There are a LOT of good reasons to read THE SENTRY by Robert Crais. It's a Joe Pike novel, which means there's not enough Elvis Cole (there's never enough Elvis Cole even in Elvis Cole novels, so that can't be helped) but other than that it's a terrific read. Come for the characters, stay for the plot.
But, if you are a writer, really study the prologue. The prologue in this book is brilliant. Utterly breathtakingly brilliant. What it does is show character. And it shows character in a way that illuminates every chapter of the book. It's exactly the reason you would have a prologue. And since I