Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Friday, July 22, 2011
The Sentry, by Robert Crais
I'm partial to the Elvis Cole mysteries, and I've appreciated the role of Joe Pike in each one. I'm just not sure Joe can carry a whole book. I see that Crais is trying to flesh him out, but he isn't there yet. Joe Pike is still a bit of a stick figure. In this book, Joe happens upon a sandwich shop owner being beaten up by local Venice gang members, and intervenes pretty successfully. He is taken with the shop owner's niece and tries to protect her and her uncle from all manner of threats, even after he accepts that nothing he has been told about the two has been true.