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The Monkey's Raincoat

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Robert Crais

Narrated By: Patrick Lawlor

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: February 2008

Duration: 8 hours 11 minutes


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


  • Coral

    Maybe because this was an early Elvis/Pike book but it was at times silly not gripping ....

  • Anonymous

    I now understand that this was the first Elvis Cole story. However I usually like the humor in hid books, I found this off-putting to many jokes and too many deaths!

  • Robert Reid

    Great story. Great intro to the Elvis Cole series, "the biggest dick in the business". Ha-ha! This one will get you hooked on Robert Crais. Witticism run rampant! I love it and I hope he keeps writing.

  • Anonymous

    The narrators voice is horrific. He makes it very difficult to listen to the story. I would not rent this CD if I had a chance to do it over again.

  • Connopa

    This was by far one of the worst books I have ever rented. It was boring and waste of time.

  • Jean

    I had rented another one of Robert Crais Elvis Cole series and enjoyed. Saw that SAB had the very first one "The Monkey's Raincoat" so decided to try it out. I can see how the people and story has evolved. I enjoyed the fast pace with the bit of humor in the dialog. Look forward to more in this series. Has some violence but the joke cracking off sets it.

  • Anonymous

    I could not get past the first cd because the narrator was not very good at reading this book. I could do better than this.

  • Anonymous

    A modest effort from Robert Crais is made worse with the poorest narration (an incredibly annoying voice) and recording quality I have ever experienced with a book on CD.

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