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Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Sentry: A Joe Pike Novel by Robert Crais

Relentlessly paced

The Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series continues with The Sentry. Technically, it is a Joe Pike novel, but as with most of the books in this series, you get a little bit of both.

Joe Pike stumbles into a gang intimidation racket (the famed "give us money or your restaurant gets damaged" routine) in progress and, of course, the two fools actually attempt to fight Pike.

Robert Crais
When the police come to arrest the one assailant that Pike captures the victim refuses to cooperate with the police. Pike takes a protective interest in Dru, the niece of the owner who was beaten by the gang members before Pike's intervention. Dru and Joe share a nice moment over coffee and, for a moment, Joe's impenetrable emotional armor is actually penetrated. Joe takes a shine to Dru and gets involved and tries to protect her by taking steps to stop the ongoing harassment by the Latino gang.

But, somewhere along the way things go awry. The FBI has Dru and her Uncle's restaurant under surveillance, the talk with the gang's leader seems to have come to nothing despite promises that were made and Dru and her uncle go missing after their restaurant is gruesomely vandalized. Joe and Elvis start to dig to see what has happened and they find out that almost nothing is what it seemed...

I rate this book 4 stars out of 5 and it can be found on Amazon.com here: The Sentry: A Joe Pike Novel.

Reviewed on August 4, 2011.

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