Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are joined by Suspect heroes LAPD K-9 Officer Scott James and his German shepherd, Maggie, in this heart-stopping thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Crais.
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike keep their promises. Even if it could get them killed...
Elvis Cole is hired to find a woman who’s disappeared, a seemingly ordinary case, until he learns the missing woman is an explosives expert and worked for a Defense Department contractor. Meanwhile, LAPD K-9 Officer Scott James and his patrol dog, Maggie, track a fugitive to a house filled with explosives—and a dead body. As the two cases intertwine, they all find themselves up against shadowy arms dealers and corrupt officials, and the very woman they promised to save may be the cause of their own deaths.
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Robert Crais’ 16th Elvis Cole caper is a treat that artfully gathers an all-star cast of the author’s most popular characters. Grizzled private detective Cole is joined by ex-Marine Joe Pike, mercenary Jon Stone, and Maggie—a German shepherd police dog and the novel’s true star—to investigate a missing-person case. As the crew uncovers the crime’s connection to a suspect energy firm and a formidable terrorism group, the plot thickens. Whip-smart, lightning-paced chapters narrated from different characters’ perspectives build relentlessly to a startling climax.
MWA Grandmaster Crais is at the top of his game in his 16th Elvis Cole novel (after 2012's Taken). When the L.A. PI goes looking for chemical engineer Amy Breslyn, who has absconded with $460,000 from her company, Woodson Energy Solutions, he learns that Amy's motive involves her journalist son, who died in a terrorist bombing in Nigeria 16 months earlier. The investigation takes Cole to a house in Echo Park crammed with explosives a locale that also attracts LAPD K-9 officer Scott James and his German shepherd Maggie (the protagonists of 2013's Suspect). At the house, a criminal mastermind eludes the team, but when the crook realizes that James can identify him, he determines to eliminate the K-9 officer. Meanwhile, the Major Crimes squad becomes suspicious of Cole, who calls on his partner, the ultracryptic Joe Pike, for help. Pike in turn enlists the talents of former Delta Force op Jon Stone, now a mercenary. The resolution of the complicated conspiracy is both clever and touching.
Perhaps the best yet in the Elvis Cole series.
Now he brings in a dog? I LOVED the dog!
When I started this book, I said “if something happens to Maggie, I’m done with this series…”. No spoiler here.