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It seemed like a simple case - before the bodies starting piling up. Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, take on the deadliest case of their lives, in the new masterpiece of suspense from the number-one New York Times best-selling author
When single mother Devon Connor hires private investigator Elvis Cole, it's because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and she's afraid he's dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two other partners in crime, he's been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of them is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear.
They stole the wrong thing from the wrong man. Determined to get it back, he has hired a team that is smart and brutal, and to even the odds, Cole calls in his friends Joe Pike and Jon Stone. But even they may be overmatched. The hired killers are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. A few more won't make any difference.
©2005 Robert Crais (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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By Edward on 12-31-17

Not what I expected after waiting for so long

After having listened to every Robert Crais novel from the very first encounter with the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series, I couldn't wait to get my ears on the latest edition. If you follow the series, you begin to sense a real connection to the characters. You can visualize the cat and the A-frame sitting in Laurel Canyon and the yellow corvette and the arrows on Joe Pike's arms. His writing style makes listening easy and fun. The problem with an audio book is you usually get an instant sense of comfort or unease when the narrator utters the first sentence. Such was the case here. Crais has had some very good narrators in the past, and has used the same few many times. It's always best when the narrator just blends into the background and you concentrate on the story rather than the teller. Not so here. I was uncomfortable (annoyed may be a bit strong) at hearing the narrator begin. The writing is just as crisp and the self-deprecation the character displays is always evident, and the little asides he mutters (usually to himself) are just as interesting and fun as before, but the narration doesn't allow you to sit back and enjoy it as in past editions. Luke Daniels did not capture the mood of the series or of the characters. His voice was always what I concentrated on rather than listening to the story. The book is vintage Robert Crais, don't get me wrong, but I'd prefer it if he had used one of his previous narrators who have the style and the characters down in such a way that you immediately were back in that comfort zone where you found yourself sitting on Elvis' deck with your legs dangling over the edge as you watched a red-tailed hawk circle the canyon while Joe stood rock still against the wall and Elvis fed beer to the cat.

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By Kay Tracy on 12-29-17

disappointing from this series

Better than Lee Child's most recent, but still disappointing- standard plot, not enough Pike, disappointing.

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By Nathan on 01-01-18

Kept me hooked!<br />

Different type of story when comparing to other Robert Crais books, really enjoyed it though. The narrator was great too, I think he really captures Elvis Cole's personality. Definitely worth a listen.

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By A. Bradshaw on 01-23-18

Standard Issue Crais

If you’ve read/listened to the Elvia Cole series before, you know what you’re getting. But it’s still an interesting and fun story, it’s good to spend time with Cole & Pike, hope the next book comes quicker

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