Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais

Details: First published 1987; cover shown is the 2005 seventh impression paperback from Orion (UK). Cover photograph by Larry Rostant. 237p.

Blurb: "Ellen Lang has lost something very valuable indeed - her husband and young son. The case seems simple enough, but PI Elvis Cole and his sociopath sidekick Joe Pike aren't thrilled by the prospect of another straightforward domestic...

But all is not what it seems. Their search down the seamy side of Hollywood's studio lots and sculptured lawns soon lands Elvis and Joe deep in a distinctly non-Disney world of drugs, sex and murder. Things are looking up - and soon everybody, from cops to starlets to crooks, has declared war on the good guys. For Ellen, Hollywood isn't Funtown any more. For Elvis, it's a good living. He hopes."

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