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The Monkey's Raincoat Audiobook

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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    Sharon United States 06-02-14
    Sharon United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Just not for me"

    I have read and enjoyed other books by Crais, but I just didn't love this one. I did finish the book, but mainly because I was out of credits and waiting on new ones.

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    Click1st 02-22-14
    Click1st 02-22-14
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    "Narration horrible but the story itself was okay"

    I feel like I wasted 8 hours of my life on this book. The constant 'He said' and 'She said' made for a horrible audio read. The author forced the narrator the speak in monotone since the book is filled with He/She saids. I bought this book bc I absolutely and completely LOVED Robert Crais' book Suspect. I will not be going any further in this series.

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    Teddy AGUA DULCE, CA, United States 01-13-14
    Teddy AGUA DULCE, CA, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2012

    Like??What? What I read is obvious..I am a computer programmer from before we had computers (APL anyone?) I just saw a coyote in our canyon

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    "Nice start of series"
    Any additional comments?

    I've read most t of the Spenser books; this is a change. two new guys to learn to like, well plus a few peripheral characters who I'm guessing will return. Nice to have it set in LA for a change... I will be buying more... I like this world so far.

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    Leonard Lewes, DE, United States 10-25-13
    Leonard Lewes, DE, United States 10-25-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Read Lescroart, Sanford or Connelly instead."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not so much


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not especially realistic


    Was The Monkey's Raincoat worth the listening time?

    Its a toss up....no


    Any additional comments?

    Social worker becomes private eye. Partner is a sociopathic killer. Enough said.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    F. Lacy 10-04-13
    F. Lacy 10-04-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "My Favorite Narration In The Series"

    This is probably my favorite mystery series of all time and I just loved the narration from Patrick G. Lawlor. The narrators change quite a bit in this series, but this first book and narrator is my favorite. As far as the story itself, this is a great intro to the Elvis Cole / Joe Pike series and has an original villian (not a cookie cutter bad guy).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa United States 09-04-13
    Teresa United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Very poor quality recording"
    What would have made The Monkey's Raincoat better?

    It may have been a good story but the recording was so bad I couldn't get through it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jannie 07-16-13
    Jannie 07-16-13
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    "The Young Elvis"
    Where does The Monkey's Raincoat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks among the better books I've read in this genre. I inhale these crime/legal/spy thrillers -- Connelly, Lehane, Rankin, Silva, Turow, LeCarre etc. And I include Crais in that group. I especially enjoy Crais because he writes about my city, Los Angeles. I thought I'd circle back and listen to the first book in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series. It's good, not spectacular. What I liked was getting the unvarnished Elvis (*Spoiler Alert* he actually has sex with two women) and more of the Pike backstory. More killing by our heroes than in the later books too. It reads fresh.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Parts of the ending are a little hard to believe.


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

    Almost anyone. Actually, the biggest downside of this audio book was the narrator and the poor sound quality. The narrator does a poor man's Joe Mantegna and I kept thinking maybe I was in the middle of a Robert Parker Spenser novel.


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

    No, although I did do the last 90 minutes in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy F. Makson columbia, sc 04-04-13
    Amy F. Makson columbia, sc 04-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Murder, with a grin"
    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book on one of Audibles' recommended lists... and we listened during a long car trip. This style is very remeniscent to the Robert B Parker Spencer series, interspersing humor and wisecracking with the more serious content. Not overly graphic... but a good plot to keep one wanting to hear more.
    The narration was very good and it made the listening quite smooth and easy to follow the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fran Johnston Belen, NM USA 02-19-13
    Fran Johnston Belen, NM USA 02-19-13 Member Since 2009

    Moondancer

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    "Narrator destroys story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    NO! As a book, maybe, but I couldn't get past the awful narrator. I listened to Suspect and the narrator was very involved with the book, unfortunately, this one is not.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't get that far


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

    McLeod Andrews!


    Could you see The Monkey's Raincoat being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO


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    Richard 10-29-12
    Richard 10-29-12
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    "not awful"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Joe Pikes voice was like Christian Bales batman voice, i.e. awful, other characters were just surfer dudes


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