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Taken by Robert Crais
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Feb 19, 12

bookshelves: crime-suspense, dude
Read from February 06 to 11, 2012

Crais is such a consistently good writer, and his newest is no exception. He keeps the pace moving like a freight train, and brings back my old favorite characters, Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. THey play so well off each other that you have no problem understanding why they're friends and would really do just about anything for each other.

The plot is simple yet chilling--an American hispanic girl and her caucasian fiance are in the middle of the desert and are snatched up by really bad dudes who steal illegals trying to come into this country and sell them for a ransom. But the thing is, those people never make it back to their families, no matter how much they pay. The girl's mother approaches Elvis Cole to find her daughter (who she thinks is faking her own disappearance, running off with that silly white boy), and he uncovers something so much darker. The chapters are interspersed with the couple snatched in the human trafficking ring, and as horrifying as it is you know that this kind of things happens frequently. The ransom-ers are just so cold and business-like, it's amazing people can treat other humans like objects. But it happens.

Terrific book, fantastic addition to the series, topical, and full of suspense. Love my Joe Pike!
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