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A Dangerous Man

An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel, Book 18
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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A brilliant new crime novel from the beloved, bestselling, and award-winning master of the genre - and Joe Pike's most perilous case to date.

Joe Pike didn't expect to rescue a woman that day. He went to the bank same as anyone goes to the bank, and returned to his Jeep. So when Isabel Roland, the lonely young teller who helped him, steps out of the bank on her way to lunch, Joe is on hand when two men abduct her. Joe chases them down, and the two men are arrested. But instead of putting the drama to rest, the arrests are only the beginning of the trouble for Joe and Izzy.

After posting bail, the two abductors are murdered and Izzy disappears. Pike calls on his friend, Elvis Cole, to help learn the truth. What Elvis uncovers is a twisted family story that involves corporate whistleblowing, huge amounts of cash, the Witness Relocation Program, and a long line of lies. But what of all that did Izzy know? Is she a perpetrator or a victim? And how far will Joe go to find out?

©2018 Robert Crais (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Loved it

The only complaint I have is that Robert Crais does not bring out books fast enough. They are always entertaining and twisting.

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  • Kerensa Carlee
  • 08-08-2019

Better than his last two books, but disappointing

The good news: this is better than The Promise or The Wanted. The bad news: the female characters are so annoying I wanted them to die. For example, when Joe Pike tells one character to leave her current location immediately, because, hey, there are some bad men lurking in the neighborhood, instead of listening to him, she proceeds to argue with him for several inane minutes that she wants to stay until he arrives. The story is filled with similar bone-headed moves by the two women Joe and Elvis end up helping. Also, the plot is recycled from his other books, and doesn't feel fresh. That being said, I am glad that Crais hasn't aged Joe and Elvis, which I believe is a problem in other series I read, like Harry Bosch and Lucas Davenport. I will probably read the next book in this series, in hopes that Crais will get back on track and give us another book like L.A. Requiem or Demolition Angel.

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  • RueRue
  • 07-08-2019

Great series, but this isn't a great book

I love the characters of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, and they are in fine form here - Elvis gets in some wisecracks and Joe is the strong, semi-silent man of action. But the plot is just a retread of other stories in the series and the characters, apart from Elvis, Joe, and John Chen, are flat stereotypes. There is plenty of action - chases and gunfights galore - but the fun / funny / poignant / interesting characters that have made other books in this series so good, are missing. The damsel in distress, Isabel, is so annoying that I was glad to see the last of her.

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  • Roxispd45
  • 07-08-2019

the women in this book are stupid

if you know ppl are going to kill you and ur running why would u tell ppl ur location this is like action movies with love scenes and stupid women who scream n run in 6 in heels I wish she had died in the book n make me happy

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  • rich
  • 22-08-2019

Is it hard to find talented narrators?

I really wanted to listen to this book. And I really wanted to get used to the narrator's. But I couldn't. Every scene is described in the same suspense-building tone and cadence - one appropriate for a scene where a maiden is being tied to the railroad tracks. I'm so glad I can return this and get my credit back.

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  • M. L. Mixon
  • 07-08-2019

Joe Pike in Top Form

I truly enjoyed this book; it was worth the wait and I only wish it had been a bit longer.
Joe Pike is one of my favorite characters because he doesn't waste words and is all about action.
In the future I'd love to see more of some of his friends met in earlier books.

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  • Mike
  • 07-08-2019

Great Book

Great book. More Pike than Cole but what you would expect from the two. Love all of the books in this series just wish they were longer!

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  • Rob
  • 06-08-2019

RC still got it

I'm not sure but I think Cole and Pike are about 70 now. Gives me hope for my advanced years. Great Story Great Characters Great Action and Great Narration. Now we have to wait another year for another book. Strike ME! How old will they be then???

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  • Sagereader2
  • 21-08-2019

Excellent, superb, exciting

I have read every one of Robert Crais’ books; A Dangerous Man is my new favorite. This is a Joe Pike Story where Joe finally receives the recognition he deserves. I love the part about John Chen, forensic scientist extraordinaire. The U.S. Marshall’s are a wonderful introduction too. Just read this story. If you haven’t read all of Crais’ books, do that too. Enjoy!

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  • Jimhusky
  • 21-08-2019

Couldn’t put it down!

Exceptional book. It was extremely good story that moved at an excellent pace. I really enjoy the characters.

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  • MIke
  • 20-08-2019

Good worth the time

Good book. yeap very good. that is all I really have to say. Good. Good

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  • L.J.M.
  • 07-08-2019

Falling out of love

I was looking forward to number eighteen in the Cole and Pike series as I have thoroughly enjoyed the main characters, their relationship, Elvis Cole's house and cat and all the other details which have contributed to the success of the series for me. I have either read or listened to all Robert Crais' Elvis Cole and Joe Pike books and until now have appreciated them all immensely. "A Dangerous Man", like many of the later books in the series, has some extremely violent episodes, so that is my first objection; corpses, the lives of which have been ended in gun fights at Pike's hands, litter the book.
I also feel the "damsel in distress" plotline is not original and although, the plot is complex and tortuous, it's unsatisfying and almost as it's a given that Joe Pike is going to succeed in rescuing Izzy, the heroine. Perhaps a longer book with more plot development would have solved this.
Missing from this book is the humour which has always featured when Cole is involved and somehow has always mitigated the grimmer aspects of the action; also absent are the domestic details which help to soften the hard edges of the usual tense Robert Crais thriller.
None of these points, however, will stop me from reading the next in the series when it is published.

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  • Barry
  • 21-08-2019

Enjoyed the build up, shame about the ending

I haven't enjoyed the most recent of the Cole and Pike novels, but I still wanted to listen to this new one. Really liked the main part of the novel, lots of twists and turns and a lot of guessing what was going on with each of the characters. I found the ending really disappointing though, almost as if the author had given up and just wanted to wrap things up quickly. Overall ok, but I won't be listening again to this.

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  • Anthony Shapero
  • 20-08-2019

Great story, wish I had read it !!!

Great book, narrator didn't quite get the excitement over to the listener i.e. me !!

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  • D. J. Seton
  • 17-08-2019

Best I've Listened to in a While

Just finished this, and I have to say it was a definite improvement over the last two Robert Crais stories I've read. Top marks to narrator Luke Daniels, he absolutely nailed it for me.
Thank you, Robert Crais, for cutting back on the cookery lessons, they have driven me mad in the last few books and just seem to be padding to get the word count up. This book was storyline, beginning to end.
OK, Pike literally gets away with murder - Again. It's fiction, I can live with it.
Having read or listened to all the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series, I reckon this is one of the best.