The Wanted (Elvis Cole, #17; Joe Pike, #6) by Robert Crais

The Wanted (Elvis Cole, #17; Joe Pike, #6)

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 differen...

Details The Wanted (Elvis Cole, #17; Joe Pike, #6)

TitleThe Wanted (Elvis Cole, #17; Joe Pike, #6)
Release DateDec 26th, 2017
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Crime, Suspense

Reviews The Wanted (Elvis Cole, #17; Joe Pike, #6)

  • Paromjit
    I have read all of this brilliant series by Robert Crais, and had given up on any additions as Crais appeared to have abandoned Cole, so when I heard this was available, I knew I wanted to read it as soon as possible. Set in LA, the witty wisecracking PI, Elvis Cole and his strong, silent, tattooed ex-military partner, Joe Pike return in style here. Worried single mother, Devon Connor, suspects her 17 year old socially awkward, video game obsesse...
  • James Thane
    One of the blurbs for this book insists that this may be the "deadliest case" that Elvis Cole and Joe Pike have ever taken on. Considering some of the previous cases that they've barely survived, that may be a bit of a stretch, but The Wanted is still a very engrossing thriller and it's a lot of fun to read.The book opens when Elvis is hired by Devon Connor, a hard-working single mother who's trying to raise a teenage son on her own. Under the be...
  • 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. Th...
  • 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 Pik...
  • Andrew Smith
    I’ve really enjoyed the one-off novels Crais has written but for some reason I’d largely avoided his Elvis Cole/Joe Pike books. I did pick up the very first book in the Cole series, The Monkey’s Raincoat, some years back but I found it dated – well, it was written in 1987 – and a bit too whimsical for my tastes, which run closer to the hardboiled novels penned by Lawrence Block, Reed Farrel Coleman and others. But given the opportunity ...
  • carol.
    Alas; I have reached the current end in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series, a collection of private investigator thrillers set predominantly in the Los Angeles basin. Over seventeen books, we've mocked Elvis' office clock, tread warily around his feral cat and winced at his taste in shirts. Through it all, he's been witty, an outrageous flirt with the ladies and protective of his clients.In this one, Crais turns the tables a bit, giving Elvis a legit...
  • Manuel Antão
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.In the Darkness, Everyone is Alone: "The Wanted" by Robert CraisIn the darkness, everyone is alone.None to speak to you but silence,The quiet of words unspoken,An old friend scarce known.A silence we dread to see broken,Yet somehow constantly bemoan.
  • 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 ...
  • Barbara
    3.5 starsIn this addition to the 'Elvis Cole - Joe Pike' series, the Los Angeles private detectives try to help a trio of over-privileged teenage thieves. The book can be read as a standalone.*****Devon Connor is worried about her 17-year-old son Tyson. The troubled boy was booted out of two high schools, making it necessary to enroll him in an expensive 'alternative school' - and now Tyson's room contains wads of cash and big-ticket items he can...
  • 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 - ...
  • 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...
  • Skip
    Rounded up to 4 stars. Elvis Cole is asked by a concerned mother why her son has an extravagant Rolex watch, and the truth is horrifying: he and two friends are involved in a criminal enterprise, and there are two stone-cold killers, posing as cops, after them. Here is the essence of the book: "They're kids. Three morons." Elvis busts his ass to save them, dragging Joe Pike in to help, but too much of the plot is about the three morons, who don't...
  • Megan Johnson
    I want to start out by saying that this is my first Cole/Pike story. I also want to say it wasn't bad - I just...felt bored. Maybe it's my fault. In the bookstore, this was just on a normal shelf - not on a display table or prominently placed or anything, so to say that this cover is beautiful would be an understatement. It grabbed my eyes immediately. Then, I opened up the book jacket only to read "It seemed like a simple case until the bodies s...
  • Richard
    8/10I’ve gone completely off the rails, I’ve done the unthinkable! I’ve jumped into a series on the 17th novel and not the 1st novel, I’m surely due to go to the looney bin soon?! I must be as I loved this!After reading Andrew’s great review of this one I decided I’d go and request it and see if anything came of it. Whilst having no knowledge of the characters or their histories I could have been well and truly in the deep end but th...
  • 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 The Wanted 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, a...
  • Nat K
    3.5s 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 ...
  • Tim
    Almost a perfect story, save the stupidity of a couple characters. 8 of 10 stars
  • 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 ...
  • Kathi Defranc
    I have been reading the Pike/Elvis saga for years, and continue to enjoy the relationship between the two and the problems they get themselves involved in! Just a fun book to read, with bumbling bad guys, off the wall teenage burglars, and interesting police officers with a little bit of romance indicated between Elvis and an officer. Cole is hired by a teenagers mom after she notes changes in him, with expensive clothes and gadgets. He takes the...
  • 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!!
  • Jean
    It has been a number of years since I read an Elvis Cole book by Robert Crais. I have always enjoyed Elvis’s wisecracking narration. In this book Elvis and Joe are after a trio of teenagers who are on a burglary spree. Unfortunately, they stole something from the wrong person and are now being hunted by some bad guys.The book is well written; the plot twists and turns and the dialog is witty. It is a fun book to read. Elvis has a black cat he c...
  • Mandy White
    This book hooked me in...This is book 17 in the Elvis Cole series but the first that I have read. It read fine as a stand alone story but there wasn't too much insight into the characters. Elvis is hired to look into how a teenager at high school has suddenly come into large amounts of cadh and expensive clothes. This begins a rollercoaster of a mission to get to the bottom of it. I would like to read more by the author, it was fast paced and I e...
  • Dave
    Great StuffI may have come late to the party starting at the seventeenth book in the series, but the best part of that is that I have sixteen more books in the series all available now. I don't have to wait for Crais to publish the next volume. I got lots to play with. His character, Elvis Cole, is yet another in a long line of private eyes, but the writing is really smooth. This guy knows how to tell a story. The pages melt away under your finge...
  • Rob Twinem
    If you internet search Robert Crais it is interesting to note that he was greatly influenced by the works of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. It you add this piece of information to the fact that he was a writer for some early 80's made for TV series (Hill Street blues, Cagney and Lacy) then you will have an understanding of the writing style of this author. I thoroughly enjoyed "The Wanted". Elvis Cole is helping out an old friend Devon, i...
  • John McDermott
    Many thanks to Goodreads and Simon & Schuster for my free proof copy of The Wanted by Robert Crais.Well straight away l have to say that I'm a big fan of Robert Crais. There's not one of his books that I've not enjoyed and The Wanted was no exception. If you're a fan of American crime fiction and you've not read Mr.Crais then you need to start and if you do like Robert Crais, then rest assured his latest is just as good as his previous books. Hig...
  • Ed
    Disappointing book #17 in an otherwise entertaining crime fiction series. I thought it read like a 1970's "Made for TV" movie with the pace, prose and complexity of last year's calendar. Where have you gone Elvis and Joe Pike!
  • Sandy
    Thank God I finished when I did....I have no fingernails left. Review to follow.
  • 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 stratosp...
  • Robin
    Once you start reading this, it'll be hard to stop. I ended up finishing it at 3am, and then I was so sad it was over. One more fantastic ride in a series that I love.
  • Hobart
    1/2 (rounded up)This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.--- A single mom has worries about the way that her teen-aged son is behaving -- and when you add in flashy clothes, a Rolex, and more money in his pocket than most book bloggers have in their checking account. So, she hires Elvis to figure out what the bad news is.It takes The World's Fastest Detective just a couple of hours to figure out what Tyson has been up to, and it's not...