Most of Robert Crais novels (but not all) are in a series around the main character Elvis Cole, a private detective, and often helped by his partner Joe Pike. This is the first outing where Pike takes the lead, which is an interesting twist.
In a previous novel Pike had to agree to take on a job, any job, in order to get information he needed to save a life. This novel is that payback. Pike receives a call to take on a job to protect a witness – Larkin Barkley a spoilt, feisty daughter of a billionaire who saw something she shouldn’t have and has a team of people trying to kill her, even when in protection of the authorities they seem to be getting inside help.
Joe, with his inability to express emotion or say more than four words thrown together with Larkin is an interesting mix and Joe Pike can’t simply protect but needs to go after those who are trying to kill Larkin. An excellent page turner and great to get inside Joe Pike’s head.