Publication Date: 1989
Challenges: Support Your Local Library Challenge #15, TBR 2009 Challenge Alternate #3
Private Investigator Elvis Cole is back and he’s still a smartmouth and it’s still getting him in trouble. I enjoyed this second in the series. Elvis’ snide comebacks are a bit forced at times, but he still makes me grin. His partner Joe Pike is a bit of a mystery and a bit scary in a good way.
This time around Elvis is hired by hotshot businessman Bradley Warren to find a stolen 13th century Japanese manuscript. He ends up in the middle of a Japanese mafia power struggle as well as the messed up family life of the Warrens when their teenage daughter is kidnapped. Not a great book but an enjoyable enough series for a weekend diversion.