Stalking the Angel (Elvis Cole Series #2)

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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: 9780553286441
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Series: Elvis Cole Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 103,359
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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.

Biography

Los Angeles is known as the city of dreams, largely because so many Americans dream of breaking into the Hollywood film and television industry. In 1976, Robert Crais went west from Louisiana to pursue that very dream. As it turned out, he became one of the lucky few to break into the industry in a big way. Crais has since written for such hugely popular TV shows as Quincy, Cagney and Lacey, Miami Vice, Hill Street Blues, and L.A. Law, just to name a few. However, after achieving such success (which included a prestigious Emmy nomination) in a business that so many would give everything to break into, Robert Crais decided to step away and pursue his true dream. Frustrated by the collaborative process that comes with screenwriting, and inspired by pulp-pioneers such as Raymond Chandler, Crais became a mystery novelist. With his massively popular Elvis Cole/Joe Pike mysteries series, it seems as though success has a funny way of following Crais no matter what he decides to do.

Crais published his very first novel in 1987. The Monkey's Raincoat introduced mystery fans to Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, a pair of L.A. private investigators who would become his most-beloved recurring characters. Crais's transition from screenwriting to novel-writing was an astoundingly smooth one. The Monkey's Raincoat earned him nominations for the Edgar, Anthony, Shamus, and Macavity awards, winning both the Anthony and Macavity for "Best Novel of the Year." Crais's publisher was so overjoyed by the novel's success that he encouraged Crais to keep the Cole/Pike team going. "I started writing these books to get away from writing other people's concepts, like TV and movies," Crais told Barnes&Noble.com. "I never expected to write these guys as a series...but the book proved to be so popular and the characters were so popular that my publisher wanted more." What followed was a series of bestselling mysteries, including Stalking the Angel (1989), Free Fall (1993), L.A. Requiem (1999), and last year's The Forgotten Man.

Although the series was not part of Crais's original plan, he still seems to hold the Cole and Pike team closer to his heart than anything he has previously written. He explained, "The characters have deepened, and I think they kind of reflect what's going on with me and the world as I see it." When asked about whether or not we can expect to see the crime-solving buddies on the big screen anytime soon, he said, "I think I would have a difficult time in the collaborative process when other people suddenly put their fingerprints on Elvis and Joe," further illustrating his personal feelings for his P.I. team.

As much as Crais loves his series, he does occasionally write novels outside of the Cole/Pike world. His latest, The Two-Minute Rule, tells the story of career criminal Max Holman, a recently released-from-prison bank robber who finds himself hunting an entirely different kind of criminal after his son is gunned down. The book has since raked in positive reviews from such publications as Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, and The Library Journal. While The Two-Minute Rule does not feature Cole and Pike, Crais fans will notice one significant similarity between his latest novel and his famous series -- the Los Angeles setting. "I can't think of a better place to set crime novels because of what Los Angeles is. Los Angeles is the main where the nation goes to make its dreams come true. When you have a place like that where so many people are risking their very identities, not just money and cash, but they're risking who they are because it's their hopes and dreams, when you have that kind of tension and that kind of friction, you can't help but have crime."

Fortunately, Crais will never have to succumb to such friction and tension since, for a success story such as he, Los Angeles completely lived up to its promise of being the city of dreams.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Crais:

"My first job was cleaning dog kennels. It was especially, ah, aromatic during those hot, humid Louisiana summers, but it prepared me for Hollywood."

"My fiction is almost always inspired by a character's need or desire to rise above him-or herself. No one is perfect and some of us have much adversity in our lives; it is those people who struggle to rise above their nature or background that I find the most interesting and heroic."

"Fun details? Like Elvis Cole, I have a dry sense of humor. Sometimes I am so dry that people don't know I'm kidding and think I'm being serious. I enjoy this because their reactions are often funny. Also, I wear beautifully colored shirts like Elvis Cole, only I was wearing them before him. People will say, ‘Look, RC dresses just like Elvis Cole,' and I'll say, 'No, Elvis Cole dresses like me!' I also wear sunglasses like Joe Pike, but not indoors and not at night."

"Elvis Cole wrote two episodes of television. No lie. It happened like this: I had written episodes of Miami Vice and Jag that were rewritten by person or persons unknown -- changed so badly that I didn't want my name on them, so I used Elvis Cole's name as a pen name."

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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 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.

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    Posted September 15, 2012

    Saren to jaden

    Ready to have sex?

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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)

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