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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, c2012.
ISBN: 9780399158278
Characteristics: 341 p. ;,24 cm.


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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.

Aug 12, 2012

I like Crais a lot, but he's fallen into the same thing that Robert Parker did: his hero and his hero's scary sidekick have each now killed more people than the Green River Killer and Ted Bundy combined. He needs to figure out a way to deal with this without adding another 10-20 bodies in the next one.

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