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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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Andrew Smith
I’d read the first book in the long running Elvis Cole series some years ago. I can’t remember much about it but I haven’t been back for the second episode, so that tells me something. But I really enjoyed Suspect by the same author and I thought it was about time I gave Elvis a second chance.

In case you’ve never come across this series before – unlikely if you’re in any way a reader of crime fiction - Cole is a private investigator working out of Los Angeles with a hard-man sidekick called Joe
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
Dan Schwent
Mar 21, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
"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
May 07, 2015 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
I enjoyed this 2nd Elvis Cole book, and am looking forward to the rest of the series. I like the humor in the books, and Elvis' sarcastic statements and thoughts. It was good to see Joe Pike as well. The book had an engaging storyline, and it kept me guessing.

Elvis Cole is hired to find an important Japanese book that has been stolen. As he tries to find it, he comes up against organized Japanese crime, as well as some surprises.

I really like Elvis, and I felt badly for him in this book. He trie
Apr 02, 2012 Eric rated it liked it  ·  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
aPriL does feral sometimes
'Stalking the Angel' is the second book in the Cole series, but I feel it is a standalone read. The first one in the series, The Monkey's Raincoat, goes into the backstories of Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, both of whom are Vietnam ex-military veterans, but I don't think it is necessary to read first before 'Stalking the Angel.'

Bradley Warren is an ass, but he is Cole's new client. He is the President of Warren Investments Corp. and he is desperate to find out who stole an eighteenth cen
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.
Mar 17, 2013 Harry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 27, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adding one star to this book because I feel like the last half of the book is where Crais really starts to flesh out who he wants Elvis to be.

The story drags some at the beginning and you start to feel that everything is super predictable but how everything works out through me for a loop.

Like coming back to this series now, revisiting my old friends and remembering why Joe Pike is my favorite "detective friend."
May 10, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may-15
I really enjoyed this 2nd book in the Elvis Cole series!
So, a cool blonde walks into the office of a sarcastic, wise-cracking private eye in Los Angeles and finds him upside down, at his ease, standing on his head. And we're off on another noir adventure with Elvis Cole, the "world's greatest detective" and his partner, Joe Pike, who never smiles, never takes his sunglasses off even at night, is a stone-cold killer and probable psychopath.

Also, let us not forget Elvis' beer-drinking cat and his yellow Corvette and his office that is decorated with D
Aug 03, 2015 Jake rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 God, at least write it well! That par
C.C. Thomas
Apr 23, 2013 C.C. Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Huw Rhys
Oct 31, 2011 Huw Rhys rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 03, 2011 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 07, 2016 Debbi Mack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-reads
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.
Oct 18, 2015 Marge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
I really like Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, but I really didn't like all the excessive killing and over-the-top violence. I also hated that Elvis was in the wrong here several times and cost people their lives. Nobody is perfect, but Cole kept making mistakes over and over again.
Two-haiku review:

Japanese book gone
Businessman hires Cole to find
All is not as seems

Cole is a smartass
Then bursts into violence
Like life, no answers
Apr 10, 2014 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 05, 2015 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I liked this one less that the first, but it was still entertaining enough that I will continue with the series, since everyone says it gets better. My biggest problems with this one were 1) some similarity in plot/structure to the first, including the (MINOR SPOILER) climactic breaking in to a rich dude's compound to rescue a female hostage and 2) no real character development of Elvis - though his wisecracking is great. Joe Pike, too, at this stage in the series at least, is still kind o ...more
M. Louis
Jul 27, 2015 M. Louis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tough guy Elvis Cole shows his sensitive side by working to help someone because he can; instead of just for a fee. Great action, interesting characters.
Luca Lesi
Il telefono fece due squilli, poi rispose la voce di un uomo. «Agenzia investigativa Elvis Cole. Per noi niente è impossibile.» «Sono io. Sto arrivando.»
Era convinto che ognuno fosse artefice di se stesso. Ti costruisci dall'interno, e le tensioni e la forza di volontà della persona interiore tengono insieme quella esteriore. La persona esteriore è quella che mostri al mondo, la tua maschera, il tuo travestimen-to, il tuo messaggio. Il tuo modo di essere, forse. Ed esiste soltanto finché quella
Sep 10, 2016 Booknblues rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Dec 09, 2009 Barbra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2016 Vickie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have missed Elvis Cole!! I have absolutely no idea what took me so long to get back to Elvis and Joe Pike and their investigations. Elvis gets the job done with a smartass can-do attitude and Pike is stoic and makes an excellent sunglassed partner.
They are hired to retrieve a valuable Japanese book that's been stolen, there's a kidnapping and Japanese yakuza to deal with.
A super quick read, highly enjoyable and made the return to Elvis and Pike's LA a high-octane joyride. Plenty of action an
Jun 01, 2012 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Krishna Shah
Jun 11, 2011 Krishna Shah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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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Elvis Cole (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvis Cole, #1)
  • Lullaby Town (Elvis Cole, #3)
  • Free Fall (Elvis Cole, #4)
  • Voodoo River (Elvis Cole, #5)
  • Sunset Express (Elvis Cole, #6)
  • Indigo Slam (Elvis Cole, #7)
  • L.A. Requiem (Elvis Cole, #8)
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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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