The Wanted

The Wanted

It seemed like a simple case before the bodies starting piling up. Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, take on the deadliest case of their lives, in the new masterpiece of suspense from the #1 New York Times bestselling author When single mother Devon Connor hires private investigator Elvis Cole, it's because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash...

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Title:The Wanted
Author:Robert Crais
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The Wanted Reviews

  • Monnie

    Private eye Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, make a great team - reminiscent of the late Robert B. Parker's Spenser and Hawk. Together, they can take on the world. But when they bump up against a trio of teens who specialize in upscale burglaries, they may have met their match.

    For much of the first half of this book, Elvis takes solo center stage. He's hired by Devon Connor, whose son Tyson has been deviating wildly from his usual sweet self. It seems he's acquired some cash, expensive clot

    Private eye Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, make a great team - reminiscent of the late Robert B. Parker's Spenser and Hawk. Together, they can take on the world. But when they bump up against a trio of teens who specialize in upscale burglaries, they may have met their match.

    For much of the first half of this book, Elvis takes solo center stage. He's hired by Devon Connor, whose son Tyson has been deviating wildly from his usual sweet self. It seems he's acquired some cash, expensive clothes and other high-end items, and his mother wants to find out if he's into the illicit drug business. As it turns out, it's worse; he and a couple of friends have been getting their jollies (and plenty of flashy trinkets) by invading the homes of the very wealthy, taking what they like and reselling what they don't want to keep.

    With the cooperation of Tyson's mother, Elvis works out a deal through which Tyson will turn himself in with minimal consequences - but the deal goes south when Tyson goes missing. Around the same time, one of the teenage cohorts ends up dead - and while at first blush it looks to be a case of road rage gone horribly wrong, the bullets in the body tell a much different story.

    Now, Elvis knows that Tyson and the third teen, an exceptionally maniculative girl, are sure to be the next targets of two highly accomplished hit men who apparently have been hired by one of the burglary victims. He calls in his partner Joe to help find the kids, but for a time the trail doesn't lead much of anywhere except to more dead bodies. When they finally start to close in on the teens, so, too, do the hit men. Who will get to them first results in a not-so-merry chase that kept me turning pages all the way to the end.

    All in all, another excellent installment in this series - one of my favorites. Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy.

  • Andrew Smith

    I’ve really enjoyed the one-off novels Crais has written but for some reason I’d largely avoided his Elvis Cole/Joe Pike books. I did pick up the very first book in the Cole series,

    , some years back but I found it dated – well, it was written in 1987 – and a bit too whimsical for my tastes, which run closer to the hardboiled novels penned by Lawrence Block, Reed Farrel Coleman and others. But given the opportunity to have a flip through the latest offering in this long runn

    I’ve really enjoyed the one-off novels Crais has written but for some reason I’d largely avoided his Elvis Cole/Joe Pike books. I did pick up the very first book in the Cole series,

    , some years back but I found it dated – well, it was written in 1987 – and a bit too whimsical for my tastes, which run closer to the hardboiled novels penned by Lawrence Block, Reed Farrel Coleman and others. But given the opportunity to have a flip through the latest offering in this long running series I though, why not?

    In style and setting I guess it’s closer to Michael Connelly than the authors I’ve mentioned above - but Elvis is a much more laid back character than Connelly’s Harry Bosch. Here, Cole gets involved in the case of a series of robberies carried out by three young light fingered thrill seekers. They’ve taken something that’s got rather more significance than they realised and the owner wants it back. Wants it back badly! Elvis stumbles into this case as he’s hired by the mother of one of the threesome to find out what her son has been up to. She’d found a valuable watch in his room and knew it must have been stolen. Soon a couple of wisecracking heavies are on the tail of the trio, can Elvis (and Joe, though he really only features in a cameo role here) save the day?

    It’s a story that grabbed me early on and never really let go. Yes, there’s some light-hearted moments here but in the main Crais plays it straight. The tension racks up as the tale plays out and as I flicked through the final few pages I found myself wanting to see more of Elvis and Joe. Yes, I’m now definitely a fan and I’ll certainly be churning my way back though other books in this series.

    My thanks to Simon & Schuster UK Fiction and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Skip

    Rounded up to 4 stars. Elvis Cole is asked by a concerned mother why her son has an extravagant Rolex watch, and the truth is horrifying: he and two friends are involved in a criminal enterprise, and there are two stone-cold killers, posing as cops, after them. Here is the essence of the book: "They're kids. Three morons." Elvis busts his ass to save them, dragging Joe Pike in to help, but too much of the plot is about the three morons, who don't have a lick of common sense. Also, Crais made the

    Rounded up to 4 stars. Elvis Cole is asked by a concerned mother why her son has an extravagant Rolex watch, and the truth is horrifying: he and two friends are involved in a criminal enterprise, and there are two stone-cold killers, posing as cops, after them. Here is the essence of the book: "They're kids. Three morons." Elvis busts his ass to save them, dragging Joe Pike in to help, but too much of the plot is about the three morons, who don't have a lick of common sense. Also, Crais made the cops look incredibly inept, with Elvis the only serious detective working a case where there is serious pressure to bring the perps to justice.

  • Maureen Carden

    It's been too long since the last Elvis Cole and Joe Pike book came out. For red blooded ‘murican(sic) women it's been way too long since the last Joe Pike was published. Just sayin'. This book went far too quickly considering how much I enjoy the smart-ass Elvis Cole and the ummm, strong, silent, stoic, and intriguing Joe Pike. Oh, I'm sorry; I got carried away there for a moment.

    Elvis Cole is a L.A private detective, hailing from LA. Joe Pike is his silent partner who is called in when the go

    It's been too long since the last Elvis Cole and Joe Pike book came out. For red blooded ‘murican(sic) women it's been way too long since the last Joe Pike was published. Just sayin'. This book went far too quickly considering how much I enjoy the smart-ass Elvis Cole and the ummm, strong, silent, stoic, and intriguing Joe Pike. Oh, I'm sorry; I got carried away there for a moment.

    Elvis Cole is a L.A private detective, hailing from LA. Joe Pike is his silent partner who is called in when the going gets tough. The publishers need to change the book blurb; Jon Stone is not in this book. Should be a rule that either someone who wrote the book, edited the book or at least read the book should write the damn blurb.

    Cole is hired by single mom, Devon Connor, to discover why her son is sporting high dollar watches and threads. She is afraid her socially awkward, anxiety-ridden son, Tyler has gotten involved in drug dealing.

    If only. Instead, Cole quickly discovers Tyler has joined a small, smart, and almost lucky burglary crew who hit high end L.A. homes. Their luck disappeared when they hit the wrong home and now the owners will do anything, even sanction murder, to get their property back.

    Cole is determined to save Tyler from himself after one of the crew is murdered and he goes on the run with a messed up young woman.

    The semi-hero of the hour is a geeky gamer. Wow, what a surprise on that description.

    Talk about a character stereotype. Just once, I would like to see the gamer/computer maven be portrayed as a normal kid. Not overweight, not with a spotty face, not living in some parent’s gamer ‘cave’ located in the basement or garage, and most of all one with normal social skills.

    On the other hand, the pair of killers hunting for the young burglary crew constantly surprised me. Except for the killing part, they are cool and interesting. Way to go, Crais.

    Another surprise, the young woman who seems to lead the crew turns out to have some moxie of her own unrelated to her burglary skills.

    The story was fresh and fast-paced, the flow perfect. Cole with his trade mark humor was as usual a delight, Pike was Pike, which is very very good. The other characters all added to the story, and even the computer gamer/hacker/maven had his moments of charm. As an extra bonus, the mom, Devon Connor really nailed it with Lucy Chenier, Coles’ past, long-gone love.

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Although maybe I should have warned NG that I’ve been huge Crais fan and would probably love his shopping list; as long as Pike was part of the shopping list.

  • Tucker

    What a treat it is to have Elvis Cole and Joe Pike back! When teenager Tyson Connor’s mother Devon calls Elvis, she is afraid her son is selling drugs because he’s suddenly flush with cash and wearing expensive clothes. Initially, Elvis suspects the same thing, but a little more investigation reveals that Tyson is involved in high-end burglaries with two other teenagers. And they’ve stolen a laptop that the owner is desperate to get back - at any cost. Elvis is still his wisecracking self but is

    What a treat it is to have Elvis Cole and Joe Pike back! When teenager Tyson Connor’s mother Devon calls Elvis, she is afraid her son is selling drugs because he’s suddenly flush with cash and wearing expensive clothes. Initially, Elvis suspects the same thing, but a little more investigation reveals that Tyson is involved in high-end burglaries with two other teenagers. And they’ve stolen a laptop that the owner is desperate to get back - at any cost. Elvis is still his wisecracking self but is totally committed to finding and rescuing Tyson. When Devon is threatened by two murderous and very scary men, Elvis calls in Joe Pike. Can there be any more reassuring words to a terrified mother than “I’m Pike. I’ve got you. You’re safe.” Robert Crais is an author I can rely on to provide absorbing, tightly written, and enjoyable thrillers - books I always feel good about recommending.

    Thank you to Penguin Putnam and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: "...these kids leave prints and DNA everywhere."

    The world slowed when I heard him.

    I said, " Kids."

    "They're kids. Three morons."

    I said it again, just to be sure.

    "Kids."

    "Teenagers, young adults, whatever. A female and two males. I'm not saying they're little children."

    I stared out the window. Wilcox described big nasty mothers and multiple burglaries.

    "How many burglaries are we talking about?"

    "Seventeen, eighteen, something like that. The number's in play. The task force is playing conn

    EXCERPT: "...these kids leave prints and DNA everywhere."

    The world slowed when I heard him.

    I said, " Kids."

    "They're kids. Three morons."

    I said it again, just to be sure.

    "Kids."

    "Teenagers, young adults, whatever. A female and two males. I'm not saying they're little children."

    I stared out the window. Wilcox described big nasty mothers and multiple burglaries.

    "How many burglaries are we talking about?"

    "Seventeen, eighteen, something like that. The number's in play. The task force is playing connect-the-dots with fingerprints."

    "A task force has the case?"

    "This is big, brudda man. You mess with rich people, you get the fullcourt press."

    "They have prints and DNA, but no IDs."

    "It happens. Never been busted, so they aren't in the system. They hood up, they're good about ducking the cameras, but the one kid, he finally screwed up. Unknown Male Numero Uno. We got him. First Tier got his face."

    Dave was so proud of himself he laughed.

    "Can I see his picture?"

    "Sure. On the way."

    My phone chimed when the picture arrived.

    I knew who I would see even before I opened Dave's email.

    THE BLURB: It seemed like a simple case before the bodies starting piling up. Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, take on the deadliest case of their lives, in the new masterpiece of suspense from the #1 New York Times bestselling author

    When single mother Devon Connor hires private investigator Elvis Cole, it's because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and she's afraid he's dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two other partners in crime, he's been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of them is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear.

    They stole the wrong thing from the wrong man. Determined to get it back, he has hired a team that is smart and brutal, and to even the odds, Cole calls in his friends Joe Pike and Jon Stone. But even they may be overmatched. The hired killers are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. A few more won't make any difference.

    MY THOUGHTS: In the almost four years since I joined Goodreads.com, so many people have told me that I must read/will enjoy Robert Crais' Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series. They were right. Sometimes I am a little slow . . .

    Yes, I know that I have joined the series at #17, but it really doesn't matter. The book is written so that it can be read as a stand alone. References to past history are few and well explained.

    The Wanted is fast paced, action filled, and yet is remarkably tender when dealing with the emotions of the teenagers. And the teenagers are teenagers. They play follow the leader; the leader being the most assertive, the one who knows best, the one who is sure that the adults know nothing, the one who can manipulate, the emotionally damaged one.

    As I said, this was my first encounter with the Cole/Pike team. It won't be my last. I am joining their massive fan club.

    Thank you to Simon and Schuster via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Wanted by Robert Crais for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the 'about'page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com

  • Heidi

    Many many years ago I stumbled across the first book featuring the funny and enigmatic Elvis Cole, and it was love at first book! I have been a huge fan of the series since, and they are the type of comfort books I turn to when I feel a bit book-jaded. Crais always delivers a solid mystery, and Elvis’ quick wit and dry humour put a permanent grin on my face whilst reading. And of course the books would not be complete without the silent, loyal and indestructible Joe Pike, who always manages to g

    Many many years ago I stumbled across the first book featuring the funny and enigmatic Elvis Cole, and it was love at first book! I have been a huge fan of the series since, and they are the type of comfort books I turn to when I feel a bit book-jaded. Crais always delivers a solid mystery, and Elvis’ quick wit and dry humour put a permanent grin on my face whilst reading. And of course the books would not be complete without the silent, loyal and indestructible Joe Pike, who always manages to get Elvis out of trouble when the going gets tough. I love them!

    As usual, Crais has nailed the art of delivering an action packed mystery that tests all of Elvis’ detecting skills. I am not going to get into the story, as the blurb contains all you need to know, so allow yourself to get swept up by the action just as I did. This is one of those rare books that can be read as a stand-alone, even if you haven’t read the previous 16 books in the series (although I highly recommend reading them all, they are great!). There is enough background to understand Elvis’ and Pike’s relationship, and most of the other characters are either new or play a peripheral role where previous knowledge is not essential.

    Crais tells his story from the different characters’ POVs, including that of the “bad guys”, in short concise chapters that move the narrative along at the perfect pace, giving just the right amount of clues to keep the reader guessing but hinting at things yet to come. Each of the narrators has a unique and interesting voice, which is a hard balance to achieve, and kept me hooked from start to finish. I love it how Crais combines the private detective story with the cat-and-mouse game of a fast paced action thriller, and a police procedural as an aside – with three genres rolled into one, what more can you want? Cole and Pike are a fictional partnership that really works and carries the story, and I was happy to have them both included in this latest instalment. I admit I prefer the books in the series that have Elvis as the main character and Pike as his side-kick, since I adore Elvis’ humour and it is a huge factor of enjoyment for me.

    All in all, if you haven’t discovered this great detective series yet, The Wanted is a perfect opportunity to take the plunge. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed, though it may add quite a few new books to your TBR list. Another irresistible read from Crais, who has certainly made a name for himself in the mystery genre and is one of my go-to authors when I feel a bit book-jaded and just want a great read. Highly recommended.

  • Cindy Burnett

    I am a huge fan of Elvis Cole, but The Wanted fell flat for me. I generally love reading about both Elvis and Joe Pike, but I could barely stomach reading about the two ridiculous bad guys – they were way too over the top for me. I also didn’t feel that Tyson Connor was very believable which made the mystery not very believable as well. I realize that mystery series with numerous books such as this one are bound to have an installment or two that are not my favorite so I am hoping the next one w

    I am a huge fan of Elvis Cole, but The Wanted fell flat for me. I generally love reading about both Elvis and Joe Pike, but I could barely stomach reading about the two ridiculous bad guys – they were way too over the top for me. I also didn’t feel that Tyson Connor was very believable which made the mystery not very believable as well. I realize that mystery series with numerous books such as this one are bound to have an installment or two that are not my favorite so I am hoping the next one will get back on track. Joe Pike is fabulous, and he kept the book from being a 2-star read for me. I received this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

  • Megan Johnson

    I want to start out by saying that this is my first Cole/Pike story. I also want to say it wasn't bad - I just...felt bored. Maybe it's my fault.

    In the bookstore, this was just on a normal shelf - not on a display table or prominently placed or anything, so to say that this cover is beautiful would be an understatement. It grabbed my eyes immediately. Then, I opened up the book jacket only to read "It seemed like a simple case until the bodies started piling up." Yup, sold. I bought the book an

    I want to start out by saying that this is my first Cole/Pike story. I also want to say it wasn't bad - I just...felt bored. Maybe it's my fault.

    In the bookstore, this was just on a normal shelf - not on a display table or prominently placed or anything, so to say that this cover is beautiful would be an understatement. It grabbed my eyes immediately. Then, I opened up the book jacket only to read "It seemed like a simple case until the bodies started piling up." Yup, sold. I bought the book and raced through the book I was reading so that I could start this one.

    Unfortunately, for me, that's about where the excitement stopped. Usually I'll make it through a book in a couple days but this one took me 5 or so days just because I was fairly bored. Not that it's bad, I want to stress that because this book is very well written, it just wasn't the action-packed adventure that I had hoped based on my initial impressions. If anything it read more like a made for tv teen drama, so I'm sure there's an audience who lives for this sort of thing but it wasn't for me.

    I thought this story was well written, but I was disappointed in that it didn't feel suspenseful or very intricately crafted. I wasn't left on the edge of my seat or needing to know what happens next. Ultimately I ended up finishing this one only so that I could move on to my next read.

    If you love crime thrillers, this one might be a bit bland but if you're generally into YA crime or Teen Drama, this one would probably be a favorite! While the characters are pretty stereotypical, they're likable enough to feel real which was nice. Depends on what you're in the mood for whether I'd recommend you pick this one up or not.

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