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A Dangerous Man

(Elvis Cole and Joe Pike #18)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  10,894 ratings  ·  1,058 reviews
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,
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published July 18th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Greg It isn't strictly necessary to read them in order, but if you jump into the series this late in the game you will miss a whole lot of incredibly enter…moreIt isn't strictly necessary to read them in order, but if you jump into the series this late in the game you will miss a whole lot of incredibly entertaining and interesting character development and background.

Most importantly, the debut novel "The Monkey's Raincoat" is at once spectacular, hilarious, gripping and uplifting - one of the best in the series, and arguably *the* best. (less)
Paul Devall My GR says July 18 and it landed this morning via Amazon to my Kindle. Have only just downloaded it...... Can't wait to get started.…moreMy GR says July 18 and it landed this morning via Amazon to my Kindle. Have only just downloaded it...... Can't wait to get started.(less)

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Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Robert Crais's fabulous crime thriller series set in Southern California and Los Angeles, featuring the well established duo of the strong, silent and dangerous Joe Pike with his military background and PI Elvis Cole returns with this latest cracker of an addition. Joe is at the bank where he is served by the young teller, Isabel 'Izzy' Roland. When Izzy leaves for an early lunch break, Joe is outside and just happens to see her being abducted by two men who bundle her in a car and take off. It' ...more
David Putnam
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For me, Crais is up there, one of the heavies, like John Sanford, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and others. It’s difficult to rate their books, they are the gold standard, and should all be five stars. A Dangerous Man is no exception. This book is pure entertainment. Excellent craftsmanship. The book has a thriller construction that runs very fast. It’s not overburden with prose or description. What really works in Crais books is how he quickly he sets his conflict and establishes a contract with ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans
Shelves: thriller
Here's the scoop:

A Dangerous Man is distressingly like Taken (Cole/Pike book #15) (as an aside, you know how many books have the title 'Taken'? It's kind of creepy. I bet most of the 'taken' are females, too), except that we skip that book's twist. It also reads more coherently; though Crais can’t resist cutting other viewpoints, including that of the kidnapper, the action is more streamlined, focused on kidnapping and recovery.

On a related note, it seems that Crais might be succumbing to what
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fabulous! 10 of 10 stars!
James Thane
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This entry in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series is billed as "An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel," but really it's a Pike novel with Elvis in a supporting role. It opens when Pike makes a routine trip to the bank. As he leaves, he sees two men abduct Isabel Roland, the young teller who has just assisted him, as she walks out of the bank headed to lunch.

Naturally, Pike gives chase and rescues Izzy. The two kidnappers are arrested and briefly jailed, but no sooner are they out than they are found murde
Manuel Antão
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Non-Over-Wrought Fiction: "A Dangerous Man" by Robert Crais

Crime can be just as much 'literary' fiction as anything else. Granted that much is little different from watching the telly but people get high falutin about TV series these days and I'd simply rather read than watch, mainly. And its rarely up its own arse or boring... and even stuff that’s not brilliant can be enjoyable, like 'A Dangerous Man', which is more than can be said
Honestly, this series is so damn addictive. Anyhoo, there's already a shwack of reviews so all I'll say is it delivers exactly what you expect....Crais's stylish prose & a white knuckle ride courtesy of Elvis & Joe. Just get it. ...more
Jeff Dickison
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The usual very good book by Crais. This story belongs to Joe more than it does to Elvis. Joe stops a young woman from being kidnapped, but two days later she goes off the grid. He quickly realizes she has been taken again and, with Elvis' help, decides to get her back. The ending is superb. A quick and easy read with lots of action and wit. What's not to like? Highly recommended. ...more
Andrew Smith
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is the fifth or sixth Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novel I’ve read. I’m jumping around the series in pretty random order (I’ve read the first, the most recent and a few in between) and enjoyed them enough to prompt me to pre-order an audio copy of this latest release. The Southern Californian setting appeals to me and I like Elvis Cole’s laid back intelligence and, sometimes, his snappy one-liners. Joe Pike is a character I’d yet to warm too, though. His laconic style and tough man stance – ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pike wasn't looking to save someone's life on the day he left the bank . . . -- page 33

Another in the long and excellently dependable line - averaging one about every other year since 1987 - of Crais' L.A.-set crime-thriller series featuring private eye Elvis Cole, A Dangerous Man marks one of the occasional forays in focusing on Joe Pike as the story's lead character. Pike, Cole's partner / sidekick, is one of those strong, silent but lethal types - a Marine Corps veteran, a former police offic
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, thriller, crime

This is only my second book in this series so I'm definitely approaching things from the wrong end, but by no means do I think that hindered my enjoyment of it and I never felt like I was missing out on something.

Whereas the last one I read seemed to focus more on Elvis Cole, this one seems to be more based around Joe Pike. They both have plenty to do in the book but he came across more as the protagonist here. He differs to Elvis in that he's more the silent type and not as wisecracking
Kathi Defranc
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joe Pike Rides Again!!

Another incredible case of a young woman, with no knowledge of her dead parents former life, being hunted by a man her mother stole 19 million dollars from! This happened twenty-five years ago and the woman, Isabel, has no clue about either the money or her parents part in this scheme. But the old man has found her, after so long chasing her Mom, and is determined to get her, hiring men who will fight,torture and steal to get their way..
Isabel works at a bank, a teller Pi
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is Crais’ 7th offering featuring Joe Pike, and the 18th featuring Elvis Cole. Joe proves to be a very dangerous man indeed. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time when Isabel Roland, a friendly bank teller, is kidnapped as she leaves the bank. Pike foils that kidnap attempt, but she is abducted again the next day. Soon, Joe pulls in Elvis Cole to help him find Isabel.

Crais highlights Pike’s military/mercenary background to help explain Pike’s penchant for using lethal
Mark Baker
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2019
Joe Pike’s trip to the bank for a routine deposit ends when he witnesses two men try to kidnap his teller, Isabel Roland. Joe being Joe, he jumps into action and rescues her. However, when the kidnappers are released from jail, they are both murdered. Was kidnapping Isabel a crime of opportunity, or was she a target? Is she safe? Why would someone target her?

Those familiar with the series will notice a similar set up to a previous entry, but that’s where the similarity ends. This book takes off
Judy Lesley
I consider myself a Robert Crais fan, but even I have to admit this is a pretty lightweight addition to the series. This book is shown under the publication details as 352 pages and yet I read it in less than 12 hours with all kinds of interruptions from workmen in my house for about four hours. And I'm a very slow reader. There just isn't a lot of story here to latch on to. Not when compared to other, older books in the series.

Joe Pike is one of my favorite fictional characters but I don't thi
The Cats’ Mother
A Dangerous Man is the 18th book in the Elvis Cole & Joe Pike series - which is one of my all time favourites. This one is definitely all about Pike, with Elvis playing only rather a minor role, which doesn’t bother me. It’s the first time I’ve tried one of these as an audiobook and while I enjoyed the story, the medium didn’t work for me for this kind of story.

Joe Pike is minding his own business and doing some routine banking when he sees the cashier being bundled into a car, so he doesn’t hes
Robert Crais’s novel A dangerous Man is the newest addition to his stellar series of John Chen mystery novels. As most readers know by now, John is the intrepid sports-car driving L.A. medical examiner who despite sleuthing in a hostile work environment, suffering an extraordinarily long dry-spell with the ladies, and enduring the infernal bumbles of his friends Joe Pike and Elvis Cole, he still manages to solve crimes that would leave most detectives scratching their heads in bewilderment.
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Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's a quick, pithy read. Sentences are short; not too many words on the page. Real men are laconic; bozos have to say more; women twitter about cluelessly, either baleful and bitter or naive and vulnerable. It's a straight-forward story; it's not a bad read; it has some of Crais's trademark qualities (especially good descriptions of place). I remember Crais's earlier books being richer, more descriptive, deeper; this one seems like a carbon-copy where only the outlines remain. Maybe it's becaus ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A thrill a minute from page one! Robert Crais continues his string of winners with Joe Pike and Elvis Cole! Loved this one!
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AsI have stated before, I have been a diehard fan of Robert Crais/Elvis Cole/Joe Pike for THIRTY YEARS. Seriously, when The Monkey’s Raincoat was published in 1987, I was working in a public library, grabbed it as soon as it came in, and was HOOKED. Since then, this has been one of the most reliable series in the mystery genre – consistent as in “OMG, has a new book coming out! YAY!” So I was happy to receive a copy of The Wanted from Penguin Group/G.P.Putnam’s Sons and NetGalley in return for ...more
Kevin Schaeffer
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Joe Pike and Elvis are back in a solid, page turning thriller.
Sandy Kell
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can't go wrong with Elvis and Joe! ...more
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comfort Food

Sitting around with the boys a pitcher of beer and chicken wings with mild sauce.
Reads like an hour long tv drama. Fast, furious, and fun.
We all have a friend like John Chen. He sure makes life interesting.
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crais, cole-pike
A DANGEROUS MAN by author Robert Crais is the 18th book in the “Elvis Cole and Joe Pike” series that has been successful with the partnership of the two close friends with polar opposite personalities; something that works well due to the strengths of each.

Joe Pike is a man with a special skill set from a past military career that has made him well known to those in special forces, or those in need of contractors specializing in the use of those skills, and Elvis is his closest friend who knows
Danielle Tremblay
I was so happy to discover another novel by one of my favorite PI novels authors. And if I had to choose between Elvis and Pike (the two protagonists of many of Crais's novels) the one I prefer, I would say Pike, the big-hearted badass. But he and Elvis, the funny private investigator, always make a good duet (with the rearguard help of their friend Chen).

And this novel focuses on Pike's (yippee!) intervention to save a kidnapped young woman who has no idea why she was chosen by her kidnappers,
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe Pike goes to the bank. A teller has a bit of a crush on him. (This is a common thing for ole Joe.) The teller is kidnapped on her lunch break, but Joe foils the abduction.

From there, Joe and Elvis Cole begin investigating and find a tangled knot of witness protection, whistle blowing, and treasure hunting.

Great stuff. Lots of tension, lots of action, and some memorable moments.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always, Robert Crais books are worth the wait. This one is a little more Joe Pike focused, so it's a little more serious, but Elvis and Joe are so good working together. Joe kinda gets involved by accident in this one with a bank teller, but as always, the guys protect the innocent and take care of the bad guys. ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, a disappointment, far weaker than the previous few books in the series.

An attempted kidnap outside a bank is thwarted by Joe Pike, who becomes involved in protecting her and learning the reasons for repeated attempts.

The action is good, but there are too many viewpoints to keep the pacing up.

I enjoyed this, but it's let down by a many-viewpoint, clumsy ending.

"But now Debra Sue didn’t smile. She eased open her nightstand drawer and studied the black 9mm Sig Sauer pistol. Ed’s nightst
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, suspense
This series, like any other long-running one based on the same people in the same city, has had its ups and downs. There have been books I couldn't put down for 48 hours straight, and others I could barely make it through. I liked this one, for the very reason that a few other people cited for disliking it—it was straightforward. There have been a few of these that got so complex and brought in so many extraneous people and details that it spoiled the lead, which for me is always the partnership ...more
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Robert Crais is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels. A native of Louisiana, he grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in a blue collar family of oil refinery workers and police officers. He purchased a secondhand paperback of Raymond Chandler’s The Little Sister when he was fifteen, which inspired his lifelong love of writing, Los Angeles, and the literature of crime fiction. ...more

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