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A dangerous man
2019
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A brilliant new crime novel from the beloved, bestselling, and award-winning master of the genre--and Joe Pike's most perilous case to date.

Joe Pike didn't expect to rescue a woman that day. He went to the bank same as anyone goes to the bank, and returned to his Jeep. So when Isabel Roland, the lonely young teller who helped him, steps out of the bank on her way to lunch, Joe is on hand when two men abduct her. Joe chases them down, and the two men are arrested. But instead of putting the drama to bed, the arrests are only the beginning of the trouble for Joe and Izzy.

After posting bail, the two abductors are murdered and Izzy disappears. Pike calls on his friend, Elvis Cole, to help learn the truth. What Elvis uncovers is a twisted family story that involves corporate whistleblowing, huge amounts of cash, the Witness Relocation Program, and a long line of lies. But what of all that did Izzy know? Is she a perpetrator or a victim? And how far will Joe go to find out?
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Joe Pike, ex-cop, ex-military, and sometime mercenary, goes to his bank to do a little routine business. The young teller who helps him leaves for lunch a few minutes later. Outside, she's snatched by two men, who toss her into the backseat of a car. Pike sees what's happening and quickly disables the two men and brings in the cops to clean up. Isabel Roland, the teller, assumes she was the potential victim of a sex kidnapping. When the two kidnappers are released on bond and subsequently murdered, it's apparent something else is going on. Isabel disappears. Pike enlists his partner, PI Elvis Cole, to investigate. A retired U.S. marshal, whom Isabel called Uncle Ted, is also dead. He was brutally tortured before death. Cole digs deeper and finds indications that Ted, who was involved in the witness protection program, had relocated Isabel's parents to protect them. Cole isn't the human wrecking ball that Pike is, but he's no slouch as a detective, and the two find Isabel promptly, with Pike dispatching some bad guys along the way. But Isabel's hunters keep coming. Crais is a whip-smart writer. Cole and Pike are carefully drawn, multilayered characters who've grown more complex through the years. This is one of the very best entries in a long-running and still first-rate series.--Wes Lukowsky Copyright 2019 Booklist
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