The Watchman

The Watchman Joe Pike owes a bad man a big favour The favour is to protect the life of a spoiled rich girl against the mob When Pike and the girl immediately come under intense fire he hatches a plan disappear t

  • Title: The Watchman
  • Author: Robert Crais
  • ISBN: 9781409135593
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • Joe Pike owes a bad man a big favour The favour is to protect the life of a spoiled rich girl against the mob When Pike and the girl immediately come under intense fire, he hatches a plan disappear, turn the tables and hunt down the hunters Pike uncovers a web of lies and betrayal.

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    1. Robert Crais

      Robert Crais is the author of the best selling Elvis Cole novels A native of Louisiana, he grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in a blue collar family of oil refinery workers and police officers He purchased a secondhand paperback of Raymond Chandler s The Little Sister when he was fifteen, which inspired his lifelong love of writing, Los Angeles, and the literature of crime fiction Other literary influences include Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B Parker, and John Steinbeck After years of amateur film making and writing short fiction, he journeyed to Hollywood in 1976 where he quickly found work writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney Lacey, and Miami Vice, as well as numerous series pilots and Movies of the Week for the major networks He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues, but is most proud of his 4 hour NBC miniseries, Cross of Fire, which the New York Times declared A searing and powerful documentation of the Ku Klux Klan s rise to national prominence in the 20s In the mid eighties, feeling constrained by the collaborative working requirements of Hollywood, Crais resigned from a lucrative position as a contract writer and television producer in order to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a novelist His first efforts proved unsuccessful, but upon the death of his father in 1985, Crais was inspired to create Elvis Cole, using elements of his own life as the basis of the story The resulting novel, The Monkey s Raincoat, won the Anthony and Macavity Awards and was nominated for the Edgar Award It has since been selected as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Crais conceived of the novel as a stand alone, but realized that in Elvis Cole he had created an ideal and powerful character through which to comment upon his life and times See the WORKS section for additional titles Elvis Cole s readership and fan base grew with each new book, then skyrocketed in 1999 upon the publication of L A Requiem, which was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller and forever changed the way Crais conceived of and structured his novels In this new way of telling his stories, Crais combined the classic first person narrative of the American detective novel with flashbacks, multiple story lines, multiple points of view, and literary elements to better illuminate his themes Larger and deeper in scope, Publishers Weekly wrote of L A Requiem, Crais has stretched himself the way another Southern California writer Ross Macdonald always tried to do, to write a mystery novel with a solid literary base Booklist added, This is an extraordinary crime novel that should not be pigeonholed by genre The best books always land outside preset boundaries A wonderful experience Crais followed with his first non series novel, Demolition Angel, which was published in 2000 and featured former Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Technician Carol Starkey Starkey has since become a leading character in the Elvis Cole series In 2001, Crais published his second non series novel, Hostage, which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and was a world wide bestseller Additionally, the editors of selected Hostage as the 1 thriller of the year A film adaptation of Hostage was released in 2005, starring Bruce Willis as ex LAPD SWAT negotiator Jeff Talley Elvis Cole returned in 2003 with the publication of The Last Detective, followed by the tenth Elvis Cole novel, The Forgotten Man, in 2005 Both novels explore with increasing depth the natures and characters of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike RC s third stand alone novel, The Two Minute Rule, was published in 2006 The eleventh entry in the Elvis Cole series, The Watchman, will be published sometime in 2007.


    1. It’s probably a good thing that Robert Crais has a strict policy against selling the film rights to his Elvis Cole and Joe Pike characters because I can see how this could go horribly off the rails in the wrong hands. The bad Hollywood pitch for this movie:“There’s this rich girl, like a Paris Hilton type, right? And she gets into a car accident, but the people in the car flee the scene even though they’re injured. She identifies one of them as this big time money launderer that the Feds [...]

    2. While Elvis Cole is on the mend, an associate of Joe Pike's calls in a favor. Joe is tasked with protecting a young heiress from the people trying to kill her. Things go south when there is a leak at the Department of Justice and Pike finds that the only people he can trust are Elvis Cole and himselfJoe Pike takes the lead in this Robert Crais offering and gets saddled protecting a Paris Hilton type heiress named Larkin Barkley. As with L.A. Requiem, Joe Pike's past is explored as the case unfol [...]

    3. A wild-living young heiress slams into trouble in the L.A. night—the kind of trouble even her money can’t shut down. After her Aston Martin collides with a mysterious car, Larkin Conner Barkley attempts to help the accident victims—and becomes the sole witness in a federal investigation. Whisking her out of her Beverly Hills world is Joe Pike—ex-cop, ex-Marine, ex-mercenary—hired to shield Larkin from a relentless team of killers. But when a chain of lies and betrayals tightens around [...]

    4. I enjoyed every second of this book. I love the entire Elvis Cole series and I thought it was great that he decided to swap the character focus in this one to Joe Pike. You can't help but wish that life was different for Joe but if it was he wouldn't be Joe Piked I'd miss Joe Pike.This is a good read as are all the Elvis Cole books.

    5. I'm eternally grateful to Hugh for turning me onto this series. There was a Pike-shaped hole in my life that I didn't even know was there prior to listening to this book. Now, I can't go back to that Pike-free universe. In all seriousness, I really enjoyed this book. I totally loved Pike and Cole. They definitely have a great friendship that allows them the freedom and the support to be themselves. That's definitely a blessing. The Characters:First and foremost, as I said, I dug Pike. I love the [...]

    6. Suspense, excitement, and thrilling is how I would describe Joe Pike. Joe Pike is an ex-Marine , ex-cop, and ex-mercenary who is hired on contract to protect Larkin Conner Barkley who has been targeted for death for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. So, it seems. Joe Pike is a man of very few words. But, his connections lead to protecting Larkin and revealing secrets many people are trying to hide. I enjoyed all the action packed scenes in this book. I felt like I was at the movies on [...]

    7. The Watchman is the first book in the Elvis Cole series that switches focus to Elvis’ best friend and agency co-owner, Joe Pike. It’s a solid thriller, though for me, less impressive than other books in the series.The plot of is classic bodyguardsubtypes Reluctant-Body, Financial-Mismatch, and Sexual-Tension. If you think you’ve seen this before, it’s because you probably have. It’s obvious from the first that there’s an insider leak jeopardizing the client, so Joe decides to play it [...]

    8. Ok, a few rambling thoughts on Robert Crais. Who is this guy, where'd he come from, how'd he get so popular? Well the first thing to know is that Crais is not from California at all. He is a native of Louisiana, grew up in a blue collar family, and read his first crime novel The Little Sister when he was 15. And that's all it took. Chandler gave him his love for writing. Other authors that have inspired him were Hammett, Hemingway (seems like that's true of all the crime writers), Parker, and St [...]

    9. You know that old saying? "Don't mess with the bull or you'll get the horns?" Try this, "The bull better not mess with Joe Pike, or Joe's gonna eat the bull!" Elvis Cole's BFF gets his own book. A tragically misunderstood celebrity has an accident on an empty street in Los Angeles. She tries to do the right thing and report it, then, the bad men start coming out of the wood work to kill her. "What gives? Give a Girl a Break will you?" Impotent to save her, the girls father calls in a Private Det [...]

    10. NOTE: I originally posted this under The Sentry for some unknowable reason. Don’t do drugs, kids!Really, really great thriller action in this one. Joe Pike is a badass for the ages, an unstoppable heat-seeking missile with years of experience from the Marines and LAPD as well as unquestionably awesome red arrows tattooed on his deltoids (signifying his no-retreat, all-advance outlook on life.) I admit I kinda cheated with this one as I read the first Elvis Cole novel and then, seeing that Pike [...]

    11. The bad guy is predictable. Well, so what? The good guy is unpredictable. The Watchman is presumably a play off the literary conceit that inspired the brilliant The Watchmen graphic novel and film, “Who is watching the watchman?” Robert Crais doesn’t make any explicit reference to that, but it fits. Joe “I’m not a bodyguard” Pike is roped into performing a very lucrative favor for a person to whom, like The Godfather of Mario Puzo fame, he owes a favor. This time, he doesn’t owe th [...]

    12. I love tough smart loner guys like Joe Pike. I had plot problems, but it was still a fun and engaging readORY BRIEF:Larkin, a wealthy single woman (think Paris Hilton) witnesses something. Bad guys want her dead. She is in safe houses under federal protection. Three times someone leaks the location to the bad guys who come with guns. So Joe Pike a former marine and police officer is hired to protect her. He keeps her safe. The federal authorities, local police, and her father are angry at Joe be [...]

    13. Just started. I like the creative approach that Robert Crais uses in this first of the Joe Pike series. The reader gets dropped into the middle of the action and the past unfolds slowly to fill in the history leading to the current situation. It's an interes4ting and novel approach. I finished.Good, not the best. I will continue with Pike, however. I wrote a much more extensive review of The Watchman, but the computer ate it up.One false key stroke and you're done4! UUUGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH So in my [...]

    14. 2nd reading - Toward the top of my Cole/Pike list, and this focuses more on Pike.A rich, privileged young girl is involved in a minor traffic accident in Los Angeles. A man and woman in the front seat, a man in the backseat of the other car. The back seat guy jumps out and runs off, and the couple drive their damaged vehicle off.Enter the Feds, showing pictures to the girl, and find it's a wanted felon on the run who appears back in the states.Subsequent attempts are made on the girl's life, and [...]

    15. It was an action packed thriller, no doubt about it. Pike is pretty over the top, not even taking well deserved money, too perfect for my taste. It was interesting to find out his back story, though. Elvis had a good part & I liked him better in a secondary role. His wise cracks were more fun in small doses. I appreciated not getting quite as much of a tour of LA as I did with the first Elvis Cole book, too.I have the next Joe Pike book & will probably read it at some point soon.

    16. Joe Pike's former TO hires him to protect Larkin, who has become the target of a killer after a car accident. Pike soon determines that everyone is lying about why Larkin is in danger and finds the link to Larkin's Father but when he goes to confront her Dad, Larkin decides to take matters into her own hands and winds up kidnapped. Pike and Cole will have to use all their ingenuity to free her and Pike and Stone will go to the ends of the earth to track down the man who made Larkin a target.

    17. A Joe Pike novel.[return][return]Normally, I m not one for the hard-boiled hero type of either police procedural or thriller. I do have my exceptions, however, such as Michael Connelly s Harry Bosch and Ian Rankin s Inspector Rebus. Both series are so well written that they transcend, it seems to me, the genre.[return][return]I now can add Robert Crais s Joe Pike/Ellis Cole series to the list. Joe Pike is a co-partner, along with Ellis Cole, of a private investigative agency. In a way, he s your [...]

    18. 2007. Robert Crais is a master craftsman who delivers on his promise.There are alot of variations on the LA private eye story. And lots of good practitioners of the genre. Crais is among the best. His two characters Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, in my book, belong among the best LA literary sleuths. This is Joe Pike's novel, but Elvis Cole is his buddy and of course he makes more than a cameo. Pike relies on Cole to provide key backup. Pike is a damaged soul from childhood, but he's a tough survivor [...]

    19. I think this is my first "Male Romance", if it can be considered that. Entertaining and enlightening, I suppose: the main character, Joe Pike, is terse, taciturn, grunt-y, noble, brave, and uber-strong and skilled. Does every man want to be like that?I figured this book was part of a series (and it is, Book 11), but what surprised me was that the series is considered the 'Elvis Cole' series, and that character was definitely secondary in this novelever, on second thought, that's a relief, becaus [...]

    20. After finishing the last Crais book I read, Lullaby Town, I wrote in my review: I would also like to see more of the enigmatic Joe Pike, who is easily the most interesting character in the entire series.So, basically, this is the book I was asking for. And you know what? It delivered. It was told from the third-person perspective, which nicely differentiated it from the Elvis Cole series, and let Joe Pike, while in focus, maintain a lot of his mystery. It also broke up the formula of the previou [...]

    21. I just found my series for this year. It might be ideal for me to pick this up from the beginning, with Elvis Cole, but Joe Pike seems to thrill me a bit more, but we will see. A hard core assassination mystery finds Joe Pike, a former Police Officer who exhibits undemonstrative responses and extreme emotional restraint, in his element. Fast paced, full of suspense, and just downright thrilling to find that there is more to this mystery than your average car accident. This novel had everything a [...]

    22. Gotta love the former mercenary, cut-off sleeve seatshirt, sunglasses at night, sidekick of Elvis. Oh, and he has a soft side to him.

    23. Joe Pike, silent partner in the Elvis Cole Detective Agency, takes center stage in this well orchestrated offering from Robert Crais, with Elvis Cole stepping into an important albeit "supporting role". For those who have followed the "strong, silent, mysterious Pike" through various Elvis Cole bookswe are finally offered a glimpse at Joe's military experiences, his time as an L.A.P.D. cop, and his relationship with his father. Joe may not be a guy brimming with emotion, but his quiet nature is [...]

    24. THE WATCHMAN (Private Investigator-Los Angeles-Cont) – ExCrais, Robert – 14th bookSimon & Schuster, 2007–US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780743281638*** Joe Pike owes a man a job and the man has called to collect. A young LA heiress was involved in a traffic accident and now people are trying to kill her. As bad guys keep finding them, Joe quickly realized someone on the inside is selling the girl out and the only one Joe can trust is Cole. *** This was an interesting book on several levels. T [...]

    25. The Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series just get better and better - if you haven't read these before, do yourself a favour and start at the beginning with The Monkey's Raincoat. I've been reading the whole series on Kindle after discovering Robert Crais' books a couple of months ago. I've got no idea what I'm going to do when I get to the last one (only four books away) - I shall be in mourning! The Watchman is the first book where Joe Pike takes the lead, and for those who are familiar with the charact [...]

    26. Finally! A wider glance into the life and history of Joe Pike. Thank you, Bob, it's been a long time coming.I loved The Watchman. Every peak into Joe's history adds another layer of connectedness to this series.Loved it!

    27. This just may be a new series I will be reading I really enjoyed this fast paced action filled book. He is my new James Patterson.

    28. In The Watchman side-kick Joe Pike takes center stage. Joe – usually in the background - is the strong and silent partner of Elvis Cole, this author’s PI protagonist of ten previous and very good books. Paying back a favor owed, Joe is tasked with guarding a rich and somewhat famous girl, i.e. Paris Hilton-ish, after her involvement in an early morning fender bender, which the other party appears to have taken very personally. Being a Robert Crais book, the underlying plot with its twists an [...]

    29. Been reading Elvis Cole in order of publication and Elvis' sidekick (although he would resent being categorized as such) Joe Pike is the featured character in The Watchman. Sorry folks, Elvis takes the back seat here. Pike's an ex-Marine and ex-cop from the LAPD and they are good friends. Their relationship is explored further and deeper in each book I've read. They have a strong and mutual respect for each other and bounce off each other nicely with Elvis being somewhat of a joker (he makes me [...]

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