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The Watchman (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series #11)

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5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Rivals the Elvis Cole novels

Elvis Cole sidekick, the enigmatic and dangerous Joe Pike, gets a high-powered starring role in "The Watchman," with The World's Greatest Detective playing backup this time. A reluctant Pike is convinced to repay an old debt by protecting Larkin Barkley, a spoiled young...
Elvis Cole sidekick, the enigmatic and dangerous Joe Pike, gets a high-powered starring role in "The Watchman," with The World's Greatest Detective playing backup this time. A reluctant Pike is convinced to repay an old debt by protecting Larkin Barkley, a spoiled young heiress (Paris Hilton anyone?) who rear-ended another car after a night of wild partying and is now on the run from both the mysterious accident victims, who suspiciously absconded from the accident scene, and the FBI, who seem to be hiding the real reason they want her in custody. Pike, with Cole's assistance, gets Larkin into hiding and goes after the bad guys - which may include members of the police force and the FBI - himself, setting a series of traps to find out what's going on. What I really liked about this book, besides the fast pace, colorful characters and vivid SoCal setting, all up to Crais' usual high standards, is the sensitive portrayal of the girl, who is far more than just a cliche of the pampered, spoiled celebs constantly overexposed in the tabloids. "The Watchman" is a welcome change of pace which tells us a lot about Joe Pike and the things in his past that made him who he is. Hopefully this is just the first in his own series.
Also recommended: "A Stranger Lies There" - a hard-boiled thriller set in the desert around Palm Springs, it won the Malice Domestic Award for best first mystery. I actually discovered this book in an Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine review alongside "The Watchman." The review stated: "Santogrossi writes powerfully and movingly about a man who has paid for his mistakes only to find out that he's not through paying and never will be. An author to watch."

posted by 1041837 on May 23, 2009

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9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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Same problem...won't download. I see it in my library, but .....

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    Another highly recommend book by Robert Crais

    Joe Pike is at his best in this book! I have read several books by Robert Crais and found them all to be at the 5 star level! I am a big fan of his now after reading his latest book, Taken,I just had to read more of his books with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike!

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Great first book in the series

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

    Good Pulp Fiction

    This book is great for a quick escape, but don't expect to be blown away by its complete originality. It is fast paced and full of action. The plot is easy and fun with a few twists that do, surprisingly, surprise. The main character is easy to follow and oddly likeable. The author gave him a few wierd character idiosyncracies that are supposed to make him cool, i guess, but just end up being useless and played. Sunglasses at night? C'mon. And a daddy issue? Really? If you can get over it, then this is a worthwhile airplane or beach read that will fully distract you. Its just enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2010

    Very Good Series Beginning

    I really enjoyed this book, the main character is interesting and very mysterious. Because of this book, I purchased the Joe Pike #2 book and some Elvis Cole books. I recommend this series to all crime book fans.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    good read

    good story, lots of action

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2009

    Great Book!

    I enjoyed this book and it was a fast read. It kept me guessing. I liked the twists and turns. --K--

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