The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #1)

The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #1)

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by Robert Crais
     
 

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Taking the mystery community by storm, this Elvis Cole novel was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Shamus, and Macavity awards and won both the Anthony and Macavity for Best Novel of the Year.

Overview

Taking the mystery community by storm, this Elvis Cole novel was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Shamus, and Macavity awards and won both the Anthony and Macavity for Best Novel of the Year.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553275858
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1992
Series:
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series, #1
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
85,539
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

Sue Grafton
"Robert B. Parker has some competition on his hands....Elvis Cole is an appealing character and Crai's style is fresh and funny."
Lawrence Block
"Far and away the most satisfying private eye novel in years. Grab this one - it's a winner!"
Harlan Ellison
"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."

Meet the Author

Robert Crais is the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award. He is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including The Two Minute Rule, The Forgotten Man, and L.A. Requiem.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
June 20, 1953
Place of Birth:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Education:
B.S., Louisiana State University, 1976; Clarion Writers Workshop at Michigan State University
Website:
http://www.robertcrais.com

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The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvis Cole Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 120 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, I'm a bit late coming to this book published in 1987, but Jack Getze said Crais be one good writer, so I cracked it open. Besides, the cover's red tag read, 'Named one of the century's 100 favorite mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.' That fancy tag and Getze were right, this was a great read. Elvis Cole, a literate, wisecracking Vietnam war vet is an L.A. detective who must find the wayward husband of a mousy wife and pushy female friend. The case mushrooms into something bigger, and Elvis brings in his deadly and mostly silent partner, Joe Pike, as the body count climbs. The story gathers momentum with its tight prose and well-drawn characters until the conclusion when people must decide what they are willing to fight for and die for. Hands down five stars.
Luv2reed More than 1 year ago
Try to read them order. I didn't and still enjoyed them but Crais does refer back to previous events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a new reader to Robert Crais I am just now reading this as I like to read a series in order. I found this to be a fun read. As the first in a series I thought he did a good job with getting me acquainted with the characters. I did find the detail when driving very boring. Being from Texas I could care less about every street, hwy, and turn in L.A. I just want to find out what happens when they arrive to their destination. I thought Elvis was a little overboard in the beginning with his humor and unprofessional in his sexual comments when he first met with client, but i thought the book was overall a good read and will definely buy the next book in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a refreshing novel. Elvis Cole is a hardboiled detective who doesn't take himself too seriously. Joe Pike is the rock-steady, steely eyed partner always ready to provide the heavy artillery. The book also has a touch of realism I enjoyed. It's refreshing to read an author who understands a little bit about what hand to hand combat is really about on the streets. All the characters in the book are rich and multi-dimensional. All in all, this was a great read. I look forward to reading another Elvis Cole novel.
penny1313 More than 1 year ago
good,solid reads. always keeps your interest. he is not one of those authors that i have to watch grow up to have his writing mature. hope that means - unlike stephen king or dean koontz, i will not have to watch him either jump on a soapbox or give us some drug-induced crap.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My first Elvis novel and not my last. Absolutely outstanding and, finally, a detective, who doesn't spend his spare time at an AA meeting. Elvis is not a detective stereotype and neither is his sidekick, Joe Pike. Exceptional and highly recommended to all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my very first Elvis Cole and Joe Pike story. I recommend starting with book number one and continue reading them in order. Follow the characters as they evolve. I had to keep buying each in order. Learn a little more about the two main characters from each following book. I will be sad when I have finished all of them. Don't know why it took so long to even pick up a Robert Crais book. Good action and plots. Don't wait if you have never read and Elvis Cole and Joe Pike story. Very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love this book!! Laugh out loud wisecracks balance the dark mystery. Cannot wait to continue the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really got into the hero. Great dialogue. Kept me interested the whole way
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Will buy more of them. He has humor and mystery in his writing. You wonder how he is going to get out of the messes he gets into, which keeps you from putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book read by Crais. Grabs you interest from first page. Planning on reading more novels in the Elvis Cole Series.
DLW10 More than 1 year ago
Robert Crais is a very good story teller. I enjoyed the book and will read the series.
shamrock120 More than 1 year ago
Not heavy, but good enough to keep your interest and want to finish.
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I love the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series. Robert Crais is brilliant!
GrandmaKath More than 1 year ago
My husband and I have found this engrossing mystery an easy read. No tricky stuff, just great characters you care about. Doesn't dwell on the violence, moralizing, or romance. But you really aren't too sure "who done it" which makes it the best kind of mystery. Get it, read it get more, Crais is never disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know what nvrmind. I NT MISS YOU AT ALL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Umm nothing much...hold on real quick cuz i gotta reset my nook..mbtw im not selling it anymore
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Idk what that means...............
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well good to see you guys are still here...