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.
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"Crais's captivating plot together with his crisp dialog makes for swift and satisfying reading. Fans as well as general mystery readers will enjoy this latest effort." - Library Journal
"While the tension level isn't up to Crais's usual standard, Cole and sidekicks Joe Pike and Jon Stone all get a chance to shine..." - Publishers Weekly
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Crais is the
author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels. A native of Louisiana, he grew up
on the banks of the Mississippi River in a blue collar family of oil refinery
workers and police officers. He purchased a secondhand paperback of Raymond
Chandler's The Little Sister when he was fifteen, which inspired his
lifelong love of writing, Los Angeles, and the literature of crime fiction.
Other literary influences include Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B.
Parker, and John Steinbeck.
After years of amateur film-making and writing short fiction, he journeyed to Hollywood in 1976 where he quickly found work writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, and Miami Vice, as well as numerous series pilots and Movies-...
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