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The Wanted
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The Wanted
An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel Series, Book 17
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike take on the deadliest case of their lives in the new masterpiece of suspense from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Robert Crais.
It seemed like a simple case—before the bodies started piling up...

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.
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike take on the deadliest case of their lives in the new masterpiece of suspense from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Robert Crais.
It seemed like a simple case—before the bodies started piling up...

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.
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    Elvis Cole

    James Tyson Connor walked out of his home on a chill fall morning, climbed into a twelve-year-old Volvo, and left for school an hour late. Tyson was a seventeen-year-old junior at an alternative school in the San Fernando Valley. He was thin, nervous, and cursed with soft features and gentle eyes that made him look like a freshman. Nothing about him suggested that Tyson was one of the most wanted felons in Los Angeles.

    Tyson and his mother lived in a modest, one-story ranch house not far from his school. I was a block away, waiting for Tyson to leave. His mother had warned me he would be late. Tyson suffered from anxiety issues, and hated going to school. Two prior schools had expelled him for absenteeism and failing grades, so his mother enrolled him at the alternative school to keep him from dropping out. This was a decision she regretted.

    His mother called as Tyson drove away.

    "Mr. Cole? Are you here?"

    "I've been here almost two hours, Ms. Connor. The sunrise was lovely."

    "He's gone. You can come in now."

    Tyson's mother worked as an office manager for a law firm in Encino. She appeared neat, trim, and ready for work when she opened the door, but carried herself with so much tension she might have been wrapped with duct tape.

    I walked up the drive, and offered my hand.

    "Elvis Cole."

    "Devon Connor. Thanks so much for coming, Mr. Cole. I'm sorry he took so long."

    I stepped into her living room, and watched her lock the door. The house smelled of pancakes and fish, and something I didn't place. A glowing aquarium bubbled beside a couch.

    "The new school doesn't mind, him being so late?"

    "With what they charge, they should send a limo."

    She stopped herself, and closed her eyes.

    "Sorry. I sound like a bitch."

    "He's your son. You're worried."

    "Beyond worried. I moved mountains to get him into this school, and now I feel like I've fed him to animals."

    Devon had found money and valuables in Tyson's room. She believed her son had gotten involved with drug dealers and gangsters, and wanted me to find out what he was doing. I wasn't sure I wanted the job.

    I tried to sound reassuring.

    "It probably isn't as bad as you think, Ms. Connor. These things usually aren't."

    She studied me like I was stupid, and abruptly turned away.

    "Follow me. I'll show you how bad."

    Tyson's bedroom was small, and looked like a typical middle-class, teenage boy's bedroom. A dresser sat opposite a walk-in closet, an ­unmade bed filled the corner, and his nightstand bristled with soda cans, chip bags, and crumbs. Special Forces operators with glowing green eyes watched us from a recruitment poster above the bed. A desk beneath his window was crowded with a desktop computer, a laptop, three monitors, and an impressive tangle of game controllers.

    I said, "He must be a serious gamer."

    "He can't sit still in school, but he can sit in front of these things for hours."

    She went to the desk, opened the middle side drawer, and took something from the back of it.

    "This is how bad it is."

    She held out a watch with a bright white face, three dials, and three knobs on the rim. The distinctive Rolex crown was obvious.

    "A Rolex?"

    "A Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, made with eighteen-carat white gold. A watch like this sells for forty thousand dollars, new. Even used, they sell for more than twenty. He came home wearing it. I said, this is a Rolex, where'd you get a watch like this?"

    Small nicks marred the rim and crystal, but the watch appeared otherwise perfect.

    "What did he say?"

    She rolled her eyes, and...

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  • Library Journal

    January 1, 2017
    When single mom Devon asks investigator Elvis Cole and partner Joe Pike to look into her son's sudden wealth, they find that it stems from a series of high-end burglaries that turn deadly. From the No. 1 New York Times best-selling Edgar Grand Master.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 9, 2017
    In bestseller Crais’s taut 17th thriller to feature L.A. PI Elvis Cole and his cryptic sidekick, Joe Pike (after 2015’s The Promise), frantic mom Devin Connor hires Elvis to find out why her teenage son, Tyson, has a mountain of expensive clothing, cash, and a $40,000 Rolex hidden in his bedroom. It turns out that Tyson is part of a trio that has robbed 18 homes. But before Tyson can agree to surrender himself, co-robber Alec turns up dead—a victim of Harvey and Stemms, two eccentric hit men. They know the kids have stolen a laptop coded with valuable information and will joyfully kill to recover it. Panicked, Tyson goes off the grid with his girlfriend and fellow thief, Amber. Now Elvis, aided by the implacable Pike, must find the teens before Harvey and Stemms do. The empathic Elvis takes center stage, with just enough hard-boiled Pike to season the mayhem. The plot isn’t Crais’s most inventive, but it’s still expertly crafted. Agent: Aaron Priest, Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency.

  • Kirkus

    October 15, 2017
    In the latest Elvis Cole book, a teenager involved in a series of high-end burglaries is pursued by a murderous, wisecracking duo--possibly dirty cops--hired to recover a stolen laptop. Along with his dicey new friends, Alec and Amber, with whom he's smitten, 17-year-old Valley boy Tyson Connor has been stashing away tens of thousands of dollars from selling stolen items, including watches and jewelry. His mother, Devon, knows he's in some kind of trouble but thinks he may be dealing drugs. After Tyson disappears, she hires Cole to find him. The coldblooded bad guys don't hesitate to kill people, including a busboy who gave them information about Alec and Amber and an elderly regular at a flea market where the young crooks sold their loot. With the LA cops on his case, as usual, and his regular associate Joe Pike providing backup, the private eye and Devon are able to make contact with Tyson electronically. When Devon texts her son that Alec has been murdered, Amber convinces him that his mom is making up stories to get him back--but a text from Cole about the flea-market lady's death, coupled with some Googling, makes Tyson wonder. Among West Coast mystery writers, none is more reliable than Crais, who is in excellent form here. Though he makes his villains a bit too much of a comedy duo--the violence is oddly muted as a result--it's difficult to resist an exchange in which they argue over the use of the music from the shower scene in Psycho as a ringtone. In his 21st book, Los Angeles ace Crais (The Promise, 2015, etc.) extends his streak of sharp, enjoyable thrillers.

    COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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