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The Two Minute Ruleby Robert Crais
Synopses & Reviews
Max Holman knew the two minute rule: Get in, get the cash, and get out. But two minutes can be a lifetime....In one moment of weakness he botched a bank job and was sent away for years. Now released from prison, Max wants to reconcile with his estranged son, an L.A. cop. Instead he receives the devastating news that his son's been gunned down in cold blood. To uncover the truth about the killing, Max aligns with Katherine Pollard, the ex-FBI agent who put him away — in a father's search for justice and revenge.
"Two minutes, in and out, that's the rule for robbing banks in this page-turning action ride around L.A. from bestseller Crais (Hostage). Break that rule, and you can end up like Marchenko and Parsons, dying in a violent shoot-out on the streets, the fortune from their string of heists deeply hidden. Max Holman certainly knows the time limit better than most. Dubbed the 'hero bandit' by the press, he got caught during a robbery after he stopped to perform CPR on a bank customer who had a heart attack. About to leave prison on parole, the 48-year-old Max hopes he can establish contact with the son he never really knew, now a cop. When Max's son is murdered, suspected of being in a ring of dirty cops seeking the Marchenko and Parsons loot, Max needs to know the truth. The only person he figures can help him is Katherine Pollard, the fed who nabbed him, who's now ex-FBI and a struggling single mom. The perfect odd couple, they keep this novel personal and real as it builds to an exciting twist on the bank-robbing rule. 200,000 first printing; 15-city author tour. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Dead cops, dirty cops, an unlikely romance between a law enforcement officer and a tarnished character in the City of Angels — it all sounds like L.A. Confidential, and you can be sure that Crais is aiming for the same big-ticket movie sale." Kirkus Reviews
"Like the best L.A. noir writers, Crais nudges the mystery genre into higher gear, tackling grand themes in exceedingly personal ways through flawed heroes and hard-to-spot villains." Los Angeles Times
"The latest Crais book...is a humdinger. It succeeds on superior plotting and characters who grip you early and hold you close to the last page." Boston Globe
"Is The Two Minute Rule passable crime fiction? Of course. Is it Robert Crais at his best? It's been far too many years since we've seen Robert Crais at his best." Portland Oregonian
"In this superb tale...Crais creates a totally believable world in which good and evil are turned upside down." Library Journal
"Crais' 'Elvis Cole' novels are superior to his stand-alone thrillers, but this is his best effort yet in the latter category." Booklist
The "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Last Detective" and "L.A. Requiem" delivers his newest work, a brilliantly plotted novel about justice, love, and the sins of a father and son.
About the Author
Robert Crais is the author of many novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Last Detective, Hostage, and L.A. Requiem. Learn more about his work at www.robertcrais.com.
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