The Monkey's Raincoat
|Series||Elvis Cole series|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Pages||237 pp (1st edition)|
|Followed by||Stalking the Angel|
The Monkey's Raincoat is a 1987 detective novel by Robert Crais. It is the first in a series of linked novels centering on the private investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike. Cole is a tough, wisecracking ex-Ranger with an irresistible urge to do what is morally right. The novel won the 1988 Anthony Award for "Best Paperback Original" at Bouchercon XIX and the 1988 Mystery Readers International Macavity Award for "Best First Novel"; and has since been named one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
Explanation of the novel's title
Winter downpour; Even the monkey needs a raincoat.—Matsuo Bashō, The Monkey's Raincoat
Cole is hired by Ellen Lang to find her missing husband and son and in the end, with Cole and Pike's help, she kills former matador and crime boss Domingo Garcia Duran, the man responsible for her husband's death and her son's kidnapping. The facts behind the events leading to Ellen's husband's involvement with Duran and his death are revealed and her son Perry is restored to her.
- Elvis Cole - Private Detective, protagonist
- Janet Simon - Ellen Lang's friend; worked with Eric Filer at Universal
- Ellen Lang - Hires Elvis Cole to find missing husband and son, Perry
- Mort Lang - Ellen's husband
- Perry, Cindy, and Carrie Lang - The Langs' children
- Kimberly Marsh - Mort Lang's girlfriend
- George Feider - Detective with 40+ years of experience, worked with Elvis
- Eric Filer - Worked with Janet at Universal
- Garrett Rice - Mort Lang's best friend and co-producer on a project with Mort
- Joe Pike - Detective/Elvis' partner
- Cleon Tyner - Garrett Rice's hired "security"
- Simms and Eddie - Cops on the scene after Ellen's house was tossed
- Patricia Kyle - Former Cole client, works at General Entertainment Studios
- Clarence Wu - Owner of Wu's Engraving
Awards and nominations
- 1988 Anthony Award for "Best Paperback Original"
- 1988 Mystery Readers International Macavity Award for "Best First Novel"
- 1988 Edgar Award nominee for "Best Paperback Original"
- 1988 Shamus Award nominee for "Best Original P.I. Paperback"
- 1987, United States of America, Bantam Books ISBN 0-553-27585-2, Pub Date 1987, Paperback
- 1989, United Kingdom, Piatkus Books ISBN 0-86188-817-0/978-0-86188-817-7, Pub Date February 1989, Hardback
- "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards and History". Bouchercon.info. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
- "Macavity Awards". Mysteryreaders.org. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
- "20th Century Favorites - (IMBA)". Mysterybooksellers.com. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
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- "Edgar Award Database". TheEdgars.com. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
- "Shamus Award 1988". thrillingdetective.com. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
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