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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,834 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Crais Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Elvis Cole / Joe Pike Novels Release Date:
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Crais has never written a book with the power and intensity of Taken. When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: “Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them.”

But she is wrong. The girl and her boyfriend have been taken by bajadores—bandits who prey on other bandits, border professionals who prey not only on innocent victims, but on one another. They steal drugs, guns, and people—buying and selling victims like commodities, and killing the ones they can’t get a price for.

Cole and Pike find the spot where the couple was taken. There are tire tracks, bullet casings, and bloodstains. They know things look as bad as possible. But they are wrong, too. It is about to get much worse. Going undercover to find the couple and buy them back, Cole himself is taken and disappears. Now it is up to Joe Pike to retrace Cole’s steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers to find his friend. But he may already be too late.

Thrilling, emotional, passionate, with some of the best characters and well-crafted writing in all of crime fiction, Taken is further proof that “Crais just keeps getting better” (Publishers Weekly).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Crais keeps the reader off-balance with…unexpected plot twists and a breathless pace that makes you feel as if you're smack in the middle of an action film.”

    Huffington Post

  • “A thriller in every sense of the word…Taken is one of those rare books that you will want to read twice…This is magnificent, bold writing from one of the absolute best.”


  • Taken is intense and fast-paced and reads like a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster.”


  • “Luke Daniels doesn’t just narrate Robert Crais’s latest novel featuring Elvis Cole and Joe Pike—he transports us to the terrifying world of human trafficking, which Cole must infiltrate in order to find a client’s missing daughter.”


  • A 2013 Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobook
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2013 Shamus Award Nominee for Best Hardcover P.I. Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lorin Cary | 2/19/2014

    " Elvis Cole and Joe Pike take on a gang who steal humans being smuggled into the US, then demand money from relatives--or kill their captives if no money is forthcoming. Cole is hired by the mother of a young woman who has disappeared. She and her boy friend, it becomes clear, have been seized when they accidentally find themselves in the middle of a seizure operation. Crais experiments with time and point of view. Cole is generally in close third person, but sometimes in first. It's a page turner, a thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve Schlutow | 2/11/2014

    " This was a good book, I enjoy the Cole & Pike series, especially when Stone is incorporated in the mix. This is a fast paced book written from the different hero's perspectives. Also, the story is not linear. The story jumps through different time--back and forth--it makes the story very interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Charlie | 2/9/2014

    " I've read all of Robert Crais's books and I've found them less enjoyable in the past few years. The way he writes is very different from THE MONKEY'S RAINCOAT and there's also a distinct change I've noticed since LA REQUIEM. The shifting viewpoints don't do it for me. I don't think I'll read the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joe O'c | 2/5/2014

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Elvis Cole; when a girl and her boyfriend disappear, a mother hires Cole to find them and he and Pike come across rivals battling over illegal immigrants; the jumping around between time frames and perspectives keeps this from being better "

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