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Lullaby Town (Elvis Cole #3)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  6,064 ratings  ·  239 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 January 1st 1992)
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Dan 1.0
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
Jun 05, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
When she was 18, the woman was Karen Nelson, newly married to a guy who wanted to make it big in pictures and didn’t particularly want her or her as-yet-unborn son. He was Peter Alan Nelson—a name that ultimately came to mean something in the world of movie directing. But when they were young, he just wanted out of the relationship.

Accordingly, she moved east, taking the child with her and erasing all evidence of her connection to Nelsen. Flash forward 12 years: Nelson is now a hotshot Hollywood
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
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
Heather Young
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
Peter Alan Nelson wants to find his ex-wife and his child. As he explains to Elvis Cole, when they divorced, she asked for nothing. She just left and he hasn’t seen or heard from her in ten years. However, as he brags to Cole, his ex-wife surely must have heard about him and seen him in the media since he is currently the third largest grossing film director in Hollywood and dubbed worldwide as the King of adventure films.

According to Peter, Karen Shipley Nelson was barely twenty when she and P
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!
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.
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
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
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. Coles wise-ass attitude got on my nerves and I was desperately se ...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
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
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
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
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
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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 14 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)
  • Chasing Darkness (Elvis Cole, #11)
The Watchman (Joe Pike, #1) The Sentry (Elvis Cole, #12, Joe Pike, #3) The First Rule (Joe Pike, #2) The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvis Cole, #1) Suspect

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