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A Dangerous Man

(Elvis Cole and Joe Pike #18)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  7,414 ratings  ·  841 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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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. ...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!
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.
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.
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
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, crime, arc

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
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
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
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
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.
In A
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
Jennifer Taw
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 ...more
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
Kevin Schaeffer
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
What a series, the books just get better and better. Joe Pike and Elvis Cole are always welcome characters; I hate for them to leave when the book is done. Tension and action filled.
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.
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.
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
Randi Daeger
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Years ago I found a review of Robert Crais’s novels on a website no longer online. One of the reviewers said “everyone needs a Joe Pike in their life” so I read the first Elvis Cole book and never stopped.....and I agree.....we all could use a Joe Pike in our lives. I love the man. The first books, as in most long running series, are the best but this was good too.
Barb in Maryland
This is really a 2.5 star book. The extra half star is for nostalgia's sake, as I have been reading this series since Monkee's Raincoat first came out. (OMG, that's 30+ years!)

However, this entry, while entertaining as a mystery, was other-wise bland. There was a bit of clever word-play, but there was no zing, no sparkle, no real emotion. It almost felt like a story treatment for a movie. Crais's books are known for snappy dialog and short sentences; but there seemed to be a lot of white space
As Joe Pike is leaving his bank, he sees his teller, Isabel (Izzy) Roland, grabbed by two guys and thrown into a car. Joe gives chase and dishes out his special brand of justice (although both guys are still alive when the cops arrive.) Izzy has no idea why she was grabbed, and calls her a family friend. After she is kidnapped again, from a secure place Joe has hidden her, Joe calls in his partner Elvis, who discovers the family friend was a former U.S. marshal, recently discovered in a shallow ...more
Laz the Sailor
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Partly because this series has had some very strong books in recent memory, this one falls flat. Too many perspectives, too few puzzles, too little Elvis.

Better luck next time.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Joe Pike and Elvis are back in a solid, page turning thriller.
Bruce Hatton
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us-crime
It’s always a pleasure to dip into the latest Robert Crais novel featuring Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. Whereas, in most of the novels, it’s the wisecracking sleuth Elvis who is the lead role, this time it’s the laconic action-man Joe who takes centre stage when he rescues a young woman from abduction outside his bank.
Isabel Roland is totally mystified as to why she should be targetted but gradually Joe, with Elvis’s help, manages to piece together a backstory she was totally unaware of, featuring
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fine action outing for Pike and Cole, who try to protect a bank teller. Throw in US Marshals, witness protection, and a plethora of bad guys and it's a fun machine.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The 18th in the long and excellently dependable series involving PI Elvis Cole and his partner SPEC OPS veteran Joe Pike...You can count on Crais to deliver an "edge of your seat" page-turner with these two...Pike stumbles on a kidnapping of a bank teller and he and Elvis a drawn into a dangerous confrontation with a professional team focusing on this young lady...As the pages turn, the layers of the mystery are peeled away so our heroes eventually understand what they have uncovered...Great ...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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Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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  • Free Fall (Elvis Cole, #4)
  • Voodoo River (Elvis Cole, #5)
  • Sunset Express (Elvis Cole, #6)
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