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So, over the past couple of months hanging out because of the Covid virus, I’ve read almost all of Robert Crais’ books, both Elvis & Joe as well as the stand alone novels. I haven’t read them in order as I had to download them from my local library as they became available. I’m down to three remaining, two on my Kindle right now, and one that I have a hold on when it becomes available.
I’ve really enjoyed them, some more than others, and hope that Crais will be releasing more shortly so I won’t get bored.
In my opinion, I think Crais is a pretty good writer, although Michael Connelly he is not (Bosch!). Crais’ writing is always descriptive so that you as you read it is almost as though you are seeing a movie. For the most part he comes up with really good plots, although there were a couple that I didn’t care for, but that’s just my personal take. There’s always an unexpected twist or two which really makes things interesting.
I think he does an excellent job of research on history and place, as well as technical aspects, which he manages to describe in language that the average reader can understand. I’ve lived in the L.A. area for most of my 81 years, and much like Connelly, Crais does a great job of describing neighborhoods, landmarks (especially eateries of all stripes - unless I missed it haven't seen The Apple Pan in West LA yet, Elvis is missing a great little place), streets, architecture, etc. So much of it is very familiar to me, so it is easy to become part of the story from an imagination standpoint.
I do have a couple of gripes though (wouldn’t be a review without a couple).
First, for all the driving around Elvis and Joe do in the course of their investigations, they end up either tailing someone or being tailed a number of times. While Crais obviously wants his protagonists to be somewhat quirky (hence the clothing, the oddball office decorations, Joe’s Red Arrows, etc.), it drives me nuts that they both drive vehicles that stick out like a sore thumb. So much for being invisible. The bad guys and/or cops always know who and where they are. Good luck being innocuous, especially in a bright (albeit dirty) Yellow 66 Vette. Don’t get me wrong, I love Corvettes, having had a ’64 and a ’67 and trust me, they are not innocuous. It would seem like they could occasionally drive something a little less obvious.
The other thing that bugs me, which again makes his heroes offbeat, is that aside from the arsenal that Joe has packed in his big duffle bag, their selection of handguns seems to always put them in a position of being very undergunned, especially since they are usually outnumbered by the bad guys who also seem to always be wearing ballistic vests.
I know a Dan Wesson is a fine handgun, but seriously a .38? Joe is somewhat better with a .357 Magnum, but the bad guys usually have AK’s or some other automatic weapon or sawed off 12 gauges. I was glad to see that he sometimes carries a Kimber .45 as a “backup” to the .357, but again, why not the other way around.
Oh well, just a couple of personal observations.
Last, now that I’m down to the last couple of books, I have to admit that while I like Elvis and Joe as main characters, I’ve really come to enjoy Maggie and Scott James, as well as Jon Stone. I like Scott because he is more of a regular guy struggling and working to overcome his problems, and Maggie and Stone are badasses. I hope Crais finds a way to incorporate the three of them in a lot more books!
‘Nuff said, back to “A Dangerous Man”.
Pike and Cole disrupted a kidnapping in progress in downtown LA. Lots of actions and body counts of big-bad-goons as the two vigilantes decide to end the victim's nightmare once for all. This book is only 339 pages with many blank spaces, and therefore a fast read, focusing on the actions of macho men and helpless/navie young women.
Would you people stop editing library books. You can go out and buy these books and do whatever you damn well please with them but these are not your books and you have no right to scribble in them.
Not one of Crais' best , but better than his few most recent books. Good to get Elvis and Joe working together again.
A quick read. Could be read as a stand alone novel even though this novel is in the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series. The author doesn't deviate from the pattern established in his other Cole and Pike novels. There is minimal description, lots of action - car chases, a damsel in distress, a kidnapping, gunshots and plenty of scheming by both the bad and good guys when Cole and Pike get ensnared into helping out a victim - this time its a young woman. The violence is limited to shoot outs. The plot is attention getting and interesting and moves along at a good pace. It centers around a whistle blower who has benefited by the millions before being placed into a witness protection plan. Years pass and she and her family seem safe, but when will she tell her daughter the truth about the life they have lived and about the millions? One day there is an attempted kidnap of her daughter. Pike and Cole get involved just by being innocent bystanders. This novel would probably be a good poolside read.
Publisher shorts the pages to make this a quick read. Pike and Cole the Frick & Frack of the shoot um up books. Crais gives a another good read.
Another exciting Crais thriller. Fast moving, much action to the very end.
Isabel Roland is abducted on a day that Joe Pike is in the same place at the same time, its unfortunate for the two men doing the abducting cos Joe feels he has to step in & does. There starts a good easy read with good characters & great action. Elvis Cole had to come & help Joe.
Excellent storytelling. The one annoying factor was the characterization of two women in their 20's portrayed as though they were silly preteens with all the texting, giggling, and not taking instructions seriously. And yes, it is important how women are portrayed in novels and elsewhere - no good comes from perpetuating stereotypes.
This book is a lot of fun with writing as confident and capable as its terrific heroes, private eye Elvis Cole and military operative Joe Pike. Incredibly smart and tough they are respectful and kind to all including lowly bank tellers like Isabel Roland and insecure geeky criminologists like John Chen. The dialog and descriptions are fresh and witty.
The great part about Robert Crais' work is that it is always an interesting read. Like others, I wish he was even more prolific. This is almost like reading a screenplay- plot driven, little dialogue, lots of action. And, like any action movie, it is over too soon. It took me less than a day to read, and now I have to wait for another 6 months to a year to do it all over again. It is always worth the wait.
as always a great read! just sorry it takes so long in between books. but you won't be disappointed with this one!
'A Dangerous Man' is another winner by Robert Crais. My only complaint is that we have to wait too long between installments of their adventures.
What I found interesting (and different) about 'A Dangerous Man' is that it is less about Elvis Cole and Joe Pike and more about the story and plot in which they find themselves involved. Personally I like this because it solves the potential problem of our heroes becoming flat and predictable, which happens all too often with popular and familiar characters.
I love the fact that the title, 'A Dangerous Man', could be referring to any one of a number of good guys - Pike, Cole, the U.S. Marshall, the forensic scientist - AND/OR bad guys!
5 stars Mr. Crais.
Joe Pike and Elvis Cole novels are always great. Robert Crais has done it again in A DANGEROUS MAN. Great story line and a whole cast of characters make for a fun and 'crowded' read. Goes fast - too fast.... Enjoy!
This is one of the tightest stories in the series. That is either bad or good depending on your preferences. I'm good with it for a change of pace. A lot of the material about exercising, meditating, fixing meals, personal side relationships and digging for details that filled out earlier books in the series are gone -- even the cat! We're left with a very fast moving tale well crafted and exciting. If you love the missing themes then you will be disappointed.
Some have negatively commented on the portrayal of two main women characters as unrealistic stereotypes (i.e. not in line with today's PC). I think everyone in the story is a stereotype, for good or bad, and it's the author's prerogative how to portray them, not the readers. Really, think about Pike, Cole, bad guys -- they are not "real" and do not act that way. Just give it a rest and enjoy an exciting story.
Enjoyable Elvis Cole/Joe Pike yarn. More Joe than Elvis this time with a corresponding amount of bloodshed. The two main women characters came across more like preteens or teenagers rather than adults.
Seems over-edited with most of the personal style and flavor of the writer "cleaned up" and removed. I've noticed this same trend with other authors' work from the last few years. It's almost like the writing has been dumbed down and all the big words removed. I don't know if it's the author or the editors doing this but I wish they'd stop it. Also, seperate issue: the descriptions of the 2 main women, especially with all the giggling, excessive texting and lack of common sense, made them sound like they were 11, not 20 year olds with actual jobs. They may be based on actual people the author has met in Los Angeles but they seemed like caricatures or cartoon children. Not my favorite, could have been a lot better, giving it 2 5 stars, because it's Joe and Elvis. Sort of.
I have been reading (and loving) the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series for years. These men are what they are, and I love them both! I've hated the fact that I've been in the waiting-for-the-next-book-to-be-written mode for a while, now, so I was thrilled to get my hands on A Dangerous Man! This book is FULL of twists. It grabbed me from the opening page and didn’t let me go until the end! The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Joe, Elvis, as well as various criminals, but it never becomes confusing. As usual, Joe provided the action and Elvis provided the insight and the humor! I love how these two always have each other's backs. Joe seemed to be a bit less stoic and quirky in this book and I'm not sure how I feel about that. At any rate, this series never becomes repetitive or loses steam, and I definitely recommend it!!
"The Worlds Greatest Detective" Elvis Cole steps in to assist Pike in finding a missing woman. Elvis and Pike together again. If only we had guys like this in the real world. Another book written by Robert Crais that I have enjoyed.
there are convenient coincidences, and perhaps some holes in the plot, but it delivers what is expected, a dangerous man indeed