Stalking The Angel (Elvis Cole, #2)
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Stalking The Angel (Elvis Cole #2)

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Bradley Warren has lost a rare, 13th century Japanese manuscript called the Hagakure. PI Elvis Cole knows nothing about Japan but he knows a lot about crooks. His search begins in LA's Little Tokyo and leads to madness and murder.
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Published May 21st 2009 by AudioGO (first published September 1st 1989)
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Damn it, Robert Crais. I really want to like you, but two books in and this still feels like awkward blind dating rather than true love.

Elvis Cole is hired by wealthy Bradley Warren to recover a rare Japanese manuscript that has been stolen. Warren only cares about using the manuscript to impress his Japanese business partners. When Warren’s wife and daughter are threatened, too, Elvis ends up getting on the bad side of the yakuza.

I should be all over these Crais novels. A smart-mouthed gun-toti...more
Dan Schwent
An ancient copy of the Hagakure, a Japanese text, goes missing from a rich man's safe and it's up to Elvis Cole to track it down. The man's daughter Mimi goes missing with a warning to call off the search. All signs point to the yakuza. Can Cole and Pike bring back Mimi and find the Hagakure?

The central teaching of the Hagakure is "The Way of the Warrior is Death" and that would have been a good title for this book. Elvis Cole goes from one grisly murder to the next, uncovering more and more dar...more
"Stalking The Angel" is the 2nd in the Elvis Cole & Joe Pike series created by Robert Crais. This book is ALL ABOUT the incorrigible attitude of Elvis Cole, Los Angeles' finest Private Investigator. Every line of this book reeks of Elvis' undaunting attitude and raw guts. He NEVER says anything stratight and that's where this book is an absolutely enjoyable read.

I can bet top dollars that every woman who reads this book will simply fall in love with Elvis Cole.

Mr. Crais has written this book...more
Apr 02, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of hard-boiled detective fiction
I enjoyed Elvis Cole's second go-around almost as much as the first, but I was left with a few nagging questions at the end (mild spoilers follow).

- Who killed (view spoiler) and why exactly?
- Did Warren (view spoiler) his daughter or not?
- Did the manuscript make it back to the Tashiro family at the end?
- Did Cole get paid at the end, and if so, was it by Warren's estate, his company, or the Tashiro family?
- Why exactly did Jillian Becker fall...more
Ok, a few rambling thoughts on Robert Crais. Who is this guy, where'd he come from, how'd he get so popular? Well the first thing to know is that Crais is not from California at all. He is a native of Louisiana, grew up in a blue collar family, and read his first crime novel The Little Sister when he was 15. And that's all it took. Chandler gave him his love for writing. Other authors that have inspired him were Hammett, Hemingway (seems like that's true of all the crime writers), Parker, and St...more
This was a good book with a good who-dun-it and a lot of action. I am starting to get into this series and have heard great things about it too. I enjoy Elvis Cole's sense of humor and Joe Pike just being Joe Pike. Give this book/series a try if you are looking for a good mystery that is well written and had likeable characters and a lot of action. I'm looking forward to the third book in this series.
A sample of the writing of this book...

"You have any idea how much money that is?"

"Excuse me," I said. I pushed away from my desk, pitched myself out of my chair onto the floor, then got up, brushed myself off, and sat again. "There. I'm finished being impressed. We can go on."


Look I get that most post-Chandler private eye stories follow the same cliches and that the protagonist always has to be some sort of scarred, sarcastic jerk but for the love of at least write it good! That part abo...more
First Robert Crais book I've read and I enjoyed it so much. Elvis Cole is a great character, funny as well as determined. He's good at his job and doesn't stop until he knows the answer, seemingly more for himself than for the client.

Joe Pike is the quiet one you should watch out for, and they clearly share a close friendship. They can read each other incredibly well and make for a dynamic duo.

I only started this one as an 'in between' book because it's short, but it's giving me a craving for mo...more
Elvis Cole, a quirky LA detective is recruited by a wealthy business man, Bradley Warren, to retrieve an important Japanese manuscript, called the "Hagakure" which was stolen from Warren's safe. While Elvis is reluctant to take the case he soon discovers that there is more to the story, so decides to uncover the truth. Warren's wife Sheila is a sex starved alcoholic and his daugter Mimi is a deeply unhappy and ignored teenager.
The second installment of Robert Crais' Elvis Cole series Stalking Th...more
C.C. Thomas
I love Elvis Cole! He is so funny-so biting and sarcastic and dark. He's a guy I would like to have a pizza with. Joe Pike is also back. He is really scary but also somehow endearing. He's a guy I would never cross.

In this book, Elvis has been hired to locate an ancient Japanese manuscript. His search leads him straight into the middle of a Yakuza turf war (that's a Japanese mob for those of you not savvy on crime). Of course, with Elvis, nothing is as easy as it seems. He also has a messed up f...more
Huw Rhys
You usually know what you're getting with Robert Crais - quirky Elvis Cole with his barely bearable "sense of humour" (Iuse the term guardedly) and dark Joe Pike get into a scrape, there's usually a pretty woman involved, a bit of gore, some physical discomfort and the crime usually gets solved with about 90% total satisfaction - and it's the uneasy, unanswered 10% which makes the novel a teeny bit interesting.

This isn't all that different - an old book goes missing, there's a kidnapping, the Ch...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Synopsis: Bradley Warren had lost something very valuable, something that belonged to someone else: a rare thirteenth century Japanese manuscript called the Hagakure. Everything PI Elvis Cole knew about Japanese culture he'd learned from reading Shogun, but he knew a lot of crooks and what he didn't know, his sociopathic sidekick Joe Pike did. Together their search begins in LA's Little Tokyo and the nest of the notorious Japanese mafia, the yakuza, and leads to a white knuckled adventure filled...more
Debbi Mack
I'll start off by noting that Elvis Cole is quick with a joke. So quick, he had me laughing out loud by Chapter One. That's pretty quick.

He meets his client, a Mr. Bradley Warren, standing on his head (Elvis, that is -- Warren is on his feet). Warren is in a suit. He blusters and frowns. This seems to be his specialty. That and glancing at his Rolex. He has a female (of course) assistant who is attractive (of course) and who abides her employer's attitudes (of course) for reasons only she knows....more
This is the second Elvis Cole novel and I just love the humour in Crais' books. What a private eye Elvis is and Joe Pike is so dark.

Back Cover Blurb:
The blonde who walked into Cole's office was the best-looking woman he's seen in weeks. The only thing that kept her from rating a perfect '10' was the briefcase on one arm and the uptight hotel magnate on the other. Bradley Warren had lost something very valuable - something that belonged to someone else: a rare thirteenth-century Japanese manuscri...more
My grandfather has recommended Robert Crais to me for years and bc i typically like good murder mysteries with funny main guys, i thought i'd like this, but the first two have just come up lacking. Elvis's hero complex was irritating (just accepting Mimi's story when she clearly has issues and letting her hang out with thugs [why didn't he take her to Jillian's house??] until he can save the day with his therapist friend and strong-arm the family into compliance. Really?? The random breaking int...more
Crais, Robert - 2nd in Elvis Cole series

Bradley Warren had lost something very valuable, something that belonged to someone else: a rare thirteenth century Japanese manuscript called the Hagakure. Everything PI Elvis Cole knew about Japanese culture he'd learned from reading Shogun, but he knew a lot of crooks and what he didn't know, his sociopathic sidekick Joe Pike did. Together their search begins in LA's Little Tokyo and the nest of the notorious Japanese mafia, the y...more
Krishna Shah
I like the elvis cole and joe pike series. This was a good read with interesting storyline & plenty of fun bantering.

From library journal summary:
Hard-nosed private detective Elvis Cole returns ( The Monkey's Raincoat ) to do battle for a teenaged girl kidnapped as part of a scheme involving the theft of a priceless Japanese manuscript outlining samurai behavior. While Cole's wry sarcasm and attempts at "cute" often fall flat, his humanity and integrity carry him through an apparently conv...more
The Yakuza pops up again in one of my books. Not quite as scary in this one. I was also waiting for Axel Foley to jump in the fray too when Crais was writing about the club scene. This story is about a rich, snotty jerk who has a precious japanese book stolen from him. Can't say it was totally predictable....but I figured most stuff out early on. The difference in this one is Elvis' attitude about why he wants to stay on the case and help and I'm not sure how I like that. He's far more of a soft...more
Elvis Cole #2

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Synopsis: Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike are hired by a Los Angeles businessman to find a missing ancient copy of the Hagakure, a book that details Bushido, or the way of the Samurai. Along the way, they discover hidden family secrets, connection to the Yakuza (Japan's ultra-violent mafia) and deal with a kidnapping and modern followers of the Bushido.

Written in 1989, Stalking the Angel is an early Elvis Cole book. Crais is still doing a bit of casti...more
A more developed version of this appears on my blog, Irresponsible Reader, as part of my Reread Project.


Okay, here we go with the second Elvis Cole adventure -- I hesitate to call this a mystery, the amount of investigating that Elvis performs before finding what he's been hired to is pretty minimal. What can I say, the guy's got himself some great instincts.

The book opens with a great visual -- Elvis is doing a headstand in the middle of his office when in walks the man who will go on to...more
Susan McChesney
Great book by Crais. One of his Elvis Cole series. Great wisecracking character with a strong hearted warm sidekick, Joe Pike (think of Clint Eastwood). Elvis Cole is a PI who is hired to investigate a stolen 18th-century Japanese manuscript. Cole hates the guy who hires him but finds his female manager very attractive and the job pays well. Although in a lot of his books, he rips up checks, or gives back money or takes weekly installments of $40. A little bit unbelievable after awhile, huh? His...more
Elvis Cole is hired to find a missing Japanese manuscript which a company needs when they open a business in Japan.

There are family complications and Elvis doesn't really enjoy the people he's dealing with due to their arrogance and the manner in which they treat other family members.

Elvis is well described and of course, Joe Pike makes an appearance to add muscle to the story.

Enjoyable, quick, read.
This book sure didn't end up the way I thought it was going to when it started out. I feel really sorry for Cole, he kept trying to do the right thing, but by the time you get to the end you aren't sure if his actions were the right ones. With the info he had at the time the moves seemed like the best ones, but hindsight is 20/20.

I look forward to the next one.
After having been introduced to Elvis Cole I wanted to read the 2nd book right away. This story was not so much to my liking but there again was that same atmosphere, which I like very much, and those two very likeable main characters: Cole & Pike. Who can resist?
Leon Aldrich
As I was unable to get a copy of Monkey's Raincoat and read the Joe Pike & L A Requiem, I figured what could it hurt to read these out of order. I'll probably read these in entirety before getting book one.
This is the 2nd in a 14 books series about Elvis Cole, PI, and his deadly partner Joe Pike. This time there's some extra twists that keep the story alive and a great cast of characters. There's an ancient Japanese historic relic stolen early in the story that starts the ball rolling, but soon there's kidnapping, murder/torture, child abuse, the Yakuza, and more.

A quick, very entertaining read if you like the breezy style of Elvis Cole mixed with frequent bouts of serious violence and enough myst...more
Ian Allan
It's like a "Young Adult" book, only with grown-up language (F bombs and whatnot). Very straight forward and run-of-the-mill. Nothing clever. No unexpected plot twists. No magic in it. If it was a movie, it would be on TV -- definitely not the big screen, and probably not worth pressing any on DVDs. You don't learn anything in this book. There's no research that reveals anything about the Los Angeles area. It's just generic, unmemorable action. Author uses short, simple sentences and words, so i...more
“Angel” is one of the earlier Elvis Cole PI stories, with, as frequently is the case, his partner Joe Pike providing some “muscle” later in the tale. Elvis is hired to find a rare Japanese book about samurai culture, the “Hagakure”, which is crucial for the well-being and reputation of the investment firm from which it has been purloined – from the home safe of principal Bradley Warren to be specific. After Cole’s hiring, Warren’s wife and daughter receive threatening phone calls about calling o...more
Robert Crais is a good writer. Elvis Cole is a witty character and his partner, Joe Pike is a quiet, violent man. 80% of an Elvis Cole is novel is cool mystery solving, wise-cracking, poking around in places and prodding people into revealing some segment of truth. So 80% of an Elvis Cole novel is really crackerjack Private Eye stuff.

Sadly, the last 20% of the Elvis Cole novels I have read are almost as if another writer came into the picture to plot, to arrange, and to elaborate on some sort o...more
Matt Allen
I love Elvis Cole's sense of humor. That's the main takeaway here.

Crais does a wonderful job building some interesting characters to start Stalking the Angel. It sets up a nice little web of possibilities. The book moves quick and envelops the reader in the plot.

Now, I'm going to contradict myself. While I was very pleased with how he took the plot in directions I didn't anticipate, I was less thrilled with the characters that took it there. The narrative moved away from the characters I took a...more
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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....more
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“Stalking the Angel
[Joe]"I could off anybody in this place five times over."
[Elvis]"Could you off someone and get away with you here?"
[Joe]Head shake. "I'm too good even for me.”
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