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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (Feb. 27 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743281632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743281638
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #599,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Webster on Feb. 28 2007
Format: Hardcover
My copy of "The Watchman" arrived yesterday and I just turned the last page, sad to see it end-- I rarely finish a book that fast! Joe Pike takes center stage in this hard-boiled crime thriller. The enigmatic Pike has been a background character in the popular Crais, Elvis Cole series. Joe is somewhat forced into being a protector for a wealthy hot young heiress, who is also a big party girl (think Paris Hilton if she had a bit more brains and style). The Heiress, Larkin Barkely, is in mortal danger through a strange set of circumstances that are really no fault of her own. I don't won't spoil anything, but the villain here is as intense as any I have encountered in recent modern fiction, and he will stop at nothing to get his desired results. Pike, of course, will have something to say about the outcome. As always Crais's pacing and stylings are top notch and the author deserves his perch at the top of the thriller genre!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 4 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Thrilling hard boiled mystery writing at its finest. Nothing is ever quite what it seems to be. Great to see flashbacks of what Joe was like as a boot on the LAPD.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 28 2007
Format: Hardcover
No Elvis Cole fan who has ever enjoyed a scene of Joe Pike not smiling and not laughing will want to miss this book.

To note that Joe Pike is the strong, silent type is to be redundant for those who have been reading Robert Crais's writing about Elvin Cole and Joe Pike. How do you take someone who rarely says more than three words at a time and build a novel around him? It's quite a challenge and Robert Crais almost makes it work perfectly.

If you are new to Joe Pike, Mr. Crais does a nice job of including a little back story so this book is a standalone opportunity for you to enjoy a fine action thriller.

At first blush, Larkin Barkley and Joe Pike couldn't be more different. She's rich, spoiled, willful, attention-seeking, and impulsive. He's a man of modest means, self-reliant, self-disciplined, attention-avoiding, and carefully calculating. But as you'll learn in the story, they share demons, perspectives, and instincts to protect others.

The book opens in brilliant fashion in a hail of bullets as Joe Pike finds himself under attack soon after moving into a new "safe" house where he's taken Larkin Barkley. Who's spilling the beans? Joe decides to slip the leashes that have been placed on him, and pretty soon he's hunting prey rather than being hunted.

Then we back up and find out how a billionaire's daughter finds herself the target of pistol-packing thugs. The young Ms. Barkley likes to race her high performance sports car at high speed down the empty L.A. streets in the middle of the night. This night, however, someone else is out and about, and she crashes into them. The two people in front are dazed, but appear to have no serious injuries. Their passenger bolts and runs down the street. The couple takes off also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barb on July 4 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The Watchman was a good read. As the story started, I was prepared for the cookie cutter story of a previous military guy protecting some hot young thing. This book was much more than that. Along with a great mystery, the character interaction and their acceptance of the vast difference between them was well done.
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By kz on Nov. 24 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Excellent reading
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