An excellent job of balancing suspense with intriguing peeks into Pike's past, peeling some of the layers of mystery away from this enigmatic character. Great action, balanced with tenderness. I've enjoyed the author's Elvis Cole series, and look forward to many more Joe Pike novels.
Another great novel from Robert Crais which gives the reader a good insight into Joe Pike. Could not put it down.The author is one of my favorite and having read all his others,I appreciated this one with the insight and compassion he allowed Joe Pike.
This book delves into the character of Joe Pike. It's probably one of the best books by Crais that I've read. While we know why Cole likes having Pike around, this is the first book that gives insight into why Pike likes Cole so much -- which I appreciate finding out.
When I ordered this title as an audiobook I wasn't sure that I would like it but I found myself drawn into the story. I was listening to it while I painted a room and soom found myself staying up to finish it.
I really liked it. The narrator sounds so serious but that was because one of the lead characters is so very serious about his job of protecting the daughter of a wealthy man. Again, I wasn't sure at first that I would keep listening but I did.......
I'm new to Robert Crais's books, but after this, my second one, I confess I'm hooked. The writing is spare and clean, and the lead - in this instance, Joe Pike - is a superhero very much in the tradition of Lee Child's Jack Reacher. Plenty of action, complex plotting, and a charismatic protagonist add up to a good read, in my opinion.
This is the first book in a new series with Joe Pike as the main character and Elvis Cole acting as his sidekick. I knew immediately that Pike would have a tough time being a touchy-feely babysitter of this whiner.
It opens when John Stone calls in a favor from Pike to protect Larkin Barkley, a Paris Hilton wannabe, who runs into a Mercedes with dangerous people ... who now want her dead. The Feds quickly put Larkin into a witness-protection program. However, there are leaks and Larkin barely misses finding herself in the morgue several times.
In spite of the narrow misses, the Feds maintain that they can protect Larkin; her father isn't so sure. Pike is hired to protect the spoiled brat and he quickly severs all association with the Feds and her father. However, Pike does keep Larkin safe. Why Pike worked so hard for stupid people like Larkin and her father was beyond my understanding. I wanted Pike to leave Larkin in the middle of the street and call the bad guys with her location; Larkin defines the term spoiled.
What slayed me, however, was the interest Pike showed in Larkin and visa versa. Say it isn't so, Joe! If creating a genuinely irritating character is good writing, Robert Crais is fabulous.
In spite of the boundless snobbery and stupidity, Crais wrote an engaging thriller. Joe Pike certainly earns his money with the Barkley father and daughter.
I love this style of writing -- unfolding the story step by step in a way that makes you want to continue reading chapter after chapter. Joe Pike is a mercenary hero, very similar to Jack Reacher (Lee Child's hero) - tough, spirited, and VERY capable.
I had read this book several years ago and have, since then, read everything written by Robert Crais.
Had run out of something "interesting" to read over the week-end so decided to read this again. I've always liked Joe Pike and Elvis Cole.
I had forgotten how great this book is. It IS the first book on Joe Pike and, as that, explains so much about him. Makes me want to reread all the others now with the renewed understanding I have of him now. If you are a Joe Pike fan, read or reread this one. You will NOT be sorry!