Lullaby Town (Elvis Cole, #3)
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Lullaby Town (Elvis Cole #3)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  4,528 ratings  ·  203 reviews
Hollywood's newest wunderkind is Peter Alan Nelson, the brilliant, erratic director known as the King of Adventure.His films make billions, but his manners make enemies.What the boy king wants, he gets, and what Nelson wants is for Elvis to comb the country for the airhead wife and infant child the film-school flunkout dumped en route to becoming the third biggest filmmake...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published April 20th 2011 by Crimeline (first published January 1st 1992)
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Dan Schwent
A Hollywood director hires Elvis Cole to track down a wife and son he abandoned a decade earlier. Cole tracks down the ex-wife and quickly finds out that she's under the thumb of the mob. Can Cole save her and re-unite her with her former husband?

Elvis Cole sure got in over his head in this one. Crazy mobsters, secret deals between crime families, and a Hollywood director that is a colossal asshole make for a great story. As always, Crais let the tension build until a great firefight at the end....more
Kemper
Now that’s more like it!

I’d been hoping that I’d enjoy this series to give me some fresh detective stories, but the results had been mixed so far. The Monkey's Raincoat and Stalking the Angel had a lot I liked, but Elvis Cole and his bad-ass friend Joe Pike were seeming like pale imitations of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser & Hawk to me. Plus, the over the top quirkiness of Elvis’s character and his constant smart ass comments got on my nerves. I’m now thinking that Crais needed a few books to f...more
Eric
Jun 05, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Elvis Cole series
Lullaby Town, the third book in the Elvis Cole series, starts off very slowly. The opening chapters serve as a character study of arrogant Hollywood director Peter Allen Nelson, followed by a less than inspiring missing person search by Cole for Nelson's estranged ex-wife. However, the story finally starts to pick up momentum when it reaches the East Coast, where the mafia, and hence, all of this book's action, is.

A pattern in this series is starting to emerge, beginning with Cole working alone...more
Alex
I really enjoy this series of Elvis Cole mysteries. I love the humour and style of these stories and Lullaby Town is my favourite of the series so far. I have only fairly recently discovered Robert Crais and am starting from the beginning.

These stories are set in LA, Elvis Cole being a smart mouthed, wise-ass, Private Detective. His partner, Joe Pike, is probably one of the minimally powerful characters in modern crime fiction. Here they are hired by an uber egotistical and spoilt "action" film...more
David
Elvis Cole is asked by a friend to meet one of Hollywood's most important directors, Peter Allen Nelson. The director wants Cole to track down his ex-wife and son. Cole, as is the case in Crais' first two novels, is put off by the behavior of the potential client. In this case, the director behaves like a spolied brat. However, he is pulled in to the case, and Crais brings the reader along a twisting and turning highway that eventually leads Elvis to the opposite end of the country.

Robert Crais...more
Harry
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
Tom
Elvis Cole dealing with old school wiseguys, a movie director who is a spoiled brat, and the director's long-gone runaway ex-girlfriend.

Joe Pike, as ever, is a class act
Jerry
There are now about a dozen of these private eye Elvis Cole, with partner Joe Pike, mysteries set in Los Angeles. We looked forward to “Lullaby”, the third in the series, as it was the last in the complete Crais’ bibliography we had not yet read – so obviously we enjoy his work. Cole tends to be the “brains”, and has a comedian’s mouth; Pike is more the brawn, reminding us of Lee Child’s terrific protagonist Jack Reacher.

In this story, a famous and wealthy movie producer used to getting his own...more
Col
Synopsis/blurb.......
Peter Alan Nelsen is a super successful movie director who is used to getting what he wants. And what he wants is to find the wife and infant child he dumped on the road to fame. It's the kind of case that Cole could handle in his sleep, except that when Cole actually finds Nelsen's ex wife, everything takes on nightmarish proportions a nightmare which involves Cole with a nasty New York mob family and a psychokiller who is the son of the godfather. When the unpredictable Ne...more
Shannon
There's alot of "hand spreading" and "hissing" in this one but the story line is good and the conclusion benefits most. This one involves a spoiled Hollywood producer (it's a bit naive to think he changes as much as he does in this book) and the mafia and a woman who was trying to hide from her past (a short marriage w/the Hollywood producer) but got hooked up with the mafia. I like how Crais melded the stories together as the outcome was very nearly plausible. Again, dead bodies abound by the e...more
Tommy Darby
“Lullaby Town” by Robert Crais

This was another excellent mystery book by one of my big four mystery writers. Those four being Lee Childs (Jack Reacher), Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch), Robert Crais (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike), and then Agatha Christie (Hercules Poirot and Miss Marple). Of course I have to include Agatha because otherwise there would not be a woman in the list. That would be horribly politically incorrect. But, I actually do like her books, and that is another story.

Lullaby Town wa...more
Barbara
Robert Crais’s detective series featuring Elvis Cole and Joe Pike keep getting better in terms of characterizations, action, story-telling and excitement. The owner of The Elvis Cole Detective Agency is an ex-Army, ex-security guard, Vietnam vet who’s 38 years old and practices martial arts. His silent partner is Joe Pike, an ex-Marine and ex-cop who provides muscle when Elvis needs it; he also runs a gun shop in Los Angeles. The author’s talent lies in making the reader care deeply about Elvis...more
Marleen
Another very enjoyable read. Elvis & Pike find themselves in NY. Again the dialogues are superb. Some elements were missing to make it a great Elvis Cole book, but I also see this one as just an episode in a series...so... Up to the next one!
Jessica
Crais creates a perfect client for Elvis in Peter Allen Nelsen, the ultimate self-involved Hollywood type, and spins it off into a surprisingly weighty story about how you can never quite leave your past behind. A killer series not to be missed.
Susan McChesney
Another book in the Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais. A producer hires Elvis Cole to find his ex-wife and son who he hasn't spoken to or had any contact with in over 10 years. Another roller coaster ride with Elvis Cole and his sidekick, Joe Pike. Robert Crais' humor was enough to make me giggle. He actually compared Joe Pike to Tonto and Elvis Cole to Mike Hammer. Another great mystery and investigation that involved the Italian mafia, the Jamaican mafia, a retired cop that became a bestseller...more
Brian Kerr
3 to 4 stars. Good...I have it on good authority the Elvis Cole series gets better and better. Looking forward to reading more, enjoying Joe Pike's sparkling dialogue.
Leon Aldrich
Yummy! I just cannot get enough Cole's witty barbs and Pike being Pike.

If this isn't a series you love, please recommend your picks. I'm open.
ROBERT P.MULLIGAN
A stellar book

A stellar book

I have been reading Robert Crais for many years and have enjoyed Elvis Cole and Joe Pike immensely. For some reason, though, I had never read the first book that got it all started. What a delight! Elvis springs into action with his personality fully formed and comes across as someone you wish could be your best friend. The the plotting, pace and action of the book are thrilling, as one can always expect with Robert Crais. I recommend this book to everyone, whether yo...more
Anirban Das
Finally the Robert Crais I can say I enjoyed reading. This is my third Crais book featuring Elvis Cole, but by far this is the best and the most interesting. The first one was okay, and I thought that by the second book, I would get to know and like Cole and Crais better, but the second book fell flat and I ended up not being able to finish the book. I was bored, disgusted by the ever smooth talking Cole, and confused by the plot. Cole���s wise-ass attitude got on my nerves and I was desperately...more
Bruce Snell
Book 3 in the Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais. Elvis has been hired by a big time movie director to locate his ex-wife and child. Elvis tracks the Ex to Connecticut where she has changed her identity and is working as a bank manager. When Elvis approaches Karen Lloyd, the ex-wife, he discovers that she has been trapped into laundering money for the mafia. Elvis attempts to free her from her mob problems without involving her in police problems, but things go from bad to worse, with several peo...more
Jody
This is the 3rd. and probably the best of the Elvis Cole novels that I have read to date. A while back I read a Stephen King articel in the back of an issue of Entertainment Weekly. King was talking about guy books or "guy fiction" and a few of the authors that he recommended were Lee Child and Robert Crais. While neither are my favorite author, they continue to churn out solid little "guy fiction" stories that are entertaining if not ground braking or Earth shattering. Think of Elvis Cole as a...more
Matt Allen
It's no small thing to do a familiar thing well. Lullaby Town is done exceptionally well.

We've all seen the wise-cracking detective story. Been done a million times. But Robert Crais does it so fluidly with Elvis Cole (and Joe Pike) that it sure doesn't seem that way. Dialogue like fireworks, characters with just as much pop, and a story that wastes absolutely no words. Crais does not waste the reader's time. What a treat that is.

It's hard to find much to dislike about Lullaby Town. Maybe it's t...more
Johnny
In my continuing quest to read the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels out of sequence, I grabbed this earlier mystery out of my basement stash (of used books purchased at library sales and used bookstores) and immediately realized that I had done it again. I don’t know why I persist in this behavior considering it would be so easy to print out a list of titles by publication date and go back through the series in order. But I guess Robert Crais’ novels don’t really require a series continuity. You a...more
Karensi
I thought that the first person narrative was going to irritate me but thankfully that calmed down after the first chapter or so. I also thought that I was going to be another book about corrupt hollywood. That type of story just doesn't appeal to me. Thankfully there was more depth to the book than that and in the end I liked it.

The main character, Elvis Cole, is likeable and that made the story for me. Although there was really not much about his background at all. It's a little refreshing whe...more
Tracy
Mar 05, 2008 Tracy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
My first experience with this author. I enjoyed the book more than I expected; the main character doesn't take himself too seriously and the supporting characters are well developed. It's more than fluff, but not so heavy (and depressing)as many mystery/action novels that are out there.

There is some violence, though except for one scene it is not over-described.

One small grumble: I don't quite understand the author's choosing to have the main female character hiss - not just once, but multiple t...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Synopsis: Peter Alan Nelsen is a super successful movie director who is used to getting what he wants. And what he wants is to find the wife and infant child he dumped on the road to fame. It's the kind of case that Cole could handle in his sleep, except that when Cole actually finds Nelsen's ex wife, everything takes on nightmarish proportions a nightmare which involves Cole with a nasty New York mob family and a psychokiller who is the son of the godfather. When the unpredictable Nelsen charge...more
Mark Soone
I would go 3.5 stars if that were a goodreads option, but alas 3 stars it is. Crais has quickly become one of my favorite crime fiction authors and Cole & Pike reside among my fondest ongoing charcters.

Having read this series out of order, I missed observing one major facet of this series. Having just read book 1 prior to this one I realized the gradual evolution of Crais' writing style and Cole/Pike as charcters. This was not as evident to me having read the series almost in reverse order....more
Frank
library audiobook. You have seen the plot summary elsewhere. This was a very weak Crais novel. It's kind of old, characters using pay phones not cell phones. Unrealistic discussion of mafia territory and specialties. No reason to connect the runaway "bride" with the mafia. No detecting or any kind of plot twist. The movie producer ex husband of the runaway bride was too repetitive and obnoxious. I'd really like to give it a 2.5, but it least it wasn't tiresome.
Dipanjan
This book is the 3rd reason why you should start reading the Elvis Cole & Joe Pike series. The first 2 reasons being "Monkey's Raincoat" and "Stalking The Angel". This book is the third in the series and a complete OMG experience (as usual). The characters, the storyline and the excitement gets better and better all through.

Elvis Cole, as usual, is fearless and cockier than ever. Joe Pike is STILL not smiling and is winning hearts all over. And we STILL do not know what lies behind the shade...more
D
Another great Elvis Cole / Joe Pike mystery / action / thriller. This one involves a narcissistic director. , his long suffering, long abandoned ex-wife and son, and a bunch of New York gangsters. The action is, as always, hard and fast. Elvis has his way of getting under your skin, and Joe Pike is as creepy and impressive as ever.

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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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