Joe Pike

10 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 8,274 ratings

The Watchman 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.

©2007 Robert Crais (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
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  • Book 1

    • The Watchman

    • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 11
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: James Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 859
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 859

    Pike commits himself to protecting the girl, but when they immediately come under fire, he realizes someone is selling them out.

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Joe Pike is a real person: no longer a cartoon.

    • By Richard Delman on 05-05-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Watchman

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: James Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    A long time ago, Joe Pike asked for help. In return, he would, one day, be called upon to return the favour, no questions asked. That day has come. Joe Pike is asked to protect the life of Larkin Conner Barkley, a spoiled rich girl who happens to be a federal witness in a major case. But someone is leaking information about their whereabouts, and the killers are getting all too close. So Pike hatches a plan: disappear into the anonymous underbelly of Los Angeles, turn the tables and hunt down the hunters.

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 2

    • The First Rule

    • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 13
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Robert Crais
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,004
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 546
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 544

    The organized criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union are bound by what they call the thieves' code. The first rule is this: A thief must forsake his mother, father, brothers, and sisters. He must have no family - no wife, no children - because only other criminals are his family. If any of the rules are broken, it is punishable by death.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I love Joe Pike

    • By Susan on 02-24-10

    Regular price: $25.89

    • The First Rule

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Robert Crais
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Frank Meyer had got out of 'the life' safely. He had put an end to his mercenary days, turned over a new leaf and settled down with his wife and children. It had been a hard decision but, encouraged by his boss and friend Joe Pike, he had walked away. Ten years later, a group of armed men break into his Los Angeles home and brutally gun down him and his family. It's a vicious, cold and professional job. The crew leave no trace behind except the bodies.

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 3

    • The Sentry

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    After the nightmare of Hurricane Katrina, Dru Rayne and her uncle relocated to Los Angeles. Five years later, their struggling restaurant faces a different danger. When Joe Pike witnesses Dru's uncle beaten by a neighbourhood gang, he offers his own brand of protection, but neither Dru nor her uncle want his help. And neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their store...But Pike is falling for Dru and won't back away whether she wants his help or not.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Sentry

    • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 14
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 877
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 564
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 561

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Vintage Crais

    • By S. Harvey on 01-21-11
    • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 14
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 01-11-11
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 877 ratings

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 4

    • Taken

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Elvis Cole. All round nice guy. Always the first man to help a stranger in distress. This time, however, he's paid the ultimate price for trying to be the good Samaritan. Joe Pike. A fierce protector and a dangerous enemy. This time his tough guy exterior will be tested to the limit as he risks everything to save his closest friend. The clock is ticking now that Elvis has been Taken.

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    • Taken

    • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 997
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 997

    When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best

    • By R. Conley on 02-20-12
    • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 01-24-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132 ratings

    Regular price: $23.09

  • Book 5

    • The Promise

    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,959
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,723
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,718

    Loyalty, commitment, the fight against injustice - these are the things that have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they keep it. Even if it could get them killed. When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case - until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • "They Call K-9 When They Need Superpowers, Woof!"

    • By Empress Karen on 11-10-15

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  • Book 6

    • The Wanted

    • Elvis Cole/Joe Pike, Book 17
    • By: Robert Crais
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 972
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 964

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not what I expected after waiting for so long

    • By FhvnEd on 12-31-17

    Regular price: $24.49