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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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    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.


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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 2008
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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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    QRabbit Surprise, AZ USA 07-25-12
    QRabbit Surprise, AZ USA 07-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Simon said"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    said, said, said, never heard an audible book where the read actually reads the said bits and what's worst there's a character named Simon...Simon said. GAG me!! I COULD NOT GET pass the first chapter.


    How could the performance have been better?

    leave out the said bits and a performer who has different voices or characters


    What character would you cut from The Monkey's Raincoat?

    said


    Any additional comments?

    said it all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Nashville, TN, United States 03-13-12
    Kathy Nashville, TN, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Impossible to tolerate"
    What disappointed you about The Monkey's Raincoat?

    The story is stilted and disjointed and the narrator is absolutely the worst ever.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Crais again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    By having been aborted at its inception


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carolyn ogden, UT, United States 03-12-12
    carolyn ogden, UT, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I enjoyed the story very much. Mr. Lawlow is good."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, a good story, it kept my interest. Wanted to find out more about Pike, his strange partner and the first book is a good introduction to him.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Monkey's Raincoat?

    Description of Pike. Also, towards the end when Elvis and Pike were searching for the boy and avoiding being killed and finally capturing the bad guys.


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

    He reads it well so that it is understandable and easy to follow. When he spoke for a female character, I had no problem with knowing who was speaking. I guess the difference between reading the book and hearing it is that I can go out walking and listen to it or listen at night when I don't want to read. I had no problem listening to Patrick G. Lawlor and I could combine listening to the story with exercise.


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

    no, I like to look forward to hearing more of the story another time.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for being a reliable company for which to download books. I like your selections even through I've read several of the books you offer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    HJ 03-05-12
    HJ 03-05-12

    Love to read

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    "My first Robert Crais book"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Great plot and interesting characters.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I love private detective stories.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Elvis Cole


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing. Excellent work.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Great read. I am reading Taken now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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