After his acclaimed stand-alone bestseller, THE TWO MINUTE RULE, Robert Crais returns with the eagerly awaited new Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novel. For Elvis and Joe, two of the most beloved characters in crime fiction, the action is getting a little close to home. The dangerous and enigmatic Joe Pike has always defied close examination, but in ...
After his acclaimed stand-alone bestseller, THE TWO MINUTE RULE, Robert Crais returns with the eagerly awaited new Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novel. For Elvis and Joe, two of the most beloved characters in crime fiction, the action is getting a little close to home. The dangerous and enigmatic Joe Pike has always defied close examination, but in this breathtaking new thriller, that's all about to change...Joe Pike owes a bad man a big favour. And the favor is to protect the life of Larkin Conner Barkley, a spoiled rich girl who happens to be a federal witness in a case against the mob. When Pike and the girl come under intense fire, he hatches a plan: disappear into the anonymous underbelly of Los Angeles, turn the table, and hunt down the hunters. Enlisting the help of Elvis Cole, Pike uncovers a web of lies and betrayals; even the cops aren't who they seem. But as the body count rises, it becomes clear that Pike's biggest threat may be the girl herself - a vapid soul determined to destroy herself, unless Joe can fill the void in her bruised heart.
Very good in very good dust jacket. SIGNED by author on title page (signature only). 1st edition, 1st printing, complete number line. Mild edgewear and rubbing to dust jacket. Softening to base of spine. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 304 p. Joe Pike Novels (Hardcover). Audience: General/trade. Pages 255-275 have bent corners. 'Autographed copy' sticker. A Joe Pike novel by the author of 'The Sentry' and 'Two-Minute Rule'. Where possible, all books come with dust jacket in a protective mylar sleeve, sealed in a ziplock bag, wrapped in bubble wrap, shipped in a box.
Hear Fine in J Near Fine jacket. 1st/1st, SIGNED. Flat signed by the author. This book is square, solid, unread and appears nearly brand new with just the least bit of shelf wear at the bottom of its spine. Its unclipped, Brodart protected dust jacket bears a trace of edge wear, but is essentially in perfect shape as well. You'll turn cartwheels of glee when this book gets to you! ! ! Signed: I Signed by Author(s)
Very Good Plus in J Very Good Plus jacket. First Edition Published by Simon & Schuster in 2007. Signed on the title page (signiture only) by the author Robert Crais at Left Coast Crime Convention, March 2010 in Los Angeles, Ca. Signed: I Signed by Author.
Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed. First Edition. First Edition / First Printing Stated with "1" in the Full Number Line. Dust Jacket is unclipped with publisher's price on inside flap. NOT a book club edition. NO owner's name or bookplate. NO remainder mark. Pages are clean and crisp. Binding is tight and square. A Fine Copy in a Fine Jacket. Signed by author! Very Clean Copy-Over 500, 000 Internet Orders Filled.
Near Fine in J New jacket. 1st/1st, SIGNED. Flat signed by the author. This book is square, solid, unread and appears nearly brand new with just the least evidence of handling wear. Its unclipped, Brodart protected dust jacket is essentially in perfect shape. You'll turn cartwheels of glee when this book gets to you! ! ! Signed: I Signed by Author(s)
Fine in new dust jacket. Signed by previous owner. BOOK SIGNED, ELSE BRAND NEW, DJ BRIGHT SHINY, BRAND NEW. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 304 p. Joe Pike Novels (Hardcover). Audience: General/trade.
This is the first book in a new series with Joe Pike as the main character and Elvis Cole acting as his sidekick. I knew immediately that Pike would have a tough time being a touchy-feely babysitter of this whiner.
It opens when John Stone calls in a favor from Pike to protect Larkin Barkley, a Paris Hilton wannabe, who runs into a Mercedes with dangerous people ... who now want her dead. The Feds quickly put Larkin into a witness-protection program. However, there are leaks and Larkin barely misses finding herself in the morgue several times.
In spite of the narrow misses, the Feds maintain that they can protect Larkin; her father isn't so sure. Pike is hired to protect the spoiled brat and he quickly severs all association with the Feds and her father. However, Pike does keep Larkin safe. Why Pike worked so hard for stupid people like Larkin and her father was beyond my understanding. I wanted Pike to leave Larkin in the middle of the street and call the bad guys with her location; Larkin defines the term spoiled.
What slayed me, however, was the interest Pike showed in Larkin and visa versa. Say it isn't so, Joe! If creating a genuinely irritating character is good writing, Robert Crais is fabulous.
In spite of the boundless snobbery and stupidity, Crais wrote an engaging thriller. Joe Pike certainly earns his money with the Barkley father and daughter.
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