The Watchman

The Watchman

eBook - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Working as a bodyguard for a spoiled federal witness, Joe Pike hatches a desperate plan to disappear with the woman in the underworld of Los Angeles and turn on her would-be killers, an effort in which he enlists the help of private investigator Elvis Cole. By the author of The Two Minute Rule. 250,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
At last, the enigmatic partner of Elvis Cole (The Two Minute Rule) takes center stage in this pulse-racing thriller. When Joe Pike is charged with safeguarding a wealthy heiress, he discovers protecting the sole witness to a crime is nothing compared to protecting an LA party girl from her own self-destruction…

Larkin Conner Barkley lives like the City of Angels is hers for the taking. Young and staggeringly rich, she speeds through the city during its loneliest hours, blowing through red after red in her Aston Martin as if running for her life. Then suddenly she sees another car’s metal-on-metal explosion of a terrible accident and, dazed, finds herself the single witness in a secret federal investigation.

For maybe the first time in her life, Larkin wants to do the right thing. But in doing so she becomes the target for a relentless team of killers. And when the US Marshals and the finest security money can buy can’t protect her, Larkin’s wealthy family turns to the one man money can't buy―Joe Pike.

Pike lives a world away from the palaces of Beverly Hills. He’s an ex-cop, ex-Marine, ex-mercenary who owes a bad man a favor, and that favor is to keep the uncontrollable Larkin alive.

Pike commits to protecting the girl, but it becomes clear someone in their circle is selling them out. Taking matters into his own hands, Joe drops off the gird with Larkin and follows his own survival rules: strike fast, hit hard, hunt down the hunters. With the help of private investigator Elvis Cole, Pike uncovers a web of lies and betrayals, and the stunning revelation that even the cops are not who they seem. As the body count rises, Pike’s biggest threat might come from the girl herself, a lost soul in the City of Angels, determined to destroy herself unless Joe Pike can teach her the value of life...and love.

Publisher: 2007
ISBN: 9781416538578
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jul 19, 2017

Pretty jump start, and for what it was, genre male detective, i give it a 2-3. it's cliche cookie cutter plot collapses with out any sex. like these guys who know how to paralyse a sap with their thmb never ever got laid before. and wouLd not touch this rich billionaire's daughter beauty, even when she offers herself sincerely, AND with restraint after being "saved."

so the end is crushed with that dull-out.
what about her as a partner on next show.
to waste that grrrl is a shame. his characters are OK, if even too stupid or basic for real life.
IT'S LIKE THEY ARE ENSLAVED TO THE IDEAL LONELY COWBOY ROVING PI HARD CASE MACHO MALE...a tired platform from which to launch a modern would be more exciting the next time with this grrrl involved, as paramour who wants more, and yet is fixated on the scary exciting life of her PI hero....
also, her daddy,
dumb billionaires abound i'm sure, but not this dumb.
it's best quality is it is a quick read: gracias y adios.

May 16, 2015

Staccato style. Fast paced and interesting. Written by a man for men.

May 31, 2013

My first Crais. My kind of book. Truly enjoyed it! Will read on.

May 21, 2013

Thriller, involving the FBI and a witness to an accident. It gets more deeply involved when a ex-marine is hire to protect the witness all on their own from cartels and maybe their own?

Dec 21, 2012

This is my favorite Robert Crais book and that's saying alot since I love them all. Joe Pike breaks the mold of the strong, silent type fighting for the underdog, to help do the right thing.

The action starts on page 1 and doesn't let up until the last page.

This is a yearly read for me-I hope Crais can give his readers more books in the near future.

Dec 14, 2011

The book's full of action, no doubt about that. But this Pike character ( as well as his buddy Cole) is just out of this world. I mean, we have Superman and then we have Pike/Cole. I know it's just a novel, but still these guys should have some weaknesses. All in all, a good novel and a fast read, even if quite incredible.

Mar 24, 2011

This novel has been the most memorable Crais book. I prefer the Joe Pike character best.

Mar 13, 2011

I found this book very disappointing, considering I'm a fan of the author

Mar 09, 2011

exciting read


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