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The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole Novel | [Robert Crais]

The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole Novel

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.
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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 2008

    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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    phyl Hillside, NJ United States 12-01-10
    phyl Hillside, NJ United States 12-01-10 Member Since 2008

    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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    Alberta Wasilla, AK, United States 11-18-14
    Alberta Wasilla, AK, United States 11-18-14 Member Since 2010

    Alaskan quilter

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    "The narrator really spoils this book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I think I could have liked the book, but the narration was abysmal. I really tried listening, but I just could not make it all the way through this book. I thought it just might be me, but other reviewers said the same thing. Dang....and I was so looking forward to getting into another series of crime/mystery books, too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mimi Dawsonville, GA, United States 10-30-14
    Mimi Dawsonville, GA, United States 10-30-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Book OK, reader awful"
    What did you like best about The Monkey's Raincoat? What did you like least?

    Almost didn't finish listening to this book because the reader was so bad. Suffered through listening because I wanted to see how the story ended. I like Elvis and he is better developed in later books, but I wanted to see how it started. This narrator was just so whiny and sarcastic sounding even when he wasn't supposed to be.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elvis is an interesting and complex character.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By using a different reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the idea of Elvis and Joe and I like Robert Crais as a writer. I'll stay with the series a bit longer but I won't listen to anymore books read by Patrick Lawlor. Guess I'll just have to check them out of the library!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dina 07-08-14
    Dina 07-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very poor reader. Found the performance dull."
    What disappointed you about The Monkey's Raincoat?

    The very poor performance


    What was most disappointing about Robert Crais’s story?

    I generally like Crais' stories. I think the performance caused me to lose interest. Never finished will ask refund.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick G. Lawlor?

    not really sure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 06-28-14
    Karen 06-28-14

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "get James Daniels to read again"
    Where does The Monkey's Raincoat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    good as the first Elvis


    What did you like best about this story?

    Elvis was very loose in this first one


    Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick G. Lawlor’s performances?

    Absolutely not, he is just awful and this was a fun start to a GREAT series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did as this was the first of the series, I have them all, CD/cassette and some downloads.
    Elvis and Pike are a great listen. Some readers just Ok, but the dialogue makes up for their reading style.


    Any additional comments?

    the best reader for series is James Daniels, so get those stories first. Yes Elvis evolutes as RC writes. My all time fave is the Watchman owned in MP3 and downloaded. I have re listened to this one many times as it features my all time fave character Pike. RC tried to write more Pike stories, but he made the mistake of reading his 2nd full length Pike story, then after awful reviews of his reading, he turns over the 3 Pike book to Luke Daniels, another flop. Hint: Go Back to What Works

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia KALISPELL, MT, United States 06-24-14
    Claudia KALISPELL, MT, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't make it past the naration"

    Simply horrible, wrong voice for this type of book and character! Need someone with a deeper voice!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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