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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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    toni 03-05-12
    toni 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to The Monkey's Raincoat the most enjoyable?

    I do love Crais' work


    Any additional comments?

    I did not enjoy this narrator. I don't think I will purchase anything by this one again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pete ERIE, CO, United States 06-03-11
    Pete ERIE, CO, United States 06-03-11
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    "love Robert Crais, didn't like the narrator"

    I've read many of the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike books. They're great. This is my first audiobook from Audible. When you read, your mind fills in what you don't see and hear. I expected listening to an audiobook to be just a little closer to watching a movie, because your mind has to fill in a bit less. In this case, I had to fill in *more*, because I had to imagine what a real Elvis Cole would sound like, instead of the wimpy voice of this narrator. I'll skip book 2, to the third audiobook in the series, just to try a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharyn G. 05-03-11
    Sharyn G. 05-03-11
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    "good Elvis BAD narrator"

    I just couldn't get into this book. I started it several times. Finally made my self listen. The plot was alright but I just did not like the narrator. He might be fine for other books but he was wrong for this book. His voice just irritated me to the point that I wasn't paying attention to the book. Sorry I purchased this book.

    Sharyn

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    maxpower San Diego, CA United States 04-29-11
    maxpower San Diego, CA United States 04-29-11 Member Since 2015
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    "lame, cheesy, dated, boring"

    OK, the main character had some amusing lines. But this book was really quite cheesy overall, and not just because of the 25 year old pop culture references.

    The story was completely pedestrian and didn't pay off. The women inexplicably and with no explanation fall into bed with the protagonist. Then we meet the character's friend, Pike I believe, a Dwight Schrute-like character who reads too much Soldier of Fortune magazine. We know he's menacing, you see, because he wears sunglasses indoors! Wow.

    The narrator should probably not be in voiceover work. He is a decent enough actor but his voice is reedy, nasally, and kind of irritating. Kind of nerdy sounding. Not fitting at all for these characters, who are apparently supposed to be tough guys.

    Avoid!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Tucson, AZ, United States 04-10-11
    Keith Tucson, AZ, United States 04-10-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Very workable PI story spoiled by the narrator"

    The protagonist in this book is an intriguing and convincing character, involved in an interesting and compelling plot. Unfortunately the narrator simply murders the book. The written style is full of witty dialogue and irony, requiring an understated reading for its full affect. This narrator simply over acts (hams up) the dialogue, making quite enjoyable witty dialogue just plain irritating. Patrick Lawlor is now on my (very short) narrator blacklist.

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    02-18-11
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    "The monkey is the narrator"

    listened to most of Crais's books. This narrator destroys it. couldn't get through chapter two. Wish I could get my money back on this one.

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    02-15-11
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    "My Nephew can read to me better than this"

    Wow... I've listened to 182 books in the past years, and this is the worst I've ever heard. People complain about Dick Hill? This book sounds like a kid reading me Winnie the Pooh!

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    Suzanne K Russell Arlington, Texas 02-16-10
    Suzanne K Russell Arlington, Texas 02-16-10 Member Since 2008
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    "The Monkey's What?"

    I am glad I did not read this series in order. If I had read this book first, I would have gone no further. Elvis sleeps with a woman, and then with his client, who also happens to be the woman's friend. Good grief! This book has a different narrator than the ones that follow. He makes Elvis sound kind of whiny. But I finally stopped listening when one of the characters screamed a particularly unpleasant obscenity in my ear for the 4th or 5th time in a row. The rest of the series is rather enjoyable. This book is not.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G 03-05-12
    G 03-05-12
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    "I thoroughly enjoy Elvis and Joe every time."
    Would you listen to The Monkey's Raincoat again? Why?

    No, life's too short, not enough time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Elvis and Joe kicking ass.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick G. Lawlor – was your favorite?

    Elvis.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Mom capping the Bad guy.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Harriet 03-28-15
    Harriet 03-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Would you use Allah's name in vein?"

    Using Jesus' name in vein was a complete turn off. Absolutely unnecessary and offensive. You can do better than that.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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