Joe Pike must take on his toughest challenge yet . He must hunt down and rescue... Elvis Cole.
Robert Crais is the author of the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels. Crais began a successful career in television in the 1970s, writing scripts for such major series as CAGNEY AND LACEY, MIAMI VICE and HILL STREET BLUES. In addition to the Cole and Pike novels, he has also written several bestselling standalone thrillers. Crais lives in Los Angeles with his wife and family.
At the start of bestseller Crais's satisfying 15th Elvis Cole novel (after 2011's The Sentry), Jack Berman, a USC dropout, and his girlfriend, Krista Morales, a star student at Loyola Marymount, get caught in a battle between human traffickers and "bajadores"-predators who prey on other criminals-while visiting the site of an old desert plane crash near Rancho Mirage, Calif. Krista's mother, who's seen a flattering magazine story about Cole, hires Cole to find her daughter, who she suspects is pretending to be kidnapped as part of a scheme Jack cooked up to extort money so they can get married. While the tension level isn't up to Crais's usual standard, Cole and sidekicks Joe Pike and Jon Stone all get a chance to shine as Cole plays a dangerous game that makes him a prisoner of the deadly bajadore known as the Syrian. Told from multiple points of view, this installment would make a fine action-packed film with three strong male leads. Author tour. Agent: Aaron Priest, Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Crais presents a fast-paced tale set in the gritty, violent world of human trafficking. Successful businessperson Nita Morales hires L.A.-based detective Elvis Cole to locate her missing daughter. The girl and her boyfriend were kidnapped-along with a group of illegal aliens-by bandits who prey on other criminals. To locate the pair, Cole has himself taken by the gang, while his partner, Joe Pike, works with rival criminals to free Cole and the others. The work's main appeal is the characters. Crais fills the story with larger-than-life heroes possessing military and intelligence backgrounds, who battle merciless criminals, and both sides appear to have unlimited access to firearms and explosives. VERDICT Reader Luke Daniels does an excellent job presenting the novel. This audiobook is recommended to listeners who enjoy action stories with over-the-top characters. ["Crais's captivating plot together with his crisp dialog makes for swift and satisfying reading," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Putnam hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 1/13/12.-Ed.]-Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Parkersburg Lib. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.