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Wanted, The (An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel) MP3 CD – Unabridged, June 5, 2018
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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 #1 New York Times–bestselling 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.
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (June 5, 2018)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1455877662
- ISBN-13 : 978-1455877669
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #921,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elvis, through his skills as a private investigator, discovered that Jason and his young friends, burglarized homes of wealthy and important victims, similar to the "Bling Ring." Additionally, the wrong home was hit and two hired dangerous thugs (One big, the other bigger) are on the trail to get the stolen property back. The body counts start and this job is perhaps the most dangerous job that Elvis and Joe take.
The Wanted was released on December 26, 2017 and this book was a present from me, to me.
Robert Crais is a gifted author and I read all of his books. The Wanted is a fast-paced thriller. I enjoyed the plot and all of the characters.
I highly recommend The Wanted and would like to suggest, if the reader has not read a Elvis Cole, Joe Pike novel, that they started from earlier novels.
Elvis (maybe not so much mysterious Joe) feels like an old friend at this point - I can hear his witty banter and wise-cracking retorts in my head in public places. He channels me charisma and humor in difficult situations. When A-holes try to have their way with me, I often finding myself regurtating replies which lands me further in trouble. In Crais’ last two books this Elvis has really been absent - where has he gone?
While certainly a noticible improvement over the empty “Promise”, The Wanted still comes across as a thrown-together, lackluster effort compared to some of Bob’s earlier works (check out Lullaby Town or Stalking the Angel for some of his best). The plot was fairly well crafted, with an exception of one, seemingly uncharacteristically careless move by Elvis near the 3rd act - but the beautiful, engaging character/location/character-thought descriptions have been missing for some time now. How nice it used to be to hear Elvis’ wandering thoughts and deep pondering of the universe as he drove. The reliable wise cracks and internal picking-fun when we’d meet random strangers along the story (I’m looking at you apartment manager in The Monkey’s a Raincoat). The mystery would normally be laid in real thick with Pike, an empty office foreshadowed and well-paced call backs from previous adventures would truly build to introductions of a character who could form from smoke - without further explination needed. The prelude, wind-up, and tee-ball serving of Pike here is lackluster. It’s great to see the return of some additional characters, but nothing like their roles in The Sentry, Voodoo River, or even a still missing Lou.
Respectfully, I hope Bob is happy. Perhaps it’s time, age, or a lack of variety - I haven’t written the same characters for ~30 years so perhaps it’s hard to keep fresh. It’s normal to want to try new things. But the story and writing here isn’t the same as the young, hungry Crais who wrote some of the finest, wittiest, engaging detective novels ever to grace L.A. as his first works did.
The thought of Elvis ever retiring makes my stomach turn. I frequently, frequently re-read all of Crais’ works up to Taken (great bromance of Elvis and Joe). I have to think however at this point that perhaps with age Elvis has truly lost a step. At least we still have the older works.
I highly recommend the audio version of the book as well. Luke Daniels does an outstanding job narrating all the characters and he used the voices I had read in my head. Joe Pike sounded the way I thought he would sound and also Elvis Cole as well. I recommend Luke Daniels for more audible books!