Stalking The Angel
The second blistering Elvis Cole novel from the bestselling author of THE FIRST RULE.
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 w
Up until that point I believed she was a poor abused little rich girl. Anybody else have those thoughts? (hide spoiler)]
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 ...more
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
Elvis is hired to locate a medieval Japanese manuscript stolen from the home-safe of a wealthy—and arrogant—Los Angeles entrepreneur. Early in his search, Elvis uncovers a murder, and things get pretty funky from there on out, involving reputable book-sellers, crooked book dealers, local yakuza (and Tokyo yakuza), as wells as a superannuated bushido cult and its mel ...more
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
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 eighte ...more
Similar flaws to the first Elvis Cole book, but with a weaker and indeterminate ending.
I mostly enjoyed the book, especially the Man on a Mission heroic side of Cole, again much like the hero Harry Bosch.
Moving on now to book #3 in the series.
62.0% ... one thing bugs me about Elvis Cole: how does a guy in a bright yellow 1966 Corvette follow anyone around L.A. without being seen EVERY TIME?"
53.0% ... a man on a Mission ...
Bradley Warren's blank check was still in my wallet. I too ...more
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 in ...more
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 ...more
- Who killed (view spoiler)[Nobu Ishida (hide spoiler)] and why exactly?
- Did Warren (view spoiler)[molest (hide 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
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
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."
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 sidekick Joe Pike did.
Together, Cole and Pike begin their search in L.A.'s Little Tokyo, the nest of the notorious Japanese mafia, the Yakuza - and find themselves caught up in a white-knuckled adv ...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
This is a quick moving book, one that you can easily devour in no time at all. Things are happening from the start, but the really interesting details come once you get partway through. There are a lot of elements introduced, plent ...more
Also, let us not forget Elvis' beer-drinking cat and his yellow Corvette and his office that is decorated with D ...more
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
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[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.”