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.
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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.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-01-22 As the subtitle suggests, Joe Pike, the intriguing, enigmatic partner of L.A. PI Elvis Cole, takes center stage in this intense thriller from bestseller Crais (The Two Minute Rule). To pay back an old debt, Pike is coerced into protecting Larkin Barkley, a hard-partying young heiress whose life is in danger after a "wrong place wrong time" encounter that quickly escalates and spins out of control. The enemy is shadowy, violent and relentless-but the fierce, focused Pike, one of the strongest characters in modern crime fiction, is equal to the challenge. The breathless pace and rich styling are sure to appeal to readers of hard-boiled fiction in general, but since up to now Pike has mostly remained in the background, some fans of the Elvis Cole series (The Forgotten Man, etc.) may find the explicit picture that emerges of Pike at odds with the image they've constructed for themselves. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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