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Publisher's Summary

"Quick, cutting wit...a keen ear."--The New York Times Book Review

Hollywood’s newest wunderkind is Peter Alan Nelsen, the brilliant, erratic director known as the King of Adventure.

His films make billions, but his manners make enemies. What the boy king wants, he gets, and what Nelsen wants is for Elvis to comb the country for the wife and infant child the film-school flunkout dumped en route to becoming the third-biggest filmmaker in America. It’s the kind of case Cole can handle in his sleep - until it turns out to be a nightmare. For when Cole finds Nelsen’s ex-wife in a small Connecticut town, she’s nothing like he expects. She has some unwanted - and very nasty - mob connections, which means Elvis could be opening an East Coast branch of his P.I. office...at the bottom of the Hudson River.

"Elvis [Cole] is the greatest...[ he is] perhaps the best detective to come along since Travis McGee."--San Diego Tribune

"[Crais is] far better at the private-eye-novel racket than most writers."--Newsweek

©2008 Robert Crais (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"This story is pure pleasure from the very first page."--Kirkus Reviews

What listeners say about Lullaby Town

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A great Elvis and Joe Pike read

If you could sum up Lullaby Town in three words, what would they be?

Mob to Hollywood

What other book might you compare Lullaby Town to and why?

David Baldacci or Connelly series are a lot like this series with a good mystery and likable characters

Which character – as performed by Mel Foster – was your favorite?

I like Elvis, his internal dialog/thoughts are pretty funny

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

At times I wanted to strangle Peter Alan Nelson for being so annoying

Any additional comments?

Great read in the Elvis/Joe series

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  • J.
  • 08-27-12

Nice Elvis Cole story

Good story, that actually gets Elvis out of LA again. I am circling back and doing older Elvis Cole books and I had a hard time with the reader at the beginning, but after a short adjustment over the first few chapters, I got used to him and now doing other older Elvis books, Mel Foster has almost become the standard.

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  • C.
  • 08-13-12

Loved this book!

Where does Lullaby Town rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really loved this book, and loved the narrator. First rate.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lullaby Town?

I just liked the attitudes of the two main characters, Elvis & Cole. The narration made their attitudes all the better, and used inflections and nuances that I wouldn't have seen if I was just reading the book. The story line was good!

What does Mel Foster bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Again, the narration made their attitudes all the better, and used inflections and nuances that I wouldn't have seen if I was just reading the book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Everybody lies.

Any additional comments?

I had never heard of this author before. I am on the second book, and even though it is narrated by a different person (whose voice sounds too young, compared to Mel's voice) - I still like the inflections, etc., that he gives the characters. His accents are good also.

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Wrong narrator for these books.

Enjoyed the story, as always. Crais is a great writer, but Mel Foster just does not fit the characters.

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Was this written by the same author

Ok. The characters are the same, Elvis, Pike, some others. The characters even seem familiar, but some how different. The do things a little different, The narrator is definitely different and does not get who ELvie Cole is (or was) in the first two books of the series. Cant the inflections and voice of the narrator really make that big a difference? I didn't enjoy this book as I did one and two.

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Satisfying light mystery

What made the experience of listening to Lullaby Town the most enjoyable?

Crais tells a good story that I consider mystery light. It is always engaging but does not require a lot of thinking. Some more intrigue might help. Some of it seems implausible, but the humor makes it worthwhile.

What did you like best about this story?

Crais uses a lot of humor and I like the funny side of Elvis Cole.

What does Mel Foster bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Mel Foster brings lightness and air and a comic's touch to the reading.

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Love the narrative

I’ve read this book many years ago but Foster’s narrative actually created visuals like I was watching a movie.

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A real improvement over first two in series

I would give this book a solid 3.5 stars, and it is a significant upgrade on the first two books in the Elvis Cole series. Although the book started slow, it quickly picked up when Cole traveled to the East Coast. While this book retained some of the detective noir style, there was much less silly wisecracks, and much more of a good, defined plot, great action, and compelling characters. The book is about Cole tracking down an ex-wife, who he then learns is mixed up with the mafia, and he works with Joe Pike to spring her free. It is a clever story with great action and twists of fortune. I hope that Lullaby Town is a sign that this series has turned the corner into being closer to Jack Reacher/Baldacci/Nathan McBride.

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What a book. Possibly his best.

Great plot. Emotion. Character development. Narrator was great. The only thing I didn’t like was the cover shot of the young boy :) bc it made me think it might be about child abduction etc which I can’t stomach. Not the case. Great book. Bravo.

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When an average narrator detracts

I have been re-listening to this series and wonder if authors understand how critical a narrator is and how much finding one that embodies the main character is important. Crais is pretty clear about Elvis Cole's personality and most of his narrators do not even come close to capturing it. This is very apparent when one has listened to most of the series. Mel Foster isn't Elvis Cole the was say the way George Guidall is Walt Longmire in Craig Johnson's series.

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