Friday, February 18, 2011

The Monkey's Raincoat - Robert Crais

I think I may have found a match to Reacher.  An online friend suggested that I read The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais.  I'm really glad she did.  The Monkey's Raincoat is the first novel in the Elvis Cole series of crime novels.  According to wikipedia, Robert Crais is a former 80's TV screenwriter a la Miami Vice and Hill Stree Blues!

Elvis Cole is a former Army Ranger who has turned private detective.  He's hired by a woman whose husband and son have disappeared.  During the investigation, he finds out some cocaine goes missing from a retired matador's mansion in southern California (how 80's is that!) and he bends a few rules to get the cocaine and a few hostages back.  There's a great action scene at the end of the book that is worth the wait!  There is some great character development in the book, with some pretty intense descriptions of Elvis' cat, house and office that really add to the character.

Even though Elvis Cole is clearly the star of the book, the character that really steals the show is Joe Pike.  I think he's Reacher's shorter twin.  He's silent, knows his guns, and can definitely take down a few bad guys.  I think there needs to be a short story crossover with Joe Pike and Reacher.  I'm sure this call to action on my widely read blog will make it happen.

Up next:  Ghost Country by Patrick Lee vs. Stalking the Angel by Robert Crais.


  1. All of twitter is always talking about this Joe Pike character and I totally feel out of the loop when they do...I've been told by more than one person that I'm gonna fall for Pike just as quickly as I did Reacher...or Oscar Martello. Ya, Oscar Martello is my favorite bad boy, but I'm sure Pike will work for me too.

    Can't wait to start the series. I'm a little jealous you got to it first.

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