Elvis Cole/Joe Pike

19 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 709 ratings

Robert Crais - The Elvis Cole Series Summary

THE MONKEY'S RAINCOAT (read by Patrick Lawlor)

When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can't even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back - no questions asked. The search for Ellen's errant husband leads Elvis into the seamier side of Hollywood. He soon learns that Mort Lang is a down-on-his-luck talent agent who associates with a schlocky movie producer, and the last place he was spotted was at a party thrown by a famous and very well-connected ex-Matador. But no one has seen him since - including his B-movie girlfriend. At the same time the police find Mort in his parked car with four gunshots in his chest - and no kid in sight - Ellen disappears. Now nothing is what it seems, and the heat is on. It's up to Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, to find the connection between sleazy Hollywood players and an ex-Matador.

STALKING THE ANGEL (read by Patrick Lawlor)

Hired by a hotel magnate to locate a priceless Japanese manuscript, L.A. private eye Elvis Cole encounters the notorious Yakuza, the Japanese mob, and is drawn into a game of sexual obsession, amorality, and evil.

LULLABY TOWN (read by Mel Foster)

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 filmmaker in America. It's the kind of case Cole can handle in his sleep - until it turns out to be a nightmare. For when Cole finds Nelson's wife in a small Connecticut town, she's nothing like what he expects. The lady has some unwanted - and very nasty - mob connections, which means Elvis could be opening the East Coast branch of his P.I. office...at the bottom of the Hudson River.

©1987, 1989, 1992 Robert Crais (P)2007, 2008 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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  • Book 1-3

    Robert Crais - The Elvis Cole Series cover art
    • Robert Crais - The Elvis Cole Series

    • The Monkey's Raincoat, Stalking the Angel, Lullaby Town
    • By: Robert Crais
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  • Book 1

    • The Monkey's Raincoat

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Patrick G. Lawler
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    When quiet Ellen Lang enters Elvis Cole's Disney-deco office, she's lost something very valuable - her husband and young son. The case seems simple enough, but Elvis isn't thrilled. Neither is his enigmatic partner and firepower Joe Pike. Their search down the seamy side of Hollywood's studio lots and sculptured lawns soon leads them deep into a nasty netherworld of drugs and sex - and murder. Now the case is getting interesting, but it's also turned ugly.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good story but a little dated.

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-10-17

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  • Book 2

    • Stalking the Angel

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Patrick G. Lawler
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Bradley Warren had lost something very valuable, something that belonged to someone else: a rare 13th-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 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • High drama combined with humour and humanity.

    • By Gloria on 28-04-15

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  • Book 3

    • Lullaby Town

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Peter Alan Nelsen is a super-successful movie director who is used to getting what he wants. And what he wants now 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 psycho killer who is the son of the godfather.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not bad but not Brilliant

    • By Lucy on 22-01-15

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  • Book 4

    • Free Fall

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    Elvis Cole is just a detective who can't say no, especially to a girl in a terrible fix. And Jennifer Sheridan qualifies. Her fiance, Mark Thurman, is a decorated LA cop with an elite plainclothes unit, but Jennifer is sure he's in trouble - the kind of serious trouble that only Cole can get him out of.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • well written

    • By mollyeyre on 10-01-15

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  • Book 5

    • Voodoo River

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    Hired to uncover the past of Jodi Taylor, an actress in a hit TV show, Elvis leaves his native Los Angeles to head for Louisiana in search of Jodi's biological parents. But before he can tackle the mystery of Jodi's background, he is up against a whole host of eccentrics, including a crazed Raid-spraying housewife, a Cajun thug who looks like he's been made out of spare parts and a menacing hundred-year-old river turtle named Luther.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book shame about the reading

    • By Sue on 01-12-15

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  • Book 6

    • Sunset Express

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: David Stuart
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    On his own turf in L.A., PI Elvis Cole is embroiled in a controversial, high-profile murder case. A wealthy restaurateur is accused of murdering his wife and his hot-shot defence lawyer hires Cole to find proof that the detective on the case, Angela Rossi, fooled around with the evidence. Yet as Elvis investigates Rossi for the defence team, he begins to be more suspicious of the media-loving lawyers than the cops.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sound quality power

    • By Kevin on 03-08-15

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  • Book 7

    • Indigo Slam

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: David Stuart
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Fifteen-year-old Teri Hewitt has been left holding the babies since her dad disappeared without trace. She wants LA private eye Elvis Cole to find him and although he knows he should refuse and hand it over to social services, he finds himself taking on the case. The search reveals a chronically unemployed drug addict caught up in counterfeiting scams and mixed up with the Russian mafia and Vietnamese gunmen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great !

    • By Vyonne on 28-07-17

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  • Book 8

    • L.A. Requiem

    • Elvis Cole/Joe Pike, Book 8
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Elvis Cole and former cop Frank Pike have been partners in a detective agency for 12 years. After an ex-girlfriend of Pike's disappears, the girl's father asks them to help the police with the search. When the missing persons case turns into a hunt for a killer who has been stalking victims in Los Angeles, Cole and Pike find themselves battling both a hostile police department and a madman.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Really unsettling

    • By mollyeyre on 02-12-17

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  • Book 9

    • The Last Detective

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: James Daniels
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Elvis Cole's girlfriend, Lucy, is out of town and she has left her young son, Ben, in Elvis' care. Elvis and Lucy have had a few problems lately - not least over his job as a private investigator. But at last things seem to be getting better. Then Ben disappears. One minute he's playing his computer game in Elvis' house; the next he has vanished. Elvis looks everywhere, but he just can't find Ben; and neither can Lucy when she arrives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Andy on 18-06-15

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  • Book 10

    • The Forgotten Man

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: James Daniels
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Six months after nearly losing everything to the men who kidnapped his girlfriend's ten-year-old son, Elvis Cole is slowly coming back to life - when he receives an ominous phone call from the LAPD. An unidentified body has been found in a seedy Los Angeles alley. The only clue the cops have is a packet of newspaper articles about the past exploits of Elvis Cole - and the fact that before the man died, he said he was Elvis' father...Joe Pike is the only person who can help Elvis navigate his past.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • another amazing book!

    • By Nathan on 18-12-16

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  • Book 11

    • The Watchman

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: James Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    A long time ago, Joe Pike asked for help. In return, he would, one day, be called upon to return the favour, no questions asked. That day has come. Joe Pike is asked to protect the life of Larkin Conner Barkley, a spoiled rich girl who happens to be a federal witness in a major case. But someone is leaking information about their whereabouts, and the killers are getting all too close. So Pike hatches a plan: disappear into the anonymous underbelly of Los Angeles, turn the tables and hunt down the hunters.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cracking read

    • By Phil Friend on 11-02-18

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  • Book 12

    • Chasing Darkness

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: James Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    It is fire season and the hills of Los Angeles are burning. As the Police and Fire Departments evacuate the inhabitants, they find something no one expected: the days-old corpse of a middle-aged recluse who apparently committed suicide. Then comes an even more horrible discovery. Clutched in his lap is a photo album containing photographs of seven young women who have been murdered. Each photograph was taken only moments after the women were killed and could only have been taken by the killer.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Poor narration again

    • By christopher on 16-12-14

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  • Book 13-15

    Robert Crais - The Joe Pike Series cover art
    • Robert Crais - The Joe Pike Series

    • The First Rule, The Sentry, Taken
    • By: Robert Crais
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  • Book 13

    • The First Rule

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Robert Crais
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    Frank Meyer had got out of 'the life' safely. He had put an end to his mercenary days, turned over a new leaf and settled down with his wife and children. It had been a hard decision but, encouraged by his boss and friend Joe Pike, he had walked away. Ten years later, a group of armed men break into his Los Angeles home and brutally gun down him and his family. It's a vicious, cold and professional job. The crew leave no trace behind except the bodies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best non fiction book I've listened to so far.

    • By D. R. Houston on 12-03-17

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  • Book 14

    • The Sentry

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    After the nightmare of Hurricane Katrina, Dru Rayne and her uncle relocated to Los Angeles. Five years later, their struggling restaurant faces a different danger. When Joe Pike witnesses Dru's uncle beaten by a neighbourhood gang, he offers his own brand of protection, but neither Dru nor her uncle want his help. And neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their store...But Pike is falling for Dru and won't back away whether she wants his help or not.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Usual well written story by Mr Crais

    • By mollyeyre on 01-12-14

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  • Book 15

    • Taken

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    Elvis Cole. All round nice guy. Always the first man to help a stranger in distress. This time, however, he's paid the ultimate price for trying to be the good Samaritan. Joe Pike. A fierce protector and a dangerous enemy. This time his tough guy exterior will be tested to the limit as he risks everything to save his closest friend. The clock is ticking now that Elvis has been Taken.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Story jumps around all over the place.

    • By mollyeyre on 30-11-17

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  • Book 16

    • The Promise

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    Loyalty, commitment, the fight against injustice - these are the things that have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they keep it. Even if it could get them killed. When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case - until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By D. R. Houston on 14-02-17

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  • Book 17

    • The Wanted

    • Elvis Cole/Joe Pike, Book 17
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    When single mother Devon Connor hires private investigator Elvis Cole, it's because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and she's afraid he's dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two other partners in crime, he's been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of them is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear. They stole the wrong thing from the wrong man.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another cracking story from Robert Crais

    • By C. R. Mabey on 07-01-18

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