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When the police tell a wealthy industrialist that her missing son has faked his own kidnapping, she hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike-and Cole soon determines that it was no fake. The boy and his secret girlfriend have been taken, and are now lost in the gray and changing world of the professional border kidnappers who prey not only on innocent victims but also on one another-buying, selling, and stealing victims like commodities. Fortunately, the kidnappers don't yet know who the boy is, but when Cole goes undercover to try to buy the two hostages back, he himself is taken and disappears. Now it is up to Pike to retrace Cole's steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers ... before it is too late.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's sons, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781101554272
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor
Bib Control Number: 81653


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Sep 19, 2020

Not one of Crais' best. It didn't get really interesting until about the middle of the book. A decent and otherwise fairly fast read, though. Too many moving parts (people, motives, sub-plot lines) for my tastes. Having to be stuck mostly indoors, I was glad to have it to read during the pandemic AND the wildfires! Still, it was easy to put down to extend the read.

I'll keep indulging in his Cole/Pike series but as others here have mentioned ... he could leave out a lot of the unnecessary rhetoric with his secondary characters that doesn't really move the storyline forward and cut back on the elitist blood lust.

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.

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