The Watchman (Joe Pike #1)
Joe Pike takes the lead in this Robert Crais offering and gets saddled protecting a Paris Hilton type heiress named Larkin Barkley. As with L.A. Requiem, Joe Pike's past is explored as the case un...more
This is a good read as are all the Elvis Cole books.
Good, not the best. I will continue with Pike, however. I wrote a much more extensive review of The Watchman, but the computer ate it up.One false key stroke and you're done4! UUUGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH So in my...more
Joe Pike...named for a rather nasty fish...is an interesting character. Taciturn, direct, he speaks in short declarative sentences and really doesn't do much emotion. I mean he has them, he just doesn't see any point in showing them or letting them dominate his life. He's friends and sometimes partner to Elvis Cole...a wise cracking PI.
This is not the first nove...more
I figured this book was part of a series (and it is, Book 11), but what surprised me was that the series is considered the 'Elvis Cole' series, and that character was definitely secondary in this novel...however, on second thought, that's a relief,...more
An audio-book seemed like a good thing to try as an alternative. I get to drive to work 2 or 3 times a week and have a CD player, so why not?
This isn’t the first audio-book I’ve tried. I’ve experimented many times in the past, but generally have found them a little frustrating. Apart from anythi...more
Robert Crais wrote for the hit television shows Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, and L.A. Law, among others, so it comes as no surprise that his novels (including 11 featuring Elvis Cole and Joe Pike) have a hard-boiled feel and seamlessly incorporate cutting dialogue (see the recently reviewed The Two-Minute Rule, HHHJ May/June 2006). In The Watchman, Crais maintains his reputation as an edge-of-your-seat plotter with a psychological bent, not unlike Lee Child in his Jack Reacher series or James...more
Larkin, a wealthy single woman (think Paris Hilton) witnesses something. Bad guys want her dead. She is in safe houses under federal protection. Three times someone leaks the location to the bad guys who come with guns. So Joe Pike a former marine and police officer is hired to protect her. He keeps her safe. The federal authorities, local police, and her father are angry at Joe...more
He has red arrows pointing forward tattooed on his deltoids because Joe Pike does not back up.
This is the guy I've been waiting years to read about. Author R...more
Crais's Joe Pike seems to be even more psychopathic (his nasty fat...more
Pike's an ex-Marine and ex-cop from the LAPD and they are good friends. Their relationship is explored further and deeper in each book I've read. They have a strong and mutual respect for each other and bounce off each other nicely with Elvis being somewhat of a joker (he makes me...more
Joe Pike, an ex-cop, must protect Larkin Conner Barkley, a rich and spoiled young woman. She is to be a witness in a federal case and everywhere she goes the killer hunts her down. Everything is not as it should be though and Joe Pike must figure out who he can trust and what exactly is the truth.
The characters in this novel were very interesting and deep. The plot was somewhat predictable, although there were some very good twist...more
This started just a little slow for me but somewhere between 50-100 pages in I becoame hooked. The charcters were very cool led by Pike & Cole. Throw in a sexy and...more
There are alot of variations on the LA private eye story. And lots of good practitioners of the genre. Crais is among the best. His two characters Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, in my book, belong among the best LA literary sleuths.
This is Joe Pike's novel, but Elvis Cole is his buddy and of course he makes more than a cameo. Pike relies on Cole to provide key backup.
Pike is a damaged soul from childhood, but he's a tough survivor...more
The twitch at the corner of the mouth, an almost smile. The tattooed red arrows on the arms always pointing forward, never back. The sunglasses hiding icy blue eyes. An enigma wrapped up in a hummus pita. Joe Pike's a vegetarian. Red meat makes him aggressive. "Way it is," says Joe.
The Watchman is Joe Pike. Elvis Cole, is the extrovert, the world's greatest detective driving a bright yellow...more
There is a quite a bit of background info on Joe. Some flashbacks to his short time on the LAPD. He becomes a b...more
I wish the New York Times would describe me as taut and muscular, but I guess I will have to settle for reading books that merit that description. (I suppose today's fifteen minutes of yardwork were not enough.)
I enjoyed this book very much. It moves fast, and Pike and Cole are well-developed c...more