The First Rule

The First Rule

eBook - 2010
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Joe Pike and his partner Elvis Cole must solve the murder of an old friend and his entire family in this gripping thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Crais.

When Frank Meyer and his family are executed during a home invasion, the police begin investigating the secret life they're sure Meyer had. Joe Pike's on a hunt of his own: to clear his friend's name, and to punish the people who murdered him. What starts out as a simple trail gets twisted fast by old grudges, double crosses, blood vengeance, and a crime so terrible even Pike and his partner Elvis Cole have no way to measure it.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2010
ISBN: 9781101163283
Characteristics: 1 online resource ; 308 pages
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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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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