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Taken

Format:  Hardcover,

341 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Jan 2012

ISBN-13: 9780399158278

ISBN-10: 0399158278

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When the police tell a wealthy industrialist that her missing son has faked his own kidnapping, she hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike-and Cole soon determines that it was no fake. The boy and his secret girlfriend have been taken, and are now lost in the gray and changing world of the professional border kidnappers who prey not only on innocent victims but also on one another-buying, selling, and stealing victims like commodities. Fortunately, the kidnappers don't yet know who the boy is, but when Cole goes undercover to try to buy the two hostages back, he himself is taken and disappears. Now it is up to Pike to retrace Cole's steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers . . . before it is too late.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Jan 2012
ISBN-13: 9780399158278
ISBN-10: 0399158278
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 341
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.1
Walmart No.: 9780399158278

About the author

Biography of Crais, Robert

Robert Crais was born in 1953 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was trained as a mechanical engineer before pursuing his dream of becoming a writer. In 1976 he went to Hollywood and began writing scripts for such television series as Miami Vice and Cagney and Lacey. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues. He is the author of the Elvis Cole series and the Joe Pike series. The Monkey's Raincoat won the Anthony and Macavity Awards in 1988. In 2005, his novel Hostage was adapted into a movie starring Bruce Willis. He is the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-01-13)

Crais's entertaining 15th Elvis Cole/Joe Pike thriller (after the New York Times best-selling The First Rule and The Sentry) features a multinational cast of bandits who buy, sell, and steal one another's kidnapped victims. When professional kidnappers capture a college-age couple who venture into the desert south of Palm Springs near the Mexican border, the young woman's mother hires Cole to find them. Through a series of undercover efforts, Cole, Pike, and their talented sidekick Jon Stone begin to decipher the power balance in this international matrix of cartels and move cautiously yet decisively to infiltrate the smugglers' web. But when the bandits capture Cole, Pike and Stone must find a way to use his misfortune to their advantage, thwarting the kidnappers and bringing justice to the victims.

Verdict: Crais's captivating plot together with his crisp dialog makes for swift and satisfying reading. Fans as well as general mystery readers will enjoy this latest effort.

-Jerry P. Miller., Cambridge, MA

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2012-04-01)

Crais presents a fast-paced tale set in the gritty, violent world of human trafficking. Successful businessperson Nita Morales hires L.A.-based detective Elvis Cole to locate her missing daughter. The girl and her boyfriend were kidnapped-along with a group of illegal aliens-by bandits who prey on other criminals. To locate the pair, Cole has himself taken by the gang, while his partner, Joe Pike, works with rival criminals to free Cole and the others. The work's main appeal is the characters. Crais fills the story with larger-than-life heroes possessing military and intelligence backgrounds, who battle merciless criminals, and both sides appear to have unlimited access to firearms and explosives.

Verdict: Reader Luke Daniels does an excellent job presenting the novel. This audiobook is recommended to listeners who enjoy action stories with over-the-top characters.

- Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Parkersburg Lib.

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

When the police tell a wealthy industrialist that her missing son has faked his own kidnapping, she hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike-and Cole soon determines that it was no fake. The boy and his secret girlfriend have been taken, and are now lost in the gray and changing world of the professional border kidnappers who prey not only on innocent victims but also on one another-buying, selling, and stealing victims like commodities.

Fortunately, the kidnappers don't yet know who the boy is, but when Cole goes undercover to try to buy the two hostages back, he himself is taken and disappears. Now it is up to Pike to retrace Cole's steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers... before it is too late.

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