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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.

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Good book, kept me entertained

I enjoyed this book. It kept me entertained while driving my kids back and forth to school, soccer, etc. I think it's worth a listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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not enjoyable

So many things about this audio book annoyed me. Joe Pike's voice is just so fake, I didn't remember it being that way in his others. I mean why did he go through this whole drill in the first place? Who funds Joe Pike? This Daniel charachter and his voices were over the top ridiculous...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Alex
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 03-15-13

Worst Narrator Since Scott Brick!

Actually, amazingly, Scott Brick would be an upgrade! Joe Pike is like Dirty Harry- a super badass whose patience with lowlife criminals came to an end several decades ago. Ron McLarty perfected the tough guy in LA Requim. So imagine a Dirty Harry movie with Clint Eastwood being replaced by Keanu Reeves circa 1990- Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure-!! Luke Daniels sounds like a teenage surfer boy who is being forced to read his report on the Mayflower in front of the class. High pitched, monotone, very little pause betweem sentences- worst of all-kind of dumb. I can't believe how many narrators this series has used! It ruins the whole book- I found it to be so grating, I couldn't get through the first hour. If this is your first Robert Crais book, it might very well be your last! That is a shame because he is a great writer. His characters are engrossing and the plots are suspenseful. Go for LA Requim instead, and make sure to press the preview button before purchasing any more titles in the series.

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  • Jeff
  • Rochester, NY, United States
  • 01-30-11


The story was a little too simple for a mystery suspense novel. It also left a lot to be desired in its character development.

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