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Lullaby Town (Elvis Cole #3)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  8,477 Ratings  ·  322 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 Cole to comb the country for the airhead wife and infant child the film-school flunkout dumped en route to becoming the third biggest f ...more
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Published May 2nd 2008 by Brilliance Audio (first published March 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.
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
May 22, 2012 Eric rated it liked it
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
May 17, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jun-15
Another great Elvis Cole story!
May 30, 2015 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Cole is hired by an arrogant and self-absorbed Hollywood director to find his estranged wife and son, now gone for more than 10 years. He just wants to connect with his son. Finding the woman is easy enough, but Cole learns she is now the VP of a small-town bank who is being used by some Boston mob bosses to launder money.

Now, I think Cole screwed up by trying to fix things in his macho way. A quick call to the FBI (despite her reluctance to enter witness protection) might have solve
Mar 10, 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
Nov 17, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A multiple time of reading these novels.

One of my fav exchanges: "I looked back at Karen and then at Peter. "Do it."
Karen said, "They're going to kill us, aren't they?"
"They're going to try. But Joe and I won't let them."
Her eyes were big and darting. She held tight to Toby's arm. "How can you stop them? There're eight of them and we're trapped here in the middle of nowhere with them."
Pike chambered a round into his shotgun. "No," he said. 'They're trapped with us."

Smart-guy Elvis and the enigm
Jun 06, 2014 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 21, 2014 Hobart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads

A more developed version of this appears on my blog, Irresponsible Reader, as part of my Reread Project.


The third book in the Elvis Cole series is about sixty pages longer than the previous -- and it was about sixty pages longer than the first. This isn't a trend that will continue, I say with some relief (in fact, I believe the next will be shorter). But the growth isn't just in page count; it's in depth of story, depth of character, and the way Crais deals with making sure neither plot no
The World's Greatest Detective, Elvis Cole, gets hired by the world's third most famous movie director, Peter Alan Nelson, to locate his ex-wife and son whom he lost contact with when the son was just a baby more than ten years ago. Nelson is a world-class narcissist that the movie studios just can't say no to, because he makes so much money for them with his adventure films. He always travels with an entourage and every sentence, every thought begins and ends with "I."

Finding the ex-wife and so
Mar 11, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Luca Lesi
Jul 01, 2015 Luca Lesi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Benvenuti, amici miei, allo spettacolo eterno. Siamo felici della vostra presenza. Entrate! Entrate!»
Ecco il memorabile video Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, we so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside ....
Robert Crais è un autore che mi piace ma questo libro ha una trama che proprio non convince, tanto sono belli i primi romanzi e ancora migliori i successivi, tanto "la città dorme" è banale e inutile.
Sicuramente restano i due protagonisti Elvin Cole e Joe Pike e
May 07, 2013 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rereading this series has made me appreciate it even more than at first glance. These first books are much better than I realized and it's been so long since I first read them that I'm still able to be surprised at the twists.

Have always loved the relationship between Cole and Pike and it shines again here.

The story is fast moving, interesting, and with enough sly humor to balance out the seriousness of Cole is uncovering. Plus you get some serious mob action and who doesn't like that?
Jan 25, 2013 Col rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, c
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
Ray Smith
Lullaby Town is not a bad book. But it's not a particularly good book either. Nor is it memorable. What it is, is predictable and formulaic.

In its defense, the story is well written, and the last few chapters were riveting. But that's like saying that a team scored two goals late in the match, when they were down four-nil in the seventieth minute. A valiant effort late, but they still lost.

All the major characters were cookie-cutters and had little depth or definition. Hard-boiled private eye wh
Nov 08, 2011 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lullaby Town was a step up from The Monkeys Raincoat and Stalking the Angel.

Cole is hired by a big shot movie director to find out where is lost child and ex wife have been the past decade. Cole's search lands him in NYC and his search becomes complicated. Hollywood players, mafia hitmen, and Jamaican drug dealers muddy the quest to solve Cole's initial case. A lot of clever dialogue and neat scenes ensue. There is also a pretty good confrontation at the end of the novel.

Crais keeps getting bett
Nov 15, 2011 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Heather Young
Feb 18, 2015 Heather Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another clever mystery by Robert Crais. The more I read his books the more I love Elvis Cole the humorous PI that is reminiscent of Magnum or Lee Majors. This time it was a case that drove him into the mob-filled streets of CT and NYC. I love that the stories maintain a realistic 'it could really happen that way' appeal as well as the believe-ability that he really is that skilled in solving these crimes. He's not just an accidental sleuth like Stephanie Plum but is really talented in figuring o ...more
Rebecca 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
Biggaletta Day
Jun 23, 2015 Biggaletta Day rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving it full stars because it is the best thriller mystery I've read in a long time plus lots of humour and good character insights. There is also a nod to Raymond Chandler in Robert Crais's unique style.

So we get Elvis Cole a private eye given a case to find the abandoned wife of a hollywood director. He does but things aren't exactly what he thought they would be. So he ends up being hired on another case - related to the first one. I can't give much way without giving up the plot howeve
Harvey J Putterbaugh
Best one for me of the first three. Mr. Crais took more time to develop a complex story line with what one could call alternative endings included. Cole is more shamus and less smart-mouth but still his own best audience. Pike is still Pike but more human and personally involved in this one, and surprisingly is linked with a former character in another case.

It reads well and creates "want to know what's next" in the reader.

The east coast is the site of the action, and the mob the adversary and a
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.
Feb 22, 2009 Marleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robert-crais
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 Up to the next one!
Mar 13, 2014 Anie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Predictable. Shoot this guy, shoot that guy, shoot the other one. Bad guys are violent, good guys are better shots. Ho hum.
Craig Buckner
Jan 14, 2015 Craig Buckner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Elvis Cole reminds me of Jack Reacher. Good story, perfect pace. Almost a "can't put it down" book. Fair price for the Kindle.
Robert Berry
Oct 19, 2016 Robert Berry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
elvis goes to n,y, and plays with the Msfis
Dan Donovan
May 03, 2015 Dan Donovan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good writer, good book

Tight fast moving action novel, well written. One of the better writers around. Book moves well and isn't too full of bs baloney, refreshing in this genre.
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.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Elvis Cole (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvis Cole, #1)
  • Stalking the Angel (Elvis Cole, #2)
  • 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)
  • The Last Detective (Elvis Cole, #9)
  • The Forgotten Man (Elvis Cole, #10)
  • The Watchman (Elvis Cole, #11; Joe Pike, #1)

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