Saturday, June 26, 2010
THE MONKEY'S RAINCOAT by Robert Crais
Some ordinary people are stronger than you could ever imagine.
The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais is a well-heralded book.
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike set off to find a kidnapped child. The search leads them into the seaminess of the lower echelons of the LA. movie world. It also leads them to an egomaniac millionaire retired bullfighter and to some strong people, people you would never expect to be as courageous as they are.
Get ready for a lot of violence. Also, get ready to meet one of the most interesting sidekicks in all the mystery fiction I've read, Joe Pike. (In Pike's case, sidekick is a demeaning term. I use it to denote a well-known character-type.)
I found this story incredibly sad. Families break apart. Many people follow shallow, destructive values.
But the story drives you on, almost demands to be read, leads you to know, without ever saying it, that there will be a violent and action-filled ending.
I hurt for the good people in this book, especially the children. The book was that well written. Those characters, along with Cole, Pike, and Cole's policeman friend, were real to me.
One of the main characters undergoes an amazing change. I found myself rooting for her all the way.
This book is more violent than most mystery books I read. But it was well worth reading.