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The Watchman Audiobook

The Watchman: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 11

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Publisher's Summary

Larkin Conner Barkley lives like the City of Angels is hers for the taking. Young and staggeringly rich, she speeds through the city during its loneliest hours, blowing through red after red in her Aston Martin, as if running for her life - until out of nowhere a car appears, and with it the metal-on-metal explosion of a terrible accident. Dazed, Larkin attempts to help the other victims. And finds herself the sole witness in a secret federal investigation.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Nancy Chilton-Kendrick Ouray, CO United States 03-01-17
    Nancy Chilton-Kendrick Ouray, CO United States 03-01-17 Member Since 2015

    I love Science Fiction, Mysteries, Thrillers & Werewolves & Vampires. I devour audiobooks. Driving, cleaning house & anytime.

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    "Superb"

    Really good story, characters, and narration. You won't go wrong if you get this audiobook.

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    Dana 02-22-17
    Dana 02-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Finally we learn more about Pike..."

    I have enjoyed the Elvis Cole books because they are smart and have a bit of humor thrown into the mix. The Pike character is an enigma in those books- we are told very little about his history- just enough to make us want to know more. This book fleshed out Pike's character. I will read/listen to as many Pike/Cole books as Crais can produce.

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    Sleeping in Cleveland Cleveland, OH 02-21-17
    Sleeping in Cleveland Cleveland, OH 02-21-17 Member Since 2015

    Love to get a book that I can't stop reading. I love page turners

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    "Edge of your seat ride"

    I got this book because it was on sale and I had read a lot of Roberts books in the past. This turned out to be one I had read before and didn't realize it when I purchased it. Then I remembered this is the book I read first and fell in love with the author.

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    clifford s daniel 12-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Pike and Cole"

    Just love the team work between these two "heroes". Daniels is a great storyteller. Another great story of Mr Crais. And Pike falling in love just make me want to listen to more of Mr Crais sequel of Pike. Can someone please make a movie out of these novels please.

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    Alex Huffington 09-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "PERFECT ! All the right ingredients,Bon Appétit!"

    The best writers know when we get the picture,that anticipation can be far more terrifying than descriptions of grizzly acts.
    " I will see no harm comes to her", Joe Pike tells the billion father of a hard-partying young heiress who's life is in danger after a wrong place,wrong time encounter.
    It's Pikes turn in this novel to take center stage while P I partner Elvis Cole supports him, providing the humor and savvy repartee that our hero humanoid often lacks.
    On the run from the shadowy, violent enemy,the lovely but precocious young woman guarded by Pike. proves to make the job more challenging but she also suggests a reality check for Joe.
    Fiercely focused,Pikes keeps us on the run and often purposely running in the direction of the deadly enemy.
    Great detective tech work,enough grit to please crime readers. The rich styling of the L.A. background makes appealing reading.
    Believable characters doing the unbelievable and the abundance of twists and turns is icing on cake.
    Crais has added insight to two people who are coming to odds with the self image that has consumed their lives.
    Well done Mr. Crais !

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    Amelia Walsh 08-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Always listening, English degree, psychotherapist"

    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.

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    Debbie Tehachapi, CA, United States 05-27-16
    Debbie Tehachapi, CA, United States 05-27-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome storyline!!"

    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.

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    preston young 03-11-16
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    "nice!"

    I don't like Pike's "Batman" voice. overall fast-pace and enjoyable. Good book, great author. Will be listening to more.

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    moviegoernotbuff 02-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Gripping!"

    Great vacation reading. Not crazy about Pike's voice, but liked the treatment of the other characters.

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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 01-17-16
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 01-17-16 Member Since 2013

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    "It wasn't bad, trying another"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think a great deal of people will like the book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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