For maybe the first time in her life, Larkin wants to do the right thing. But by agreeing to cooperate with the authorities, she becomes the target for a relentless team of killers. And when the U.S. Marshals and the finest security money can buy can't protect her, Larkin's wealthy family turns to the one man money can't buy: Joe Pike.
Pike lives a world away from the palaces of Beverly Hills. He's an ex-cop, ex-Marine, ex-mercenary who owes a bad man a favor, and that favor is to keep Larkin alive. The one upside of the job is reuniting with Bud Flynn, Pike's LAPD training officer, and a man Pike reveres as a father. The downside is Larkin Barkley, who is the uncontrollable cover girl for self-destruction - and as deeply alone as Pike.
Pike commits himself to protecting the girl, but when they immediately come under fire, he realizes someone is selling them out. In defiance of Bud and the authorities, Pike drops off the grid with the girl and follows his own rules of survival: strike fast, hit hard, hunt down the hunters.
With the help of private investigator Elvis Cole, Pike uncovers a web of lies and betrayals, and the stunning revelation that even the cops are not who they seem. As the body count rises, Pike's biggest threat might come from the girl herself, a lost soul in the City of Angels, determined to destroy herself - unless Joe Pike can teach her the value of life...and love.
Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.
©2007 Robert Crais; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
"Joe Pike, the intriguing, enigmatic partner of L.A. PI Elvis Cole, takes center stage in this intense thriller....The breathless pace and rich styling are sure to appeal to readers of hard-boiled fiction." (Publishers Weekly)
"Elvis Cole's mostly silent partner, Joe Pike, now has a book of his own. His character, manner, and ethic resemble that of Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry), and thanks to James Daniels, so does his voice." (AudioFile)
Interesting story. At times hard to follow. I'm not sure if this is due to the narrator or the actual story. The narrator makes Joe Pike sound very odd. Other Joe Pike stories I have listened to must have had other narrators, because I had a very different picture of Joe in my head, and it was a much fuller personality, not so stilted. The last chapter was very confusing and unnecessary.
I will listen to more Joe Pike stories, but ones with a different narrator.
I Really enjoyed this book and I liked the fact that it made Pike a little more human. I always recommend this series to all my friends!! Moving on to the next one.
I think a great deal of people will like the book.
Somewhat predictable or not surprising. The part I like is Pike is willing to break the law for justice etc. Pike and Cole are a good team.
He did a fine job, I have liked him in other books. I kept thinking the book would have been better if Ray Porter had performed it. His speed was a little fast for me.rt
I love Joe Pike and Elvis Cole novels and have read all books in the series up to this point. I wish Crais would have developed " the girl"'s (as Joe refers to her, almost never using her name, which to me doesn't speak of much warmth towards her from Pike, through no fault of his own, owing to his upbringing) personality more and had more intense conversations together. That he would fall in love with her is not believable to me. and whatever happened to his old partner, Was's, wife? I'd love to see him end up with someone good. Being a loner and almost a mute doesn't bode well for him, though, in the long lasting type of relationship. Maybe there's someone out there just perfect for him and vice versa, good luck, Joe. We love you, anyways!
Lost interest in this one. Pike is so closed he never develops any relationships other than Cole. He does show feelings but it's too little for the listener to care.
Yes, great story featuring one of my favorite characters across any media, and the performance by the narrator was great!
Not so much on the edge, but definitely held my attention, the pace was fast, it never really dulled.
He has a great voice that is easy to listen to, and his performance of Joe Pike is great.
I read the book first and I loved it, but the audiobook made me like it even more.
I enjoyed the change of having Joe Pike as the central character. We actually experienced the story with him, as opposed to having him just pop into the story from time to time. This was a really refreshing change that furthered my understanding of Joe Pike's personality.
Crais readers have spent plenty of time seeing the world from Elvis Cole's point of view, so I have a good bead on how he sees himself. In this book, I really enjoyed seeing Elvis Cole from the point of view of others.
I actually almost did. While listening to this book, I took a wrong turn in the back roads of the Colorado mountains. So I decided to go exploring. This book made an outstanding companion for that time on the road.
A Book Worm
This is the first Robert Crais novel I purchased. I bought it to read on a road trip and fell in love on the road between Michigan and Louisiana. I bought the audio version because it's become a new habit of mine, buying the audio version of novels I've already read to see if I get the same feel for the story.
James Daniels interpretation of the characters and story is just like I imagined. I want Joe Pike on my team. When he commits himself to a cause, he's not going to stop until it's resolved, not always to his liking, but he’s going to work it until the threat is over. He has a strong sense of right and wrong and walks the hard line between the two.
In “The Watchman”, there's nothing he won't do to protect Larkin, but when the identity of those tracking her and the reason behind their pursuit of her becomes murky Joe decided to turn the table and start tracking the trackers. That's when it gets interesting. Joe Pike and Elvis Cole are the BEST at taking one small thread of information and knitting together the fabric of what’s really going on with precision and speed. The story is fast paced but you don’t get lost in the telling.
Because of this book I’m now a HUGE Robert Crais fan. This is book 11 in the Cole-Pike series; I bought them all after reading this one. Now I’m slowly purchasing the audio version of the all, what fun!!!
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