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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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    Connie D 05-07-16
    Connie D 05-07-16

    Connie

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    "Too much male chauvinism."

    If I heard them say Jesus Fing Christ one more time I was going to throw up. And what is with him sleeping with two different girls in two days. Talk about taking advantage of the situation. Then our hero shred child porn only to have to calm himself about a 16 year old a few pages down the line. If it hadn't been for wanting to find out what was going to happen to the boy I would have tossed it earlier.

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    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 04-21-16
    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 04-21-16
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    "Waiting for the next Dresden Files and found this"

    I was desperate for another good series. Would have never picked this one because of the Title and I prefer Urban Fantasy, but a friend recommended it and I took a chance. By the way the title is explained. Great book. Great Series. If you like talented writing, smart characters, believable plot, and a protagonist that can get hurt but mostly kicks A**. This is the book. No doubt.

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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 04-01-16
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 04-01-16 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Disappointing"

    Robert Crais books such great reviews that I thought to try one. Obviously, I did not like it because I purchased it in 2003 and never wrote a review. Here is now 2016 and because I considered buying one I thought to revisit the one I had. Yep,now I remember why I did not read another.

    Elvis is dull and tires to have a sense of humor. The level of action and toughness that I like is in the character Joe Pike. Now I will try one where Joe is front and center before I write Crais novel off my list.

    If they had the generous return policy in 2003, I would have returned this book.

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    John P Raeder Jr 01-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I had to stop listening"
    What would have made The Monkey's Raincoat better?

    I had to stop listening 30 minuted in. The narrator was irritating.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know


    Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick G. Lawlor’s performances?

    NO!!!!!!!!!!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Did not finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Jim Richmann Bisbee, AZ USA 07-25-15
    Jim Richmann Bisbee, AZ USA 07-25-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Poor audio quality"
    Any additional comments?

    Poor audio quality make this performance unlistenable. The narrator may be fine, but I could not hear him because the modulation was so bad. Audible needs to pull this title and get it fixed.

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    laurie 04-16-15
    laurie 04-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprised"

    Other reviewers did not like the narrator and was reluctant to spend my credit I was very glad I did and I have found a new author.

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    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 04-06-15
    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 04-06-15 Member Since 2017
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    "And the title means......?"

    Okay, I get haiku
    Winter downpour; Even the monkey needs a raincoat.
    —Matsuo Bashō, The Monkey's Raincoat
    but I do not get what it has to do with this story.

    I get that this is a well-received, award-winning book, but I didn't really like it. I like cops, detectives, soldiers, action and suspense, but I was not impressed.

    I will read the second just so that I can see if I have misjudged this series. I loved his book Suspect, cried in the PROLOGUE, and wish he had written more about this guy than Elvis Cole.

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    J Jaeckle Granbury, TX, US 02-10-15
    J Jaeckle Granbury, TX, US 02-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good finish slow start"

    I for the book started slow. After about two hours into the book the action began to pick up. Initially I thought there was too much detail about individuals.
    I have progressed the action and the story grew on me. Final part of the story and the last gun fight is what bumped the book to 4*.

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    Catherine 01-14-15
    Catherine 01-14-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Bad Reader Ruins Book"
    What disappointed you about The Monkey's Raincoat?

    I was so excited about this series, until the reader began to speak!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Crais? Why or why not?

    Yes, if Patrick Lawler isn't reading it!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He put emphasis in the wrong places; paused too often; read it as if it were a lark.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Can't tell -- didn't finish the book


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    Alberta Wasilla, AK, United States 11-18-14
    Alberta Wasilla, AK, United States 11-18-14 Member Since 2010

    Alaskan quilter

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    "The narrator really spoils this book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I think I could have liked the book, but the narration was abysmal. I really tried listening, but I just could not make it all the way through this book. I thought it just might be me, but other reviewers said the same thing. Dang....and I was so looking forward to getting into another series of crime/mystery books, too.


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