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Stalking the Angel

Elvis Cole - Joe Pike, Book 2
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
4 out of 5 stars (438 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Hired by a hotel magnate to locate a priceless Japanese manuscript, L.A. private eye Elvis Cole encounters the notorious Yakuza, the Japanese mob, and is drawn into a game of sexual obsession, amorality, and evil.

©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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  • Nancy F.
  • Sierra Foothills, Northern CA
  • 01-12-18

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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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!

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  • Kauaijim
  • Lihue, HI, United States
  • 08-14-18

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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Reader wrong

Story was OK , but the narrator was all wrong for this part. Needed someone with a deeper voice and a little more menacing sounding.

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I love Robert Crais and his Elvis Cole novels.

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike on my favorite characters in fictional literature. Robert crais does it again.

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4 th book I have read from this author newer are

this is the forth book from this author and the later books were much better this was OK and I will try a newer book when available

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Great book keep up the good work Robert.

Mr. Lawlor could do better voice parts. I have heard better. keep trying to do each voice per part.

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Enjoyed this as much as the first

Good characterization as always, plot twists that I liked. Narration was colorful and appropriate will get the next in series