Stalking the Angel

Stalking the Angel

Book - 1992
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Random House, Inc.
Meet Elvis Cole, L.A. private eye . . . he quotes Jiminy Cricket and carries a .38. He’s a literate, wisecreacking Vietnam vet who is determined never to grow up.

The blonde who walked into Cole’s office was the bestlooking woman he’d seen in weeks. The only thing that kept her from rating a perfect “10” was the briefcase on one arm and the uptight hotel magnate on the other. Bradley Warren had lost something very valuable—something that belonged to someone else: a rare thirteenth-century Japanese manuscript called the Hagakure.

Just about all Cole knew about Japanese culture he’d learned from reading Shogun, but he knew a lot about crooks—and what he didn’t know his sociopathic sidekick, Joe Pike, did. Together their search begins in L.A.’s Little Tokyo and the nest of notorious Japanese mafia, the yakuza, and leads to a white-knuckled adventure filled with madness, murder, sexual obsession, and a stunning double-whammy ending. For Elvis Cole, it’s just another day’s work.

Praise for Stalking the Angel

Stalking the Angel is a righteous California book: intelligent, perceptive, hard, clean.”—James Ellroy

“Out on the West Coast, where private eyes thrive like avocado trees, Robert Crais has created an interesting and amusing hero in Elvis Cole.”The Wall Street Journal

“Devotees of the rock ‘em, sock ‘em school should find [Stalking the Angel] tasty.”The San Diego Union

Baker & Taylor
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. Reprint.

& Taylor

L.A.-based sleuth Elvis Cole is hired by a ruthless hotel magnate to find a priceless Japanese manuscript and finds himself trapped in a web of Japanese organized crime, treachery, and murder

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1992
Edition: Bantam pbk. ed
Description: 260 p. ; 18 cm
ISBN: 9780553057133
Branch Call Number: Crai


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Nov 11, 2017

Pretty good story - I'm slowly working my way through the series and am enjoying all the books very much.

Aug 15, 2015

Good story. I enjoyed it.......

Jan 11, 2015

A fun read with a wise-cracking Elvis Cole and his deadly partner Joe Pike. A book treasured by the Japanese for its elaboration of bushido has been stolen. Can our intrepid detective find and retrieve it? Pull up a chair and put up your feet and find out.

Jan 26, 2014

This is #2 in the Elvis Cole P.I. series. It is full of the usual wise cracks, murder, and mayhem. I didn't count the number of those who were killed, but suffice it to say that the number was high. If you can bear the violence, this series is always good for a quick, interesting, fun read.

Sep 10, 2013

Classic Cole. Quick, easy read.

Jan 18, 2011

Decent book, quick read, entertaining


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Jan 11, 2015

Pike's mouth twitched. I cleared my place and washed the dishes. I went back upstairs, took another shower, then dressed and put the Dan Wesson under my arm.

When I went downstairs again, Joe Pike was waiting.

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