In The Watchman and The First Rule, Robert Crais put Joe Pike front and center for the first time, to remarkable effect: “A beautifully crafted piece of story-telling” (The Seattle Times); “A high-octane thriller... Pike’s unshakable belief in right and wrong provides a moral center” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel); “Joe Pike is a joy to watch, an urban Zen warrior priest righting wrongs. More Pike, please” (Chicago Sun-Times).
But when Joe Pike does return, it is to a case that will rock him to his core. Five years ago, Dru Rayne and her uncle fled from Louisiana to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina hit, but now they face a different kind of danger. A neighborhood protection gang savagely beats Dru’s uncle, but Pike witnesses it and offers his own brand of protection. Oddly enough, neither of them seems to want it—and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their storefront, men who appear quite willing to let the gang have its way.
None of that deters Pike—there’s something about Dru that touches him and he won’t back away, whether she wants his help or not—but as the level of violence escalates, and Pike himself becomes a target, he and Elvis Cole begin to discover some things. Dru and her uncle are not who they seem, and everything Pike thought he knew about them, their relationship to the gang, and the reasons they fled New Orleans—it’s all been lies. A vengeful and murderous force is catching up to them... and it’s perfectly happy to sweep Pike and Cole up in its wake.
Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.
©2011 Robert Crais (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Crais doesn't disappoint. I was a bit worried, after his last work, that he was losing his edge, but there was no need. He's raised the bar on himself. I love the plotting (replete with switchbacks) as well as the bond between Pike and Cole and the relationships they have independent of each other. I could go on, but I'd just be gushing. Whether a Pike fan, a Cole fan or simply a detective mysery fan, The Sentry is a great listen. I once again find myself in the "can't wait for the next one" mode.
I've enjoyed the other Joe Pike novels, thought that they were cleverly written and that Joe's character was one I would follow for some time to come.
However, this installment was just plain crass. Over the top language, cheap characters with cheap lives, and in many cases downright weird. I got about half-way through and chalked it up as a loss.
yes. you just know what you're getting with a Robert Crais/Joe Pike novel
there isn't much of a mystery here, i would have liked a more complex story
Danial Vincent... the psycho assassin
there's no surprises here, i.e. when he meets the girl and her uncle, you know that they are not what they seem... but Pike is such a fun character
Have enjoyed intrigue of other Crais books. Who would "enjoy" abuse???
His performance was not the problem, it is the content.
Among the top 10
Joe Pike - because he was the protagonist in this chapter of the Elvis Cole series
His voice transitions between characters were good.
I don't usually like "hard-boiled" detective stories, but anything by Robert Crais is the exception. Crais is one of the more skilled writers in the genre, and Elvis is a great character. Unlike others in the series, this book has Joe Pike as the main character. I enjoyed getting to know him. It made me want to wear my cool lapel button that reads, "I LIKE PIKE". And I do.
The book was good but the narrator was not my favorite. I would suggest buying the book and reading it yourself. For my money, no one can beat Mel Foster as the narrator for a Robert Crais book. Patrick Lawlor is a close second however.
I teach American Literature and am the proud daddy of a 2 year old.
The pacing is fantastic.
Joe Pike is a force of nature and here Crais unleashes him!
My wife and I listened to this on a road trip and absolutely loved it! We were sorry to come to the end.
Compared to Robert Crais' other books, I classify it as
Ben Coes first novel.
The narrator was excellent.
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