Stalking the Angel - Robert Crais

Stalking the Angel

By Robert Crais

  • Release Date: 1989-09-01
  • Genre: Police Procedural
Score: 4
From 688 Ratings


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


  • Stalking ...

    By greatbigdog
    I couldn't put it down. Loved the witty writing.
  • Enjoyed this One!

    By Cpitcock
    I enjoyed this 2nd Elvis Cole book, and am looking forward to the rest of the series. I like the humor in the books, and Elvis' sarcastic statements and thoughts. It was good to see Joe Pike as well. The book had an engaging storyline, and it kept me guessing. 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 tried so terribly hard to do the right thing for Mimi, but his efforts didn't turn out like he had planned. It was tough to see him wondering if he'd done the right thing. Great characters and an interesting storyline made this an enjoyable addition to the series.