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Official Thrillerfix Review Ty Patterson
20 September 2018
If you are a fan of Joe Pike, as I am, you’ll turn the pages quicker to get to his entrance in The Wanted. The lethal man of silence has a smaller role to play in #17 of the Elvis Cole series. However, that doesn’t make the book any less enjoyable.
Devon Connor hires Elvis to investigate her teenage son, Tyson, after discovering a $40,000 watch in his bedroom. Cole investigates and finds Tyson is part of a burglary gang, targeting wealthy homes.
A lesser author would have spun a simple take of mystery. Robert Crais is no lesser author. In The Wanted, he explores familial relationships, single parenting, and the shock of finding one’s son to be a burglar.
There’s also the often-tenuous bonds between friends, and in an unexpected and very welcome surprise, Crais introduces Harvey and Stemms.
They are stone-cold killers who are hunting Tyson, but they are unlike any other killer Crais has written about. There is a layered relationship between the two of them which is as compelling as the one between Cole and Pike.
Crais weaves a multi-textured plot as the story progresses and delivers a highly satisfying reveal as well as the climactic scene.
Read The Wanted and enjoy a master at the top of his game.