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It seemed like a simple case - before the bodies starting piling up. Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, take on the deadliest case of their lives, in the new masterpiece of suspense from the number-one New York Times best-selling author

When single mother Devon Connor hires private investigator Elvis Cole, it's because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and she's afraid he's dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two other partners in crime, he's been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of them is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear.

They stole the wrong thing from the wrong man. Determined to get it back, he has hired a team that is smart and brutal, and to even the odds, Cole calls in his friends Joe Pike and Jon Stone. But even they may be overmatched. The hired killers are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. A few more won't make any difference.

©2005 Robert Crais (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Not what I expected after waiting for so long

After having listened to every Robert Crais novel from the very first encounter with the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series, I couldn't wait to get my ears on the latest edition. If you follow the series, you begin to sense a real connection to the characters. You can visualize the cat and the A-frame sitting in Laurel Canyon and the yellow corvette and the arrows on Joe Pike's arms. His writing style makes listening easy and fun. The problem with an audio book is you usually get an instant sense of comfort or unease when the narrator utters the first sentence. Such was the case here. Crais has had some very good narrators in the past, and has used the same few many times. It's always best when the narrator just blends into the background and you concentrate on the story rather than the teller. Not so here. I was uncomfortable (annoyed may be a bit strong) at hearing the narrator begin. The writing is just as crisp and the self-deprecation the character displays is always evident, and the little asides he mutters (usually to himself) are just as interesting and fun as before, but the narration doesn't allow you to sit back and enjoy it as in past editions. Luke Daniels did not capture the mood of the series or of the characters. His voice was always what I concentrated on rather than listening to the story. The book is vintage Robert Crais, don't get me wrong, but I'd prefer it if he had used one of his previous narrators who have the style and the characters down in such a way that you immediately were back in that comfort zone where you found yourself sitting on Elvis' deck with your legs dangling over the edge as you watched a red-tailed hawk circle the canyon while Joe stood rock still against the wall and Elvis fed beer to the cat.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann
  • United States
  • 01-02-18

STRICTLY FOR YOUNG ADULTS

Robert Crais seems to be catering lately to Young Adult readers. The story involves 3 teenage characters carrying out 18 home invasion burglaries without the police discovering their true identities, even though none of the teenagers appeared capable of keeping their shoes tied, let alone skilled in planning and carrying out complex burglaries. Luke Daniels narrated the story well, as usual, but this book is not for Adults. Not worth a credit.

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disappointing from this series

Better than Lee Child's most recent, but still disappointing- standard plot, not enough Pike, disappointing.

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Not his best work.

A Crais novel is like pizza, there's no such thing as bad pizza, but this wasn't his best. Am I glad I listened to it? Yes. Will I listen to it again and again like some books in this series? No.

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Hardly worth the wait

About 3/4 of the way through the book I felt like strangling the teenagers myself. They did not gain my sympathy at all, especially the airhead/ Valley Girl- sounding Amber. She had zero redeeming qualities. I have almost all Mr. Craise’s books and usually enjoy them, but this one didn’t measure up, I like Joe Pike as a character, but in this one I don’t see why he was included. Better luck next time.

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I wait patiently for Cole and Pike between books

Crais brings each character alive and plays them off each other brilliantly. I love the fact they balance on their weaknesses as much as their strengths. I appreciate the fact that he's maintained relationships between books ...Ben is back

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Cheap imitation!

This story is very weak compared the author’s other works. The narrator’s characters were hard to understand. Too over the top. Disappointed all around. Sorry I bought the book.

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  • Edie
  • Grangeville, ID, United States
  • 12-30-17

Never disappoints!

Always worth the long wait! Wish other masters were as dedicated to their craft! I hate paying for just mediocre

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best in a while

I've been reading Cole and Pike novels for years. this one has intrigue, complexity, and a lovely dose of humanity. worth it.

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  • SV Cor
  • Palm Desert CA
  • 01-13-18

What did you do with Robert

Forever his books have been WOWssssssssssss.
Do not know what happened here.
Hope future writings will be worth reading.
Luke Daniels has always been one of my favorite narrators.
Must have had bad direction who's one.
Not pleasant to listen to.

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  • EGR
  • 01-03-18

Shame about the narrator

A fairly typical Elvis Cole story - entertaining without requiring too much effort on the part of the reader/listener. Spoiled by the narrator, who seems to be under the impression that he's auditioning for all of the voices in the Scooby-Doo series.

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  • Nathan
  • 01-01-18

Kept me hooked!<br />

Different type of story when comparing to other Robert Crais books, really enjoyed it though. The narrator was great too, I think he really captures Elvis Cole's personality. Definitely worth a listen.