Lullaby Town by Robert Crais was originally published in 1992. My paperback copy has 317 pages. Five mysteries by Crais featuring Elvis Cole were in the box of used books given to me by my father-in-law. This is my first of them and I'll have to say that I enjoyed this book quite a bit and am looking forward to the next book in my stack. Rating: 4
Synopsis from cover:
Hollywood's newest wunderkind is Peter Alan Nelson, the brilliant, erratic director known as the King of Adventure. His films make billions, but his manners make enemies. What the boy king wants, he gets, and what Nelson wants is for Elvis Cole to comb the country for the airhead wife and infant child the film-school flunkout dumped en route to becoming the third biggest filmmaker in America. It's the kind of case Cole can handle in his sleep - until it turns out to be a nightmare. For when Cole finds Nelson's wife in a small Connecticut town, she's nothing like what he expects. The lady has some unwanted - and very nasty - mob connections, which means Elvis could be opening the East Coast branch of his P.I. office . . . at the bottom of the Hudson River.
"Patricia Kyle said, 'Is this Elvis Cole, the world's greatest detective?' " opening sentence
"The private-detecting life is a lonely one. After cleaning the guns and oiling the blackjack, what's a guy to do?" pg. 2
"Tell you the truth, I don't give a rat's ass if you find his ex or not. But if it makes Peter happy to have someone looking, then we'll have someone looking." pg. 9
"Yeah, yeah. That's it! Brilliant and gifted are difficult....Let's go see him and get it over with."
We went to see the monster." pg. 11
"Trying to talk with Pike is like carrying on a fill-in-the-blank conversation." pg. 48
"She squinted to make the left eye stop moving. The knuckles on the hand holding the knob turned white. Neither of us said anything for quite a while. Then...she said, ' I'm sorry you've wasted your time, but I know nothing about any of this.' " pg. 80
"Sal DeLuca is the godfather....The capo de tutti capo. He's the head of the whole damned mafia." pg. 107