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Taken

An Elvis Cole Novel

Elvis Cole Novels Band 15

Robert Crais

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Beschreibung

The search for a missing girl leads private investigators Elvis Cole and Joe Pike into the nightmarish world of human trafficking in this #1 New York Times bestseller from Robert Crais.

When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing daughter, she's sure it's a ruse orchestrated by the girl and her boyfriend. She's wrong. They've been taken by bajadores-border bandits who prey on the innocent by buying, selling, and disposing of victims like commodities.

Cole and Joe Pike start an undercover investigation to find the couple, but their plan derails when Cole disappears, leaving Pike to burn through the murderous world of human traffickers to find his friend as well as the missing young people. But he may already be too late...

Praise for Taken

"I have no criticisms of Robert Crais's work, other than I wish he could write as fast as I devour his work, which would require him to crank out-at the very least-a new book every week."-Huffington Post

"Wonderfully told, a punch-in-the-gut thriller that is not to be missed."-The Providence Journal

"[Crais's] best-selling Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series gets better with every new book, and...Taken, is no exception."-OregonLive.com

"[Taken] would make a fine action-packed film."-Publishers Weekly

Robert Crais is the #1
New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, many of them featuring private investigator Elvis Cole and his laconic ex-cop partner, Joe Pike. Before writing his first novel, Crais spent several years writing scripts for such major television series as 
Hill Street Blues, 
Cagney & Lacey, 
Miami Vice, 
Quincy, 
Baretta, and
 L.A. Law. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on 
Hill Street Blues, and one of his standalone novels, 
Hostage, was made into a movie starring Bruce Willis. His novels have been translated into forty-two languages and are bestsellers around the world. A native of Louisiana, he lives in Los Angeles.

"Crais keeps the reader off-balance with...unexpected plot twists and a breathless pace that makes you feel as if you're smack in the middle of an action film." --"Huffington Post " "A thriller in every sense of the word... This is magnificent, bold writing from one of the absolute best." --Bookreporter.com "[Crais's] best-selling Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series gets better with every new book, and..."Taken", is no exception." --OregonLive.com

Produktdetails

Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 448
Altersempfehlung ab 18 Jahr(e)
Erscheinungsdatum 31.12.2012
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-425-25059-4
Reihe Elvis Cole Novels
Verlag Penguin US
Maße (L/B/H) 19/11/2.7 cm
Gewicht 232 g

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  • Part 1

    Elvis Cole

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    2

    Joe Pike

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    4

    5

    Jack and Krista

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    Elvis Cole

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    Joe Pike

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    Elvis Cole

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    Jack and Krista

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    Elvis Cole

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    Jack and Krista

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    Jon Stone

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    Part 2

    Elvis Cole

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    Jack and Krista

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    Part 3

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    Elvis Cole

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    Joe Pike

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    Jack and Krista

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    Elvis Cole

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    Part 4

    Riverside County Jail

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    Joe Pike

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    the date farm

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    Suspect chapter excerpt

    Acknowledgments

    Prologue:

    JACK AND KRISTA

    Jack Berman wrapped his arms around his girlfriend, Krista Morales, and watched his breath fog in the cold desert air. Twenty minutes after midnight, fourteen miles south of Rancho Mirage in the otherwise impenetrable darkness of the Anza-Borrego Desert, Jack and Krista were lit in the harsh purple glare of the lights that blossomed from Danny Trehorn's truck, Jack so much in love with this girl his heart beat with hers.

    Trehorn gunned his engine.

    "You guys comin' or what?"

    Krista snuggled deeper into Jack's arms.

    "Let's stay a little longer. Just us. Not them. I want to tell you something."

    Jack called to his friend.

    "Mañana, dude. We're gonna hang."

    "We roll early, bro. See you at nine."

    "See us at noon."

    "Pussy! We'll wake your ass up!"

    Trehorn dropped back into his truck, and spun a one-eighty back toward town, Ride of the Valkyries blaring on his sound system. Chuck Lautner and Deli Blake tucked Chuck's ancient Land Cruiser in tight behind Trehorn, their headlamps flashing over Jack's Mustang, which was parked up the old county road where the ground was more even. They had come out to show Krista a drug smuggler's airplane that had crashed in 1972 because Krista wanted to see it.

    Jack grew colder as their tail lights receded, and the desert grew darker. A thin crescent moon and cloudy star field gave them enough light to see, but little more.

    Jack said, "Dark."

    She didn't answer.

    Jack said, "Cold."

    He snuggled closer, spooning into her back, both of them staring at nothing. Jack wondered what she was seeing.

    Krista had been pensive all night even though she had pushed them to come, and now her wanting to tell him something felt ominous. Jack had the sick feeling she was pregnant or dumping him. Krista was two months from graduating summa cum laude at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, and had taken a job in D.C. Jack had dropped out of USC.

    Jack nuzzled into her hair.

    "Are we okay?"

    She pushed away far enough to study him, then smiled.

    "There have never been two people better than us. I am totally in love with you."

    "You had me worried."

    "Thanks for getting Danny to bring us out here. I don't think he wanted to come."

    "It's a long drive if you've seen it a million times. He stopped coming out here in high school."

    According to Trehorn, the twin-engine Cessna 310 had crashed while bringing in a load of coke at night during a sandstorm. A local drug dealer named Greek Cisneros cleared enough cactus and rocks to fashion a landing strip in the middle of the desert twenty miles outside Palm Springs, and used the airplane to bring cocaine and marijuana up from Mexico, almost always at night when the outline of the runway was marked by burning tubs of gasoline. On the night of the crash, the right wingtip hooked into the ground, the landing gear collapsed, and the left wing snapped off outside the left engine. Fuel pouring from the ruptured fuel tanks ignited, enveloping the airplane in flames. The engines and instruments had long ago been salvaged for parts, but the broken airframe remained where it died, rusting, corroded, and covered with generations of overlapping graffiti and spray-painted initials: LJ+DF, eat me, PSHS#1.

    Krista took his hand, and tugged him toward the plane.