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Publisher's Summary

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 that even 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.
Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.
©2007 Robert Crais (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Joe Pike, the intriguing, enigmatic partner of L.A. PI Elvis Cole, takes center stage in this intense thriller....The breathless pace and rich styling are sure to appeal to readers of hard-boiled fiction." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Elvis Cole's mostly silent partner, Joe Pike, now has a book of his own. His character, manner, and ethic resemble that of Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry), and thanks to James Daniels, so does his voice." ( AudioFile)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Richard Delman on 05-05-17

Joe Pike is a real person: no longer a cartoon.

Where does The Watchman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's up there in the top 15 to 20%. I have been reading Robert Crais for about 25 years now. He used to make me laugh out loud. As time has gone on, Crais has developed a real life for Elvis Cole, and in this book he develops a sort-of real life for Pike. Pike has been a silent, super-strong Superman who always came to Cole's rescue when the chips were down. In this book, which was published in 2007, Pike gets caught up in an extremely complicated web, with a seductive, rich, gorgeous young woman at the center of it. They fall in love, but...well, I won't spoil the end of the book. Extremely enjoyable, if somewhat convoluted and contrived at the last ninety minutes or so.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pike is clearly the star here. Crais has put Elvis in the middle of so many adventures that it is high time for Pike to have his own. And he does, and it is a whopper.

What does James Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is extremely good at slipping from one character to another, and from one mood to another. There are a lot of characters, and Mr. Daniels has mastered them all. Pike's hoarse, throaty voice is the distinctive center of the action. Daniels does the females with respect and substance. Crais has written them as real women, as he did with the woman that Cole fell in love with years ago, Lucy Chenier. I heard not a false moment from Mr. Daniels.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Again, this is not what I do. As far as I know, at least one book has been made into a movie, and it was depressingly, vividly violent. I am fairly confident that Mr. Crais enjoyed the financial reward, but he probably had lots of problems with the final product. Hollywood. Ugh.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew Stone on 06-18-09

A Quick Read! Both Drama and Action!

Joe Pike, ex-Sniper, ex-Policeman, ex-Mercenary... a complex, screwed-up character.

The pace of this book is slowed down by the character development and relationships that develop between Pike and the rich 'hot' girl that he is protecting. I ended up liking both characters much more than a lot of action-hero characters like "Jack Reacher" books by Lee Child (I highly recommend Lee Child books for there extreme action). Pike and the 'babe' became more real and touching (you will actually feel for these characters).

The plot was definitely not predictable. Especially in regards to the gratuitous sex between leading characters in most books and movies. Furthermore, the ending of the book was a bit sad.

I purchased this book both on the reader reviews of both Amazon and Audible. "The Watchman" deserves it's favorable high ranking.

I rounded up and gave the book 5 stars.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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