Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Taken, by Robert Crais
Crais is very good, and this is one of his best Elvis Cole books. The pitch and pacing are just about perfect as the book leaps from viewpoint to viewpoint, from action to horror to Elvis and Joe's efforts to outsmart and track down the bad guys. Elvis is hired to find a missing college student and her boyfriend by the girl's mother, who suspects they may have just run off. But the reader already knows that the two have been swept up in the hijacking of a truckload of immigrants by bajadores who steal the human cargo from coyotes, then ransom, and ultimately kill their captives when the families can no longer pay. During the attempted rescue Elvis is also captured, and then Joe Pike and John Stone are on the hunt, with the boyfriend's ATF aunt is getting in the way -- or trying to. I usually don't much care for books that toss aside chronology, but Crais makes it work very nicely.