The Wanted by Robert Crais

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

  • Joe Slavinsky

    We all waited forEVER for this book, which was supposed to be out more than a year ago. The problem, is that Crais' stuff is SO good, that I finished the book within 24 hours. Elvis Cole, and Joe Pike are icons, in modern-day crime fiction. The stories are so well-written, with such a frenetic pace, that you can't help but try to read them in one sitting. Now, the wait starts all over again. Aargh!!

  • 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.

  • Tucker

    What a treat it is to have Elvis Cole and Joe Pike back! When teenager Tyson Connor’s mother Devon calls Elvis, she is afraid her son is selling drugs because he’s suddenly flush with cash and wearing expensive clothes. Initially, Elvis suspects the same thing, but a little more investigation reveals that Tyson is involved in high-end burglaries with two other teenagers. And they’ve stolen a laptop that the owner is desperate to get back - at any cost. Elvis is still his wisecracking self but is

    What a treat it is to have Elvis Cole and Joe Pike back! When teenager Tyson Connor’s mother Devon calls Elvis, she is afraid her son is selling drugs because he’s suddenly flush with cash and wearing expensive clothes. Initially, Elvis suspects the same thing, but a little more investigation reveals that Tyson is involved in high-end burglaries with two other teenagers. And they’ve stolen a laptop that the owner is desperate to get back - at any cost. Elvis is still his wisecracking self but is totally committed to finding and rescuing Tyson. When Devon is threatened by two murderous and very scary men, Elvis calls in Joe Pike. Can there be any more reassuring words to a terrified mother than “I’m Pike. I’ve got you. You’re safe.” Robert Crais is an author I can rely on to provide absorbing, tightly written, and enjoyable thrillers - books I always feel good about recommending.

    Thank you to Penguin Putnam and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • 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

  • Heidi

    Many many years ago I stumbled across the first book featuring the funny and enigmatic Elvis Cole, and it was love at first book! I have been a huge fan of the series since, and they are the type of comfort books I turn to when I feel a bit book-jaded. Crais always delivers a solid mystery, and Elvis’ quick wit and dry humour put a permanent grin on my face whilst reading. And of course the books would not be complete without the silent, loyal and indestructible Joe Pike, who always manages to g

    Many many years ago I stumbled across the first book featuring the funny and enigmatic Elvis Cole, and it was love at first book! I have been a huge fan of the series since, and they are the type of comfort books I turn to when I feel a bit book-jaded. Crais always delivers a solid mystery, and Elvis’ quick wit and dry humour put a permanent grin on my face whilst reading. And of course the books would not be complete without the silent, loyal and indestructible Joe Pike, who always manages to get Elvis out of trouble when the going gets tough. I love them!

    As usual, Crais has nailed the art of delivering an action packed mystery that tests all of Elvis’ detecting skills. I am not going to get into the story, as the blurb contains all you need to know, so allow yourself to get swept up by the action just as I did. This is one of those rare books that can be read as a stand-alone, even if you haven’t read the previous 16 books in the series (although I highly recommend reading them all, they are great!). There is enough background to understand Elvis’ and Pike’s relationship, and most of the other characters are either new or play a peripheral role where previous knowledge is not essential.

    Crais tells his story from the different characters’ POVs, including that of the “bad guys”, in short concise chapters that move the narrative along at the perfect pace, giving just the right amount of clues to keep the reader guessing but hinting at things yet to come. Each of the narrators has a unique and interesting voice, which is a hard balance to achieve, and kept me hooked from start to finish. I love it how Crais combines the private detective story with the cat-and-mouse game of a fast paced action thriller, and a police procedural as an aside – with three genres rolled into one, what more can you want? Cole and Pike are a fictional partnership that really works and carries the story, and I was happy to have them both included in this latest instalment. I admit I prefer the books in the series that have Elvis as the main character and Pike as his side-kick, since I adore Elvis’ humour and it is a huge factor of enjoyment for me.

    All in all, if you haven’t discovered this great detective series yet, The Wanted is a perfect opportunity to take the plunge. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed, though it may add quite a few new books to your TBR list. Another irresistible read from Crais, who has certainly made a name for himself in the mystery genre and is one of my go-to authors when I feel a bit book-jaded and just want a great read. Highly recommended.

  • Monnie

    Private eye Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, make a great team - reminiscent of the late Robert B. Parker's Spenser and Hawk. Together, they can take on the world. But when they bump up against a trio of teens who specialize in upscale burglaries, they may have met their match.

    For much of the first half of this book, Elvis takes solo center stage. He's hired by Devon Connor, whose son Tyson has been deviating wildly from his usual sweet self. It seems he's acquired some cash, expensive clot

    Private eye Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, make a great team - reminiscent of the late Robert B. Parker's Spenser and Hawk. Together, they can take on the world. But when they bump up against a trio of teens who specialize in upscale burglaries, they may have met their match.

    For much of the first half of this book, Elvis takes solo center stage. He's hired by Devon Connor, whose son Tyson has been deviating wildly from his usual sweet self. It seems he's acquired some cash, expensive clothes and other high-end items, and his mother wants to find out if he's into the illicit drug business. As it turns out, it's worse; he and a couple of friends have been getting their jollies (and plenty of flashy trinkets) by invading the homes of the very wealthy, taking what they like and reselling what they don't want to keep.

    With the cooperation of Tyson's mother, Elvis works out a deal through which Tyson will turn himself in with minimal consequences - but the deal goes south when Tyson goes missing. Around the same time, one of the teenage cohorts ends up dead - and while at first blush it looks to be a case of road rage gone horribly wrong, the bullets in the body tell a much different story.

    Now, Elvis knows that Tyson and the third teen, an exceptionally maniculative girl, are sure to be the next targets of two highly accomplished hit men who apparently have been hired by one of the burglary victims. He calls in his partner Joe to help find the kids, but for a time the trail doesn't lead much of anywhere except to more dead bodies. When they finally start to close in on the teens, so, too, do the hit men. Who will get to them first results in a not-so-merry chase that kept me turning pages all the way to the end.

    All in all, another excellent installment in this series - one of my favorites. Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy.

  • Nat K

    3.5★s for me.

    I have to admit that I’ve never previously read a Robert Crais book. No particular reason. I think that from being such a creature of habit, I tend to stick with Authors that I already know and love. But thanks to NetGalley, I’ve now had my reading tastes shift to now include such interesting characters as Elvis Cole and Joe Pike on my reading menu.

    I was truly surprised after finishing this to see that this is book No. 17 in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series. How did so many books not

    3.5★s for me.

    I have to admit that I’ve never previously read a Robert Crais book. No particular reason. I think that from being such a creature of habit, I tend to stick with Authors that I already know and love. But thanks to NetGalley, I’ve now had my reading tastes shift to now include such interesting characters as Elvis Cole and Joe Pike on my reading menu.

    I was truly surprised after finishing this to see that this is book No. 17 in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series. How did so many books not enter my reading orbit?

    Tyson Connor is a troubled teen, who gets in with the “wrong” crowd. His mother is worried with the appearance of a rolex (watch) in his room, along with some very expensive threads (clothing), that he simply could not afford as a student. Enter Elvis Cole, private eye, and (by the sounds of it), all round decent bloke. Elvis endeavours to track down Tyson (who has disappeared), and as these stories tend to go, things get distinctly murky....there’s more to Tyson’s five-fingered discounts, than a stolen rolex.

    I really enjoyed the quirkiness of the Elvis Cole character.

    This was an easy page turner, and on this basis of how quickly I finished this book, I’ll definitely consider reading more of Robert Crais’ books.

  • 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.

  • Truman32

    The Elvis Cole detective books are perhaps the most progressive series in the mystery genre today. This is a startling fact when you consider Robert Crais’s

    is the 17th go round with this private investigator and his stoic partner Joe Pike. What makes these books so pioneering is the optimistic and sunny disposition of the lead detective, Elvis Cole. That’s right, we are given a lead character who is in no way haunted, tormented, addicted, grouchy, smug, or stewing with deep psycholog

    The Elvis Cole detective books are perhaps the most progressive series in the mystery genre today. This is a startling fact when you consider Robert Crais’s

    is the 17th go round with this private investigator and his stoic partner Joe Pike. What makes these books so pioneering is the optimistic and sunny disposition of the lead detective, Elvis Cole. That’s right, we are given a lead character who is in no way haunted, tormented, addicted, grouchy, smug, or stewing with deep psychological animosity towards authority. It feels innovative and bold to have such a well-grounded protagonist. Cole is a guy who let’s his clients stay at his pad when the heat is getting too hot to remain at their homes. When they eventually move to a safe house he raids his own pantry for food and toilet paper to bring for them. And with Cole, you just know the toilet paper is going to be a super soft multi-ply—none of that cheapo scratchy stuff for his peeps (and it’ll probably be the giant pack of jumbo rolls from Costco too!). The worst thing you can find about this guy is his struggle to find a use for his surplus of warm hugs.

    It’s refreshing to have a well-adjusted and just plain nice detective leading the story every once and awhile. Cole would fit in well between Roma Downey and Della Reese if they ever want to reboot

    as an hour-long mystery for CBS on Sunday nights.

    This time out Cole is hired by a distraught mother. She has found cash, Swiss watches and other high dollar items in her teenage son’s room. She’s worried he got these items in some troubling manner, something that is soon proven true. Her boy is part of a (goodhearted but bone-headed)teenage housebreaking team—they have burglarized 18 homes in the wealthy suburbs of L.A. Events become even more alarming when one of the plundered owners hires two deadly thugs to retrieve one of the purloined items. These galoots aren’t fooling around, they leave a trail of mangled bodies in their wake as they hunt for these kids and the important item they have swiped.

    Crais has been honored with the Mystery Writer’s of America Grand Master Award so it’s easy to surmise a few things: 1.) he can write a riveting good story and 2.) that he often goes out in public wearing his illustrious MWA Grand Master hat (for those that don’t know, this famed chapeau resembles the Pope’s hat with a propeller spinning at the top. It is usually a striking magenta, fringed in blinking lights, covered in felt shamrocks, with the message: Kiss the Grand Master embroidered on the front. He has it on every time he goes out to dinner, and quit honestly the girls at Hooters are more than a little tired of it by now.)

    continues his hot streak—the characters are layered, Cole is out there spreading kindness and smiles as he works to save these teenage dunderheads. It all reads very fast and the mystery will leave you guessing. While the conclusion is a little disappointing and his partner Joe Pike is shortchanged, this is still an exciting read in a very worthwhile series.

  • Judy Lesley

    I enjoyed this addition to the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike collection. This one felt a little different because the problems involved three young adults with a total lack of caring for the consequences of the crimes they were committing. Their view of what was fun was painfully innocent. Tyson Connor's mother was worried because his behavior had changed so much recently. When she searched his room she found a watch with a price listed in the stratosphere. Then she found new clothes and then cash; lo

    I enjoyed this addition to the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike collection. This one felt a little different because the problems involved three young adults with a total lack of caring for the consequences of the crimes they were committing. Their view of what was fun was painfully innocent. Tyson Connor's mother was worried because his behavior had changed so much recently. When she searched his room she found a watch with a price listed in the stratosphere. Then she found new clothes and then cash; lots and lots of cash. She wants Elvis to follow her son to find out what he's doing. All it took was one phone call for Elvis Cole to know there was going to be big trouble for Tyson and his friends.

    This is a story filled with a lot of unusual characters so having it unfold from many points of view was a good way to present the story. The two hitmen are actually two of the most interesting bad guys I think I've ever encountered in fiction. Stone cold killers and very good at their job yet amazingly devoted to each other. Those two are probably what I will remember best about this story. Tyson's mother was also very realistically presented. I would have wanted to wring his scrawny neck too if I had been her but she always kept sight of the fact that Tyson was an immature 17 year old boy who simply wanted to fit in somewhere, with someone.

    Joe Pike doesn't have much of a part to play in this novel, more of someone to be a backup for Elvis, but it was still nice to have him in the story. I definitely would have liked to have some solid resolution about what happened to all three of the burglars. The reader spends so much time with two of them that I think we deserved that. Not my favorite in the series, but better than 3 stars.


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