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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