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The Watchman (2007)

by Robert Crais

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A wild-living young heiress slams into trouble in the L.A. night—the kind of trouble even her money can’t shut down. After her Aston Martin collides with a mysterious car, Larkin Conner Barkley attempts to help the accident victims—and becomes the sole witness in a federal investigation. Whisking her out of her Beverly Hills world is Joe Pike—ex-cop, ex-Marine, ex-mercenary—hired to shield Larkin from a relentless team of killers. But when a chain of lies and betrayals tightens around them, Pike drops off the grid and follows his own rules for survival: strike fast, hit hard, hunt down the hunters. . . .

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As always, Robert Crais' prose is witty and fast moving. Joe Pike, who is about as chatty as Mount Rushmore, is cleverly contrasted against their clients tantrums. And Elvis Cole, while taking care not to swing the spotlight too far away from Pike's solo debut, throws around enough of his patented one-liners to keep to keep his hardcore fans smiling. The bond that builds gradually between Joe and Barkley stretches the bounds of credibility just a bit, but...this is, after all, fiction, and besides, Robert Crais does a masterful job of building the sexual tension and creating - perish the thought - the hint of a soft side to Pike's impenetrable persona. 4.5 stars for another excellent read. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Fast-moving story about Joe Pike being hired to protect a young woman who is needed as a witness in a Federal investigation. Things aren't as they seem. We learn a bit more about Joe Pike and his past and his motivations in this story. Elvis Cole takes a secondary role in this story. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
Interesting but the action and characters never affected me personally. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
A good story, but it dragged in the middle with an ending that felt rushed. Joe Pike as a lead character seemed too one-dimensional to really be interesting. Not sure I will continue with this series. ( )
  csayban | Sep 11, 2015 |
Although fairly predictable, I enjoyed this book. I liked Joe Pike's character and found the ending satisfying. ( )
  NHNick | May 8, 2015 |
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Create in me a clean heart, O god;
and renew a right spirit within me.
--PSALMS 51:10

Hush! my dear, lie still and slumber.
Holy angels guard thy bed!
--ISSAC WATTS

pike--n.; a long bodied, predatory fish
known for its speed and aggression.
--OXFORD AMERICAN DICTIONARY
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for Lauren

no sacrifice too great
no love so dear
no parents more proud
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The city was hers for a single hour, just the one magic hour, only hers.
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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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Working as a bodyguard for a spoiled federal witness, Joe Pike hatches a desperate plan to disappear with the woman in the underworld of Los Angeles and turn on her would-be killers, an effort in which he enlists the help of private investigator Elvis Cole.… (more)

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