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The Sentry

by Robert Crais

Putnam Adult | May 21, 2014 | Hardcover

The Sentry is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
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The extraordinary new crime novel from the New York Times bestselling author.

Dru Rayne and her uncle fled to L.A. after Hurricane Katrina; but now, five years later, they face a different danger. When Joe Pike witnesses Dru''s uncle beaten by a protection gang, he offers his help, but neither of them want it—and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching them.

As the level of violence escalates, and Pike himself becomes a target, he and Elvis Cole learn that Dru and her uncle are not who they seem—and that everything he thought he knew about them has been a lie. A vengeful and murderous force from their past is now catching up to them… and only Pike and Cole stand in the way.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.34 × 6.32 × 1.27 in

Published: May 21, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399157077

ISBN - 13: 9780399157073

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Where is Elvis? I've been reading Crais for years, and I've always enjoyed him. Elvis and Pike's adventures are always fun, exciting, and one of my favourite ways to spend a few hours. The Sentry doesn't stray much from this pattern; it focus' on Pike and his need to help those who need it, even if they dont' ask for it. Overall, I enjoyed it, with one minor complaint: Where is Elvis? Although he appears several times in this book, I hope soon he will have another book all of his own.
Date published: 2011-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devoured in a day.... Robert Crais is firmly planted on my list of favourite authors. He has written some great stand alone novels, but it is the recurring characters of Elvis Cole (self proclaimed World's Greatest Detective) and his partner Joe Pike that I can't get enough of. "Cole was a licensed private investigator Pike met back in the day when Pike still worked the badge. Not the likeliest of pairings, Pike being so quiet and remote, Cole being one of those people who thought he was funny, but they were more alike then most people knew." The Sentry opens with a prologue featuring a truly creepy killer in New Orleans in 2005. Fast forward to present day in L.A. Joe Pike is just filling up his jeep with gas and the tires with air when he notices two gang bangers heading into a small sandwich shop. Instinct sends him across the street in time to stop the beating the two are giving the shopkeeper. But that simple good Samaritan acts leads to a whole lot more...gang wars, drug cartels, a deranged assasin and....a woman. Who has her own secrets... "If Pike had not stopped for air, he would not have seen the men or crossed the street. He would not have met the woman he was about to meet. Nothing that was about to happen would have happened. But Pike had stopped. And now the worst was coming." Oh, how's that for great foreshadowing! And the plot Crais has crafted absolutely delivers. Page turning, riveting, non stop action. But those of us who have come to love these characters have been waiting for Crais to reveal a little more of the enigma that is Joe Pike. In The Sentry, we get a glimpse behind Pike's ever present sunglasses into what makes him tick. The relationship with Elvis is explored in more depth as well. What is the appeal of Joe Pike? Well, he's fearless with a strong moral compass that he can't help but follow. It doesn't hurt that he's strong, attractive and sexy. But he's everything you wouldn't expect as well - he's a vegetarian who practices yoga. Just a great character that I can't get enough of. The Sentry kept me turning pages non stop. Robert Crais is one of the best thriller/crime writers out there. Fans of the Jack Reacher books would enjoy this series.
Date published: 2011-01-12

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The Sentry

by Robert Crais

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.34 × 6.32 × 1.27 in

Published: May 21, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399157077

ISBN - 13: 9780399157073

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Dru Rayne and her uncle fled to L.A. after Hurricane Katrina; now they face a different danger. When Joe Pike witnesses Dru's uncle beaten by a protection gang, he offers his help, but neither of them wants it. Pike and Elvis Cole soon learn that Dru and her uncle are not who they seem.

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New Orleans 2005 Monday, 4:28 a.m., the narrow French Quarter room was smoky with cheap candles that smelled of honey. Daniel stared through broken shutters and shivering glass up the length of the alley, catching a thin slice of Jackson Square through curtains of gale-force rain that swirled through New Orleans like mad bats riding the storm. Daniel had never seen rain fall up before. Daniel loved these damned hurricanes. He folded back the shutters, then opened the window. Rain hit him good. It tasted of salt and smelled of dead fish and weeds. The cat-five wind clawed through New Orleans at better than a hundred miles an hour, but back here in the alley—in a cheap one-room apartment over a po''boy shop—the wind was no stronger than an arrogant breeze. The power in this part of the Quarter had gone out almost an hour ago; hence, the candles Daniel found in the manager''s office. Emergency lighting fed by battery packs lit a few nearby buildings, giving a creepy blue glow to the shimmering walls. Most everyone in the surrounding buildings had gone. Not everyone, but most. The stubborn, the helpless, and the stupid had stayed. Like Daniel''s friend, Tolley. Tolley had stayed. Stupid. And now here they were in an empty building surrounded by empty buildings in an outrageous storm that had forced more than a million people out of the city, but Daniel kinda dug it. All this noise and all this emptiness, no one to hear Tolley scream. Daniel turned from the window, arc
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The extraordinary new crime novel from the New York Times bestselling author.

Dru Rayne and her uncle fled to L.A. after Hurricane Katrina; but now, five years later, they face a different danger. When Joe Pike witnesses Dru''s uncle beaten by a protection gang, he offers his help, but neither of them want it—and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching them.

As the level of violence escalates, and Pike himself becomes a target, he and Elvis Cole learn that Dru and her uncle are not who they seem—and that everything he thought he knew about them has been a lie. A vengeful and murderous force from their past is now catching up to them… and only Pike and Cole stand in the way.

About the Author

Robert Crais is the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award. He is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The First Rule. He lives in Los Angeles.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The First Rule

"A devastatingly effective thriller that''s as close to perfect as it gets."
-Providence Journal-Bulletin

"Joe Pike is a joy to watch, an urban Zen warrior-priest righting wrongs. More Pike, please."
-Chicago Sun-Times

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