When single-mother Devon Connor hires 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 others, he’s been responsible for a string of high- When single-mother Devon Connor hires 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 others, 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, and, determined to get it back, he has hired two men who are smart and brutal and the best at what they do.To even the odds, Cole brings in his friend Joe Pike, but even the two of them together may be overmatched. The police don’t want them anywhere near the investigation, the teenagers refuse to be found, and the hired killers are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. Pretty soon, they’ll find out everything they need to know to track the kids down—and then nothing that Elvis or Joe can do may make any difference. It might even get them killed. ...Continua Nascondi
From the publisher: A worried mother, Devon Connor, contacts Private Investigator Elvis Cole because her teenage son, Tyson, has gotten himself into deep trouble. Along with two young friends, Tyson has burglarized more than a dozen homes in wealthFrom the publisher: A worried mother, Devon Connor, contacts Private Investigator Elvis Cole because her teenage son, Tyson, has gotten himself into deep trouble. Along with two young friends, Tyson has burglarized more than a dozen homes in wealthy Los Angeles neighborhoods. Unfortunately, the young men have inadvertently stolen something that could incriminate a very rich and powerful person, who has no qualms resorting to murder to get it back. Two smart and skilled professional hitmen are already on Tyson’s trail, brutally murdering a string of witnesses. In need of some formidable backup, Cole calls on his longtime friend and partner Joe Pike, a tight-lipped and hugely effective former Marine and cop. Distrustful of the police, Cole and Pike take bold and courageous steps as they try to protect Tyson and his friends, neutralize the killers, and snare the assassins’ ruthless boss. But in a case so volatile and toxic, roiling with powerful teenage and parental emotions, violent death is always a distinct possibility.
In this, the 17th Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novel, the expected terrific writing and wonderfully-drawn characters are front and center. On page 1 of The Prologue, we are introduced to two men only ever referred to as Harvey and Stemms [the latter pretty much addicted to Adderall]. Page one of Part I (headed “Rich People”) is in the first person voice of Elvis Cole, who has been hired to find out what is behind her 17-year-old son’s recent activities. (p.o.v. pretty much alternates in chapters primarily between Harvey and Stemms, whose part in this is not immediately clear, that of Elvis Cole and soon Joe Pike, and, about half-way through the book, from Tyson himself.
Tyson hates school, has been expelled from two of them for absentee-ism and failing grades, and is apparently “one of the most wanted felons in LA.” His mother had found money and valuables in his room, and believes that he had gotten involved with drug dealers and gangsters. Cole is reluctant to take on the job, but when Devon Connor shows him the Rolex watch she found among the ‘valuables,’ he agrees to investigate. It appears that there have been at least 17 burglaries, committed by one female and two males, whose DNA and prints the cops have, but not their IDs.
I very much liked the distinction drawn by the author between the areas of LA drawn here, one of which is described as “more Ross Macdonald than Raymond Chandler,” presenting a clear picture to most readers of Mr. Crais’ novels, I believe. I also dearly loved the author’s insight into Cole and Pike’s relationship and something of Pike’s character when, needing to make Pike aware of something he had just discovered in his investigation, Cole calls him: “Pike had been awake for almost sixty hours, but he answered on the first ring. All Pike, all the time.” And this novel is all Crais, all the time; what more could a mystery lover ask for?