Dru Rayne and her uncle fled to L.A. after Hurricane Katrina, but now, five years later, they face a different danger. When Joe Pike witnesses Dru’s uncle beaten by a protection gang, he offers his help, but neither of them want it - and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching them.
As the level of violence escalates, and Pike himself becomes a target, he and Elvis Cole learn that Dru and her uncle are not who they seem – and that everything he thought he knew about them has been a lie. A vengeful and murderous force from their past is now catching up to them, and only Pike and Cole stand in the way.
©2011 AudioGO Ltd (P)2011 Robert Crais
The same thing I like about all of this series..Joe Pike and Elvis Cole
I'm biased toward Joe Pike
Great I think his voice really brings this to life
If someone is watching...hope that it's Pike
"A great plot but a little too much pathos"
I really like these Robert Crais thrillers and the two characters featured here: Joe Pike and Elvis Cole. The plot is great and there are plenty of twists and turns but big-bad Joe Pike falls for a girl and Elvis Cole sheds some tears, which might appeal to some listeners but didn't quite hit the spot for me. Nevertheless, a great listen and good entertainment.
"Is it just the narrator that spoils the story?"
I am really disappointed to give this work such a low rating.
I've read all the previous Robert Crais novels so I understand the characterisation of Pike and Cole. Foolishly I hadn't listened to the sample before I picked the book – and I was instantly disappointed by the narrotor's delivery. Pike is hard and very very disciplined but the narration suggests hard and rough.
Throughout the novel I could not overcome the discrepancy between my knowledge of the two main protagonists and William Roberts' style and tone.
Narration apart, this isn't one of Crais' best.
The novel holds together eventually but there were occasions when I felt that Crais relied heavily on reader/listener loyalty to the established characters and didn't provide much that was new or develop them as he might. The overall impression was that this work was churned out to a tested formula to meet a commitment.
The psycho adversary is still a mystery to me - I know he's dead now but were we ever properly introduced? This particular failing may be a function of my discomfort with the narration - or not. I would have to listen again to be sure - and I don't want to listen again!
"First class thriller"
As always Crais delivers a tightly plotted thriller using his two class characters, Pike and Cole. Pike is the main focus, although there is usually more fun to be had when Cole is in the picture. The main baddy is a rather off the peg psycho but he does make a good adversary for Pike. Good entertainment.
"Joe Pike at his best - always a great read"
I have read or listened to all the Elvis Cole - Joe Pike books by Robert Crais and this is one that centres on Joe Pike is absolutely as good as any of the others - what a guy - tough, honest and straightforward. I really enjoyed this tale - feeling a bit sorry for Pike in places as he never seems to be lucky or wise in his "emotional" attachments and has never gotten over his reputation with the LAPD from his time with them as a rookie cop. The only thing that I cannot understand is how he can see in the dark without ever taking off his sunglasses! Elvis Cole of course plays second fiddle in this book to Joe. Well worth downloading and an entertaining read.
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