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A Dangerous Man
By (author): Robert Crais
9780525535683 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Crime Aug 06, 2019
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.42 x 9.27 x 1.33 in 352 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
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 bed, 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?

Series Overview: Private detective Elvis Cole may be named after “The King,” but he shares more in common with his partner, former Marine Joe Pike, than with his namesake. And that’s bad news for L.A.’s underworld.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING TRACK: Crais’ most recent hardcover, The Wanted, debuted at #4 on the New York Times combined list. The Promise debuted at #7 and hit #1 on the ebook list. This new hardcover will build on the devoted fans and bestselling track.

FANTASTIC REVIEWS AND AWARDS: The praise for The Wanted was glowing, with reviews in outlets like the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Huffington Post, and Seattle Times, with the Wall Street Journal calling it a “fire-cracker of a book.” Crais is the winner of the Anthony, Barry, Shamus, Maccavity, and Gumshoe awards, and he is an Edgar Grand Master.

BELOVED CHARACTERS ON A PERSONAL CASE: Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are two of crime fiction’s most popular characters, and they are at their best here. This case is Cole’s most intensely personal to date.

Robert Crais is the author of twenty-one previous novels, sixteen of them featuring private investigator Elvis Cole and his laconic ex-cop partner, Joe Pike. Before writing his first novel, Crais spent several years writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice, Quincy, Baretta, and L.A. Law. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues, and one of his stand alone novels, Hostage, was made into a movie starring Bruce Willis. His novels have been translated into forty-two languages and are bestsellers around the world. A native of Louisiana, he lives in Los Angeles.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

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Praise for A Dangerous Man

“If you’ve always wished Lee Child’s Jack Reacher had a little more balance in his life—but the same formidable talents—you’ll love Joe Pike and the latest book in this long, superb series…. A taut, exceptional thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Outstanding…Crais begins the story with deceptive simplicity but slowly ratchets up both the tension and the action with surgical precision…. The particular kind of danger [Joe Pike] carries is just plain off the charts. This one’s sure to hit the bestseller charts.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Crais is a whip-smart writer. Cole and Pike are carefully drawn, multilayered characters who’ve grown more complex through the years. This is one of the very best entries in a long-running and still first-rate series.”—Booklist (starred review)

Praise for The Wanted

“A fire-cracker of a book.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Expertly-crafted.”—The Seattle Times

“An outstanding crime-thriller….A relentless and riveting read that is everything great crime fiction is supposed to be.”—Providence Journal

“Another page-turner by one of the most reliable story-tellers modern crime fiction.”—Associated Press

“Crais is one of the best crime writers in the business, and this thrilling novel will not only be wanted by thriller aficionados, but cherished as well. He has another guaranteed bestseller on his hands.”—Suspense Magazine

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