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The Watchman (2007)

de Robert Crais

Sèrie: Joe Pike (1), Elvis Cole (12)

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At last, the enigmatic partner of Elvis Cole (The Two Minute Rule) takes center stage in this pulse-racing thriller. When Joe Pike is charged with safeguarding a wealthy heiress, he discovers protecting the sole witness to a crime is nothing compared to protecting an LA party girl from her own self-destruction...
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. Then suddenly she sees another car's metal-on-metal explosion of a terrible accident and, dazed, finds herself the single witness in a secret federal investigation.

For maybe the first time in her life, Larkin wants to do the right thing. But in doing so she becomes the target for a relentless team of killers. And when the US 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 the uncontrollable Larkin alive.

Pike commits to protecting the girl, but it becomes clear someone in their circle is selling them out. Taking matters into his own hands, Joe drops off the gird with Larkin and follows his own survival rules: 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.… (més)

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I liked the Joe Pike book a lot more than I thought I would. Nice change of pace from an Elvis Cole stand alone. Looking forward to the next one. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
Excellent, excellent book. I've got to credit my local used bookseller for turning me on to Crais. Luckily I found the first of the Joe Pikes, but now I have to go back and see if I can find all the Elvis Coles. Anyway, back to this book, excellent story, great characters, and very well executed. I usually like more wit in my leading men, but the team up with Cole filled that role for Pike. Overall it was a fast paced thriller that I didn't want to put down, and luckily had a lazy Sunday, so I didn't have to. Like I've said numerous times before, you know a book is good when you don't want to put it down. I finished this one in one day, which is as much a combination of having the time to do it, and also wanting to do it. Now I just have to find all the rest... ( )
  MrMet | Apr 28, 2023 |
Needed more Elvis, but the action and suspense made for an enjoyable quick read. It was quick because I had trouble putting it down, but part of that might be because I just had a cataract surgery, and this was an audiobook so it was easy on my eyes, and I also had more of free time.

I like the Joe Pike character, but perhaps he's not great as a main character. He doesn't have much to say; kind of like the Clint Eastwood character in the early westerns. But some of what he does say is fairly profound, in a way. At least it was to "the girl", as they refer to Larkin Conner Barkley. But don't come down too hard on them, she acted pretty immature for much of the story, although seemed to redeem herself a bit at the end with the help of Joe Pike's psychoanalysis, which she deemed better than years of professional analysis.

He also has some insights into Elvis Cole, and brings up things we never knew about why he admires him even though Elvis is so different. ( )
  MartyFried | Oct 9, 2022 |
Good action book, Joe Pike is a man's man, but the plot didn't feel so smart.... ( )
  rendier | Dec 20, 2020 |
I love Joe Pike. That is all. ( )
  AliceAnna | Apr 11, 2020 |
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At last, the enigmatic partner of Elvis Cole (The Two Minute Rule) takes center stage in this pulse-racing thriller. When Joe Pike is charged with safeguarding a wealthy heiress, he discovers protecting the sole witness to a crime is nothing compared to protecting an LA party girl from her own self-destruction...
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. Then suddenly she sees another car's metal-on-metal explosion of a terrible accident and, dazed, finds herself the single witness in a secret federal investigation.

For maybe the first time in her life, Larkin wants to do the right thing. But in doing so she becomes the target for a relentless team of killers. And when the US 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 the uncontrollable Larkin alive.

Pike commits to protecting the girl, but it becomes clear someone in their circle is selling them out. Taking matters into his own hands, Joe drops off the gird with Larkin and follows his own survival rules: 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.

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