Stalking the Angel

An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel, Book 2
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (541 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Meet Elvis Cole, L.A. private eye...he quotes Jiminy Cricket and carries a .38. He’s a literate, wise-cracking Vietnam vet who is determined never to grow up.

The blonde who walked into Cole’s office was the best looking woman he’d seen in weeks. The only thing that kept her from rating a perfect "10" was the briefcase on one arm and the uptight hotel magnate on the other. Bradley Warren had lost something very valuable - something that belonged to someone else: a rare thirteenth-century Japanese manuscript called the Hagakure.

Just about all Cole knew about Japanese culture he’d learned from reading Shogun, but he knew a lot about crooks - and what he didn’t know his sociopathic sidekick, Joe Pike, did. Together their search begins in L.A.’s Little Tokyo and the nest of notorious Japanese mafia, the yakuza, and leads to a white-knuckled adventure filled with madness, murder, sexual obsession, and a stunning double-whammy ending. For Elvis Cole, it’s just another day’s work.

Praise for Stalking the Angel

"Stalking the Angel is a righteous California book: intelligent, perceptive, hard, clean."--James Ellroy

"Out on the West Coast, where private eyes thrive like avocado trees, Robert Crais has created an interesting and amusing hero in Elvis Cole."--The Wall Street Journal

"Devotees of the rock ‘em, sock ‘em school should find [Stalking the Angel] tasty."--The San Diego Union

©2011 Robert Crais (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Stalking the Angel is a righteous California book: intelligent, perceptive, hard, clean."--James Elroy

"Elvis Cole provides more fun for the reader than any L.A. private eye to come along in years."--Joseph Wambaugh

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Dated. Irritating reader. Buy a Luke Daniels read

It's, of course, Spencer and Hawk in LA, but that's a good thing. I enjoy these books, as they are as good as the early to mid-series Spencer novels, before Mr. Parker started just cranking them out yearly. But this one is too old for 2018, actually implies that Elvis wouldn't understand about Asian crime, and has a reader that makes the "jokes" sound like a high school kid. Robert Crais is a good writer. The whole Joe Pike series is outstanding, as are the single character books about Carol Starkey and Scott James, for example. Start the series later, like with Voodoo River, and enjoy!

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Not Crais’ Normal Standard

I enjoy Robert Crais’ characters and storylines. This book didn’t rise to his normal excellent plots. It will be satisfying for Elvis Cole fans but is not a strong enough story to be a stand-alone example of his normal excellence.

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2nd book I tried by him, wanted to like it but....

What disappointed you about Stalking the Angel?

It just couldn't hold my attention.

Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Crais again?

Maybe if it was a narrator I love.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His sentences seemed to run together, pace or speed. I am not sure it just couldn't keep me interested.

Any additional comments?

I may try it again, not sure.

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Disappointed

I have really liked some of the books in the Elvis Cole series but this was not all that good comparatively.

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Vintage Cole & Pike

I love Elvis Cole & Joe Pike. This was the second book in the series and it seems a little dated now in 2020, since it was written in the late 1980's, but the story itself holds up well. Robert Crais is a good writer and I enjoyed the narrator.

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just who is the victim?

interesting new idea about just who is the victim ... made me think.. just saying someone has harmed you does not mean you are the person harmed ..

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Stands the test of time; awful narrator

I’ve read Crais from the beginning. I love the fact that he went quickly from a “first-novel” writer to become the top writer of this genre in a step-by-step fashion: the quality of his writing between the first and the eighth, L.A. Confidential, is remarkable. He has only gotten better since that time. But this narrator, Lawlor, is so completely wrong for Crais’ books that the publisher should really order a redo with any of the fine narrators who have read his later novels. The pitch and tone of this reader are all wrong — the guy is as high-pitched as an Irish tenor. Bono could do better. Moreover, the reason that the dry humor, mental quips, and smarmy comments work so well in Cole’s character is because he’s basically a straight man with a quick, irreverent attitude. This guy makes Cole sound like a greased up William F Buckley. As I’ve found consistently, to enjoy Crais’ writing, there’s no substitute for just reading his books. But certainly the later two narrators deserve 5 stars compared to this effort.

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great book, I enjoyed reading it

easy to listen to in Audible. after reading it several years ago. elvis an joe are an interesting mix.

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Last third is okay, otherwise there are better

The final third of this book is okay and would get 3 stars, but the first part of this book is pretty forgettable. This is my second Robert Craise book and second of the series, and I found his first book like this also. Once Craise forgets about trying to create a cliched, wisecracking caricature of a noir PI and gets into telling the story, he’s pretty good at it. It’s also when I start to care about the characters. Initially i didn’t find any of them compelling or interesting (I actually found all the characters irritating at first) but later on when they are in the midst of action, they become likable. I’ll still continue in this series, hoping that the books get better. That’s sort of what many comments suggest so hope it is true.

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Really really good!

This is now one of my all time series. Can't wait to listen/read the next one!