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  • Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Fawcett; Auflage: Reprint (4. Februar 2003)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0345435648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345435644
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 2,1 x 17,5 cm
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Readers who complain that there's too much wisecracking and cute icon worship in Robert Crais's books about Los Angeles private eye Elvis Cole will be glad to find these traits downplayed (but not totally disappeared) in this story about Cole's search for a missing printer whose specialty is funny money. The book is centered by the presence of the printer's three children--especially the motherly 15-year-old Teri and the obnoxious 12-year-old Charles--who hire Elvis from the phone book. Cole, hoping to become the stepfather of the son of his own lady love, gets sucked in by the children's combination of need and family unity, and soon finds himself in the middle of a shooting war between Russian gangsters, Vietnamese patriots, and ambiguous Federal agents. Previous Elvis outings in paperback: Sunset Express, Free Fall, Lullaby Town, The Monkey's Raincoat, Stalking the Angel, Voodoo River. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"The ensuing action is suspenseful...spending a few fast-paced hours with Indigo won't give you the blues."―People Magazine

"[Elvis] Cole works his easy charm to the max. But since he's riding Crais's twistiest and best-sustained plot with all the panache of John Travolta, it's a pleasure to see him enjoying his work more than any other P.I. in California history."―Kirkus Reviews

"Crais provides sympathetic and believable kids, a flawed father figure and a bunch of heavies with a softer side-all of whom rocket along until they interlock smoothly at the big finish."―Publishers Weekly

"Suffused with wry humor, lots of action, and some devilishly clever plot twists, Indigo Slam is the most satisfying detective novel I've read in a while."―Miami Herald

"[A] witty and hilarious caper."―St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Indigo Slam hits high gear...Those new to the Elvis Cole series will be converts. Existing fans will welcome Indigo Slam."―BookPage

"[Elvis] Cole is one of those characters who has a smart line for almost every situation, but Crais takes care to let his humanity show through."―San Francisco Chronicle -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT am 4. Mai 2007
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If you have yet to begin the marvelous Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais, you've got a great treat ahead of you! Few series get off to a stronger start than Mr. Crais did with The Monkey's Raincoat, which won both the Anthony and Macavity awards for best novel while being nominated for the Edgar and Shamus awards as well. Stalking the Angel followed powerfully with classic noir style of the 1930s hard-boiled detective up against evil moderated with wise cracks. Lullaby Town updated the 1930s detective stories about Hollywood, and kept the same cynicism about Tinsel Town. Free Fall looked hard at the corruptibility of the police and found them wanting. Voodoo River added a love interest for Elvis to make him more vulnerable and appealing. Sunset Express showed us the crooked side of criminal defense work in a style like Chinatown. And the books just keep getting better from there in their characterizations, action, story-telling and excitement.

Elvis Cole is the star attraction, the co-owner of The Elvis Cole Detective Agency. He's now 40ish, ex-Army, served in Vietnam, ex-security guard, has two years of college, learned to be a detective by working under George Feider, a licensed P.I. for over 40 years, does martial arts as enthusiastically as most people do lunch, and is fearless but not foolish. He's out to right the wrongs of the world as much as he is to earn a living. Elvis has a thing for Disney characters (including a Pinocchio clock), kids, cats, scared clients and rapid fire repartee. He drives a Jamaica yellow 1966 Corvette Stingray convertible, and usually carries a Dan Wesson .38 Special.

His main foil is partner, Joe Pike, an ex-Marine, ex-cop who moves quietly and mysteriously wearing shades even in the dark . . .
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 25. Oktober 1998
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Another great Elvis Cole novel! Lots of plot, great quirky characters, the romance heating up between Elvis and Lucy, action galore and a great Disney-Land finale. If you want to be up until dawn reading great mystery, pick up a copy of any Robert Crais novel. You will be glad you did!
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As a reader (who ever) the man sounds just like the old newscaster Walter Winchel. I wish all of Roberts books on tape could be read by Barrett Whitener. He would really give Joe Pike a good sound.
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0 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 12. Juli 1999
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It was my first experience of Elvis Cole. The story is fast moving and credible, the characters believable. I'm looking forward to renewing my acquaintance with Elvis.
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You can't go wrong with Elvis 22. Februar 2003
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For me, the mystery of Indigo Slam is why it was out of print for years. Originally published in 1997, it didn't come out in paperback till 2003 (and the hardcover disappeared), while other later Crais novels (including another Cole book) did the usual hardcover-to-paperback cycle and remained on the shelves. Whatever the reason, it's here now and it's really good.
Elvis Cole, self-proclaimed World's Greatest Detective, is hired by three children to find their father. Motivated more by conscience than money, he helps them. When it turns out that the father is on the run from the Russian mob, Elvis starts getting in over his head. Fortunately, there is his laconic partner Pike to watch his back.
Mystery fans will see a certain similarity between the Cole books and Robert Parker's Spenser. Both feature wise-cracking tough private eyes with mysterious but generally good-hearted partners. Unfortunately, over the years, I found Spenser getting unlikably smug and self-righteous, while Cole remains a pleasure to read about. And both Cole and Pike are much more well-developed than either Spenser or Hawk, neither of whom even reveal their full names (the single-named hero is a bit of a tired gimmick nowadays...Richard Stark's Parker is forgiven because he's been around since the mid-60's).
You don't need to have read other Elvis Cole novels to get into this one; Crais makes it easy to get right into things. For fans of the private-eye novel, you'll find this - like all the other novels by Crais - delightfully entertaining.
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Modern PI at its best. 14. August 2001
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Robert Crais breathes new life into the wisecracking PI genre with his Elvis Cole series. What at first looks like a Spenser clone, becomes fresh and satisfying with Crais' guidance. Cole and his partner Joe Pike find themselves as nursemaids to 3 kids whose father has flown from the care of the witness protection program. What looks to be a case of finding a deadbeat drugged out lowlife takes a turn when the father turns out to be a bit different than Cole's image of him. The fight to save the family brings Cole into conflict with Vietmnamese expatriates, the Russian mob, the Witness Protection Program and the US Treasury. It leads to an exciting chase at Disneyland which guarantees that this book will never be made into a Disney film and a stunning conclusion which puts the family in extreme jeopardy. Write on, Mr Crais, write on.
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Indigo Slam is another great Elvis Cole mystery. From the witness protection program, to the Russian mob, to countefeiting, to child neglect. Robert Crais throws all this into his newest Cole novel and more. I thought it was the best of the series so far. With a great plot and characters that are so lifelike, you will have trouble putting this one down. With plenty of action, the author never loses track of where he is going or how he gets there. In these times when most people think a good mystery involes yet another boring serial killer, Robert Crais and Elvis Cole, shows us what a true crime novel is all about. I highly recomend this book to all of you. GOOD READING
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Nicely done 21. Juni 2005
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Does anyone not love Elvis Cole? This is one detective that comes across as a human being -- nicely drawn touches in the narrative that result in both interesting stories and a protogonist that you really care about.

In this entry in the continuing adventures of Mr. Cole, we find three children hiring him to find their missing dad. Turns out the missing dad is also being hunted by thugs he previously worked for. Meanwhile, the hero's girl friend is effectively fighting a mean ex-spouse. All of this adds up to a very nice afternoon's read. I recommend this book.
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Great Noir Style 12. Juni 2000
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I have purchased many Robert Crais novels and finally got a chance to start reading some of them. I could almost kick myself for waiting this long. Crais has a great detective noir style similiar to Spillane and Hammett. However in this story the client is not a woman looking for her husband, but a group of young children looking for their lost father.
Crais' main character P.I. Elvis Cole takes on the case to find the missing father. He figures it will be a quick easy job not knowing what is in store for him. The kids claim that the father is gone looking for a new printing job. However Cole finds out that the father is not what the kids claim. The journey takes Cole on a wild trip with encounters with drug dealers, Russian mobsters, Vietanesse rebels, and crooked U.S. Marshals. The story also ends up in Disneyland a great place to end a story with three kids.
Crais is a pure joy in this novel. His characters of Cole and partner Pike are closely related to Robert Pearker's Spencer and Hawk. The kids are very well written, and all three are different instead of cardboard cutouts, which is how most kids get portrayed in this genre. I highly recommend this one and look forward to much more.
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