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)
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!!!
The story was confusing and didn't make sense. Too much jumping around.
very good narration
Yes, I did learn a few things about torture
This was a great action packed book
He is an alpha male with depth.
He brings the characters to life/
This is my favorite audio book so far. It hooked me right from the start, and never slowed down. I have listened to it 5 times.
Yes! Nothing or no one is what they seem.
Yes. another Robert Crais book. I like this one more.
Hold on to your seats for a wild ride with Joe and Elvis...
THis book is a quick read and a good story - difficult to put it down...or turn off.
James Daniels is one of the best narrators I have heard. He changed his voice for each character but it was never irritating or false.
i will get more of Robert Crais's books.
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pike is a great charactor and it camptures the police mind set very well
Started the book on the way home from work and could not put it down, this my 3rd Crais book and have really like all three. Joe Pike and Elvis are great characters, plots are very good
Pike is the lead character in this "Elvis Cole" novel. Pike can by NO means can the lead - it's basically dreadful. The witty Elvis Cole has some redeeming value, but not much.
I don't particularly like James Daniels either. He sounds like bad "B Actor".
I have listed to 2 Crais novels and the other is MUCH better - Chasing Darkness
Chasing Darkness is recommended - This one is NOT!
This book is a great read until you reach the end and realize it is fatally flawed. There is an event which triggers the whole story, which is previewed in the publishers summary: "until out of nowhere a car appears, and with it the metal-on-metal explosion of a terrible accident."
This accident, which is the basis for the next 7.5 hours, doesn't make any sense. There was no reason for these two cars to be on the same street at the same time in the early morning. And this accident was the basis for everything afterward. I was entertained for the 8 hours, but in thinking about the plot, I realized I had wasted my time.
I don't want to give away too much of the plot for those of you who I assume have not read the book. Suffice it to say that it is a thoroughly entertaining book until you realize that it isn't just the literary equivalent of empty calories, which is usually okay with me, the totally implausible car accident which begins the story makes this, to continue the analogy, more like a mild case of food poisoning.
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