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)
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.
Parts of the ending are a little hard to believe.
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.
No, although I did do the last 90 minutes in one sitting.
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.
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.
Didn't get that far
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.
leave out the said bits and a performer who has different voices or characters
said it all
The story is stilted and disjointed and the narrator is absolutely the worst ever.
By having been aborted at its inception
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.
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.
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.
no, I like to look forward to hearing more of the story another time.
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.
Great plot and interesting characters.
I love private detective stories.
Nothing. Excellent work.
Great read. I am reading Taken now.
I do love Crais' work
I did not enjoy this narrator. I don't think I will purchase anything by this one again
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.
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