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When Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are hired to find her missing girl, the investigation derails into a nightmare. Cole himself disappears and it’s left to Pike to burn through the deadly world of human traffickers to find his friend. But he may already be too late.

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Robert Crais has given us another taunt, terrific thriller featuring Elvis Cole...aka, "The World's Greatest Detective", and his friend and partner, Joe Pike. With each new Robert Crais novel we learn more and more about who Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are. With this novel Pike's shadowy mercenary friend Jon Stone is richly developed. He is a character gold mine who I hope is further developed in future Cole-Pike thrillers. This novel has it all... in addition to Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, there are innocent young adults, a determined parent, and evil men and women with no sense of morality Mix them all together with drugs, weapons, the buying and selling of victims, and brutal murder and you have the ingredients for compelling novel. Why 4 stars instead of 5? The book was written with each section being a time before or time after...it really didn't add anything to the story. However when you add in the painstaking detective work, the genuine humanity, the nerve-racking tension, the thrilling action, and unbelievable suspense that only a talented writer like Robert Crais can bring to a novel and you have a thriller that you won't soon forget. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
A fast paced, action packed thriller! When Krista Morales goes missing, her mother hires Elvis Cole to find her! And when human traffickers and bajadores get involved, Cole brings in Joe Pike and Jon Stone, and the three of them stop at nothing to get her back! The body count is high in this one and the victims are many! A nice follow up to Crais' last book, "The Sentry"! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
Nita Morales hires Elvis to bring her daughter back from Los Vegas where she thinks she is living it up with her boy friend. What they don't know is the young woman & her boy friend have been rounded up by bajadores with a group of illegals being smuggled into the USA from Mexico.

The bajadores hijack other smugglers illegals and then ask relatives or employers for ransom or they kill the transient. When they collect the ransom, they still do not release the person but rather ask for another amount. This continues until the payer runs out of money or patience and says no more money. At that point, they kill and bury the illegal. They never free someone they have captured.

When Cole & Pike realize who they are dealing with, Cole tries to go under cover but he also ends up captured. In this story, another friend of Pike's named Jon Stone appears and he is real dangerous and crazy ( )
  lamour | Aug 5, 2015 |
For me this was an audiobook listen. I have loved the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike books from the start. Taken has both Elvis Cole and Joe Pike along with another character John Stone lending support. Yes, Elvis Cole is the Worlds greatest detective but in this book Joe Pike and John Stone have all the action. I found myself interested in the John Stone character and would like to read more about him. This novel has a good storyline and keeps you reading or in my case listening.

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 only call “that boy,” and that they need money: “Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them.”
But Nita 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 each other. They steal drugs, guns, and people – buying and selling victims like commodities, and killing the ones they can’t get a price for.
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike find the spot where they were 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 worse. Going undercover to find the two young people and buy them back, Cole himself is taken, and 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.. ( )
  oldriverbooks | Mar 2, 2015 |
A nice fast read. ( )
  cassie.peters1 | Sep 6, 2014 |
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Hired along with Joe Pike to investigate the alleged kidnapping of a wealthy industrialist's son, Elvis Cole goes undercover to infiltrate a ring of professional border kidnappers only to be abducted himself.

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