>> Friday, March 12, 2010
Lullaby Town by Robert Crais
Series: #3 in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series
Publication Date: 1992
Challenges: What's in a Name 3 #2 (Music term)
Source: Purchased Used
The Short Version:
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike take on both the mob and a ninny of a Hollywood director to save a former aspiring actress who is in over her head and trying to live in peace and raise her son.
Why I Read It:
Although I was disappointed in the second book in the series there was positive feedback about the later books in the series that I was unwilling to abandon the series. When I needed a music term in the title for the What's in a Name? challenge, this was already on my TBR list anyway.
Brilliant but spoiled and petulant Hollywood director Peter Alan Nelsen hires PI Elvis Cole to find his ex wife and son. He abandoned them 12 years ago because he thought they were keeping him from focusing on his career. Now that he's successful and used to getting everything he wants, he's decided he wants to get to know his son. Finding missing people, even those who have covered their tracks and don't want to be found is routine work for Elvis, but this case soon turns away from the routine.
Elvis quickly finds Nelsen's ex, but it turns out that she's mixed up with some mafia types who are none too thrilled to have Elvis and his partner Joe Pike nosing around in their business.
As I said above, after enjoying the first book in this series I was quite disappointed with the second. I knew enough fans who told me the later books were better to convince me to stick with it. I'm glad I did. This was much more enjoyable than the previous book.
Elvis and Joe are just a bunch of fun. They make an interesting and entertaining team. Elvis usually gets himself deeper into trouble by not keeping his mouth shut and Joe is verbally conservative, but dangerously effective in a fight. The client's ex-wife turns out to be a character I liked much more by the end of the book than I'd expected to. The mob guys are such stereotypical characters it's hard to take seriously, and Peter Alan Nelsen and his entourage are simply over the top and ridiculous.
So the book ends up being part detective story and part comedy with a few good fight scenes thrown in here and there for good measure. I just find the formula enjoyable and fun.
Elvis totally won me over early in the book when he didn't refer to his cat as "my cat" and instead called it "the cat who lives with me". Oh that's so true in our house. We have one cat who is our cat and the other cat lives with us.