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The Watchman

(2007)
(The first book in the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series)
A novel by

 
Awards
Anthony Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Barry Awards Best Thriller
In Robert Crais' The Watchman, we have the author firing on all cylinders - and Crais aficionados will know that's an experience to savour. It's one of the tough long-term Crais protagonists, Joe Pike, who sets the edgy narrative in motion here, and the narrative barely pauses for breath once one of Crais most high adrenaline novels is in motion. Joe has been asked to look after a young female witness in a case involving a very dangerous gangster. The witness, Larkin Conner Barkely, couldn't be more different from the close-mouthed Joe: she's rich, wilful and very much used to getting her own way. The uneasy alliance between the two is not much helped when some very violent men start breathing down their necks. Joe realises that he has to drag a reluctant Larkin from her privileged background and hide her from view in the more downmarket areas of L.A., while at the same time bloodily taking the battle to the enemy.

All of this is handled with the aplomb that we expect from the ever-reliable Crais, and admirers of the author will be pleased to hear that Joe Pike calls upon his partner Elvis Cole to help them stay alive and track down those wanting to eliminate Joe's wealthy charge. Crais calls upon some classic elements of the L.A. detective story here (corrupt cops are a feature of such novels all the way back to Philip Marlowe), but there's no sense of clichés being warmed over. Rather, this is a satisfying juggling of comfortable elements, with the mix shaken up by some new and surprising ones -- such as the fact that the girl Pike and Cole are trying to protect seems to have a pronounced death wish -- a death wish that looks set to take down her protectors along with her. Crais fans can safely start reaching for their credit cards. --Barry Forshaw

Genre: Mystery    Get it on Google Play


Hardback Editions

March 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Watchman
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 0-7528-7379-2 / 978-0-7528-7379-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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March 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Watchman
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-59722-410-3 / 978-1-59722-410-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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February 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Watchman
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 0-7432-8163-2 / 978-0-7432-8163-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Watchman
Author(s): John Altman
ISBN: 1-4056-1749-7 / 978-1-4056-1749-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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January 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Watchman
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-4056-1748-9 / 978-1-4056-1748-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Windsor Paragon
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Paperback Editions

November 2011 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Watchman (Joe Pike)
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-4516-4896-0 / 978-1-4516-4896-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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March 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Watchman
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-4091-3559-4 / 978-1-4091-3559-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Watchman
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 0-7528-8191-4 / 978-0-7528-8191-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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January 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Watchman (Joe Pike Novels)
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-59413-255-0 / 978-1-59413-255-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Large Print Distribution
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January 2008 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Watchman: A Joe Pike Novel
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-4165-4845-9 / 978-1-4165-4845-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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January 2008 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Watchman: A Joe Pike Novel (Joe Pike Novels)
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-4165-1497-X / 978-1-4165-1497-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Star
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September 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Watchman
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 0-7528-8207-4 / 978-0-7528-8207-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Watchman
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-4165-6169-2 / 978-1-4165-6169-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Export
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March 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Watchman
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 0-7528-7380-6 / 978-0-7528-7380-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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Audio Editions

September 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Watchman
Author(s): Robert Crais
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Availability: Amazon   


September 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Watchman
Author(s): Robert Crais
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Watchman (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike Series)
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-4915-0674-1 / 978-1-4915-0674-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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December 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Watchman (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike Series)
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-4692-6589-3 / 978-1-4692-6589-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Watchman (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike Series)
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-4558-4254-0 / 978-1-4558-4254-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Watchman (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike Series)
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-4558-4255-9 / 978-1-4558-4255-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Watchman (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike Series)
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-4558-4256-7 / 978-1-4558-4256-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Watchman (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike Series)
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-4558-4257-5 / 978-1-4558-4257-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Watchman
Author(s): Robert Crais
Publisher: AudioGO Ltd.
Availability: Amazon   


October 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Watchman (A Joe Pike Novel)
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-4233-0663-5 / 978-1-4233-0663-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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May 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Watchman: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 11
Author(s): Robert Crais
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   


March 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Watchman: A Joe Pike Novel
Author(s): Robert Crais
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
Availability: Amazon   


March 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Watchman: Joe Pike, Book 1
Author(s): Robert Crais
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2008 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Watchman (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike Series)
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-59355-044-8 / 978-1-59355-044-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


February 2007 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Watchman (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike Series)
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-59355-040-5 / 978-1-59355-040-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Watchman (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike Series)
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-4233-0662-7 / 978-1-4233-0662-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


February 2007 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Watchman (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike Series)
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-59335-833-4 / 978-1-59335-833-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2007 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Watchman (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike Series)
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-59335-699-4 / 978-1-59335-699-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2007 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Watchman
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 0-7528-8537-5 / 978-0-7528-8537-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2007 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Watchman
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-59355-039-1 / 978-1-59355-039-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2007 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Watchman
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-59355-041-3 / 978-1-59355-041-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Watchman
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-59355-043-X / 978-1-59355-043-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Watchman, The
Author(s): Robert Crais
ISBN: 1-59355-042-1 / 978-1-59355-042-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

April 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Watchman (Joe Pike series Book 1)
Author(s): Robert Crais
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Watchman: A Joe Pike Novel
Author(s): Robert Crais
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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