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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 criminalA-ity, 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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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. Unexpected twists . . . A beautifully crafted piece of storytelling.--"The Seattle Times." Available in a tall Premium Edition.

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One of Booklist's 10 Best Crime Fiction Books of the Year

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Nine months ago, a shocking assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty—until he meets his new partner.

Maggie is not doing so well, either. A German shepherd who survived two tours in Afghanistan sniffing explosives before losing her handler, her PTSD is as bad as Scotts.

They are each others last chance. And theyre about to investigate the one case no one wants them to touch: identifying the men who murdered Stephanie. But what they find could ultimately break them both.

Synopsis:

The explosive new masterpiece of suspense from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author.

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Eight months ago, a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty—until he meets his new partner.

Maggie is not doing so well, either. A German shepherd who survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before losing her handler to an IED, her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s.

They are each other’s last chance. Shunned and shunted to the side, they set out to investigate the one case that no one wants them to touch: the identity of the men who murdered Stephanie.  What they begin to find is nothing like what Scott has been told, and the journey will take them both through the darkest moments of their own personal hells. Whether they will make it out again, no one can say.

About the Author

Robert Crais is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently Taken, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Sentry. He lives in Los Angeles.

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sharrona, October 27, 2012 (view all comments by sharrona)
This review refers to the unabridged audio version.

Joe Pike, one of my favorite characters, takes the lead in this story, with Elvis Cole helping in the background.

Blatant grammatical errors marred this performance. Since the author was reading his own work, there's probably no one else to blame.

The story line dragged a bit. 99% of the time I prefer unabridged recordings (as this is), but in this case I think a good abridgement might be an improvement.
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Edward Hahn, December 7, 2011 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
Crais has done an excellent job of bringing Joe Pike to the forefront in this novel. It's not that Elvis Cole, Pike's partner and the protagonist in the early novels is missing, it's just that he assumes a minor role here.

The plot is deceivingly simple, when an ex-mercenary buddy of Pike's, who had given up the life and was living a settled existence with a family, is brutally murdered along with his wife and kids. What the police put down as a housebreaking gone wrong, Pike believes is much more than that. The story unfolds from there with lots of action, double-crosses, conspiracies, close calls, etc.

I appreciate Crais' care with his characters, Pike and Cole. Pike is the quiet enforcer and Cole is the brash, verbal thinker. Not that they can't switch roles from time to time. This story exposes much of Pike's background and how he became what he is as well as letting us see a bit of his fascinating thinking processes. As you might guess, he is more emotional than he ever lets on and is also true to his code of conduct as it is possible for anyone in his line of work to be.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one and look forward to the next Joe Pike featured novel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425238127
Author:
Crais, Robert
Publisher:
Berkley Books
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
An Elvis Cole Novel
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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Product details 400 pages Berkley - English 9780425238127 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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. Unexpected twists . . . A beautifully crafted piece of storytelling.--"The Seattle Times." Available in a tall Premium Edition.
"Synopsis" by ,
One of Booklist's 10 Best Crime Fiction Books of the Year

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Nine months ago, a shocking assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty—until he meets his new partner.

Maggie is not doing so well, either. A German shepherd who survived two tours in Afghanistan sniffing explosives before losing her handler, her PTSD is as bad as Scotts.

They are each others last chance. And theyre about to investigate the one case no one wants them to touch: identifying the men who murdered Stephanie. But what they find could ultimately break them both.

"Synopsis" by ,
The explosive new masterpiece of suspense from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author.

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Eight months ago, a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty—until he meets his new partner.

Maggie is not doing so well, either. A German shepherd who survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before losing her handler to an IED, her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s.

They are each other’s last chance. Shunned and shunted to the side, they set out to investigate the one case that no one wants them to touch: the identity of the men who murdered Stephanie.  What they begin to find is nothing like what Scott has been told, and the journey will take them both through the darkest moments of their own personal hells. Whether they will make it out again, no one can say.

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