TAKEN, by Robert Crais

Part of a series. AP calls Crais one of America's best crime writers; the Huffington Post agrees. Can't argue with that, can you? Well, I certainly won't, I love the rough, tough, totally human world created by the author. A Joe Pike novel, this one pits the unflappable Pike against ruthless gangs of coyotes and bajadores (human smugglers, and those who prey on the smuggled) as his friend Elvis Cole (“World’s Greatest Detective”) tries to rescue a young couple swept into a bajadores’ net. Click below for more on this gripping novel...
At time very graphic, it’s hard to think this kind of thing goes one in a world so close to ours, but Crais, as always, makes it real and totally believable. While the book stands alone nicely, why rob yourself of the pleasure of the entire series of these two oddball friends as they take down the baddies and make the world, or at least LA, safer? A compelling 5.
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