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?
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Mystery veteran Robert Crais unleashes the renegade Los Angeles crime-fighting duo Cole and Pike on their most high-stakes case yet. When maverick paramilitary contractor Joe Pike interrupts the attempted abduction of a bank teller in broad daylight, his save-the-day instincts immediately kick in. Soon Pike and his best friend, canny private investigator Elvis Cole, are facing down a ruthless L.A. crime syndicate that suspects the teller is heir to a huge sum of dirty cash. Propelled by Crais’ grimy wit and whip-smart plotting, A Dangerous Man is a good old-fashioned potboiler that crackles with tough-guy energy.
In MWA Grand Master Crais's outstanding 18th Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novel (after 2017's The Wanted), Elvis, a private detective, and Joe, a very private paramilitary contractor, try to determine why young Los Angeles bank teller Isabel Roland was seized by kidnappers after she left the bank on a lunch break. Only Joe's fortuitous intervention saved her at the time but another kidnapping attempt succeeds. But who wants Isabel and why? Now Joe and Elvis have to locate Isabel and rescue her from a coterie of extremely proficient hired guns. Crais begins the story with deceptive simplicity but slowly ratchets up both the tension and the action with surgical precision. The scenes in which Joe saves Isabel from her captors and the final shoot-out among a colorful array of hit men, police, and U.S. Marshals stand as high-water marks among Crais's illustrious crime oeuvre. So, who is the dangerous man to which the book's title refers? Who but the stoic Joe Pike, demonstrating yet again why the particular kind of danger he carries is just plain off the charts. This one's sure to hit the bestseller charts. Author tour.
“A Dangerous Man” Robert Crais
Crais’ books are always fun to read. They have a film noir type feel as if you’d expect to see each movie/book drop on Netflix taking 3-4 episodes to complete. It’s a great way to pass the time when you want something that many would describe as a “page turner!”
Enjoyed this book.
The book is one of the best Elvis Cole Stories yet.