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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 and Joe Pike.
©1992 Robert Crais (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Far and away the most satisfying private eye novel in years. Grab this one - it's a winner!" (Lawrence Block)
"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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  • Tim
  • Jupiter, FL, United States
  • 08-24-17

This guy is interesting - and fun

I started off liking Elvis Cole, and through out the book it gets better and more interesting. He's got class, character. David Stuart (narrator) nails it. Robert does a great job not only with the main characters, Elvis and Pike, but the whole cast. You've met these people, seen them on the street, in a library or at the local PD. Robert knows how to write a gripping story without the sensationalism that most authors resort to in an attempt to make a story interesting. Enjoy!

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First Time Listener

Big fan of mystery novels with ongoing lead characters. This one did not disappoint. Fast moving, well read, witty, and entertaining. Elvis Cole is now on my list of titles.

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  • EFB
  • Santa Monica CA.
  • 02-16-17

Good start to series

My 1st Elvis Cole Joe Pike story. Loved it. Great characters. Can't wait to listen to the next one.

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Elvis Cole is a Favorite!

This was a great story and I loved David Stuart's narration! Well worth your time.

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bet Crais has read some Spenser

This is light in mood, plenty of macho and plenty of suspense. Action got a little improbable (unsurvivable)

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  • erika
  • fontana, CA, United States
  • 09-16-13

good story

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i liked how the story line went the whole book was good from beggining to end

What did you like best about this story?

characters

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

he brings out the character

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

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