The Watchman : Joe Pike

  • by Robert Crais
  • Narrated by James Daniels
  • Series: Joe Pike
  • 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fast & furious & not very deep

I've only read the first Elvis Cole book, in which Pike was a minor character, so I wasn't sure what the characters would be like in the reverse position. Overall, the story was fast and furious. It wasn't particularly deep, or even very violent (though there is a lot of "talk" about being violent, but mostly it was just people getting shot)...

I wanted a replacement for Lee Child's Reacher series - and Pike nearly fits the bill. He's quiet and doesn't waste time being nice or talking when he can just act and get stuff done. I think the "relationship" between him and the woman he was protecting was just too jarring. The story wasn't long enough or deep enough to justify them having a "developing" relationship of any type, and, on top of that, the reader was lead to believe that the girl was young-ish, and Pike is middle aged, so it was creepy on that note.

All in all, not a bad book, and I'd read more in this series if they were on sale. The narration is well done.
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- crazybatcow "I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)"

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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- Andrew "I read everything (from Victorian Romances to espionage). I even like kids books (i.e. Bloody Jack series)."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-20-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio