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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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    Mari Farmington, MN, United States 11-17-08
    Mari Farmington, MN, United States 11-17-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listen."

    This was one of the best books that I have listened to in quite a while. The narrator is extremely good and makes the characters believable. The story had kept you interested and wasn't predictable like so many are.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 02-21-17
    Wayne Matthews, NC 02-21-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "A very different Elvis Cole & Joe Pike novel"

    The Watchman includes Elvis Cole in a minor role, but the novel is about Joe Pike's current case protecting a young woman and his history as a military sniper, a policeman, and military mercenary. It answers questions about who Joe Pike is and how he managed to get that way. It is not a fun listen, but it is a superb suspense thriller. James Daniels does a nice job of narration.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Olgy 05-14-17
    Olgy 05-14-17
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    "Good"

    Good book and an entertaining listen. I liked The Suspect more, but will likely get other books from the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Battle 05-11-17
    S. Battle 05-11-17

    Discerning Shopper

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    "Loved it!"

    I got a real feel for the characters without slowing the storyline or being overwrought. Will read/listen to more of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lady Rider USA 04-27-17
    Lady Rider USA 04-27-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Good Read"

    Good story, unique in a lot of ways! Kept me wanting more and wanting to read on. I must say there are few narrators I enjoy but this one is probably my favorite narrator! An amazing job on narration!!! We need more like James Daniels- WOW!!!!

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    TyrannosaurusRix 03-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Good grief. Joe Pike vs Paris Hilton."
    Would you listen to The Watchman again? Why?

    Probably. Because I now own it and in time will forget how annoyed I became with "Larkin."


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The little peeks into Joe Pikes military and police background. Throughout the series these are dealt out in tiny portions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were several, in which Larkin attempts to vamp either Joe or Elvis and is frustrated when they ignore her, almost with a pat on the head. But then, this circles back to the weak female characters that irritate me. A dichotomy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In the dancing-half-naked-on-the-bar scene, I was moved to tell Joe to walk out and let whatever would have happened to Larkin take place. Thus might the gene pool be improved.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoy this series and have worked my way through them in order to The Watchman (except for two that earned really poor marks for performance.) I love characters like the strong, silent Joe and the wisecracking Elvis. However, I am finding the way most female characters are written to be supremely irritating - either big leaking bags of irrational emotion or competent but fatally flawed women like the Elvis-obsessed, chain smoking former bomb tech.

    In this episode, for instance, we have an out-of-control, sexually provocative, sullen, entitled rich kid whom Joe and Elvis treat with bemused patience because they understand that she is only manifesting her fear this way. How sweet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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