The Monkey s Raincoat When quiet Ellen Lang enters Elvis s office she s lost her husband and her son Their search down the seamy side of Hollywood s studio lots and sculptured lawns soon leads them deep into a nasty nethe

  • Title: The Monkey's Raincoat
  • Author: Robert Crais
  • ISBN: 9780385470087
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When quiet Ellen Lang enters Elvis s office, she s lost her husband and her son Their search down the seamy side of Hollywood s studio lots and sculptured lawns soon leads them deep into a nasty netherworld of drugs and sex and murder.

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    About “Robert Crais

    1. Robert Crais says:

      Robert Crais is the author of the best selling Elvis Cole novels A native of Louisiana, he grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in a blue collar family of oil refinery workers and police officers He purchased a secondhand paperback of Raymond Chandler s The Little Sister when he was fifteen, which inspired his lifelong love of writing, Los Angeles, and the literature of crime fiction Other literary influences include Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B Parker, and John Steinbeck After years of amateur film making and writing short fiction, he journeyed to Hollywood in 1976 where he quickly found work writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney Lacey, and Miami Vice, as well as numerous series pilots and Movies of the Week for the major networks He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues, but is most proud of his 4 hour NBC miniseries, Cross of Fire, which the New York Times declared A searing and powerful documentation of the Ku Klux Klan s rise to national prominence in the 20s In the mid eighties, feeling constrained by the collaborative working requirements of Hollywood, Crais resigned from a lucrative position as a contract writer and television producer in order to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a novelist His first efforts proved unsuccessful, but upon the death of his father in 1985, Crais was inspired to create Elvis Cole, using elements of his own life as the basis of the story The resulting novel, The Monkey s Raincoat, won the Anthony and Macavity Awards and was nominated for the Edgar Award It has since been selected as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Crais conceived of the novel as a stand alone, but realized that in Elvis Cole he had created an ideal and powerful character through which to comment upon his life and times See the WORKS section for additional titles Elvis Cole s readership and fan base grew with each new book, then skyrocketed in 1999 upon the publication of L A Requiem, which was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller and forever changed the way Crais conceived of and structured his novels In this new way of telling his stories, Crais combined the classic first person narrative of the American detective novel with flashbacks, multiple story lines, multiple points of view, and literary elements to better illuminate his themes Larger and deeper in scope, Publishers Weekly wrote of L A Requiem, Crais has stretched himself the way another Southern California writer Ross Macdonald always tried to do, to write a mystery novel with a solid literary base Booklist added, This is an extraordinary crime novel that should not be pigeonholed by genre The best books always land outside preset boundaries A wonderful experience Crais followed with his first non series novel, Demolition Angel, which was published in 2000 and featured former Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Technician Carol Starkey Starkey has since become a leading character in the Elvis Cole series In 2001, Crais published his second non series novel, Hostage, which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and was a world wide bestseller Additionally, the editors of selected Hostage as the 1 thriller of the year A film adaptation of Hostage was released in 2005, starring Bruce Willis as ex LAPD SWAT negotiator Jeff Talley Elvis Cole returned in 2003 with the publication of The Last Detective, followed by the tenth Elvis Cole novel, The Forgotten Man, in 2005 Both novels explore with increasing depth the natures and characters of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike RC s third stand alone novel, The Two Minute Rule, was published in 2006 The eleventh entry in the Elvis Cole series, The Watchman, will be published sometime in 2007.



    2 thoughts on “The Monkey's Raincoat

    1. 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. Whe [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 CaliforniaA dream is a wish your heart makesMr. 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 taugh [...]

    6. 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 eve [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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, more your basic Magnum P.I./Mike Hammer Gumshoe detective novel. Perhaps more along the lines of "Rockford Files" with a more 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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"'s true, he does. Cracking jokes along the way Elvis chronicles the story of a [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. 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 more 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 [...]

    15. 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.

    16. 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 [...]

    17. 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 more 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 arrowsways move forward! Great book and great series!

    18. 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 [...]

    19. 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 more dangerous, putting Elvis, his client and his enigmatic partner, John Pike, in the crossfire between some highly connected criminals and some law e [...]

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 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 be [...]

    24. Didn't love it, but didn't hate it either.Elvis Cole is a PI who is hired by Ellen Lang to find her husband and son. This case isn't as straightforward as Elvis thought, as he begins to enter a very tangled drug world. The best part of this book was the length. It is around 230 pages, which I found was perfect to get me involved with the story and continued my content with the pace and the outcome of the novel. I don't know if I enjoy the main character, Elvis. He was a bit lame and I couldn't b [...]

    25. This book has been somehow a disappointment. Not because the plot is bad - it is not, thought pretty standard for a detective story - but because the writing is rather b(l)a(n)d. About a fifth of the book is written in two-word sentences and the remaining contains just marginally longer constructions.Moreover, the narrative, told in the first voice, only has one speed: jocular-slow. Jocular because Elvis Cole is that type of guy who thinks that the earth will stop spinning if he doesn't crack a [...]

    26. I had this book lying around and I was looking for a good thriller to read, so It soon became clear, to me at least, that this isn't really a thriller, leaning to 80s series' like Magnum PI rather than run-of-the-mill thriller fare. Despite the rather serious plot elements, this novel remains an off-beat and fun read. The name of the protagonist evokes images of Rock & Roll and the book does indeed contain a fair share of both sex and drugs. In this novel our hero, Elvis Cole, really gets in [...]

    27. An early one (1987) of the series with Elvis Cole as an LA PI and Joe Pike his quiet but deadly partner. A woman's missing husband starts the ball rolling that ends up uncovering a lot of bad guys to battle. Walks the good Crais balance between character-driven narrative and manly action. As typical for Crais, he takes advantage of the greed of the film industry crowd as a magnet for the nefarious. Brings out more empathy for Pike's character than I remember in previous books in the series. Sati [...]

    28. THE MONKEY'S RAINCOAT - ExCrais, Robert - 1st in Elvis Cole seriesWhen quiet Ellen Lang enters Elvis Cole's Disney Deco office, she's lost something very valuable her husband and her young son. The case seems simple enough, but Elvis isn't thrilled. Neither is his enigmatic partner and firepower Joe Pike. Their search down the seamy side of Hollywood's studio lots and sculptured lawns soon leads them deep into a nasty netherworld of drugs and sex and murder. Now the case is getting interesting, [...]

    29. Robert Crais has become a favorite mystery writer of mine alongside of Michael Connelly. Crais's detective, Elvis Cole, is not only adept but also he can be funny. Humor and drama work hand-in-hand in a way few writers can do. Cole's sidekick, Joe Pike, is an efficient, stoic, and mysterious man we'd all like to have as a friend to save our butts. THE MONKEY'S RAINCOAT is the first book in the series and a great place to start. A librarian at the South Pasadena Public library recommended it to m [...]

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