The Monkey's Raincoat

The Monkey s Raincoat 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 W

  • Title: The Monkey's Raincoat
  • Author: Robert Crais
  • ISBN: The Monkey's Raincoat
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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.When Ellen Lang s husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can t even write a check without him All she 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.When Ellen Lang s husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can t even write a check without him All she wants is to get him and her son back no questions asked The search for Ellen s errant husband leads Elvis into the seamier side of Hollywood He soon learns that Mort Lang is a down on his luck talent agent who associates with a schlocky movie producer, and the last place he was spotted was at a party thrown by a famous and very well connected ex Matador But no one has seen him since including his B movie girlfriend.At the same time the police find Mort in his parked car with four gunshots in his chest and no kid in sight Ellen disappears Now nothing is what it seems, and the heat is on It s up to Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike to find the connection between sleazy Hollywood players and an ex Matador Get A Copy Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBound Kindle Edition, 226 pages Published June 1st 2011 by Crimeline first published July 1st 1987 More Details Original Title The Monkey s Raincoat Edition Language English Series Elvis Cole and Joe Pike 1 Characters Elvis Cole, Joe Pike, Ellen Lang, Lou Poitras, Lt Baishe setting Hollywood, California United States Literary Awards Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel 1988 , Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original 1988 , Shamus Award Nominee for Best Original PI Paperback 1988 , Edgar Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original 1988 Other Editions 44 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Monkeys Raincoat, please sign up Popular Answered Questions How old should you be to read the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series like 11 months ago Add your answer Sara Laor I believe 12 14 would be fine flag Should this series be read in order like 2 years ago Add your answer Ross Rawnsley Lenny, If you can, I would recommend reading it in order Each story stands by itself, but there are certain characters and backstories that flow Lenny, If you can, I would recommend reading it in order Each story stands by itself, but there are certain characters and backstories that flow throughout You will miss some little things if you read it out of order Great series less flag See all 3 questions about The Monkeys Raincoat Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 3.98 Rating details 21,223 ratings 1,076 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 1032 Espa ol 1 Italiano 2 1 More filters Sort order Jul 18, 2009 Kemper rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves elvis cole joe pike, bouchercon, signed by author, crime mystery, detectives I hated the 80s Hated them while I was living through them and twenty years later I still get slightly queasy when I think about that time So when I was reading this book written in 1987, and the hero is bragging about wearing white jeans with a white jacket to cover up his shoulder holster, I leaned over and vomited with visions of Sonny Crockett dancing in my head Fortunately, it got much better.Robert Crais is one of those mystery writers I ve been meaning to read for a while now When I I hated the 80s Hated them while I was living through them and twenty years later I still get slightly queasy when I think about that time So when I was reading this book written in 1987, and the hero is bragging about wearing white jeans with a white jacket to cover up his shoulder holster, I leaned over and vomited with visions of Sonny Crockett dancing in my head Fortunately, it got much better.Robert Crais is one of those mystery writers I ve been meaning to read for a while now When I came across his first novel in a used bookstore, it seemed like a good time to give him a try But even aside from the 80s setting, we got off to a rocky start.I just got done with a marathon reading session of the early Spenser books after Robert B Parker s recent death, and all I could think for the first quarter of this book was that Parker should have sued Crais when he had the chance The main character Elvis Cole seemed like a younger west coast version of Spenser, and his bad ass friend seemed like a watered down version of Hawk The wise ass dialogue, the lavish descriptions of what Elvis was eating, and the tough guy macho schtick caused me to roll my eyes several times because it almost seemed like a parody of Parker Add in the dated 80s element and this thing was headed for 1 star Plus, it seemed like Crais was going out of his way to make Elvis a little too quirky A detective who is a Vietnam vet was a clich , but ALL the heroes in stories during the 80s were Vietnam vets so I can roll with that But a private detective named Elvis who does yoga and marital arts, decorates his office with Disney mementos, and he has a mean cat that drinks beer That s a writer just reaching to try and make an offbeat and eccentric character I was not impressed as we were introduced.Something happened about halfway through the book, though Crais seemed to find his own rhythm, and Elvis started seeming less like a collection of character traits and morphed into a protagonist I was actually interested in The story and the action ramped up nicely to a slam bang ending If he got that much better over the course of one book, I m really interested in seeing how much Crais improved over the years and considering the lists of awards he s won, it looks like he has been living up to the promise he showed here flag 70 likesLike see review View all 25 comments May 03, 2018 Em Lost In Books rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2018, 1980 89, br with smitha, 2 star I have been meaning to start this series since last year and had high hopes as many of my friends are Elvis Cole fan But this didn t work for me Case was decent enough but there was just too many twists for a simple case Cole didn t make a good first impression Hope second book will be better than this flag 59 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Nov 16, 2017 carol rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves thriller, mystery If you ve followed my reading recently, it s no secret I ve been enjoying Robert Crais Elvis Cole books Somehow, I started with book three, Lullaby Town, perhaps because it was the first book in the series with an above four star average Thank goodness I did, because what a difference five years makes in personal changes and skill Crais first book, The Monkey s Raincoat, is full of one P.I trope after another, with a 1980s plot ripped off from Miami Vice, and characters created with the de If you ve followed my reading recently, it s no secret I ve been enjoying Robert Crais Elvis Cole books Somehow, I started with book three, Lullaby Town, perhaps because it was the first book in the series with an above four star average Thank goodness I did, because what a difference five years makes in personal changes and skill Crais first book, The Monkey s Raincoat, is full of one P.I trope after another, with a 1980s plot ripped off from Miami Vice, and characters created with the depth of pop psychology from Donahue.We begin in Elvis office, where he s busy staring at his Pinocchio clock Ellen Lang arrives, best friend dragging her through the door Ellen s husband, Mort, is missing, and even importantly, her son It becomes rapidly apparent that Ellen is essentially an abused wife, psychologically if nothing else Her friend, Janet, is technically there to support her, but badgers, eye rolls, and criticizes as she tries to get her to answer questions Elvis wisecracks from the start, much to the confusion of Ellen and the annoyance of Joe, as well as Reader Carol Elvis somewhat unwillingly takes the case, later asking around and discovering Mort has a girlfriend on the side Not long after, Ellen and Mort s home is tossed, requiring Elvis to come to the rescue and wisecrack with the cops When Mort is found dead, the case suddenly becomes even serious but not so serious that Elvis can t take time out from protecting to have sex with the best friend.I hate to expound too much further at the risk of spoilers, but these details barely made it to short term storage As Elvis investigates, he learns about a shadey co worker at the studios and a recent party they all attended, thrown by a famous personality and former top matador In true villain fashion, he and Elvis have a dramatic moment where they size up each other s egos Ellen disappears and Elvis keeps trying to call up Joan to offer support, but she s totally frosty to him This will make it okay for when Elvis goes on to sleep with other women There s a little detecting, a little lying to the cops, stakeouts, a shoot out or two, and a miraculous makeover courtesy of a supportive dude Hurrah Joe Pitt is introduced, but in his case, he hasn t become the completely taciturn individual in later books It s kind of a nice change for his character The cat is also introduced and is appropriately cranky There s a nice surprise twist at the end, but now that I think about it, it doesn t square in the least with the earlier characterization s.Overall, it was diverting, if a bit eyerolling Unless you have time in your life to be a series completionist, I d generally advise skipping this and starting at Lullaby Town instead It isn t until that book five, Voodoo River, that an overarching emotional plot begins I plan to have my mom start at that one, but I ll go on to the next in true completionist fashion.It s a solid four on the oink scale, two and a half on the personal enjoyment one Skip unless you feel forgiving, because Crais will go on to do much better than this.For those of you who aren t old Americans, I have links to my cultural references on my blog flag 53 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Apr 19, 2010 Dan Schwent rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2010, crime and mystery Mort Lang runs off with his son, leaving his wife and daughters in the lurch Elvis Cole is tapped to find him and promptly ends up in the middle of a plot involving two kilos of cocaine Can Elvis find the drugs and find Mort and his son I have to admit that I wasn t sold on Elvis Cole at the beginning He felt like a Spenser ripoff with some quirks thrown in for no reason A wiseass detective that does yoga and is into Disney junk Then Crais grabbed me and dragged me to the end of the winding Mort Lang runs off with his son, leaving his wife and daughters in the lurch Elvis Cole is tapped to find him and promptly ends up in the middle of a plot involving two kilos of cocaine Can Elvis find the drugs and find Mort and his son I have to admit that I wasn t sold on Elvis Cole at the beginning He felt like a Spenser ripoff with some quirks thrown in for no reason A wiseass detective that does yoga and is into Disney junk Then Crais grabbed me and dragged me to the end of the winding tale, showing he knows how to craft a good detective yarn It wasn t the most original story but it kept me entertained Cole has some Travis McGee in his parentage as well as Spenser By the end, I was ready for Elvis Cole and Joe Pike So why only a 3 Some of it was a little dated and Ellen Lang was so helpless for most of the book that it was hard for me to get invested in her part of the story.To sum it up, I m looking forward to reading about Cole and Pike flag 50 likesLike see review View all 10 comments May 29, 2018 Ij rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, fiction, crime, kindle, thriller, mystery Great read I already have the 2nd book in the series flag 49 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 03, 2018 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves detective mystery, 20th c amer Browbeaten into seeing a detective by her best friend Jane, Elvis Cole s client Ellen Lang is still reluctant She doesn t wish to cause any trouble for her husband Mort even though he s cheating on her, even though he has threatened to leave But now Mort has disappeared, and their son Perry has disappeared with him Elvis signs on to find them both, and soon discovers that talent agent Mort, desperate to keep his failing business afloat, has become involved with sketchy people with even sketch Browbeaten into seeing a detective by her best friend Jane, Elvis Cole s client Ellen Lang is still reluctant She doesn t wish to cause any trouble for her husband Mort even though he s cheating on her, even though he has threatened to leave But now Mort has disappeared, and their son Perry has disappeared with him Elvis signs on to find them both, and soon discovers that talent agent Mort, desperate to keep his failing business afloat, has become involved with sketchy people with even sketchier connections Before long Ellen s apartment is ransacked, a death and another disappearance follow, and Elvis realizes he has a dangerous case on his hands.I m almost two thirds done with my re reading of Robert Parker s Spenser series, and I ve been looking around for another series to read once I m done After this first Elvis Cole mystery, I think I ve found what I need Crais clearly loves his Spenser, and has adopted many of Parker s tricks and tropes wisecracks, sharp scenic descriptions with random bystanders, great tough guy dialog, detailed too detailed descriptions of meals, and even a cute animal not a dog like Pearl this time, but instead a feral cat that drinks beer Cole is much like Spenser too a smart ass with a smart mouth who is still essentially a boy scout, a man with few illusions who yet strives to be a boy s version of a knightly hero The Disney d cor of Elvis office makes his boyishness clear right away his desk is covered with Jiminy Cricket figurines, and one of his walls sports a Pinnochio clock, whose eyes move disconcertingly from side to side And Cole is aware of this boyishness I have quite a charming smile, Elvis says, Like Peter Pan Innocent, but with the touch of the rake And when Elvis the boyish hard ass needs an even harder ass than himself, he calls on his own personal Hawk Joe Pike, tight lipped gun store proprietor and mercenary for hire.I found these similarities to Parker attractive, but if you find them both imitative and irritating, hang on at least until you reach the last half of the book The plot gets darker, the writing less derivative, and the book concludes with a dramatic attack by the good guys on the bad guys one of the best sustained action sequences I ve read in a long time flag 29 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 12, 2012 Jonathan Peto rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves novels, mysteries thrillers Unless something surprising shapes up as I write this, I don t think I have anything new to add to the general consensus that other reviewers have established for this novel, the first mystery in a series that features private eyes Elvis Cole and Joe Pike If you ve read Robert B Parker s novels, and I haven t, this may strike you as a rip off, or so I ve heard However, it seems to be a good rip off, the kind with promise, because the book starts well and gets better and better, apparently, wh Unless something surprising shapes up as I write this, I don t think I have anything new to add to the general consensus that other reviewers have established for this novel, the first mystery in a series that features private eyes Elvis Cole and Joe Pike If you ve read Robert B Parker s novels, and I haven t, this may strike you as a rip off, or so I ve heard However, it seems to be a good rip off, the kind with promise, because the book starts well and gets better and better, apparently, whether or not Parker s oeuvre is weighing on you.I enjoyed Elvis Cole s tough guy, first person narration banter from the get go It was ridiculous at times, but in a good way because it was interesting, inappropriate, or odd, like when he tells the client s friend in chapter 1 that he d like to lick chocolate syrup off your body Don t be offended or turned off, the context actually makes it palatable, and Elvis Cole turns out to be a really nice guy, despite a few issues left over from the Vietnam War and despite an interest in Disney merchandise Details like that don t make him a fully rounded character right away, but I warmed to him as he went about trying to help a woman named Ellen Lang locate her husband Mort and son Perry His partner Joe Pike does not make an appearance for a long time and we only hear about him from secondary sources, which was an amusing way to build him up because he is one of those over the top mercenary characters, whose presence Crais makes than acceptable I suspended disbelief and skeptical humphing completely and let Pike be Pike and I am a better person and reader for it I don think the novel twists and turns through virgin territory, but Crais showed in this book, his first I believe, that he could make the most of plot as well as character some spice gives each scene a robust health Pike proves human for example Ellen Lang matures Cole mutes his banter when necessary.Despite the fact that it takes place in the horrid 80s, you could do much, much worse and probably not much better, though I haven t read mysteries widely enough to bet on it flag 20 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 14, 2015 Lawyer rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2015, hard boiled detective, 20th century, hard boiled, detective fiction, elvis cole 1, robert crais, joe pike, anthony award, mccavity award best first novel The Monkey s Raincoat The P.I Who Didn t Want to Grow Up Prove yourself brave, truthful, and unselfish, and someday you will be a real boy The Blue Fairy said that In Pinocchio Elvis Cole Licensed Investigator, State of California A dream is a wish your heart makes Mr Cole, this looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship Yeah, with you and the big guy, Joe Pike Don t tell him I said so I don t want him to jump to the wrong conclusion But, after all, he said you ta The Monkey s Raincoat The P.I Who Didn t Want to Grow Up Prove yourself brave, truthful, and unselfish, and someday you will be a real boy The Blue Fairy said that In Pinocchio Elvis Cole Licensed Investigator, State of California A dream is a wish your heart makes Mr Cole, this looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship Yeah, with you and the big guy, Joe Pike Don t tell him I said so I don t want him to jump to the wrong conclusion But, after all, he said you taught him good things Says a lot about you Seems Joe can take things pretty literal Know what I mean Don t get me wrong I was a little skeptical about you to begin with What kind of self respecting PI has a Mickey Mouse phone, a Pinnochio Clock, and Jiminy Cricket figurines spread around his office Any client walking into the place might wonder if they stepped into the wrong office Underestimate you But that s part of that self effacing act of yours, isn t it I get it I used to wear a Mickey Mouse watch in the courtroom Me Oh, yeah I m Sullivan ADA, retired I tried guys that hurt kids So, the Mickey Mouse watch You and I would get along Yeah, call me Mike I m retired now Thank God.You know, I got what you meant about wanting to be Peter Pan, never wanting to grow up I worked with a lot of guys that went to the Nam Yeah, some of them came back different, real different Effed up So you saying you decided you didn t want to grow up when your were eighteen in a rice paddy In Country I get that You didn t say so, but I bet you saw a bunch of shit you wish you hadn t.Like I say, we ll get along fine I had days I wished I hadn t grown up People don t get me sometimes I ve seen as much as you have It s the eyes of dead kids get me Sometimes they look surprised Othersthey don t Look surprised It s like they knew it was coming Some almost looked like they were glad it was over.That Mickey Mouse watch It made the living kids smile I liked that It pissed off the lawyers who represented the beaters, the rapers, the killers I liked that, too It s good when you can get under the other guy s skin Yeah, you know that, too I started figuring you out when Ellen Lang and that barracuda friend of hers came into your office Ellen s husband Mort is missing And her nine year old boy, Perry Ellen, that little hausfrau from Kansas, who didn t even know how to write a check And that girl friend of hers, riding her to get on with it Hire you Get rid of the shit husband You took that case for less than it was worth I liked that about you.Then I got to thinking about that Haiku by Basho at the beginning of your story.Winter downpour even the monkeyneeds a raincoat Matsuo Basho, 1644 1694, Osaka Prefecture, Japan That s the way your mind clicks You are the raincoat, Mr Cole Aren t you And your client is the monkey When times get bad you protect your client Whatever it takes Joe Pike is your extra muscle He was in the Nam, too A Marine And a cop Maybe a little zealous Maybe that s why he s not on the force, but with you.You re a lot deeper than you let on, Mr Cole The records in your house, the music you listen to again and again The shelf of books you read again and again The books that fit your life, the way you live it, the way you work it No wonder some folks don t see you coming, take you for granted Like a man wearing a Mickey Mouse watch.Nothing s ever simple as it looks, is it Yeah, we all knew Hubby Mort was a shit Had girls on the side The little hausfrau at home probably knew about them, but wouldn t say a word When Mort turns up with a bullet in his brain pan, neither you nor I were surprised.But where s Perry I wasn t surprised you tore up that fee check Ellen wrote you All part of being that monkey s raincoat Isn t it There s a real cute phrase the cool people Wait a minute The people who think they re cool, say today Not my circus, not my monkey Ain t that a scream No, I didn t think you would think so But that s the way most folks are these days You aren t Yeah, I like that.Let me just say, I like your style And, Joe Pike I wouldn t want him mad at me Well, I wouldn t want you mad at me either, Mr Cole But I d be glad for y all to have my back.Anybody reads this, I ll just tell them they will have to read this for themselves I wouldn t want to spoil it for them Let s just say the good guys win That s not a bad thing.Mr Cole, I ll be back Say, looks like you could use a good Mickey Mouse watch for your collection Here No, I won t miss it I m retired You aren t Besides, I ll be back to see it from time to time I ll drop by with a bottle of Glenlivet like you like Or I may try to talk you into some Glenmorangie Single Malt 18 Years Old It s good Like this story Sullivan s Watch flag 19 likesLike see review View all 9 comments May 23, 2013 Tim rated it did not like it review of another edition This Cole novel is not up to par with other Cole stories with much better plots There is nothing redeeming here 1 of 10 stars flag 16 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Nov 25, 2017 Jim rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery suspense thriller, books read 2017 This is the first book in the Elvis Cole series and the first book by the author that I have read The book was originally published in 1987 and feels dated when you read it In addition to things like pay phones it comes across like one of those television PI s from the 1970 s or 80 s Magnum P.I or Rockford The setting is LA and the author wrote scripts for television so I guess that is understandable The characters are not very well developed.We meet Elvis Cole in his office staring at his This is the first book in the Elvis Cole series and the first book by the author that I have read The book was originally published in 1987 and feels dated when you read it In addition to things like pay phones it comes across like one of those television PI s from the 1970 s or 80 s Magnum P.I or Rockford The setting is LA and the author wrote scripts for television so I guess that is understandable The characters are not very well developed.We meet Elvis Cole in his office staring at his Pinocchio clock listening to Ellen Lang tell her tale of woe Her husband Mort and son Perry have disappeared Janet Simon is Ellen s best friend and has brought her to Elvis s office to locate them because Ellen is weak and submissive Janet badgers, rolls her eyes, and criticizes Elvis and Janet don t hit if off but he somewhat reluctantly takes on the case Ellen is the client, the damsel in distress Elvis the knight.Mort is a talent agent who decided to leave his job and start his own agency Unfortunately he wasn t very successful Of course the story takes us into the seamier side of Hollywood and drugs and sex Fortunately Elvis has several contacts in the movie studios as well as the police department to assist him.Elvis has a partner in his agency We didn t get to meet Joe Pike when Ellen and Janet showed up at the office He doesn t spend much time there When Elvis calls Joe and we finally meet him he apparently isn t much of a conversationalist either He is of a Rambo.This was a fun and enjoyable read Not much of a mystery or thought required If you enjoy hard boiled detective stories you will probably like this I will probably read other books in the series if I am looking for something quick to read flag 13 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Aug 16, 2019 Cody rated it really liked it review of another edition It s easy to sound good All you do is leave in the parts where you act tough and forget the parts where you get shoved around The first book in the Elvis Cole series is a delight to read Full of witty comments from the wise ass Cole and calm cool moments from his P.I business partner Joe Pike, it s easy to see why this series has been around all these years When a local Los Angeles talent agent and his son go missing, Cole undertakes the case on behalf of his wife, only to be thrown into a It s easy to sound good All you do is leave in the parts where you act tough and forget the parts where you get shoved around The first book in the Elvis Cole series is a delight to read Full of witty comments from the wise ass Cole and calm cool moments from his P.I business partner Joe Pike, it s easy to see why this series has been around all these years When a local Los Angeles talent agent and his son go missing, Cole undertakes the case on behalf of his wife, only to be thrown into a wider web of drug dealers and wannabe starlets Looking forward to reading books in this series flag 15 likesLike see review Sep 13, 2011 The Pirate Ghost Formerly known as the Curmudgeon rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audio book, recommended, crime action adventure, kindle book, colorful supporting characters, series, good read I started with Elvis Cole 13, which was actually Joe Pike 1 As the second book of the series, I liked Joe Pike 1 best Having said that, this was a walk in the past for me I d call it an entertaining story, your basic Magnum P.I Mike Hammer Gumshoe detective novel Perhaps along the lines of Rockford Files with a active and ass kicking, younger James Garner What a walk down memory lane, where consensual sex with strangers was possible, people actually used pay phones with I started with Elvis Cole 13, which was actually Joe Pike 1 As the second book of the series, I liked Joe Pike 1 best Having said that, this was a walk in the past for me I d call it an entertaining story, your basic Magnum P.I Mike Hammer Gumshoe detective novel Perhaps along the lines of Rockford Files with a active and ass kicking, younger James Garner What a walk down memory lane, where consensual sex with strangers was possible, people actually used pay phones without needing a calling card, and there is always the wonderful retro 70s fashion trends I didn t see a puka shell necklace but i bet Cole s got one with his liesure suit because he hates wearing ties Realistically, this is a sound, well written and edited Private Eye story It s got some Noirish tendencies, but only because it want s to fake being tough and gritty I m not sure women will appriciate how their gender is written in this book, but, as books from and about this era go, it s better than most The archaic formula of an authority stuborn anti hero, the mob, and a damsel in distress works here, as it always has Unfair to the damsel, but still, fun to read, and, since our hero is handsome young and unattached, there s a little something for him from the victim s best friend Ahh the seventies and eighties back when you could get laid in High School with out taking an STD test, and, the begining of the if your not, your a minority era but I digressCole s likeable, sensitive, thoughtful, and every bit the anti hero on a white stallion and ill fitting chainmail Not all of the ladies were written as the weaker, fairer, preyed upon sex, one or two actually had some teeth and willingness to use them or had found a place where they could be individually strong As in the previous Crais book I read, Joe Pike is interesting than Elvis Cole but in this one, less available I do like the observations about humanity, personal growth and finding the string to change that Crais writes into this book, as he did The Watchman Elivs and Joe Pike have a spirituality about them that makes their observations and heart to heart talks with the victims and other characters fun and enjoyable to read.I also applaud and cheer the growth his victim goes through as Crais wrote it Cole and Pike tend to be agents to promote growth and understanding of life in others, yet, change little themselves It s one thing to write weak, helpless damsels in distress It s another to write them from weakness to stronger, indpendent personalities All healing approved of by me as it appears in this book It s a worthwhile read, not as good as The Watchman but certainly worth the time to read Bottom line 3.5 to 4.5 depending on what you expect the book to be Not enough Joe Pike Some violence, managable, but noirish enough to have a cringe factor high enough that it may affect those people sensitive to such things I d also say that the roles for female characters seems in keepign with the 1970s and 1980s Emerging sense of equality, but still, the book is written to a publishing format from the Mike Hammer Mickey Spilane days where a Dame is needed to play the Damsel in distress, the bitchy sex object and the snarky, improved, damsel of the last ditress the characters saved somebody from It s a formula, and, it works here if taken in context with the time it was written and written about flag 11 likesLike see review Nov 13, 2015 Carolyn rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves crime Set in the Hollywood of the 1980s this feels a bit dated, but only because it was written then as the debut novel of screenwriter Robert Crais, who wrote scripts for Hill Street Blues and Miami Vice amongst others so it has that authentic 1980s feel about it At first Crais PI, Elvis Cole seems like a wise cracking smart arse but he grows on you as his smart, compassionate side comes out Apart from quoting Jiminny Cricket and being a yoga and martial arts practitioner, Cole is a Vietnam vet wh Set in the Hollywood of the 1980s this feels a bit dated, but only because it was written then as the debut novel of screenwriter Robert Crais, who wrote scripts for Hill Street Blues and Miami Vice amongst others so it has that authentic 1980s feel about it At first Crais PI, Elvis Cole seems like a wise cracking smart arse but he grows on you as his smart, compassionate side comes out Apart from quoting Jiminny Cricket and being a yoga and martial arts practitioner, Cole is a Vietnam vet whose partner, Joe Pike is a mercenary he calls in when he needs heavy duty surveillance and gun power When Cole takes on a job to find missing husband Mort and young son Perry for Ellen Lang, he expects it to be a simple case of a husband running away with his younger mistress but instead when Mort is found dead and the boy missing, the case gets a whole lot complicated involving done very nasty characters from Hollywood s seamier side While the plot line is not terribly inventive, the characters, the smartness and the sharp quips kept it interesting This was a good introduction to a series that promises to get even better flag 11 likesLike see review Nov 14, 2008 Ryan Mishap rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves mystery crime The start of the Elvis Cole series and supposedly a popular, well done mystery This was bad The mystery wasn t that interesting, the female characters not very believable, and the hero is a dick and I don t mean that like as a detective For example, he doesn t like his client s friend because she is apparently a strong woman who thinks her friend is wasting her time So Elvis, to get her to shut up, says, I d like to pour choclate on you and lick it off Now, would anybody ever say that The start of the Elvis Cole series and supposedly a popular, well done mystery This was bad The mystery wasn t that interesting, the female characters not very believable, and the hero is a dick and I don t mean that like as a detective For example, he doesn t like his client s friend because she is apparently a strong woman who thinks her friend is wasting her time So Elvis, to get her to shut up, says, I d like to pour choclate on you and lick it off Now, would anybody ever say that No If they did, would they get punched Yes.I think that is all you need to know flag 11 likesLike see review Aug 13, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves crime fiction When Ellen Lang walks into Elvis Cole detective agency she asks him to find her missing husband Mort their son Perry as they are nowhere to be found the case seems simple enough but Elvis isn t thrilled neither is his partner gun dealer Joe Pike.Their search down the seamy side of Hollywood s studios lots sculpted lawns leads them deep into a nasty world drugs, sex murder Everybody from cops to starlets crooks turn on Elvis Pike, i found this to be okay but i When Ellen Lang walks into Elvis Cole detective agency she asks him to find her missing husband Mort their son Perry as they are nowhere to be found the case seems simple enough but Elvis isn t thrilled neither is his partner gun dealer Joe Pike.Their search down the seamy side of Hollywood s studios lots sculpted lawns leads them deep into a nasty world drugs, sex murder Everybody from cops to starlets crooks turn on Elvis Pike, i found this to be okay but i thought it dragged a bit in the middle then came up with a bang to end the story 31 2 stars flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 07, 2011 Mike the Paladin rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves action My first introduction to Robert Crais work was through the Joe Pike character Having read several of the books and being introed to Elvis Cole, I true to my usual form went back and got the first volume.Pretty good book Related in first person rather than third as the Pike books were are we get Cole s voice telling the story Pike in the first book I read told one of their client s that Elvis thinks he s funny it s true, he does Cracking jokes along the way Elvis chronicles the story My first introduction to Robert Crais work was through the Joe Pike character Having read several of the books and being introed to Elvis Cole, I true to my usual form went back and got the first volume.Pretty good book Related in first person rather than third as the Pike books were are we get Cole s voice telling the story Pike in the first book I read told one of their client s that Elvis thinks he s funny it s true, he does Cracking jokes along the way Elvis chronicles the story of a woman who s husband and son have vanished.So, thanks to all you who recommended this series It s an enjoyable series about two diverse characters one Elvis who lives with a cantankerous cat, takes things with a grain of salt and manages a wise crack even as he s having his features forcibly rearranged and his ribs broken The other Joe is the strong silent type, a mercenary professional soldier who s as Zen as they come, a vegetarian and dedicated runner All the books of this series I ve read so far I ve enjoyed.Here Elvis has to suss out the truth about what happened to his client, her spouse and her son He ends up dealing with the nastiest of underworld types as he and Pike put their lives on the line and the story rolls along at a good clip ending in one of those page turning action scenes that everyone always talks abouta thrill ride as it were.Enjoy flag 9 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 12, 2019 S.P Aruna rated it really liked it The first of the Elvis Cole series.When Cole takes on a job to find missing husband Mort and young son Perry for housewife Ellen Lang, it looks like a simple case of a husband running away with his son But of course, things are complicated, eventually leading to a despicable Hollywood agent and a high profile Mexican criminal For crime fiction readers, we have seen plenty of these formula books, right up to Nelson DeMille The protagonist a wisecracking private investigator, who exhibits The first of the Elvis Cole series.When Cole takes on a job to find missing husband Mort and young son Perry for housewife Ellen Lang, it looks like a simple case of a husband running away with his son But of course, things are complicated, eventually leading to a despicable Hollywood agent and a high profile Mexican criminal For crime fiction readers, we have seen plenty of these formula books, right up to Nelson DeMille The protagonist a wisecracking private investigator, who exhibits both heart and toughness Considering that this was written in the late 80 s we can t say it s all been done before, but rather author Crais should be noted as one of the early developers of a modern form of this genre.A very quick, entertaining read flag 8 likesLike see review Mar 22, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for Fans of hard boiled detective fiction Shelves detective mystery What drew me to read this was a review from Orson Scott Card recommending the latest Elvis Cole novel by Robert Crais, but since I like to read things in order, I decided to start with The Monkey s Raincoat instead of Taken.Despite the protagonist s propensity to dress like a Miami Vice extra, and his obsession with Disney trinkets the reasons for which are not adequately explored , I enjoyed this 80s era detective story on steroids, which culminated in a finale that read like the climax of Arn What drew me to read this was a review from Orson Scott Card recommending the latest Elvis Cole novel by Robert Crais, but since I like to read things in order, I decided to start with The Monkey s Raincoat instead of Taken.Despite the protagonist s propensity to dress like a Miami Vice extra, and his obsession with Disney trinkets the reasons for which are not adequately explored , I enjoyed this 80s era detective story on steroids, which culminated in a finale that read like the climax of Arnold Schwarzenegger s Commando.Having now read a fair number of this genre of story, I am starting to see some definitive patterns tropes Does the protagonist check all that apply drink heavily search for a MacGuffin sleep with a woman involved in the case slap the same woman to cure her hysterics treat the police with no respect whatsoever get pulled in for a meeting with the antagonist by his heavies have a bad ass side kick as pointed out by the OSC review If you checked off five or of these, you are definitely reading a hard boiled noir detective story.The only complaint I have is with Kindle, and not this book The Kindle application automatically opens the book to the beginning of the primary text skipping the cover, title page, table of contents, and any inscriptions Normally, this is not an issue, but with The Monkey s Raincoat, it skipped the following haiku, and hence, I had no idea why the book was titled what it was Winter downpour Even the monkey needs a raincoat flag 9 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jan 25, 2009 Marleen rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves robert crais Not so long ago I read my first Robert Crais book the Two Minute Rule and simply adored it The humanity of the characters touched me greatly I wanted to read Robert Crais and so I started to read the Elvis Cole books in the right order and I m glad I purchased the first three so far This introduction to the Elvis Cole series is a highly entertaining read The outstanding characters make up for an average plot I enjoy how well the author pulls off the combo of the taciturn Pike and t Not so long ago I read my first Robert Crais book the Two Minute Rule and simply adored it The humanity of the characters touched me greatly I wanted to read Robert Crais and so I started to read the Elvis Cole books in the right order and I m glad I purchased the first three so far This introduction to the Elvis Cole series is a highly entertaining read The outstanding characters make up for an average plot I enjoy how well the author pulls off the combo of the taciturn Pike and the extremely talkative Cole Cole Pike are both very appealing men, who have gone through a lot and learned a lot in their previous career choices They both come across as men feeling good in their skin I can t wait to read about their bond, their alliance, their friendship.Robert Crais reminds me a lot of John Sandford but not so bloody and Harlan Coben, with the wit, humor and action of Lucas Davenport and Myron Bolitar And now I have Elvis Cole Outstanding writer and I look forward to each novel that he writes flag 8 likesLike see review Mar 15, 2013 Jim rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 3series, 2fiction, mystery thriller, 1paper That was a fun thriller with a couple of very memorable characters I see Joe Pike has his own series I m intrigued Luckily, I got the first 2 of his series with this book Hopefully there won t be as many attempts at humor They got rather flat after a while.The writing wasn t bad Good action scenes, but I didn t appreciate all the road directions through L.A They didn t mean a thing to me Maybe if I knew the area As it was, they read like filler.All in all, it was fun flag 8 likesLike see review Feb 19, 2013 Scott Rhee rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery, series detective Robert Crais published his first novel featuring his now famous L.A private detective, Elvis Cole, in 1987 The Monkey s Raincoat was an instant success, garnering nearly every single award for the mystery genre, including nominations for the Edgar and Shamus which, in the mystery writer s world is akin to the Oscar and the Golden Globe He deserved every single accolade Cole is like Robert Parker s Spenser, who is his most obvious literary blood brother a lovable, wise cracking detectiv Robert Crais published his first novel featuring his now famous L.A private detective, Elvis Cole, in 1987 The Monkey s Raincoat was an instant success, garnering nearly every single award for the mystery genre, including nominations for the Edgar and Shamus which, in the mystery writer s world is akin to the Oscar and the Golden Globe He deserved every single accolade Cole is like Robert Parker s Spenser, who is his most obvious literary blood brother a lovable, wise cracking detective who still believes in things like chivalry and justice He s a thirty something man child who still watches cartoons, collects Disney memorabilia, has a rescue cat who likes to drink beer, and quotes Jiminy Cricket whenever it s appropriate He s also a tough motherf r who won t blink when he has to shoot a man in the kneecap His partner in his detective agency is the giant behemoth of a man named Joe Pike, a monosyllabic silent type who lets Cole do the footwork and only comes in when Cole needs some extra muscle and or to do something that is borderline illegal, which is apparently frequently The Monkey s Raincoat starts off as a routine domestic case, in which a woman hires Cole to find out where her estranged husband disappeared to with their young nine year old son Cole thinks it s nothing than a custody battle, but when the husband is found murdered with no sign of the missing son, things get serious quickly At the heart of the issue is a missing kilo of cocaine worth lots and lots of money, stolen from a Colombian drug cartel The cartel believes incorrectly that the husband s wife has the drug cache, and they are keeping the kid as collateral until they get back the drugs Cole isn t so much worried about going up against a cartel as he is about safely reuniting the kid with his mother After all, he s got Joe for all the heavy lifting And stabbing And shooting And breaking of limbs flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Feb 19, 2014 Sean Peters rated it liked it review of another edition Hello friends,My first Robert Crais book, many author friends recommended Robert Crais to me His main character is this Elvis Cole, a PI, with a sense of humour, with lightens the book and the reading.The reason for three stars, well after so many gripping, fast paced, tense and powerful stories of recent reads by David Baldacci, Simon Kernick, Lee Childs, Daniel Silva, Sharon Bolton, Karin Slaughter this was a little lightweight, no strong villains, no strong twists, no shocks, no brutal murde Hello friends,My first Robert Crais book, many author friends recommended Robert Crais to me His main character is this Elvis Cole, a PI, with a sense of humour, with lightens the book and the reading.The reason for three stars, well after so many gripping, fast paced, tense and powerful stories of recent reads by David Baldacci, Simon Kernick, Lee Childs, Daniel Silva, Sharon Bolton, Karin Slaughter this was a little lightweight, no strong villains, no strong twists, no shocks, no brutal murders, no tension.Although I did like the comical parts, I am sure his other character Joe Pike is a little serious, so I will try some of his books later.Here I would like to mention my next book, a new author to me, and recommended by Simon Kernick, is Tom Bale, a British author and I am reading his book next called The Catch.Tom Bale is a member of my group A Good Thriller and will be doing a Q A in the next 4 5 weeks Just a little plug for my group is the fact we now have the next 6 weeks booked with authors every 2 3 weeks doing a Q A On Tuesday coming Mark Sennen will be with us, Laurie Stevens is booked and also Brian Freeman.I am so proud of my group, we now have over fifty thriller authors as members, and have grown to 510 members this year, I do hope as a friend you will join I am reading Daniel Silva due to recommendations.Thanks for being a friend flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 30, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing review of another edition Better than the first time around I love these guys as much and in a different way than Spenser and Hawk Spenser and Hawk have a tough guy relationship, but funny than tough Elvis and Joe have a one sided funny relationship, but both never give an inch when the sh t hits the fan I love Joe s arrowsalways move forward Great book and great series flag 7 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Feb 15, 2011 Debbi Mack rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorite reads At Sleuthfest one year, I remember author Robert Crais giving a speech about how he published his first novel It was a private eye novel released at a time when the word was that the private eye novel was dead That novel, THE MONKEY S RAINCOAT went on to win the Anthony and Macavity Awards and get nominated for the Edgar and Shamus Awards Some dead genre, huh The book launched a successful series of mysteries featuring detective Elvis Cole yes, Elvis who according to the back of the boo At Sleuthfest one year, I remember author Robert Crais giving a speech about how he published his first novel It was a private eye novel released at a time when the word was that the private eye novel was dead That novel, THE MONKEY S RAINCOAT went on to win the Anthony and Macavity Awards and get nominated for the Edgar and Shamus Awards Some dead genre, huh The book launched a successful series of mysteries featuring detective Elvis Cole yes, Elvis who according to the back of the book quotes Jiminy Cricket and carries a.38 He s a literate, wisecracking Vietnam vet who is determined never to grow up Wow looks like someone at Bantam took your basic kitchen sink approach to writing that one In any case, some detective, huh Anyhow, Elvis is hired by shy, quiet Ellen Lang or is it her slightly bossy friend, Janet Simon no, it s Ellen to find her missing husband, Mort, and their son, Perry This involves many stakeouts, driving around Los Angeles, glimpses of Chicanos, encounters with big guys, the exchanging of banter witty , stakeouts, Chicanos, a visit to a washed up producer, a big black guy yikes , he s cool ah , Poitras a fat cop banter , girlfriends, parties, drugs, gangsters, mix ups big problems This book did than live up to my expectations I can see how in the late 1980s when it was published how this book must have blown a breath of fresh air into a genre that had been done and done again, especially in LA Like Robert B Parker s Spenser, Elvis is a white knight character in the tradition of Raymond Chandler s Philip Marlowe Ellen Lang is a woman abandoned and so incapable of handling things, at least at first, she can t even write a check without collapsing into sobs Keep in mind, it is the late 1980s However, I had to suspend my disbelief just a teeny bit on that one Even if Ellen was originally from Kansas I mean, I know she s not in Kansas, any, but really C mon Even now, though, the writing is as fresh as ever Rather than describe, I ll quote a favorite excerpt The welterweight came around the corner, firing as fast as he could pull the trigger One of his slugs caught the doorjamb and kicked some splinters into my cheek I shot him in the face, then shoved Ellen through the kitchen and half carried her around the house and out onto the street The Tattooed Man popped out of the front door and fired five shots bapbapbapbapbap then dove back into the house Porch lights were coming on and someone was yelling and Wang Chung was coming out over somebody s radio I shoved Ellen into the Corvette, fired up, and ran over two garbage cans pulling away I was shaking and my shirt was wet with sweat and I wasn t having a great deal of luck seeing past the little silver flashes that bobbed around in front of my eyes I drove Slow Steady Just trying to get away from there I think I ran over a dog Okay, you get the idea And that s not even the wisecracking part, okay Because that s there in abundance Oh, plus the parts with the cat They re priceless.And, of course, there s Elvis partner, Joe Pike, the totally awesome quiet, but deadly ex Marine with an occasional thing for lipstick don t ask read the book whose office has no furniture Some partner.Needless to say, the story builds up to a highly suspenseful and nail biting finish I m surprised my fingers weren t reduced to bloody stumps And, in the end, even if Elvis never grows up, it seems at least one of his clients might be able Wow, some story flag 6 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 30, 2017 Brian Poole rated it really liked it review of another edition The Elvis Cole series got off to a highly entertaining start with The Monkey s Raincoat.L.A private detective Elvis Cole takes on the case of Ellen Lang, an emotionally paralyzed housewife convinced that her floundering husband has taken off with their young son What at first looks like a messy domestic squabble mushrooms into something a lot dangerous, putting Elvis, his client and his enigmatic partner, John Pike, in the crossfire between some highly connected criminals and some law enf The Elvis Cole series got off to a highly entertaining start with The Monkey s Raincoat.L.A private detective Elvis Cole takes on the case of Ellen Lang, an emotionally paralyzed housewife convinced that her floundering husband has taken off with their young son What at first looks like a messy domestic squabble mushrooms into something a lot dangerous, putting Elvis, his client and his enigmatic partner, John Pike, in the crossfire between some highly connected criminals and some law enforcement types they re not sure they can trust.Robert Crais came up with a winning lead character in Elvis Cole and The Monkey s Raincoat introduced readers to his world, circa the late 80s, in memorable fashion Elvis had all the quirks and layers fans of the detective genre expect, including a past as a Vietnam vet, an affinity for martial arts and a love of Jiminy Cricket But Elvis stands out from many of his peers for one very crucial reason he s fun Crais didn t push the Vietnam angle too hard, working it in enough to give context to the character without overwhelming him He also didn t saddle Elvis with a big, dark backstory weighing on him Elvis took a lot of lumps, but his irrepressible sense of humor and whimsical spirit carried him quite well He s an entertaining, active hero that fans can enjoy and root for.Crais did a decent job with the supporting cast as well Ellen Lang s journey over the course of the story was well handled, with Crais convincingly sketching the portrait of a woman learning to be self reliant after years of a limiting marriage Pike might have collapsed under the weight of his signifiers if Crais hadn t given him a functional personality and believable bond with Elvis And put upon police detective Lou Poitras was an agreeable foil for the hero, the duo s somewhat fraught friendship coming across credibly Crais didn t junk up the main plot with ancillary beats that went nowhere his plotting was lean and logical, marked by several well developed action sequences and engaging bits of procedural work.For genre fans who haven t previously discovered the Elvis Cole series, The Monkey s Raincoat is a worthwhile foray flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 06, 2009 Chuckconnor rated it it was amazing review of another edition If there is one thing which can give you an insight into yourself, then it has to be how much you trust an author and buy their work on spec, without reading the blurbs or reviews, etc.Crais has my respect He has shown he can pace a book, inject humour, create strong characters which have just enough fantasy to them to help you suspend your disbelief And like a lot of writers these days, Crais has not just stuck with one series set of characters rather, like Michael Connelly, some solo cha If there is one thing which can give you an insight into yourself, then it has to be how much you trust an author and buy their work on spec, without reading the blurbs or reviews, etc.Crais has my respect He has shown he can pace a book, inject humour, create strong characters which have just enough fantasy to them to help you suspend your disbelief And like a lot of writers these days, Crais has not just stuck with one series set of characters rather, like Michael Connelly, some solo characters go on to form relationships with other characters from other originally stand alone novels.The Monkey s Raincoat is something I can go back and re read because it shows me how an author can use humour and not at the expense of the storyline.I would recommend this book to anyone who likes their LA PIs to be a cut above the rest of the pack, and although the series is getting a little dated in respect to the new up coming generation, like the Alphabet novels from Sue Grafton, if you savvy the timeline, then the story is a wonderful mystery with nothing hidden from the reader it s just how you put the jigsaw together that counts flag 6 likesLike see review Oct 27, 2018 Barbara Talbott rated it really liked it I thoroughly enjoyed it Elvis Cole is such an entertaining private eye He is ruthless and funny at the same time His partner is Joe Pike, silent but deadly They are hired to find Ellen Lang s husband and son Drugs are a major part of the story, plus murder and kidnapping Really exciting book flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 12, 2012 Leon Aldrich rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2012 reads, thriller fiction, favorites I never believed in UFOs, ET sightings or abductions At least not until now It is obvious that alien technology has been used on two people First on Robert Crais He had bio engineered author creative brain cell enhancement augmentation It had to be He is just too damn good of a writer for there to be any other plausible explanation So I have to go with space aliens.And Cathy DuPont had alien bookworm viral injections How else would she know I would instantly love this author She sent I never believed in UFOs, ET sightings or abductions At least not until now It is obvious that alien technology has been used on two people First on Robert Crais He had bio engineered author creative brain cell enhancement augmentation It had to be He is just too damn good of a writer for there to be any other plausible explanation So I have to go with space aliens.And Cathy DuPont had alien bookworm viral injections How else would she know I would instantly love this author She sent me this book to read because I couldn t get a copy anywhere So either her tastes transcend both time and space OR space aliens flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 18, 2016 Nate rated it liked it review of another edition My first Crais novel and a pretty good one, although not as great as I had hoped His PI Elvis Cole is certainly charismatic and funny, but kinda seemed like an updated Philip Marlowe at times, but Marlowe s funnier and cooler His partner Joe Pike actually was the most interesting character, but that s probably because I love that hard as nails vigilante archetype so much The case itself had enough twists and turns to keep me turning the pages, though, and I never figured out the ending before My first Crais novel and a pretty good one, although not as great as I had hoped His PI Elvis Cole is certainly charismatic and funny, but kinda seemed like an updated Philip Marlowe at times, but Marlowe s funnier and cooler His partner Joe Pike actually was the most interesting character, but that s probably because I love that hard as nails vigilante archetype so much The case itself had enough twists and turns to keep me turning the pages, though, and I never figured out the ending before it was explained flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 23, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it review of another edition I d originally read this a few years ago, but had missed the exploits of Elvis and Joe, so decided to revisit the series This was a good start, but I found that the quality improves over time flag 5 likesLike see review 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