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
"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)
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.
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.
Elvis is an interesting and complex character.
By using a different reader.
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!
The very poor performance
I generally like Crais' stories. I think the performance caused me to lose interest. Never finished will ask refund.
not really sure.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
good as the first Elvis
Elvis was very loose in this first one
Absolutely not, he is just awful and this was a fun start to a GREAT series.
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.
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
Simply horrible, wrong voice for this type of book and character! Need someone with a deeper voice!!!
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.
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.
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
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.
Not so much
Not especially realistic
Its a toss up....no
Social worker becomes private eye. Partner is a sociopathic killer. Enough said.
Say something about yourself!
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).
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