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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,032 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Crais Narrator: Robert Crais Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Elvis Cole / Joe Pike Novels Release Date:
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The organized criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union are bound by what they call the thieves’ code. The first rule is this: A thief must forsake his mother, father, brothers, and sisters. He must have no family—no wife, no children—because only other criminals are his family. If any of the rules are broken, it is punishable by death.

Frank Meyer had the American dream—a wife and family he adored, a successful business—until the day a professional crew invaded his home and murdered everyone inside. The only thing out of the ordinary about Meyer was that—before the family and the business and the normal life—a younger Frank Meyer worked as a professional military contractor, a mercenary, with a man named Joe Pike. Frank was one of Pike’s guys, and they faced death together in every rotten hellhole around the world.

The police think Meyer was hiding something very bad, because previous home invasions by the crew had targeted only criminals with large stashes of cash or drugs. Pike cannot believe it, and with the help of Cole, he sets out on a hunt of his own: to clear his friend, to punish the people who murdered him.

A trail that at first seems relatively simple, however, very quickly becomes complicated, as the two of them find themselves entangled in a web of ancient grudges, blood ties, blackmail, vengeance, double crosses, and cutthroat criminality, and at the heart of it all, an act so terrible even Pike and Cole have no way to measure it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Not a word is wasted in this suspenseful, hair-raising page-turner that also reveals the humanity of Pike, generally a stolid and silent character, as he mourns his friend's death. Crime master Crais is at his best here.”

    Library Journal

  • “Pike emerges as an enigmatically appealing hero, whose lethal skills never overshadow his unflappable sense of morality.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “It’s a good plot, and Crais keeps it spinning with his accustomed skill. He’s a stylist; his action scenes are not so much written as choreographed.”

    Washington Post

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Selected for the January 2010 Indie Next List
  • A 2011 Shamus Award Nominee for Best Hardcover PI Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cynda | 2/18/2014

    " Excellent mystrey by one of the best authors today. I'm looking forward to more Joe Pike Mysteries. He's the kind of character you would like to have on your side when the times get tough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Judy | 2/15/2014

    " I am a big fan of Elvis Cole, the detective usually featured in the Robert Crais books but this one features his partner, Joe Pike. A story with lots of shady characters and lots of suspense. The ending was just right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Yeva | 2/11/2014

    " I thought The Sentry was really good, but this book is even better. Friendship, loyalty, bravery,,,it's all bound together in this story. One of Joe's men is killed along with his family, and Joe;s mission becomes proving his man's innocence and finding the killer. The female FBI agent in this story, though, is lame. I'm not sure a guy like Pike would bow to such a hard-nosed bitch. She really bugged me, but HEY that's good writing when you want to take out a character on your own. Not just erase her--Take Her Out! The other characters were great, and Cole was on top of his game. I heartily recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Terry Curtis | 1/17/2014

    " Crais at his best. Very, very dark. "

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