The First Rule

The First Rule

Book - 2010
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From the New York Times -bestselling author who sets the standard for intense, powerful crime- writing comes a blistering thriller featuring Joe Pike and Elvis Cole.

The Watchman put Joe Pike, Elvis Cole's strong, taciturn partner, front and center, and not only won Robert Crais new audiences but remarkable reviews. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel said "Robert Crais elevates crime fiction" and now with The First Rule he does it again.

The organized criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union are bound by what they call the thieves' code. The first rule is this: A thief must forsake his mother, father, brothers, and sisters. He must have no family-no wife, no children. We are his family. If any of the rules are broken, it is punishable by death.

Frank Meyer had the American dream-until the day a professional crew invaded his home and murdered everyone inside. The only thing out of the ordinary about Meyer was that- before the family and the business and the normal life-a younger Frank Meyer had worked as a professional mercenary, with a man named Joe Pike. The police think Meyer was hiding something very bad, but Pike does not. With the help of Cole, he sets out on a hunt of his own-an investigation that quickly entangles them both in a web of ancient grudges, blood ties, blackmail, vengeance, double crosses, and cutthroat criminal­ity, and at the heart of it, an act so terrible even Pike and Cole have no way to measure it. Sometimes, the past is never dead. It's not even past.

The First Rule is the most astonishing novel yet from the master of the crime thriller.

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Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2010.
ISBN: 9780399156137
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Jul 19, 2017

Great read. This series is becoming a favorite.

Jul 11, 2013

Excellent read. Fast paced. Great action. It definitely fit my "couldn'tputitdown' category.

Apr 10, 2013

The book started out well enough but then it just started begging the question. Joe Pike takes too long to get to the point. Anyone can see where this story is going and it just is not worth my continued reading. Lee Child's Jack Reacher is more interesting than Robert Crais' Joe Pike.

Jul 22, 2011

Good read

May 07, 2011

I really enjoyed the new perspective on this book of seeing the investigation from Pike's eyes. He's always so quiet that you never really know what he is thinking or feeling. Well written & a good read.

Apr 05, 2011

Fun read, entertaining, well written

Nov 29, 2010

Robert Crais consistently writes engaging (and very funny) mystery-thrillers featuring detective Elvis Cole and his strong silent sidekick Joe Pike. The First Rule is Crais' second novel that gives Pike top billing, and as always, I found myself finishing the book very quickly after I started because I couldn't wait to find out what happened.

The stories certainly contain a lot of formulaic elements, particularly the bad guys, in this case African American gangstas and their pit bulls from Compton and arms-dealing, yacht owning mobsters from the former Soviet Union.

However, Crais does have a gift for creating characters that readers care about. Since 1987's The Monkey's Raincoat, he has hinted at the sensitive soul beneath Joe Pike's hard exterior, but he truly explore's Pike's softer side in The First Rule.

Crais' background as a crime drama screenwriter really comes through in his story development (and perhaps his occasional venture into cliche'.) I can't decide whether I appreciate Crais' principled refusal to allow Cole and Pike to become film characters. The books would be great movies, but they're also great reads, and I continue to look forward to each new novel.

Mar 21, 2010

enjoying this story very much, good writing.


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