearly every single award for the mystery genre, including nominations for the Edgar and Shamus which, in the mystery writer s world is akin to the Oscar and the Golden Globe He deserved every single accolade Cole is like Robert Parker s Spenser, who is his most obvious literary blood brother a lovable, wise cracking detective who stil [...]

    17. Better than the first time around I love these guys as much and in a different way than Spenser and Hawk Spenser and Hawk have a tough guy relationship, but funny than tough Elvis and Joe have a one sided funny relationship, but both never give an inch when the sh t hits the fan I love Joe s arrowsways move forward Great book and great series

    18. At Sleuthfest one year, I remember author Robert Crais giving a speech about how he published his first novel It was a private eye novel released at a time when the word was that the private eye novel was dead That novel, THE MONKEY S RAINCOAT went on to win the Anthony and Macavity Awards and get nominated for the Edgar and Shamus Awards Some dead genre, huh The book launched a successful series of mysteries featuring detective Elvis Cole yes, Elvis who according to the back of the book quotes [...]

    19. The Elvis Cole series got off to a highly entertaining start with The Monkey s Raincoat.L.A private detective Elvis Cole takes on the case of Ellen Lang, an emotionally paralyzed housewife convinced that her floundering husband has taken off with their young son What at first looks like a messy domestic squabble mushrooms into something a lot dangerous, putting Elvis, his client and his enigmatic partner, John Pike, in the crossfire between some highly connected criminals and some law enforceme [...]

    20. Hello friends,My first Robert Crais book, many author friends recommended Robert Crais to me His main character is this Elvis Cole, a PI, with a sense of humour, with lightens the book and the reading.The reason for three stars, well after so many gripping, fast paced, tense and powerful stories of recent reads by David Baldacci, Simon Kernick, Lee Childs, Daniel Silva, Sharon Bolton, Karin Slaughter this was a little lightweight, no strong villains, no strong twists, no shocks, no brutal murder [...]

    21. If there is one thing which can give you an insight into yourself, then it has to be how much you trust an author and buy their work on spec, without reading the blurbs or reviews, etc.Crais has my respect He has shown he can pace a book, inject humour, create strong characters which have just enough fantasy to them to help you suspend your disbelief And like a lot of writers these days, Crais has not just stuck with one series set of characters rather, like Michael Connelly, some solo character [...]

    22. I never believed in UFOs, ET sightings or abductions At least not until now It is obvious that alien technology has been used on two people First on Robert Crais He had bio engineered author creative brain cell enhancement augmentation It had to be He is just too damn good of a writer for there to be any other plausible explanation So I have to go with space aliens.And Cathy DuPont had alien bookworm viral injections How else would she know I would instantly love this author She sent me this boo [...]

    23. My first Crais novel and a pretty good one, although not as great as I had hoped His PI Elvis Cole is certainly charismatic and funny, but kinda seemed like an updated Philip Marlowe at times, but Marlowe s funnier and cooler His partner Joe Pike actually was the most interesting character, but that s probably because I love that hard as nails vigilante archetype so much The case itself had enough twists and turns to keep me turning the pages, though, and I never figured out the ending before it [...]

    24. Didn t love it, but didn t hate it either.Elvis Cole is a PI who is hired by Ellen Lang to find her husband and son This case isn t as straightforward as Elvis thought, as he begins to enter a very tangled drug world The best part of this book was the length It is around 230 pages, which I found was perfect to get me involved with the story and continued my content with the pace and the outcome of the novel I don t know if I enjoy the main character, Elvis He was a bit lame and I couldn t believ [...]

    25. This book has been somehow a disappointment Not because the plot is bad it is not, thought pretty standard for a detective story but because the writing is rather b l a n d About a fifth of the book is written in two word sentences and the remaining contains just marginally longer constructions.Moreover, the narrative, told in the first voice, only has one speed jocular slow Jocular because Elvis Cole is that type of guy who thinks that the earth will stop spinning if he doesn t crack a joke eve [...]

    26. I had this book lying around and I was looking for a good thriller to read, so It soon became clear, to me at least, that this isn t really a thriller, leaning to 80s series like Magnum PI rather than run of the mill thriller fare Despite the rather serious plot elements, this novel remains an off beat and fun read The name of the protagonist evokes images of Rock Roll and the book does indeed contain a fair share of both sex and drugs In this novel our hero, Elvis Cole, really gets into it with [...]

    27. An early one 1987 of the series with Elvis Cole as an LA PI and Joe Pike his quiet but deadly partner A woman s missing husband starts the ball rolling that ends up uncovering a lot of bad guys to battle Walks the good Crais balance between character driven narrative and manly action As typical for Crais, he takes advantage of the greed of the film industry crowd as a magnet for the nefarious Brings out empathy for Pike s character than I remember in previous books in the series Satisfying show [...]

    28. THE MONKEY S RAINCOAT ExCrais, Robert 1st in Elvis Cole seriesWhen quiet Ellen Lang enters Elvis Cole s Disney Deco office, she s lost something very valuable her husband and her 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 [...]

    29. Robert Crais has become a favorite mystery writer of mine alongside of Michael Connelly Crais s detective, Elvis Cole, is not only adept but also he can be funny Humor and drama work hand in hand in a way few writers can do Cole s sidekick, Joe Pike, is an efficient, stoic, and mysterious man we d all like to have as a friend to save our butts THE MONKEY S RAINCOAT is the first book in the series and a great place to start A librarian at the South Pasadena Public library recommended it to me, an [...]

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