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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The Wanted Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Paromjit

    I have read all of this brilliant series by Robert Crais, and had given up on any additions as Crais appeared to have abandoned Cole, so when I heard this was available, I knew I wanted to read it as soon as possible. Set in LA, the witty wisecracking PI, Elvis Cole and his strong, silent, tattooed ex-military partner, Joe Pike return in style here. Worried single mother, Devon Connor, suspects her 17 year old socially awkward, video game obsessed son, Tyson, of dealing in drugs when she finds o

    I have read all of this brilliant series by Robert Crais, and had given up on any additions as Crais appeared to have abandoned Cole, so when I heard this was available, I knew I wanted to read it as soon as possible. Set in LA, the witty wisecracking PI, Elvis Cole and his strong, silent, tattooed ex-military partner, Joe Pike return in style here. Worried single mother, Devon Connor, suspects her 17 year old socially awkward, video game obsessed son, Tyson, of dealing in drugs when she finds out he has an expensive Rolex and designer clothes. If only. Elvis tracks down the Rolex, and it soon becomes clear that Tyson, along with Alec Riley and Amber Reed have been breaking and entering into 18 homes of the rich and powerful, helping themselves to their possessions. When confronted with this news, Tyson does a runner rather than handing himself in with a lawyer representing him. Two assassins, Harvey and Stemms, pretending to be cops, are ruthlessly hunting the trio of young burglars, and intent on killing anyone with information on them and the goods they have taken.

    Real LAPD cops, Cassett and Rivera, are under intense pressure to solve the burglaries and apprehend the perpetrators, but are lacking any significant leads that will identify them, badgering Cole to give them his intel. As a murder alerts Cole to the danger that Tyson and Amber are in, he and Devon put out all the stops out to get Tyson to get in touch before he is murdered, only Tyson, being young and obsessed with Amber, is not so easily convinced. It seems that the trio have stolen a laptap from a homeowner who will do anything to retrieve it, and does not care how many people have to die to get it back. Cole enlists the help of Joe Pike as he tries to protect Devon by moving her into his home. As Harvey and Stemms close in on the location of Tyson and Amber, Cole desperately wants to get hold of them first to get them to a safe house. Will he and Pike manage to save the wilful young burglars from themselves and the powerful forces set on eliminating them?

    Crais has well established charismatic central leads in this wonderful series, who could not adore the charms of Elvis Cole and the effective support provided by Joe Pike? Despite this being a long running series, it continues to remain an utterly compelling read for the avid reader. This is largely due to the wide range of diverse and complex characters, the multi-layered storylines and its ability to make you crack a smile and laugh amidst the high levels of suspense and tension. Even the villains, Harvey and Stemms, are not one dimensional, but interesting, talented and worthy opponents for Cole and Pike. A great and entertaining crime thriller that I recommend highly to anyone who reads the crime genre! Many thanks to Simon and Schuster for an ARC.

  • James Thane

    One of the blurbs for this book insists that this may be the "deadliest case" that Elvis Cole and Joe Pike have ever taken on. Considering some of the previous cases that they've barely survived, that may be a bit of a stretch, but

    is still a very engrossing thriller and it's a lot of fun to read.

    The book opens when Elvis is hired by Devon Connor, a hard-working single mother who's trying to raise a teenage son on her own. Under the best of circumstances, this is not an easy task, but

    One of the blurbs for this book insists that this may be the "deadliest case" that Elvis Cole and Joe Pike have ever taken on. Considering some of the previous cases that they've barely survived, that may be a bit of a stretch, but

    is still a very engrossing thriller and it's a lot of fun to read.

    The book opens when Elvis is hired by Devon Connor, a hard-working single mother who's trying to raise a teenage son on her own. Under the best of circumstances, this is not an easy task, but Devon freaks out when she finds her son in possession of a Rolex watch worth several thousand dollars. The kid, Tyson, claims that the watch is a knockoff, that it's not worth anything, and that his mom shouldn't worry.

    Fat chance.

    Devon worries that her kid might be dealing drugs and calls in Elvis to figure out what's actually going on. It turns out that Tyson, previously a shy and withdrawn boy, has fallen under the spell of a sexy new girlfriend. Elvis fairly quickly discovers that the problem is much worse than drugs. Tyson, his new main squeeze, and another boy have been ripping off the houses of wealthy people who are away from their homes. They've converted the things they've stolen into a pile of cash which they are flashing around and spending like crazy at trendy clubs. And when Mom starts asking too many question, Tyson disappears.

    Unfortunately, the trio of thieves has inadvertently stolen something particularly meaningful to a very rich man who has no scruples whatsoever. He, in turn, has hired a couple of particularly nasty characters to track down the thieves and recover his property before it falls into the wrong hands. At this point, these kids had better pray that Elvis and his partner, Joe Pike, find them first.

    The only problem I had with the book was that, for me at least, it strained credulity to think that these three high school kids could have such a long successful string of ripping off the houses of such wealthy people, virtually all of which have very elaborate security systems, and especially given the way in which the thieves are lavishly spending the proceeds of their burglaries. Realistically, the cops should have had them very early on, and it was hard to believe that they hadn't found these kids long before Cole was even called into action. But setting aside that concern, I really enjoyed the book. Elvis Cole is one of my favorite crime fiction characters and I always enjoy following his adventures.

  • 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.

  • Carol.

    Alas; I have reached the current end in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series, a collection of private investigator thrillers set predominantly in the Los Angeles basin. Over seventeen books, we've mocked Elvis' office clock, tread warily around his feral cat and winced at his taste in shirts. Through it all, he's been witty, an outrageous flirt with the ladies and protective of his clients.

    In this one, Crais turns the tables a bit, giving Elvis a legitimate client seeking help with a less-than-legit s

    Alas; I have reached the current end in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series, a collection of private investigator thrillers set predominantly in the Los Angeles basin. Over seventeen books, we've mocked Elvis' office clock, tread warily around his feral cat and winced at his taste in shirts. Through it all, he's been witty, an outrageous flirt with the ladies and protective of his clients.

    In this one, Crais turns the tables a bit, giving Elvis a legitimate client seeking help with a less-than-legit son. The experienced reader quickly understands that this will no doubt create artificial barriers with problem resolution, although thankfully, Elvis does not take it to extremes as he has at other times.

    Crais continues to use multiple-point narration. While it is primarily Elvis' voice, which is in first person, he also switches to the son's, as well as that of two unknown but murderous men. I think following the two unknowns gives a heightened sense of tension because it becomes apparent they are both competent and intent on leaving no witnesses behind. I figured out the reason behind it fairly quickly, but it took Elvis a bit to catch up with me. Honestly, I could have lived without their viewpoint, and had Elvis work more on making the connection between the son and the pair. As it was, when it came together, it felt rather spurious and inconclusive.

    The plot was decent, but it reminded me quite a bit of book 14,

    , which was more thriller than mystery and also had a killer viewpoint. I have to say, I also caught strong Spenser parallels, particularly with the meal scenes. In a last damning item, I'll note that while Elvis had a date planned with one woman at the beginning of the book, he had a date planned with another by the end. I almost suspected a ghostwriter, but there were still touches of the emotional complexity that I associate with Elvis. Ah well. Perhaps it's time for a

  • Barbara

    In this addition to the 'Elvis Cole - Joe Pike' series, the Los Angeles private detectives try to help a trio of over-privileged teenage thieves. The book can be read as a standalone.

    *****

    Devon Connor is worried about her 17-year-old son Tyson. The troubled boy was booted out of two high schools, making it necessary to enroll him in an expensive 'alternative school' - and now Tyson's room contains wads of cash and big-ticket items he can't afford, like designer clothes from Barneys; ele

    In this addition to the 'Elvis Cole - Joe Pike' series, the Los Angeles private detectives try to help a trio of over-privileged teenage thieves. The book can be read as a standalone.

    *****

    Devon Connor is worried about her 17-year-old son Tyson. The troubled boy was booted out of two high schools, making it necessary to enroll him in an expensive 'alternative school' - and now Tyson's room contains wads of cash and big-ticket items he can't afford, like designer clothes from Barneys; electronics; and a Rolex watch that costs at least $40,000.

    Concerned that Tyson is doing something illegal, Devon hires Los Angeles private investigator Elvis Cole - the self-styled 'World's Greatest Detective' - to find out what's going on with her son. Using the serial numbers on the Rolex, Cole learns that it was stolen from Dr. Richard Slausen. Cole's visit to the physician's house brings him to the attention of two LAPD detectives - Cassett and Rivera - who are investigating a string of 18 home burglaries in the area, including the heist at Slausen's place.

    The detectives reveal that three people were seen on CCTV, breaking into the looted homes, but the burglars always hid their faces.....until one boy accidently glanced up at the camera. This was Tyson, but the cops haven't identified him yet, and have no idea who his accomplices are.

    Cassett and Rivera want Cole to reveal what he knows, but the PI keeps mum - hoping he can arrange for Tyson to get a lawyer, turn himself in, and make a deal. This isn't going to happen though. Tyson robs homes with two other teens, Amber and Alec, and he'd never rat them out - especially not Amber, who has Tyson wrapped around her little finger. So, instead of surrendering, Tyson goes on the run.

    Unfortunately for the larcenous teens, they stole a laptop from someone who's desperate to get it back. The laptop owner hired a couple of shrewd toughs, named Harvey and Stemms, who have a spy in the police department AND know how to track people down. When the thugs - who pretend to be LAPD detectives - find people with information about the teens, they 'interview' them.....then kill them.

    Meanwhile, Elvis Cole is also hunting for Tyson and his friends, to keep them alive. Needing assistance, Cole calls on his partner in the detective agency, Joe Pike - a formidable former mercenary who uses few words, has red arrows tattooed on his biceps, and wears sunglasses 24/7.

    With people getting killed left and right, you'd think the teenage crooks would be frightened - but Amber seems to think the whole business is a hoot....and that a Hollywood movie will be made about the gang's exploits.

    Other interesting characters in the book include Tyson's former schoolmate Carl - a computer nerd who wears suits to his 'office' in the shed; and Amber's mother - who's annoyed when she has to abandon her skiing vacation to assist her daughter. Furthermore, Harvey and Stemms are more than just thugs for hire. When they're not killing people, the men discuss guitar riffs; changing a ringtone from the stabbing scene music in 'Psycho' to The Association's 'Windy'; and their personal lives.

    There's plenty of action and excitement in this page turner, which ends in a dramatic climax.

    I'm a big fan of Cole and Pike, two smart, capable guys who get the job done. I enjoyed the book and recommend it to thriller fans.

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  • Manuel Antão

    If you're into stuff like this,

    In the Darkness, Everyone is Alone: "The Wanted" by Robert Crais

    In the darkness, everyone is alone.

    None to speak to you but silence,

    The quiet of words unspoken,

    An old friend scarce known.

    A silence we dread to see broken,

    Yet somehow constantly bemoan.

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