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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,907 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Crais Narrator: James 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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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. Until out of nowhere a car appears, and with it the metal-on-metal explosion of a terrible accident. Dazed, Larkin attempts to help the other victims. And finds herself the sole witness in a secret federal investigation.

For maybe the first time in her life, Larkin wants to do the right thing. But by agreeing to cooperate with the authorities, she becomes the target for a relentless team of killers. And when the U.S. 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 Larkin alive. The one upside of the job is reuniting with Bud Flynn, Pike’s LAPD training officer, and a man Pike reveres as a father. The downside is Larkin Barkley, who is the uncontrollable cover girl for self-destruction—and as deeply alone as Pike.

Pike commits himself to protecting the girl, but when they immediately come under fire, he realizes someone is selling them out. In defiance of Bud and the authorities, Pike drops off the grid with the girl and follows his own rules of survival: 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Joe Pike, the intriguing, enigmatic partner of L.A. P.I. Elvis Cole, takes center stage in this intense thriller…Breathless pace and rich styling.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A pared-down, mean, propulsive thriller with…just enough of Pike’s history to make him even more fascinating.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “Joe Pike comes as close to Superman as a man can get and still qualify for membership in the human race…The Watchman offers a set of circumstances for which Pike’s eerie gifts are exactly what’s required.”

    Toronto Star

  • The Watchman…deftly combin[es] a whirlwind of action with moments so moving they’ll take your breath away.”

    Chicago Sun Times

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 International Thriller Writers Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2008 Barry Award for Best Thriller
  • A 2008 Anthony Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2008 Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller

Listener Opinions

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

    " As a fan of the Elvis Cole series I was already familar with Joe Pike...or about as familiar as you can become to a character with fewer words than Charlie Chaplin. The story itself was typical of Crais' other work, which is no bad thing. The novel makes Pike seem more human while still providing plenty of opportunties for his dry, brooding personality and tough guy stuff. If you're a fan of the Elvis Cole series then this won't disappoint. "

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

    " Good Cole/Pike story, more on Pike and protecting a young girl. Little bit of Jon Stone, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by S.L. Pierce | 2/13/2014

    " I really like this book. I am a Robert Crais fan but I especially like Joe Pike. He's Jack Reacher-like in a quieter (if that's possible) more vicious kind of way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vicki | 2/12/2014

    " Great characters -- love Joe Pike. "

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