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The Monkey's Raincoat Audiobook

The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole Novel

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Publisher's Summary

When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can't even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back - no questions asked.

The search for Ellen's errant husband leads Elvis into the seamier side of Hollywood. He soon learns that Mort Lang is a down-on-his-luck talent agent who associates with a schlocky movie producer, and the last place he was spotted was at a party thrown by a famous and very well-connected ex-Matador. But no one has seen him since - including his B-movie girlfriend.

At the same time the police find Mort in his parked car with four gunshots in his chest - and no kid in sight - Ellen disappears.

Now nothing is what it seems, and the heat is on. It's up to Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, to find the connection between sleazy Hollywood players and an ex-Matador.

Investigate another case with Elvis Cole.

©2008 Robert Crais; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Robert B. Parker has some competition on his hands....Elvis Cole is an appealing character and Crais' style is fresh and funny." (Sue Grafton)
"Is Bob Crais good? Put it this way: if they're taking you out to put you against the firing squad wall, and you want to enjoy your last moments on earth, pass on the last cigarette and ask for an Elvis Cole novel." (Harlan Ellison)

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    Bob Scappoose, Oregon, United States 01-08-11
    Bob Scappoose, Oregon, United States 01-08-11 Member Since 2010

    Birder at Large

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    "Big Fan of Elvis, But The Narrator Gets One Star"

    Crais is awesome...but the person who hired the narrator and thought that it was recordable should find another job. The narration and quality of the recording is so horrible that I'm afraid I've had enough...I don't even want to listen to it - and I really hate not finishing a book, but life is too short to listen to bad books. Pass on this one...trust me. Read it perhaps - but do yourself a favor and do not listen to this Lawlor guy.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 06-18-15
    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 06-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Meet Elvis Cole"

    The first installments in Robert Crais' Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Private Investigator series, and also the first that I've read, was in my opinion a very good book. I really liked the character of Elvis Cole. From his quick one liners to his collection of Disney paraphernalia and his overprotective "father" instincts toward his clients, Elvis Cole is a very likeable guy. Bring in his partner Joe Pike, the strong silent type, and you have the perfect match. The story was very good, if somewhat far fetched at the end, but I read it for entertainment and not the psychology of criminal behavior. I will definitely read more in this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    phyl Hillside, NJ United States 12-01-10
    phyl Hillside, NJ United States 12-01-10 Member Since 2011

    phylford

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    "A Disappointment"

    The book was not up to the standard set by Crais. The narrator's voice was annoying and quite a let down after Mr. Daniels. Even Evis was not up to par. Thank goodness for Pike. I almost gave up on it. I have never considered abandoning a Crais book before this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Demetra 05-11-09
    Demetra 05-11-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Just ok"

    This wasn't a bad story I just got tired of Elvis Cole. Every woman wants him and he is tougher and smarter than everyone else and that was distracting for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    thomas United States 10-20-11
    thomas United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2011

    FORTY SOMETHING THUG FOR HIRE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD BOOK.

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    "THIS IS IT"

    THIS IS THE ONE TO TURN TO WHEN ROBERT PARKER IS BUSY DOING THINGS OTHER THAN SPENSER AND HAWK. CRAIS BRINGS THAT SAME FEEL OF MALE BONDING TO THE MYSTERY STORY WITH HIS CHARACTERS OF ELVIS COLE AND JOE PIKE. HELL, THEY MAY EVEN BE A MORE LETHAL PAIRING THAN HAWK AND SPENSER. THE STORY CARRIES ALL THE ACTION, HUMOR, AND SELF DEPRECATING ASIDES THAT FANS OF THE PRIVATE EYE STORY HAVE COME TO EXPECT. WHICH ISN'T TO SAY THAT CRAIS IS DOING AN IMMITATION, BECAUSE HE IS NOT. HE HAS A STYLE AND VOICE THAT IS ALL HIS OWN. AND PATRICK LAWLOR ELEVATES THE NARRATIVE WITH HIS UNIQUE READING. HIS VOICE IS PERFECTLY SUITED TO THE MATERIAL. HE KNOWS WHEN TO CAMP IT UP FOR THE HUMOROUS ASIDES, AND WHEN TO KEEP IT REAL FOR THE TENDER MOMENTS. THIS ONE'S A CONTENDER FOR TOP TEN LISTENS OF THE YEAR.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Loy 03-10-09
    Loy 03-10-09

    Born to read

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    "Evis Cole!"

    I just love Evis Cole and Joe Pike
    this is the first one and like all Cole/Pike books it was excellent

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J.C.D. 09-23-16
    J.C.D. 09-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A GREAT ACTION PACKED ELVIS COLE NOVEL"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Monkey's Raincoat to be better than the print version?

    Probably, it certainly was entertaining.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. It was fast moving with nothing side-tracking the story.


    What does Patrick G. Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a great voice that works well with action/military stories.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction, but a great story well told.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Mackenzie Palo Alto, CA 09-10-16
    A. Mackenzie Palo Alto, CA 09-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    Book was recommended as a really good crime. Was great. The main character is funny as hell. Totally enjoyed it.

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    Dan 08-02-16
    Dan 08-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lawlor has a constant mocking note"

    that might be better suited to comedy. Hard to finish the book. James Daniels is the master of the Pike and Cole books.

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    Layla Dallas, Texas 07-14-16
    Layla Dallas, Texas 07-14-16 Member Since 2016

    British Mystery Buff

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    "the Monkey's Raincoat"

    This was the first book by Robert Crais I have ever tried, and only the second audible book I have sampled. I enjoyed it although the sound at times was difficult to hear even with the volume turned all the way up, which was disappointing. I will try his other books, reading them this time because I did like his writing style and story line. I wasn't crazy about the voices used by the reader, and agree with another reviewer that it was at times annoying. I am looking forward to actually reading them for myself, but not an audible version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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