Trafficking. Robert Crais sets his latest Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novel on the Mexican border and uses the current headline issue of human trafficking as the backdrop for the fast-paced action in Taken. Crais moves us backward and forward in time from the perspective of multiple characters, and that device increases the tension a reader feels. A young woman and her boyfriend are kidnapped, and the woman’s mother hires the man she read about as “the world’s greatest detective,” Elvis Cole, to find her. Elvis asks Joe Pike to protect his back, and things get more than a little complicated when plans don’t turn out as expected. Fans of action thrillers or this particular series are those most likely to enjoy this novel.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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