A Dangerous Man

A Dangerous Man

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"A brilliant new crime novel from the beloved, bestselling, and award-winning master of the genre--and Joe Pike's most perilous case to date. Joe Pike didn't expect to rescue a woman that day. He went to the bank same as anyone goes to the bank, and returned to his Jeep. So when Isabel Roland, the lonely young teller who helped him, steps out of the bank on her way to lunch, Joe is on hand when two men abduct her. Joe chases them down, and the two men are arrested. But instead of putting the drama to bed, the arrests are only the beginning of the trouble for Joe and Izzy. After posting bail, the two abductors are murdered and Izzy disappears. Pike calls on his friend, Elvis Cole, to help learn the truth. What Elvis uncovers is a twisted family story that involves corporate whistleblowing, huge amounts of cash, the Witness Relocation Program, and a long line of lies. But what of all that did Izzy know? Is she a perpetrator or a victim? And how far will Joe go to find out?"--
Publisher: New York, New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780525535683
Characteristics: 339 pages ;,24 cm.

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gloryb
Dec 08, 2019

A quick read. Could be read as a stand alone novel even though this novel is in the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series. The author doesn't deviate from the pattern established in his other Cole and Pike novels. There is minimal description, lots of action - car chases, a damsel in distress, a kidnapping, gunshots and plenty of scheming by both the bad and good guys when Cole and Pike get ensnared into helping out a victim - this time its a young woman. The violence is limited to shoot outs. The plot is attention getting and interesting and moves along at a good pace. It centers around a whistle blower who has benefited by the millions before being placed into a witness protection plan. Years pass and she and her family seem safe, but when will she tell her daughter the truth about the life they have lived and about the millions? One day there is an attempted kidnap of her daughter. Pike and Cole get involved just by being innocent bystanders. This novel would probably be a good poolside read.

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AlmadenAFS
Dec 03, 2019

Publisher shorts the pages to make this a quick read. Pike and Cole the Frick & Frack of the shoot um up books. Crais gives a another good read.

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0007548100dmw
Dec 02, 2019

Another exciting Crais thriller. Fast moving, much action to the very end.

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Blabbermouth
Oct 24, 2019

Isabel Roland is abducted on a day that Joe Pike is in the same place at the same time, its unfortunate for the two men doing the abducting cos Joe feels he has to step in & does. There starts a good easy read with good characters & great action. Elvis Cole to had come & help Joe.

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nannerl
Oct 12, 2019

Excellent storytelling. The one annoying factor was the characterization of two women in their 20's portrayed as though they were silly preteens with all the texting, giggling, and not taking instructions seriously. And yes, it is important how women are portrayed in novels and elsewhere - no good comes from perpetuating stereotypes.

ArapahoeAnnaL Oct 01, 2019

This book is a lot of fun with writing as confident and capable as its terrific heroes, private eye Elvis Cole and military operative Joe Pike. Incredibly smart and tough they are respectful and kind to all including lowly bank tellers like Isabel Roland and insecure geeky criminologists like John Chen. The dialog and descriptions are fresh and witty.

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NedSu
Sep 29, 2019

The great part about Robert Crais' work is that it is always an interesting read. Like others, I wish he was even more prolific. This is almost like reading a screenplay- plot driven, little dialogue, lots of action. And, like any action movie, it is over too soon. It took me less than a day to read, and now I have to wait for another 6 months to a year to do it all over again. It is always worth the wait.

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carolsonder
Sep 11, 2019

as always a great read! just sorry it takes so long in between books. but you won't be disappointed with this one!

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DT_kcls
Sep 10, 2019

'A Dangerous Man' is another winner by Robert Crais. My only complaint is that we have to wait too long between installments of their adventures.

What I found interesting (and different) about 'A Dangerous Man' is that it is less about Elvis Cole and Joe Pike and more about the story and plot in which they find themselves involved. Personally I like this because it solves the potential problem of our heroes becoming flat and predictable, which happens all too often with popular and familiar characters.

I love the fact that the title, 'A Dangerous Man', could be referring to any one of a number of good guys - Pike, Cole, the U.S. Marshall, the forensic scientist - AND/OR bad guys!

5 stars Mr. Crais.

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McCReader
Sep 06, 2019

Great book - has been too long since the last one in this series!

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ArapahoeAnnaL Oct 01, 2019

"Who the hell are you?"
"Joe Pike."
"How'd you get in?"
"Your door wasn't locked."
The old man pooched his lips.
"Want some coffee?"
"I killed Riley Cox."
Kinnaman squinted.
"What is this?"
Terrence Semple. Pitchess Lloyd. Charlie Reyes."
The cowboys.
"You get out of here. I don't know what you're talking about.
"Nathan Hicks. the man you sent to find DeeAnn Ryan."
Kinnaman wet his lips.
"You'd best leave."
"Got more names. Want to hear them?"
"I want my money is what I want. That bitch stole my money. I want it."
Pike raised his gun and shot Kinnaman in the chest. A little high, a little to the left, a bit down from the collarbone. Heart shot.
Pie walked over, and looked at the body.
"You can't have it." pg. 338

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