|Taken (2012) [Novel]|
by Robert Crais
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Of "The Sentury," the Associated Press wrote, "Master of crime fiction Robert Crais continues his dominance. The dynamic pair of Joe Pike and Elvis Cole is the perfect recipe for a crime fan." "Entertainment Weekly" called it a rip roaring study."
But Crais has never written a book with the power and intensity of "Taken."
When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn't afraid, even though she's gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it's a fake, and that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will only call "that boy," and that they need money." Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them."
But she is wrong. The girl and her boyfriend have been taken by "bajadores" - bandits who prey on other bandits, border professionals who prey not only on innocent victims, but on one another. They steal drugs, guns, and people-buying and selling victims like commodities, and killing the ones they can't get a price for.
Cole and Pike find the spot where the couple were taken. There are tire tracks, bullet casings and bloodstains. They know things look bad.
But they are wrong, too. It is about to get much worse. Going undercover to find the couple and buy them back, Cole himself is taken and disappears. Now it's up to Joe Pike to retrace Cole's steps, burning through the hard and muderous world of human traffickers to find his friend.
But he may already be too late.
Original title: Taken
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Suspense