A Dangerous Man

A Dangerous Man

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"A brilliant new crime novel from the beloved, bestselling, and award-winning master of the genre--and Joe Pike's most perilous case to date. Joe Pike didn't expect to rescue a woman that day. He went to the bank same as anyone goes to the bank, and returned to his Jeep. So when Isabel Roland, the lonely young teller who helped him, steps out of the bank on her way to lunch, Joe is on hand when two men abduct her. Joe chases them down, and the two men are arrested. But instead of putting the drama to bed, the arrests are only the beginning of the trouble for Joe and Izzy. After posting bail, the two abductors are murdered and Izzy disappears. Pike calls on his friend, Elvis Cole, to help learn the truth. What Elvis uncovers is a twisted family story that involves corporate whistleblowing, huge amounts of cash, the Witness Relocation Program, and a long line of lies. But what of all that did Izzy know? Is she a perpetrator or a victim? And how far will Joe go to find out?"--
Publisher: New York, New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ♭2019.
ISBN: 9780525535683
Characteristics: 339 pages ;,24 cm.


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Oct 08, 2020

Yet another thriller featuring Cole and Pike. A terrific and quick read.

Aug 19, 2020

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”.

Aug 05, 2020

Another good Pike and Cole book. Lots of action. A quick read.

May 21, 2020

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.

Feb 27, 2020

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.

Jan 29, 2020

Not one of Crais' best , but better than his few most recent books. Good to get Elvis and Joe working together again.

Dec 08, 2019

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.

Dec 03, 2019

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.

Dec 02, 2019

Another exciting Crais thriller. Fast moving, much action to the very end.

Oct 24, 2019

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.

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May 21, 2020

If you’re lookin ’ for trouble, just look right in my face. — ELVIS PRESLEY “Trouble,” King Creole
Pike’s current business interests included a partnership in a detective agency, a custom gun shop in Culver City, and several rental properties. His former employers included the United States Marine Corps, the Los Angeles Police Department, and various private military contractors. During his contract years, his fees were paid by foreign governments approved by the United States, shell companies controlled by the CIA and NSA, and multinational corporations.
The driver’s window exploded as if they’d been broadsided by a runaway truck. His door flew open, and the driver vanished. Something blocked the light, and the man on top of her jerked away. He convulsed, and flew over the seat and out the door as if he had been sucked into space.
Pike guessed her age at twenty-two or so, but she could have passed for sixteen.

May 21, 2020

Joe Pike had worn an LAPD uniform when he first met Elvis Cole. Cole, who didn’t yet have his license, had still worked as an apprentice for an old-line private investigator named George Feider. When Feider retired a few years later, Pike had already left the police. They pooled their money and bought Feider’s business. Pike was doing contract work by then, gone for weeks or months at a time, fighting other people’s wars. Pike had no interest in being an investigator, but he liked Cole, and admired him. They were friends.

“Are you another damned cop?” Cole held out a card. “Nope. Another damned private eye. I’m here on a personal matter.” The old man inspected the card. “No shit? Like Magnum?” “More like Rockford.”
Fake pills, bad medicine, drugs with all this contamination. Teddy heard so many awful stories, he wouldn’t take an aspirin unless he knew where it came from.”

May 21, 2020

Harriet walked away. Each footstep sounded like the boom of heavy artillery. Each thundering shell headed his way.
“Your partner and known associate is one Joseph Pike, no middle initial. Several days ago, Mr. Pike prevented two gentlemen — a Christopher Karbo and a Donald Bender, both now deceased — from kidnapping Ms. Roland.” Cole said, “He’s a good man, that Joe.”
Isabel had been missing for sixteen hours. Time had weight. The weight was growing.
“This sun is something.” The woman said, “Fry your eyes right out of your head. Best you drink water.”
He didn’t need an SIS surveillance team. The U.S. Marshals had something better.
The polyethylene layers had stopped the 10-millimeter bullets cold, but each bullet carried seven hundred foot-pounds of energy. The vest had been designed to minimize blunt force trauma by dispersing the energy, but a large purple bruise was spreading across his chest.

May 21, 2020

They didn’t come for vengeance. They were taking a score.
“The dudes in Los Feliz believe she took it.” “Not anymore. Dead men have no beliefs.”
Riley’s silence sounded like death. “Tell me what happened.” “Joe Pike happened. We need to talk….
the first rule — the absolute, no exceptions RULE — all professionals lived by was this : At the first sign of heat, split. The instant Five-O sniffed, split. Drop everything, abandon the gear, bail. Crooks who broke the rule went to jail. Or died.
The keys opened storage spaces located near three different freeways leading out of the city. Each space held a larger go-bag containing ten thousand dollars, IDs, an alternate license plate, a 9mm pistol, a. 223-caliber semiautomatic rifle tricked out to fire full-auto, toiletries, and clothes.
No wonder crazies like Manson and the Night Stalker popped up out here. These people were defective.

ArapahoeStaff26 Oct 01, 2019

"Who the hell are you?"
"Joe Pike."
"How'd you get in?"
"Your door wasn't locked."
The old man pooched his lips.
"Want some coffee?"
"I killed Riley Cox."
Kinnaman squinted.
"What is this?"
Terrence Semple. Pitchess Lloyd. Charlie Reyes."
The cowboys.
"You get out of here. I don't know what you're talking about.
"Nathan Hicks. the man you sent to find DeeAnn Ryan."
Kinnaman wet his lips.
"You'd best leave."
"Got more names. Want to hear them?"
"I want my money is what I want. That bitch stole my money. I want it."
Pike raised his gun and shot Kinnaman in the chest. A little high, a little to the left, a bit down from the collarbone. Heart shot.
Pie walked over, and looked at the body.
"You can't have it." pg. 338

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