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The Wanted (An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel) Hardcover – December 26, 2017
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Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike take on the deadliest case of their lives in the new masterpiece of suspense from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Robert Crais.
It seemed like a simple case—before the bodies started piling up...
When single-mother Devon Connor hires 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 others, 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, and, determined to get it back, he has hired two men who are smart and brutal and the best at what they do.
To even the odds, Cole brings in his friend Joe Pike, but even the two of them together may be overmatched. The police don’t want them anywhere near the investigation, the teenagers refuse to be found, and the hired killers are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. Pretty soon, they’ll find out everything they need to know to track the kids down—and then nothing that Elvis or Joe can do may make any difference. It might even get them killed.
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“Gripping...The Wanted brings private detective Elvis Cole back in his full glory, so if you’re a fan you’ll rejoice, while new readers can celebrate a welcome literary gift from a master of the craft.”—The Huffington Post
“[A]nother page-turner by one of the most reliable storytellers in modern crime fiction.”—Associated Press
“Expertly crafted.”—Seattle Times
“Crais's trademark humor and thoroughly accurate, genuine depictions of human interactions make this one of his best yet... [He] delivers another highly and deeply satisfying page-turner.”—Library Journal
"Crais, who has a Grandmaster Award from the Mystery Writers of America, always delivers riveting crime fiction while somehow offering something unique in every novel. Here it's the surprisingly interesting, Tarantino-like conversations between Harvey and Stemms as they plan their next deadly steps. More fantastic reading from a perennial A-lister who belongs on every crime fan's TBR list.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Among West Coast mystery writers, none is more reliable than Crais, who is in excellent form here....In his 21st book, Los Angeles ace Crais extends his streak of sharp, enjoyable thrillers.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The empathic Elvis takes center stage, with just enough hard-boiled Pike to season the mayhem...expertly crafted.”—Publishers Weekly
“Crais is one of the best crime writers in the business, and this thrilling novel will not only be wanted by thriller aficionados, but cherished as well. He has another guaranteed bestseller on his hands.”—Suspense Magazine
“[Crais is] an excellent maker of suspense plots and thriller scenes, and gives full value on that score, but his real interest is in character, including mostly people who also seem grim and dark.”—Sullivan County Democrat
“[An] outstanding crime-thriller...the tone is clearly dark, bordering on noir, to spectacular results. The Wanted is a book you definitely want to find under your Christmas tree. A relentless and riveting read that is everything great crime fiction is supposed to be.”—Providence Journal
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- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition (December 26, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399161503
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399161506
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.38 x 1.31 x 9.31 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #381,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
Actually, her son is a part-time burglar, hitting high-end homes in the platinum triangle and suddenly finding himself with tens of thousands of dollars in cash and goods--enough, perhaps, to make him less geeky and more popular, particularly with his two partners, one of whom (Amber) is particularly attractive.
Unfortunately, the young man (‘Tyson’) has stolen something of immense but not immediately apparent value from an individual with a dark secret and the financial means to suppress it. He has hired two tough guys to find the juvenile burglars, secure the lost item and then dispatch them with extreme prejudice. Elvis is caught in the middle and the local cops are threatening to arrest him as an obstructor, an accessory, etc. etc. unless he plays ball with them. Elvis being Elvis he is able to keep a lot of people at bay and a lot of balls in the air. When it comes to the bad guys he is not alone. He has Joe Pike.
The result is a novel that begins a bit slowly and strangely (given the situation) that then accelerates very nicely and ends in a very satisfying crescendo. In the process we see a lot of the City of the Angels, which Crais knows very, very well, meet some interesting people, perhaps even find a future romantic relationship for Elvis and watch a clever cat-and-mice game involving the cops, the Cole, the bad guys and an overweight geek/techie who calls himself ‘The Carl’.
All of Crais’s novels are cleverly wrought. He is a mainstay in the world of crime fiction. This is one of his very best.
Five stars; highly recommended.