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The Monkey's Raincoat Audiobook

The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole Novel

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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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    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 06-18-15
    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 06-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Meet Elvis Cole"

    The first installments in Robert Crais' Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Private Investigator series, and also the first that I've read, was in my opinion a very good book. I really liked the character of Elvis Cole. From his quick one liners to his collection of Disney paraphernalia and his overprotective "father" instincts toward his clients, Elvis Cole is a very likeable guy. Bring in his partner Joe Pike, the strong silent type, and you have the perfect match. The story was very good, if somewhat far fetched at the end, but I read it for entertainment and not the psychology of criminal behavior. I will definitely read more in this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    phyl Hillside, NJ United States 12-01-10
    phyl Hillside, NJ United States 12-01-10 Member Since 2011

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    "A Disappointment"

    The book was not up to the standard set by Crais. The narrator's voice was annoying and quite a let down after Mr. Daniels. Even Evis was not up to par. Thank goodness for Pike. I almost gave up on it. I have never considered abandoning a Crais book before this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Demetra 05-11-09
    Demetra 05-11-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Just ok"

    This wasn't a bad story I just got tired of Elvis Cole. Every woman wants him and he is tougher and smarter than everyone else and that was distracting for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 03-04-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "2 ½ stars. My mind kept wandering."

    I wasn’t pulled in.

    Told in 1st person by private investigator Elvis Cole. 1st person can work, but in this book I felt like I was missing things. A boy is kidnaped, a man is killed, a woman is kidnaped. The story would be better if I’d seen those things happening. Instead, Elvis is hired to find a guy. He talks to people. He learns this happened and that happened. A few times Elvis fights or shoots someone. I didn’t care about things. I wanted to know more about the boy, but it seemed that everything about him was off stage - happening elsewhere. I didn’t feel the boy’s fears due to first person Elvis. 1st person would work better if Elvis had fears, but he didn’t. The only suspense was when a guy bigger than Elvis was threatening or fighting Elvis.

    There were two sex scenes that felt thrown in - no romance or sexual feeling. Elvis is talking to a woman, all of a sudden they have sex, and then Elvis leaves. The sex is referred to with no details.

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    I have mixed feelings about the narrator. It sounded like he was talking through a piece of cloth over the microphone. I had to keep the volume higher than normal to hear him. I think it might be his voice - a soft low sound. His accent and acting were fine.

    Genre: PI Mystery Suspense

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    thomas United States 10-20-11
    thomas United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2011

    FORTY SOMETHING THUG FOR HIRE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD BOOK.

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    "THIS IS IT"

    THIS IS THE ONE TO TURN TO WHEN ROBERT PARKER IS BUSY DOING THINGS OTHER THAN SPENSER AND HAWK. CRAIS BRINGS THAT SAME FEEL OF MALE BONDING TO THE MYSTERY STORY WITH HIS CHARACTERS OF ELVIS COLE AND JOE PIKE. HELL, THEY MAY EVEN BE A MORE LETHAL PAIRING THAN HAWK AND SPENSER. THE STORY CARRIES ALL THE ACTION, HUMOR, AND SELF DEPRECATING ASIDES THAT FANS OF THE PRIVATE EYE STORY HAVE COME TO EXPECT. WHICH ISN'T TO SAY THAT CRAIS IS DOING AN IMMITATION, BECAUSE HE IS NOT. HE HAS A STYLE AND VOICE THAT IS ALL HIS OWN. AND PATRICK LAWLOR ELEVATES THE NARRATIVE WITH HIS UNIQUE READING. HIS VOICE IS PERFECTLY SUITED TO THE MATERIAL. HE KNOWS WHEN TO CAMP IT UP FOR THE HUMOROUS ASIDES, AND WHEN TO KEEP IT REAL FOR THE TENDER MOMENTS. THIS ONE'S A CONTENDER FOR TOP TEN LISTENS OF THE YEAR.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Loy 03-10-09
    Loy 03-10-09

    Born to read

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    "Evis Cole!"

    I just love Evis Cole and Joe Pike
    this is the first one and like all Cole/Pike books it was excellent

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lady Chaps Texas 06-09-17
    Lady Chaps Texas 06-09-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Good story"

    This was a good start to the Elvis Cole/ Joe Pike series. I've read the books. I was rather disappointed in the narration. The book is still worth listening to though.

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    Lloyd 05-16-17
    Lloyd 05-16-17 Member Since 2009

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    "Dissapointed"
    What disappointed you about The Monkey's Raincoat?

    Narrator's voice grated on me. The voice he gave the characters also grated on me. I could not listen to the whole thing. Was very dissapointed because I enjoyed some of the later books in this series


    What was most disappointing about Robert Crais’s story?

    The characters got on my nerves. It may have been because of the narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    voice...character voices. It was hard to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    The one thing that I did like was the way that telephone calls were narrated. It actually sounded like a telephone call

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-22-17
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-22-17 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "First in Series, Great Start"

    I've listened to other Elvis Cole books, so was glad to finally listen to the first one in the series. I like Robert Crais, always good for action and satisfying resolution . . . I don't care for the cursing, especially using the Lord's name in vain . . . the old style mysteries, though, right up my alley . . .

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Mertus Rumford, RI USA 03-09-17
    John Mertus Rumford, RI USA 03-09-17 Member Since 2001

    Radical Skeptic

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    "Poor debut for a series"

    I've enjoyed many book by Robert Crais so I jumped at the chance to read his first in the Elvis Cole series at a discount price. Alas, this book can only be described as terrible, unexciting, and at 3.95, I felt I overplayed by 3.94. The major issues I have with it was no tension, poor plot, unrealistic characters and sophomoric philosophy. The antagonist was undeveloped and a pure wimp. The violence was overblown and mostly unnecessary. And the attempted humor was trite and not funny. I'm glad Crais continued to write but you should read other books by him and avoid this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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