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Friday, July 30, 2010

Stalking the Angel (Elvis Cole) (audiobook) by Robert Crais

Elvis Cole #2

Published by Brilliance Audio
Read by Patrick G. Lawlor
Duration: 6 hours, 52 minutes

Synopsis: Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike are hired by a Los Angeles businessman to find a missing ancient copy of the Hagakure, a book that details Bushido, or the way of the Samurai. Along the way, they discover hidden family secrets, connection to the Yakuza (Japan's ultra-violent mafia) and deal with a kidnapping and modern followers of the Bushido.

Robert Crais
Written in 1989, Stalking the Angel is an early Elvis Cole book. Crais is still doing a bit of casting about to find his rhythm with the characters of Joe Pike, Elvis and even his irascible cat. The plot doesn't flow as well as later books but it still a very nice listen.

It is narrated by Patrick G. Lawlor who does a solid job of catching Cole's wisecracking side but overall does not catch on to Elvis as well as the narrators of his later books do.

I rate this book 4 stars out of 5.

This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Stalking the Angel.

Reviewed on March 16, 2010.

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