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The Watchman: A Joe Pike Novel

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The city was hers for a single hour, just the one magic hour, only hers.

Larkin Conner Barkley lives like the City of Angels is hers for the taking. Young and staggeringly rich, she speeds through the city during its loneliest hours, blowing through red after red in her Aston Martin as if running for her life. Until out of nowhere a car appears, and with it the metal-on-metal explosion of a terrible accident. Dazed, Larkin attempts to help the other victims. And finds herself the sole witness in a secret federal investigation.

For maybe the first time in her life, Larkin wants to do the right thing. But by agreeing to cooperate with the authorities, she becomes the target for a relentless team of killers. And when the U.S. Marshals and the finest security money can buy can't protect her, Larkin's wealthy family turns to the one man money can't buy — Joe Pike.

Pike lives a world away from the palaces of Beverly Hills. He's an ex-cop, ex-Marine, ex-mercenary who owes a bad man a favor, and that favor is to keep Larkin alive. The one upside of the job is reuniting with Bud Flynn, Pike's LAPD training officer, and a man Pike reveres as a father. The downside is Larkin Barkley, who is the uncontrollable cover girl for self-destruction — and as deeply alone as Pike.

Pike commits himself to protecting the girl, but when they immediately come under fire, he realizes someone is selling them out. In defiance of Bud and the authorities, Pike drops off the grid with the girl and follows his own rules of survival: strike fast, hit hard, hunt down the hunters. With the help of private investigator Elvis Cole, Pike uncovers a web of lies and betrayals, and the stunning revelation thateven the cops are not who they seem. As the body count rises, Pike's biggest threat might come from the girl herself, a lost soul in the City of Angels, determined to destroy herself unless Joe Pike can teach her the value of life...and love.

Review:

"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Twenty years ago, after a successful career writing for television, Robert Crais published his first novel about the Los Angeles investigator Elvis Cole. Since then the Cole novels, notable for the precision and intensity of Crais' writing, have won more than their share of prizes and started turning up on best-seller lists. One of their strengths has been Cole's formidable sidekick, Joe Pike. Cole... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"This book moves like an arrow fired from a compound bow.....[Crais] has distilled the crime novel into an efficient delivery system. He knows we're addicted and minds it not a bit." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"The twists and turns in this first-rate thriller are many and fast, and the tension never slackens." Library Journal

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of The Two Minute Rule returns with his most popular characters, Elvis Cole and Joe Pike — and this time, the darkly compelling Joe gets to take the driver's seat. The result is Crais' most blistering thriller to date.

About the Author

Robert Crais is the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award. He is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including The Two Minute Rule, The Forgotten Man, and L.A. Requiem.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743281638
Subtitle:
A Joe Pike Novel
Author:
Crais, Robert
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
California
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Thrillers
Series:
Joe Pike Novels
Publication Date:
20070227
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This book moves like an arrow fired from a compound bow.....[Crais] has distilled the crime novel into an efficient delivery system. He knows we're addicted and minds it not a bit."
"Review" by , "The twists and turns in this first-rate thriller are many and fast, and the tension never slackens."
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of The Two Minute Rule returns with his most popular characters, Elvis Cole and Joe Pike — and this time, the darkly compelling Joe gets to take the driver's seat. The result is Crais' most blistering thriller to date.
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