Joe Pike is out for revenge and no cop, no bad guy, no one alive, is going to stop him. 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 ...
Joe Pike is out for revenge and no cop, no bad guy, no one alive, is going to stop him. 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. But they have made one catastrophic, and almost certainly terminal, mistake - Joe Pike. Because Pike is now determined to hunt down and eliminate everyone involved in the attack, one by one. And it doesn't matter that, as he starts to investigate, he discovers that these criminals are bigger and better organised than he ever could have imagined, because they are about to learn the first rule: Don't make Joe Pike mad...
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This unique story opens with the sudden death of Frank Meyer, his family and their au pair. They are killed by a professional crew of assassins who invade their home. Frank had it all; a beautiful wife, two sons and a successful business.
What we soon learn is that Frank, in his younger days, was a professional mercenary. His command leader was Joe Pike. When the police tell Joe that Frank was involved with crooked men, Joe denies their supposition and sets out to find the murder of Frank and his family.
There are an amazing number of twists and turns that make perfect sense. As Joe gets more involved, he has to determine who is lying ... and why. Elvis Cole is still in the sidekick role and he adds some levity to the tragic and awful spiral of cutthroat criminality and death.
I could not put the book aside; it grabs the reader from the outset and doesn't let go. A great yarn.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-10-26 When garment importer Frank Meyer and his family are executed in their Los Angeles home at the start of bestseller Crais's adrenaline-fueled second thriller to feature PI Joe Pike (after The Watchman), LAPD detectives soon connect Meyer to Pike, who knew each other from their days as military contractors. Pike is convinced that Meyer, who left soldiering to start a family, wasn't dirty, even though his murder is the seventh in a series of violent robberies where the victims were all professional criminals. Determined to clear his friend's name, Pike discovers that Frank's nanny and her family have ties to Eastern European organized crime. With the help of PI partner Elvis Cole (the lead in Chasing Darkness and eight other books), Pike engages in a dangerous-and not always legal-game of cat and mouse with some of the city's most dangerous crooks. Pike emerges as an enigmatically appealing hero, whose lethal skills never overshadow his unflappable sense of morality. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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