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A kidnapping drops Elvis Cole and Joe Pike into the maelstrom of human smugglers. After L.A. college senior Krista Morales finds out the secret her boyfriend, USC dropout Jack Berman, has been hiding, she brings him out to the desert to reveal her own secret: the place where her mother Nita, who runs a highly successful business, was once brought into the country as an illegal alien. Unfortunately, the coyotes are still plying their customary trade at the very same spot, and Krista and Jack get swept up in a passing caravan. Convinced there's something strange about a ransom demand of a measly $500 delivered over the phone by her daughter in a heavy Mexican accent, Nita calls in Elvis Cole, the World's Greatest Detective. Working as usual with laconic Joe Pike, Cole soon ties the human-trafficking ring to the Double Dragon Korean gang and Syrian mastermind Ghazi al-Diri. But his attempt to infiltrate the ring as an unscrupulous capitalist who needs cheap labor backfires when he's recognized and seized himself. Now Pike must enlist his mercenary buddy Jon Stone to help rescue Krista, Jack, Cole and maybe even the two dozen illegals with whom they're being held in an undisclosed location.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©2012.
ISBN: 9780399158278
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 24 cm.


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Dec 07, 2017

I just discovered Robert Crais this year and thoroughly enjoyed his more recent novels. I decided and go back and read the beginning of the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series, and I reached "Taken." It truly is a gem. Thank you Robert Crais.

Jul 31, 2017

Crais just keeps putting out great books.

wood19492004 Feb 14, 2017

Great book, couldn't put it down!

Feb 29, 2016

I only have one more book by crais left to read, sure hope he has a new one coming soon. Can't get enough, all his books are great

Aug 02, 2015

Crais is a very good writer and he has the ability to use the same characters (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike) in the series but without having to continually repeat the same thing over and over again like some other authors do. I like his style and his sparky dialogue

Aug 01, 2013

Don't believe I've ever read a novel w/ a time line that varied from chapter to chapter. But the chapter headings really smoothed the way.This one may be Crais's best yet!

Jun 12, 2013

great book

Jun 05, 2013

Pretty scary read. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike never disappoint, and neither does Robert Crais. I liked the details of Korean, Mexican and Anglo interactions, as well as the side story of FBI involvement in the case. Reminded me of P.T. Deutermann thrillers involving government agencies and agents. Crais also introduces a new character, mercenary Jon Stone, whose crazed humor offsets Joe Pike's taciturnity and Elvis Cole's ironic comments.

Aug 25, 2012

Not up to his usual standard by any means -very slight. Could be a first draft for action movie. Very disappointing.

Aug 12, 2012

I like Crais a lot, but he's fallen into the same thing that Robert Parker did: his hero and his hero's scary sidekick have each now killed more people than the Green River Killer and Ted Bundy combined. He needs to figure out a way to deal with this without adding another 10-20 bodies in the next one.

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