Its taken me a while to get over this, but I’m getting there. Night School, the new Jack Reacher thriller is sitting in on my to-read list and hopefully delivers the kind of reading enjoyment the early Reacher novels did. Meanwhile I’ve explored other authors who could be considered a similar style to Lee Child and found some amazing reads.
My top pick is New York Times bestselling author Robert Crais. His Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels began with The Monkeys Raincoat in 1987 and are followed by fifteen other titles in which the two very different men, friends and business partners, have evolved into complex enjoyable characters of which I can’t get enough. In the earlier novels Elvis, a Private Detective is the front man, the character we mainly connect with, while Joe Pike is the strong silent partner who steps up when needed. As the series develops so does Pike’s character, and we come to understand the events that made him into the man he is – a decorated war veteran, mercenary, a hunter of men, someone who never gives up. A man whose motto is to always move forward, as depicted in his forward pointing, red arrow tattoos on his arms.
Author Robert Crais describes Joe Pike as “a conscious representative of our righteous rage at injustice. He is what happens when society fails."
Crais has also delivered great stand alone novels. Demolition Angel, Hostage and The Two Minute Rule are all titles I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good, well written thriller.
Reviewed by Cookie Fan
Catalogue link: Night School
Catalogue link: Robert Crais