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Taken by Robert Crais
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Jan 30, 2012

really liked it

The latest from Robert Crais features his usual pairing of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. Cole gets involved in a case to recover a couple who are caught up in a border kidnapping where a group of illegal immigrants are taken and held to ransom. During his investigation Cole is taken too, which is very bad news for the bad guys, because now Joe Pike is on their trail...

This is the usual page turning wit and action with the engaging camaraderie between Cole and Pike and is firmly situated in the dark underbelly of illegal immigration. It is told in an interesting way, three different timelines that eventually converge and a number of different viewpoints. Crais has the art of making you believe in his characters and to make you grin with anticipation as you have bad guys meeting Pike for the first (and sometimes the last) time. And Pike's lethal approach is balanced, as always, by Cole's wit and dogged spirit.

Another winner from Robert Crais.
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