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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,682 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Crais Narrator: David Stuart Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Elvis Cole / Joe Pike Novels Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9781423301394
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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. "Far and away the most satisfying private eye novel in years. Grab this one - it's a winner!" - Lawrence Block "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." - Harlan Ellison "Robert B. Parker has some competition on his hands....Elvis Cole is an appealing character and Crais' style is fresh and funny." - Sue Grafton Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Robert B. Parker has some competition on his hands....Elvis Cole is an appealing character and Crais’ style is fresh and funny.”

    Sue Grafton, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Far and away the most satisfying private eye novel in years. Grab this one—it’s a winner!”

    Lawrence Block, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Elvis Cole provides more fun for the reader than any LA private eye to come along in years.”

    Joseph Wambaugh, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This action thriller is pure escapism and has great dialogue.”

    Healthy Magazine

  • Winner of the 1988 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original
  • Winner of the 1988 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery
  • Finalist for the 1988 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Paperback Original

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaito | 2/15/2014

    " Read this series out of order but does it really matter? Elvis Cole deserves love either way so as long as you read these books, i think he will keep his callous sense of humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian Marcus | 2/11/2014

    " One of the best "noir" style novels I've ever had the pleasure of reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 2/10/2014

    " On page 34 of The Monkey's Raincoat, Elvis Cole visited a female friend to get some information. As he left her office, he "squeezed her butt." At this point, I seriously considered putting the book aside. I'm glad I didn't. As I read on, I came to appreciate Crais' fleshed-out characters and subtle humor. Cole grew on me, so I sure hope he doesn't treat any other women this way in later novels. I'm looking forward to seeing how Crais develops as an author in his later novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 1/24/2014

    " I have enjoyed Elvis Cole and Joe Pike in Crais' newer books and have decided to go back and try the beginning books. This one was really really good. Pick really evoked a remarkable character change in the victim, and Elvis and Pike took their share of hits for sure. Overall, for a first book, I'm pleased it was nominated for so many awards and won quite a few. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 woody | 1/13/2014

    " First book in the Elvis Cole PI series. I liked the humor of the book, kind of reminded me of Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben. Didn't care for all the profanity though... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 1/11/2014

    " A lot of fun. I love Cole's wisecracking but kickass lead. Throw in a little hardass Pike and this makes for a lot of fun. Lots of laughs and plenty of action. Looking forward to more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 1/11/2014

    " This one is about an eccentric private eye in Los Angeles. It's filled with wacky asides and Disney references, but don't let that fool you -- at its heart, it's a traditional whodunit. It's a cleverly written diversion, and first in a series. Well worth the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie Mounce | 1/4/2014

    " Comfortable easy read with believable, likable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Brazil | 12/31/2013

    " The strength of this book are the main character Elvis Cole, and his sidekick, Joe Pike (actually, I find myself liking Pike even more than Cole). The story was just okay to start but, by the end, I had trouble putting it down. I will definitely be continuing on further with this series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/29/2013

    " Great Elvis Cole/Pike novel. Exciting, sexy, and hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivete | 12/27/2013

    " A very enjoyable read, packed with action and Elvis Cole's quirky sense of humour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nita | 12/9/2013

    " One of Crais' best. Both Elvis Cole and Joe Pike figure prominently and it hooked me from beginning to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 12/7/2013

    " Well, so far Elvis Cole is NOT Joe Pike (which is a good thing). Finished the book, but, after a month, can't remember what it was about! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stien | 7/25/2013

    " Interesting characters, detective, suspenseful, good action, sometimes funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hildy Kenealy | 6/22/2013

    " I am in love with Elvis Cole ! So glad I have a good private eye series to read all summer. I just started the second one , stalking the angel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lladroluv | 5/1/2013

    " My first Elvis Cole, I'll read more & want to read the pike books, too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bob | 11/6/2012

    " only 200 pages "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 3/1/2012

    " Audiobook: This was a good book. I have read others in this series, but wanted to start from the beginning. If you are looking for a tough guy/beat 'em up kind of story, these are for you. John enjoyed this book also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham | 11/19/2011

    " This was a good first book in the series. You get to know the main players and I'm excited for the next one. There was a lot of action, hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irma Tijerina | 5/19/2011

    " My first Robert Crais book. Fast paced entertainment. Can't wait to read the rest of the Elvis Cole series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/20/2011

    " 1st Elvis Cole. Like Crais. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/12/2010

    " The first in the series of Elvis Cole, detective. It was a good read. The characters were well developed and interesting. Good story. Will read more in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 8/18/2010

    " Likeable bonbon of a mystery featuring an ex-military private investigator named Elvis with a sharp wit and more honor than good sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iain | 4/8/2010

    " Really enjoyable. Great dialogue. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Crais

Robert Crais is the American author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Taken, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Some of his other works include Hostage, The Two Minute Rule, and The Monkey’s Raincoat, an Anthony and Macavity Award winner. He is a recipient of The Eye—Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award in 2014. He lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

David Stuart is the pseudonym of a talented actor, playwright, and voice artist who has performed in theaters in New York and throughout the United States, in several soap operas on American television, as well as in feature films. David has narrated several audiobooks, including titles by Nora Roberts and Robert Crais.