Book review

The Sentry

by Robert Crais

The Sentry by Robert Crais

I’m not going to review this book, featuring Elvis Cole, a Private Investigator, and his friend, Joe Pike. Cole is cool (he shares his house on the hills above LA with his cat, and he shares his beer with his cat). Pike is beyond cool, and one of my favourite fictional creations (the cat hates him).

Instead, I’m just going to give you a series of quotes from it. If that doesn’t make you buy it, nothing will.

This was why the men down south used him for these jobs and paid him so well. Werewolves caught their prey.

The nature of his life had cost him the woman he loved and the little boy he had grown to love, and left him alone in this house with nothing but an angry cat for company and a pistol that did not need to be put away.

Prisons were filled with convicted murderers who got a drumstick when they wanted a thigh, or who felt dissed when a woman wouldn’t speak to them on a bus, or who decided a bartender was ignoring them. When a man felt frustrated or angry enough, any reason would do.

Pike had focused on a goal and would drive forward like a relentless machine. Back in Cole’s Ranger days, they had called this mission commitment, and Pike’s mission commitment was off the charts.

Pike was a man who showed nothing, projecting a zen-like detachment that Cole sometimes found amusing, but also admired. Cole often wondered what such calm cost his friend, and whether Pike had no other choice but to pay it.

“Yes. Of course, I will call.” “Stay with Artie. Watch his temperature.” “You are a strange man.”

That’s it. Go read it. Or anything with Pike in it, they’re all great.

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