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Taken by Robert Crais
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Feb 16, 12

Read from January 30 to February 03, 2012

In TAKEN, Robert Crais has delivered another great thriller featuring the world's greatest detective, Elvis Cole, and his silent but deadly partner, Joe Pike. This novel is shorter than most, but still packs a powerful punch as Crais leaves no line wasted. Every page has a purpose, every character plays a part.

The plot is really quite simple. Krista Morales and Jack Bergan are kidnapped and Elvis Cole is hired to find Krista by her mother, who questions her daughter's choice in boyfriends. Cole quickly discovers a link to "coyotes" bringing illegals into America, and "bajadores", or thieves that steal the immigrants from the coyotes and hold them for ransom.

In the beginning, the novel jumps back and forth in time and between characters as we follow Jack and Krista after being kidnapped, and Cole leading up to the day he is taken. Pike and Cole are apart most of the novel, but their friendship really comes through as Pike dedicates everything to saving his friend.

Crais has written a lot of novels featuring these two great characters, and thankfully he isn't taking his success for granted. Crais really brings the Los Angeles area to life, and focuses on an immigration problem that most Americans probably aren't aware of. This is what makes the novel pop with life. This novel is just as good as any in the series.
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