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Taken (An Elvis Cole Novel) by Robert Crais
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Taken (An Elvis Cole Novel) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Robert Crais

Series: Joe Pike (4), Elvis Cole (15)

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When the police tell a wealthy industrialist that her missing son has faked his own kidnapping, she hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike-and Cole soon determines that it was no fake. The boy and his secret girlfriend have been taken, and are now lost in the gray and changing world of the professional border kidnappers who prey not only on innocent victims but also on one another-buying, selling, and stealing victims like commodities. Fortunately, the kidnappers don't yet know who the boy is, but when Cole goes undercover to try to buy the two hostages back, he himself is taken and disappears. Now it is up to Pike to retrace Cole's steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers ... before it is too late.… (more)
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Title:Taken (An Elvis Cole Novel)
Authors:Robert Crais
Info:Berkley (2012), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
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Good addition to the Elvis Cole, World's Greatest Detective series. Two kids out in the desert are inadvertently captured by bajadores, who steal immigrants bound for the U.S. and extort their families. Elvis investigates and is himself captured after enlisting Joe Pike and Korean gangsters, whose "clients" were abducted. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Great book by Crais. This is number 15 of the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. This is a later book in the series so it is really good. The earlier books were good but not this good. ( )
  ikeman100 | Jul 10, 2021 |
Elvis and Pike get involved in illegal immigrants moved over border. ( )
  pgabj | Jun 15, 2021 |
Elvis Cole is a private investigator in Los Angeles. He is hired by a woman whose daughter has gone missing. Hired because he had recently been profiled in the Sunday LA Times Magazine.

The mother, Nita Morales, tells Cole that a ransom demand has been made - for 500 dollars. She thinks it is a trick cooked up by her daughter's boyfriend, a young man she has not actually met but whom she dislikes. Cole thinks otherwise. The phone call demanding the money was from her daughter, Krista, presumably in distress, but sounding like she does not speak English well. Nita and her small daughter had moved to California from Mexico years ago. Krista's English is excellent.

Following slim leads, Cole tracks Krista to the desert outside Palm Springs, to a place where a drug-running small plane had crashed many years ago. The place is now used sometimes as a connection point for "coyotes" bringing trucks of illegal aliens into California.

Cole calls upon his friend Joe Pike, an expert in tracking as well as guns, and ultimately he is glad that Pike never gives up when on a job. For Elvis himself is "taken".

Full of suspense, death, a horrifying plan by greedy bajadores - bandits who prey upon other criminals. Cole reveals a truly "noir" side of himself, almost casually, before it's over. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Can't stop reading these books. ( )
  DBower | May 27, 2019 |
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When the police tell a wealthy industrialist that her missing son has faked his own kidnapping, she hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike-and Cole soon determines that it was no fake. The boy and his secret girlfriend have been taken, and are now lost in the gray and changing world of the professional border kidnappers who prey not only on innocent victims but also on one another-buying, selling, and stealing victims like commodities. Fortunately, the kidnappers don't yet know who the boy is, but when Cole goes undercover to try to buy the two hostages back, he himself is taken and disappears. Now it is up to Pike to retrace Cole's steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers ... before it is too late.

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