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

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

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

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

The blonde who walked into Cole’s office was the bestlooking 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553057133
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/1989
Series: Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series , #2
Pages: 240

About the Author

Robert Crais is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, many of them featuring private investigator Elvis Cole and his laconic ex-cop partner, Joe Pike. Before writing his first novel, Crais spent several years writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street BluesCagney & LaceyMiami ViceQuincyBaretta, and L.A. Law. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues, and one of his standalone novels, Hostage, was made into a movie starring Bruce Willis. His novels have been translated into forty-two languages and are bestsellers around the world. A native of Louisiana, he lives in Los Angeles.


Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

June 20, 1953

Place of Birth:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana


B.S., Louisiana State University, 1976; Clarion Writers Workshop at Michigan State University

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Stalking the Angel (Elvis Cole Series #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Comic book stuff.
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1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!! Yet another great Robert Crais mystery. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!! It's worth losing sleep over.
christalvp More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read from this author!
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JimJF More than 1 year ago
Love this series. Fills my need for noir.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started on this one and had to read the entire series. I really enjoyed these !
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...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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