Stalking the Angel (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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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.


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Introduced in The Monkey's Raincoat, L.A. private eye Elvis Cole has a smart mouth, a flair for martial arts, a passion ...

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Stalking the Angel (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #2)

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Overview

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.


From the Paperback edition.

Introduced in The Monkey's Raincoat, L.A. private eye Elvis Cole has a smart mouth, a flair for martial arts, a passion for truth, and a borderline sociopath for a partner. When a ruthless hotel magnate hires Cole to find a priceless Japanese manuscript, Cole heads into a nest of notorious Yakuza in the heart of L.A.'s Little Tokyo.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Undoubtedly prompted by the success of recent Crais bestsellers (Demolition Angel; Hostage), his audio publishers have gone back to the second book in his increasingly popular Elvis Cole series, originally published in 1989, for a lively and colorful outing that manages to capture much of the author's early innocence and freshness. Stuart brings the quirky Cole to life quickly, combining his strengths (tenacity, incorruptibility, frequent flashes of humor) with his oddities (his love of the Disney artifacts that litter his office) to make a credible whole person. Other characters emerge with equal vocal skill: the enigmatic Joe Pike, Cole's muscular sidekick; a glowering Los Angeles property developer, his alcohol-impaired wife and their fragile adolescent daughter, who winds up being kidnapped by Japanese gangsters. Cole, hired to find a rare Japanese manuscript, discovers that the teenager's fate is very important to him personally forging a bond between the detective and children in peril that has become a hallmark of the series. For those who have been fans of Elvis since book one, The Monkey's Raincoat, it's good to have his early adventures around to listen to. For more recent Crais converts, this could prove an eye-opening revelation of how Cole got to be who he is. Based on the Bantam mass market. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Hard-nosed private detective Elvis Cole returns ( The Monkey's Raincoat ) to do battle for a teenaged girl kidnapped as part of a scheme involving the theft of a priceless Japanese manuscript outlining samurai behavior. While Cole's wry sarcasm and attempts at ``cute'' often fall flat, his humanity and integrity carry him through an apparently convoluted but mostly transparent plot. Los Angeles settings, Japanese heavies, wild action, and businesslike prose, however, make this better than many.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307789969
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/20/2011
  • Series: Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series, #2
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 11,193
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Crais
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.
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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 20, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    1. Education:
      B.S., Louisiana State University, 1976; Clarion Writers Workshop at Michigan State University
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2001

    A REALISTIC READING OF THIS THRILLER

    Gifted actor, playwright, and voice artist David Stuart gives authentic reading to the further adventures of Elvis Cole, the shrewd L. A. private investigator created by Robert Crais. Once again Elvis is accompanied by his taciturn buddy Joe Pike in this chase for a missing Japanese manuscript. This is a case Elvis can't refuse as he's given a blank check for his trouble and there is, of course, a gorgeous woman involved. Problems mount when the daughter of the man who hired him is kidnaped by a Japanese mob, the notorious, take-no-prisoners 'Yakuza' (think mafia). Despite setbacks Elvis persists in his battle against hedonism, amorality, and unimaginable evil. Another thriller by Crais!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2009

    READER

    Voice of the reader did not fit the character. Using a single reader to perform all of the characters is silly and ruins the presentation. The readers are performing a script; it is like an old radio program.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    This is my second Elvis Cole book (I like to read a series in or

    This is my second Elvis Cole book (I like to read a series in order) and I'm enjoying this series. It has the things I enjoy in a mystery series - some humor, an imperfect "hero" (or two) and a good mystery. When Robert B. Parker passed away, I read that Robert Crais credited him as his inspiration, and it shows. Crais isn't quite as pithy as Parker is in his Spenser series, but the humor is definitely there, as is the importance of good partnership.

    I also enjoy those series like this (Stalking the Angel was written in 1988) that predate cell phones, the internet, and all those little things we have these days that make things so much easier for a PI like Elvis - at least in theory. I'll definitely be reading more of the exploits of Elvis and his partner, Joe Pike.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    Started me on Elvis Cole

    This one was terrific, started me on Elvis Cole and kept me going. Really enjoyed it and will check out more Robert Crais writings.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2015

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    I enjoyed this 2nd Elvis Cole book, and am looking forward to th

    I enjoyed this 2nd Elvis Cole book, and am looking forward to the rest of the series. I like the humor in the books, and Elvis' sarcastic statements and thoughts. It was good to see Joe Pike as well. The book had an engaging storyline, and it kept me guessing.

    Elvis Cole is hired to find an important Japanese book that has been stolen. As he tries to find it, he comes up against organized Japanese crime, as well as some surprises.

    I really like Elvis, and I felt badly for him in this book. He tried so terribly hard to do the right thing for Mimi, but his efforts didn't turn out like he had planned. It was tough to see him wondering if he'd done the right thing. Great characters and an interesting storyline made this an enjoyable addition to the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    Great!

    Another great read from this author!

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Love this series. Fills my need for noir.

    Love this series. Fills my need for noir.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Love the entire series!

    I started on this one and had to read the entire series. I really enjoyed these !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Elvis and Jack Reacher must reads for action

    P.I. Elvis Cole looks for a Japanese book, the Hagakure, and the owners daughter. He shows no fear as he destroys the Japanese mob.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Saren to jaden

    Ready to have sex?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Like...

    ...always fun to see what Elvis Cole is up to, but if you've read one of these then you know the formula. Just good, mindless, reading entertainment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Sandkit

    Runs in mixing leaves into big pile nd runs bak to his camp laughing. U never catch me he yells as he dissapers( hint: tree)

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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