The Watchman - Joe Pike, Bk 1 Author:Robert Crais A wild-living young heiress slams into trouble in the L.A. night -- the kind of trouble even her money can't shut down. After her Aston Martin collides with a mysterious car, Larkin Conner Barkley attempts to help the accident victims -- and becomes the sole witness in a federal investigation. Whisking her out of her Beverly Hills world is Joe P... more »ike, hired to shield Larkin from a relentless team of killers. But when a chain of lies and betrayals tightens around them, Joe Pike drops off the grid and follows his own rules for survival: strike fast, hit hard, hunt down the hunters...« less
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.