Written By: Robert Crais

Narrated By: Patrick Lawlor

Date: February 2008

Duration: 8 hours 11 minutes


“Elvis Cole provides more fun for the reader than any L.A. private eye to come along in years.”—Joseph Wambaugh


Meet Elvis Cole, L.A. private eye . . .

He quotes Jiminy Cricket and carries a .38. He's a literate, wisecracking Vietnam vet who is determined never to grow up.

Praise for The Monkey's Raincoat

“Outstanding characters, tight plot, and scintillating prose style. . . . This fast-paced story speeds Elvis Cole to a chilling, heart-stopping ending.”—Mystery Scene

“Is Bob Crais good? Put it this way: if they're taking you out to put you against the firing squad wall, and you want to enjoy your last moments on earth, pass on the last cigarette and ask for an Elvis Cole novel.”—Harlan Ellison

“Far and away the most satisfying private eye novel in years. Grab this one—it's a winner!”—Lawrence Block

“The best private eye novel of the year . . . lots of action; bright, crisp dialogue; and sharply drawn characters.”—The Denver Post

“Robert B. Parker has some competition on his hands. . . . Elvis Cole is an appealing character and Crais's style is fresh and funny.”—Sue Grafton

“In Crais, a new star has appeared on the private eye scene—a dazzling first novel.”—Tony Hillerman


  • John C.

    for the first Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series it was a very good book kept me excited all the way through it could not put it down will look for more

  • Coral

    Maybe because this was an early Elvis/Pike book but it was at times silly not gripping ....

  • Anonymous

    I now understand that this was the first Elvis Cole story. However I usually like the humor in hid books, I found this off-putting to many jokes and too many deaths!

  • Robert Reid

    Great story. Great intro to the Elvis Cole series, "the biggest dick in the business". Ha-ha! This one will get you hooked on Robert Crais. Witticism run rampant! I love it and I hope he keeps writing.

  • Anonymous

    The narrators voice is horrific. He makes it very difficult to listen to the story. I would not rent this CD if I had a chance to do it over again.

  • Connopa

    This was by far one of the worst books I have ever rented. It was boring and waste of time.

  • Jean

    I had rented another one of Robert Crais Elvis Cole series and enjoyed. Saw that SAB had the very first one "The Monkey's Raincoat" so decided to try it out. I can see how the people and story has evolved. I enjoyed the fast pace with the bit of humor in the dialog. Look forward to more in this series. Has some violence but the joke cracking off sets it.

  • Anonymous

    I could not get past the first cd because the narrator was not very good at reading this book. I could do better than this.

  • Anonymous

    A modest effort from Robert Crais is made worse with the poorest narration (an incredibly annoying voice) and recording quality I have ever experienced with a book on CD.

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