The Monkey's Raincoat

The Monkey's Raincoat

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"Meet Elvis Cole, L.A. Private Eye.... He quotes Jiminy Cricket and carries a .38. He's a literate, wisecracking Vietnam vet who is determined to never grow up. When 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, 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. For Ellen, it isn't Funtown anymore. For Elvis, it's just a living... He hopes." -- Amazon.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ballantine Books, 2019.
Edition: Ballantine Books mass market edition.
Copyright Date: ©1987
ISBN: 9780593157985
Call Number: MYS CRA
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 19 cm.


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Mar 02, 2019

I picked up my first Robert Crais novel a while back when shopping for a new series to read. I've read several then thought I'd start at the beginning. I'm glad that I read later novels first because had I not I probably wouldn't have continued with the series. The story and writing were intriguing, but it seemed that the Elvis Cole character was trying way too hard to be witty and clever even when he needn't have been. Some of his purported "funny" comments were wholly inappropriate for the scenario that was happening at the time. I found it annoying and distracting ... plus the comparisons drawn to Robert B. Parker's Spencer/Hawk dynamic duo in my opinion are off the mark. Spencer's commentary seems effortless and he did not over-state his ability to be quick-witted. I've read all the Spencer/Hawk novels and none of them proved a disappointment. I've read only one of the novels written after Mr. Parker passed away and will not because they're not the same. His was a "voice" that could not be duplicated.

In any event, I'm lining up all the Cole/Pike novels and will continue to read them with gusto. They're well-written, fast-paced and genuinely interesting (particularly to someone who lived in Los Angeles for 20+ years from 1979 - 2000!).

May 21, 2017

A great, fast read. My first Crais/Elvis Cole novel. This one was very much like Robert Parker's Spenser novels - tough private eye with an enigmatic partner who is apparently a superman of a sort. They seem to solve mysteries intuitively with few clues and little regard for the law. It was very enjoyable and I'll certainly be on the waiting list for the rest of Mr. Crais' books.

May 14, 2017

An old detective novel that touches on aspects of Hollywood. I enjoyed going back in time.

May 08, 2015

Good read, more old style detective novel. Very human good guys, bad guys not so much

Aug 19, 2013

I enjoyed the wise cracking self deprecating P.I. There was enough action to keep me reading. I'll go for #2 in the series.

Jul 29, 2013

I returned this paperback with 4 other books this morning, but it is still listed as checked out.
The others were :
The Sentry
The Forgotten Man
The Fp orgotten man

Jan 14, 2011

Entertaining, fun, fast read


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