A Dangerous Man

A Dangerous Man

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"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, Joe is on hand when two men abduct her. Joe chases them down, and the two men are arrested. But instead of putting the drama to bed, the arrests are only the beginning of the trouble for Joe and Izzy. After posting bail, the two abductors are murdered and Izzy disappears. Pike calls on his friend, Elvis Cole, to help learn the truth. What Elvis uncovers is a twisted family story that involves corporate whistleblowing, huge amounts of cash, the Witness Relocation Program, and a long line of lies. But what of all that did Izzy know? Is she a perpetrator or a victim? And how far will Joe go to find out?"-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525535683
Branch Call Number: MYS CRAIS-R
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 12, 2019

Excellent storytelling. The one annoying factor was the characterization of two women in their 20's portrayed as though they were silly preteens with all the texting, giggling, and not taking instructions seriously. And yes, it is important how women are portrayed in novels and elsewhere - no good comes from perpetuating stereotypes.

ArapahoeAnnaL Oct 01, 2019

This book is a lot of fun with writing as confident and capable as its terrific heroes, private eye Elvis Cole and military operative Joe Pike. Incredibly smart and tough they are respectful and kind to all including lowly bank tellers like Isabel Roland and insecure geeky criminologists like John Chen. The dialog and descriptions are fresh and witty.

Sep 29, 2019

The great part about Robert Crais' work is that it is always an interesting read. Like others, I wish he was even more prolific. This is almost like reading a screenplay- plot driven, little dialogue, lots of action. And, like any action movie, it is over too soon. It took me less than a day to read, and now I have to wait for another 6 months to a year to do it all over again. It is always worth the wait.

Sep 11, 2019

as always a great read! just sorry it takes so long in between books. but you won't be disappointed with this one!

Sep 10, 2019

'A Dangerous Man' is another winner by Robert Crais. My only complaint is that we have to wait too long between installments of their adventures.

What I found interesting (and different) about 'A Dangerous Man' is that it is less about Elvis Cole and Joe Pike and more about the story and plot in which they find themselves involved. Personally I like this because it solves the potential problem of our heroes becoming flat and predictable, which happens all too often with popular and familiar characters.

I love the fact that the title, 'A Dangerous Man', could be referring to any one of a number of good guys - Pike, Cole, the U.S. Marshall, the forensic scientist - AND/OR bad guys!

5 stars Mr. Crais.

Sep 06, 2019

Great book - has been too long since the last one in this series!

Aug 28, 2019

Joe Pike and Elvis Cole novels are always great. Robert Crais has done it again in A DANGEROUS MAN. Great story line and a whole cast of characters make for a fun and 'crowded' read. Goes fast - too fast.... Enjoy!

Aug 28, 2019

This is one of the tightest stories in the series. That is either bad or good depending on your preferences. I'm good with it for a change of pace. A lot of the material about exercising, meditating, fixing meals, personal side relationships and digging for details that filled out earlier books in the series are gone -- even the cat! We're left with a very fast moving tale well crafted and exciting. If you love the missing themes then you will be disappointed.
Some have negatively commented on the portrayal of two main women characters as unrealistic stereotypes (i.e. not in line with today's PC). I think everyone in the story is a stereotype, for good or bad, and it's the author's prerogative how to portray them, not the readers. Really, think about Pike, Cole, bad guys -- they are not "real" and do not act that way. Just give it a rest and enjoy an exciting story.

Aug 28, 2019

Enjoyable Elvis Cole/Joe Pike yarn. More Joe than Elvis this time with a corresponding amount of bloodshed. The two main women characters came across more like preteens or teenagers rather than adults.

Aug 26, 2019

Seems over-edited with most of the personal style and flavor of the writer "cleaned up" and removed. I've noticed this same trend with other authors' work from the last few years. It's almost like the writing has been dumbed down and all the big words removed. I don't know if it's the author or the editors doing this but I wish they'd stop it. Also, seperate issue: the descriptions of the 2 main women, especially with all the giggling, excessive texting and lack of common sense, made them sound like they were 11, not 20 year olds with actual jobs. They may be based on actual people the author has met in Los Angeles but they seemed like caricatures or cartoon children. Not my favorite, could have been a lot better, giving it 2 5 stars, because it's Joe and Elvis. Sort of.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Oct 01, 2019

"Who the hell are you?"
"Joe Pike."
"How'd you get in?"
"Your door wasn't locked."
The old man pooched his lips.
"Want some coffee?"
"I killed Riley Cox."
Kinnaman squinted.
"What is this?"
Terrence Semple. Pitchess Lloyd. Charlie Reyes."
The cowboys.
"You get out of here. I don't know what you're talking about.
"Nathan Hicks. the man you sent to find DeeAnn Ryan."
Kinnaman wet his lips.
"You'd best leave."
"Got more names. Want to hear them?"
"I want my money is what I want. That bitch stole my money. I want it."
Pike raised his gun and shot Kinnaman in the chest. A little high, a little to the left, a bit down from the collarbone. Heart shot.
Pie walked over, and looked at the body.
"You can't have it." pg. 338


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