A Dangerous Man (Elvis Cole #18; Joe Pike #7)
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 rest, 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?

A Dangerous Man (Elvis Cole #18; Joe Pike #7) Details

TitleA Dangerous Man (Elvis Cole #18; Joe Pike #7)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 18th, 2019
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

A Dangerous Man (Elvis Cole #18; Joe Pike #7) Review

  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Robert Crais's fabulous crime thriller series set in Southern California and Los Angeles, featuring the well established duo of the strong, silent and dangerous Joe Pike with his military background and PI Elvis Cole returns with this latest cracker of an addition. Joe is at the bank where he is served by the young teller, Isabel 'Izzy' Roland. When Izzy leaves for an early lunch break, Joe is outside and just happens to see her being abducted by two men who bundle her in a car and take off. It' Robert Crais's fabulous crime thriller series set in Southern California and Los Angeles, featuring the well established duo of the strong, silent and dangerous Joe Pike with his military background and PI Elvis Cole returns with this latest cracker of an addition. Joe is at the bank where he is served by the young teller, Isabel 'Izzy' Roland. When Izzy leaves for an early lunch break, Joe is outside and just happens to see her being abducted by two men who bundle her in a car and take off. It's Izzy's lucky day, for Joe does what he has to do, and the two kidnappers have not a hope in hell as he rescues her. The men are arrested by the local police, but go on to make bail. A terrified Izzy contacts Joe, at which point it becomes clear that Joe is going to take on the mantle of her protector. As Izzy disappears after seeing a suspicious SUV outside her home, Joe calls in his best friend and business partner, Elvis to investigate.Soon it becomes apparent there is a local crime crew and arrivals from out of state have a malign interest in getting hold of Izzy, but why? Izzy seems a straight forward, normal young woman, whose parents have died and with little in the way of any background or reasons for why she should suddenly have become a high value target for criminals. Connections begin to emerge with the torture and killing of a retired US Marshall earlier, a man by the name of Ted Kemps, a long time presence in Izzy's family life and who she refers to as an 'uncle'. With the US Marshall Service intent on hunting down Kemps killer, Joe and Elvis find themselves in a case that involves a long ago pharmaceutical trial for fraud, whistleblowers, the Witness Protection Programme and a powerful force seeking vengeance at any cost. John Chen, the usual ambitious forensic guy that Pike turns to, finds his career prospects taking a distinct downturn after helping Joe, but Joe being Joe is not going to let Chen's career go down the pan.Crais masterfully showcases his ability to write fast paced, tense and compulsive crime reads with this short but well crafted story. His characterisation is pin sharp, I particularly loved Izzy and her bestie, the marvellously exuberant Carly, their relationship was a joy to observe. I am always going to read any addition to this wonderful series, i will take any opportunity to return to LA and dip into the action packed lives of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. This is for fans of this series and anyone who loves well written and tense crime thrillers. Many thanks to Simon and Schuster for an ARC.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    AsI have stated before, I have been a diehard fan of Robert Crais/Elvis Cole/Joe Pike for THIRTY YEARS. Seriously, when The Monkey’s Raincoat was published in 1987, I was working in a public library, grabbed it as soon as it came in, and was HOOKED. Since then, this has been one of the most reliable series in the mystery genre – consistent as in “OMG, has a new book coming out! YAY!” So I was happy to receive a copy of The Wanted from Penguin Group/G.P.Putnam’s Sons and NetGalley in return for m AsI have stated before, I have been a diehard fan of Robert Crais/Elvis Cole/Joe Pike for THIRTY YEARS. Seriously, when The Monkey’s Raincoat was published in 1987, I was working in a public library, grabbed it as soon as it came in, and was HOOKED. Since then, this has been one of the most reliable series in the mystery genre – consistent as in “OMG, has a new book coming out! YAY!” So I was happy to receive a copy of The Wanted from Penguin Group/G.P.Putnam’s Sons and NetGalley in return for my honest review.In this latest installment, Joe Pike is minding his own business on a beautiful Southern California day when he goes to the bank. As he is leaving, he sees a young woman named Isabel “Izzy” Roland, who works in the bank, being abducted by two men. Being Joe Pike, he leaps into action, rescues her, and the men are arrested. Should be settled, right? No chance, as Izzy disappears and Joe calls on Elvis Cole to help him unravel a complex mystery that includes whistleblowing, the Witness Protection Program, millions of dollars that may or may not have been stolen by Izzy’s mother, and a boatload of lying. It isn’t clear what Izzy really knows about the whole thing, and whether she is a victim or a criminal. Joe and Elvis take the reader on a classic Pike/Cole ride to justice, with lots of action and good writing along the way. In addition to just absolutely loving Elvis, I love Robert Crais’s writing, including structure, setting, character and plotting. The chapters in this book rotate among the main characters, including Joe Pike, Elvis Cole, law enforcement types, and the bad guys. The various areas of Los Angeles are familiar, and well described as Joe and Elvis search for Izzy, although I did have a “huh?” moment, when Joe is driving: “They followed Sunset Boulevard through the Palisades on a winding downhill slide to the sea. The rain slowed to a dying drizzle. Pike turned west on the Pacific Coast Highway, and followed the black edge of the ocean.” Nice writing, but PCH runs North and South, unless things have changed a lot since I left Southern California. But that’s a minor quibble as Crais continues his usual way of capturing the vibe of Southern California, noting how the “…warm night air was rich with the scent of night-blooming jasmine and orange blossoms…” Joe Pike is his usual self: “The blond man waited for Pike to say something, but Pike said nothing. The blond man filled the silence.” Crais is a master of having a character’s silence speak volumes, and in this case we have come to truly know the two main characters.Or have we? Frankly, the relationship between Joe and Izzy is pretty warm and fuzzy, and I will not be surprised if we meet Izzy again in a future book in this series. But whether Joe will become warmer and fuzzier or whether his action in the final chapter (which may shock some readers) represents the man he has become (or maybe always has been?) is a big question. In any case, I had a great time reading it, and look forward to the next adventure featuring Joe and/or Elvis. Five stars.
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Simon & Schuster UK for an advance copy of A Dangerous Man, the eighteenth novel to feature LA based Joe Pike and PI Elvis Cole.Pike has just left the bank when he sees teller, Isabel Roland, being bundled into a car. He manages to rescue her, but when her abductors are released from jail and shot soon after he realises there might be more to it than a simple kidnapping.I thoroughly enjoyed A Dangerous Man which is a high octane read from start to finish. I would like to thank Netgalley and Simon & Schuster UK for an advance copy of A Dangerous Man, the eighteenth novel to feature LA based Joe Pike and PI Elvis Cole.Pike has just left the bank when he sees teller, Isabel Roland, being bundled into a car. He manages to rescue her, but when her abductors are released from jail and shot soon after he realises there might be more to it than a simple kidnapping.I thoroughly enjoyed A Dangerous Man which is a high octane read from start to finish. It is not a long novel so Mr Crais does not have room for padding or slow moments. It is short, sharp and to the point and yet, the characters are all well defined, some more likeable than others. Perhaps this is to do with the shifting perspective as all the characters get their moment in the spotlight. Often I find this change in point of view distracting and choppy but in this case it all merges together well, whetting the appetite for more. I am very impressed with his skill and think it is one of the best crafted novels I have read all year. It held my attention from throughout and I read it one sitting without peeking ahead to see what was coming (most unusual) as I was living in the moment.In the reality stakes the plot probably doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny, so many guns and bodies and Joe Pike’s superhuman powers, but it is highly entertaining, funny in points when Elvis Cole makes an appearance and constantly on the go. Despite the violence it’s fun, fun, fun.I have read most of the books in this series and enjoyed them all. I must admit that I love Elvis, but even with the emphasis shifting to Pike I can still say it’s one of my favourite series. Elvis is the wisecracking extrovert, Pike is the silent man of action whom nobody can beat. Clichéd? Perhaps, but it’s very satisfying to see the good guys win unambiguously and be entertained along the way.A Dangerous Man is a great read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • Amanda Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first Robert Crais novel. I could definitely see this being a TV series -- or movie. To me, there was nothing particularly ground-breaking or suspenseful here. The novel dives right in to the action. The settings and sequences are well done, but I didn't feel like I had any particular stake in the characters. So, I didn't really care about the outcome. For me, this was a bit of a mindless airplane read, thus my two-star rating.
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  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    Just got a galley of the newest Bob Crais (publishing next month). He's one of my favorites - can't wait to start!
  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    This series never disappoints.
  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't missed a Robert Crais book ever. Add this one to the list of blockbusters! I even read it in less than 24 hours, something I almost never do. This time round Elvis and Joe find themselves involved in a kidnapping. Will they protect the innocent victim? Uh, duh! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review
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  • Joanne Chase
    January 1, 1970
    Joe Pike teams up once again with Elvis Cole. Young Isabel Roland works as a bank teller. Pike walks in to do a transaction right before lunchtime, and on his way back to his car, he witnesses two men kidnapping her as she leaves the bank for lunch. Pike chases them down, saves Isabel, and the two are arrested. But it’s not over yet. The suspects make bail, are murdered shortly after, and Isabel has disappeared. Elvis Cole assists in investigating, and they uncover a possible breach in a witness Joe Pike teams up once again with Elvis Cole. Young Isabel Roland works as a bank teller. Pike walks in to do a transaction right before lunchtime, and on his way back to his car, he witnesses two men kidnapping her as she leaves the bank for lunch. Pike chases them down, saves Isabel, and the two are arrested. But it’s not over yet. The suspects make bail, are murdered shortly after, and Isabel has disappeared. Elvis Cole assists in investigating, and they uncover a possible breach in a witness protection program, a dead US Marshall, possibly missing money from a pharmaceutical company on trial for fraud, and a series of lies. The main question Pike and Cole are asking themselves - is Isabel guilty of theft and fraud, or is she a victim here?This is another intriguing and well written novel by Robert Crais. The prose flows nicely, his characters are interesting, realistic, and believable, the plot is well thoughtful, nicely developed, and I most highly recommend this book
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  • Simon Bewick
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a big fan of the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series - and have read them all, dating back to The Monkey's Raincoat back in 1987. Now here we are 32 years and up to book number 18. The boys have aged well, and if they haven't eased into middle-aged (in print, OAPs in 'real-time') sedation, the books have settled down into a fairly predictable pattern. An innocent gets mixed up in some nefarious scheme by a Mr Big and his multi-levelled selection of minions and Elvis and/ or Pike get sucked into h I'm a big fan of the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series - and have read them all, dating back to The Monkey's Raincoat back in 1987. Now here we are 32 years and up to book number 18. The boys have aged well, and if they haven't eased into middle-aged (in print, OAPs in 'real-time') sedation, the books have settled down into a fairly predictable pattern. An innocent gets mixed up in some nefarious scheme by a Mr Big and his multi-levelled selection of minions and Elvis and/ or Pike get sucked into helping them - either by being hired to investigate or just dumb luck. This time around it's a young female bank teller who is kidnapped off the street where Joe Pike happens to be sitting in his jeep. He quickly foils the ensuing attempt, and then things start to get bigger...The series, originally written primarily from Elvis Cole, coolest, wisest cracking PI in the business' point of view and calling in Joe Pike, the stoic, deadly, and loyal friend as and when needed. The dynamic changed with The Watchman back in 2007, a 'Joe Pike' novel with Cole playing the reversed role of cameo appearance. Since then, Crais has alternated somewhat between the two, and this time out it ostensibly a Pike novel. This tends to mean there is less humour: sure Cole will pop up with his sarcastic and sardonic approaches, but Pike's steely and humourless approach dictates the tone of the novel overall. So what we end up with here is a novel similar in plot to the earlier Pike stories - including 'Taken' where it's up to Pike to mow his way through various minions, mid-level goons, bad lieutenants until he gets to the top of the criminal chain. And, like a video game, it's lost some of its tension now for me: there wasn't any real tension in the book because we've seen it all before. Pike (and Cole to a lesser extent) are going to be better trained, more ruthless, skilled and determined than the cannon fodder he comes up against.Pike doesn't have the emotional baggage on display that Cole has - so there is none of the relationship subplots from the Elvis books. and while that's not necessarily a bad thing in itself (the whole star crossed lovers business with Lucy Chenier had really run its course), there's nothing of heft to replace it here: we learned about Pike's backstory: what turned him into the warrior he is today, several books back. So here, he's just a relentless destruction machine and in that context, the story itself just isn't original enough to inspire any real excitement: we've seen the formula too many times in the series already, complete with those the protagonists are trying to protect repeatedly doing stupid things, just to ensure they remain or return to danger for the boys to save them from.It's not a bad book by any chance, but neither is it in any way different from the last four or five: it does nothing to build on the characters, their relationship, their ageing or their history. It's a bit like watching a Taken 2 or 3...you know what you're going to get, it is delivered and there was never any real doubt as to how it was going to turn out.
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  • Anne Szlachcic
    January 1, 1970
    The latest in a long line of great books featuring Joe Pike and Elvis Cole .Joe intervenes in the attempted kidnapping of banK cashier , Izzy ……………… why was she kidnapped , who is after her ??The kidnappers make bail and a terrified Izzy contacts Joe - a suspicious SUV has been seen outside her home -Joe rushes to her aid BUT she is nowhere to be found . Determined to look for her Joe contacts his PI partner Elvis Cole to ask him to help investigate - there appears to be more to the kidnapping t The latest in a long line of great books featuring Joe Pike and Elvis Cole .Joe intervenes in the attempted kidnapping of banK cashier , Izzy ……………… why was she kidnapped , who is after her ??The kidnappers make bail and a terrified Izzy contacts Joe - a suspicious SUV has been seen outside her home -Joe rushes to her aid BUT she is nowhere to be found . Determined to look for her Joe contacts his PI partner Elvis Cole to ask him to help investigate - there appears to be more to the kidnapping than initially thought - especially when they link the torture/murder of a retired US Marshall to her past - a past she knows nothing about They are in a race against time to find Izzy alive and to puzzle out the secrets of her past . This is a fast paced thriller , with the usual conflict between Joe and Elvis with local Police forces adding to the plot . I would recommend this series to anyone who wants a great PI thriller with a difference ……. the main characters makes this series strand out from the norm .I was given an arc of this book y the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Maggie Joesbury
    January 1, 1970
    AmazingMy only complaint about this book is that I had to wait so long for it to be published. Robert Crais has a writing style far beyond his peers (sorry) and portrays an absolute balance of background, morality, humour violence if and when required and always a brilliant story. I read this in one go as I I couldn’t put it down. If you are new to Cole and Pike stories, read them all. I have numerous times and they never get old. Well done Mr Crais. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the AmazingMy only complaint about this book is that I had to wait so long for it to be published. Robert Crais has a writing style far beyond his peers (sorry) and portrays an absolute balance of background, morality, humour violence if and when required and always a brilliant story. I read this in one go as I I couldn’t put it down. If you are new to Cole and Pike stories, read them all. I have numerous times and they never get old. Well done Mr Crais. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next one.
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  • Jonathan Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    Superb as ever Love both Elvia Cole and Joe Pike. This story is perhaps a bit more Joe than Elvis but is another cracking tale. I found myself reading it at every spare moment and finished it in just a couple of days. If there is a better ‘good guy’ duo in crime / thriller literature than these two I would love to hear who !
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  • Evelyn
    January 1, 1970
    Leaving the bank, Joe Pike thwarts the abduction of the bank teller who just helped him. But when the perps are released on bail then killed execution style, he becomes a prime suspect and asks PI Elvis Cole for help.This series never disappoints! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Joanne
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't missed a Robert Crais book ever. Add this one to the list of blockbusters! I even read it in less than 24 hours, something I almost never do. This time round Elvis and Joe find themselves involved in a kidnapping. Will they protect the innocent victim? Uh, duh! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Davitt
    January 1, 1970
    ‘kin aceRead it one hit.Any reader fond of this genre will get their money’s worth.Recommended without reservation.Buy now.
  • Frank
    January 1, 1970
    all these books are excellent
  • Carl
    January 1, 1970
    Another brilliantly written story featuring the best partnership to grace a page.Sparsely written tight story that delivers.excellent
  • Lynda Walton
    January 1, 1970
    EnjoyableElvis Cole and Joe Pike, what a team. Two of my favorite characters. What an adventure and looking forward to the next one.
  • Paul Devall
    January 1, 1970
    Superb story tellingI have read all the previous Cole and Pike books. This one excels in the genre. Sadly it is over now.Until the next one.
  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    August
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