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Two minutes can be a lifetime.

Ask anyone on the wrong side of the law about the two-minute rule and they'll tell you that's as long as you can hope for at a robbery before the cops show up. Break the two-minute rule and it's a lifetime in jail. But not everyone plays by the rules. . .

When ex-con Max Holman finally gets out of jail, freedom doesn't taste too sweet. The only thing on his mind is reconciliation with his estranged son, who is, ironically, a cop. But then he hears the devastating news: His son and three other uniformed cops were gunned down in cold blood in Los Angeles the night before Holman's release. When the hit is exposed as a revenge killing and the question of police corruption is raised, it becomes a father's last duty to clear his son's name and catch the killer. With all the elements that have made Robert Crais one of the very best crime writers today, The Two Minute Rule is gripping, edgy suspense from the author who sets the standard when it comes to surprising plot twists and powerful characters.

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"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.)

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"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

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"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"In this superb tale...Crais creates a totally believable world in which good and evil are turned upside down." Library Journal

Review:

"Crais' 'Elvis Cole' novels are superior to his stand-alone thrillers, but this is his best effort yet in the latter category." Booklist

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author of The Forgotten Man, L.A. Requiem, and The Last Detective returns with an intense, edge-of-your seat suspense novel. The story begins as bank robber Max Holman is leaving jail, having served his nine-year sentence. He's clean and sober, and the only thing on his mind is reconciliation with his estranged son, who is, ironically, a cop. Then the devastating news: his son and three other uniformed cops were gunned down in cold blood in the LA warehouse district the night before Holman's release. Max's one rule was no violence and throughout his career as a bank robber, he never crossed that line. But now, with the loss of his son and shut out from any information on the case since the police are not interested in keeping ex-cons informed, Max decides there is only one thing to do: avenge his son's death. But he soon finds himself in a web of deceit and corruption as it becomes apparent that the supposed killer could not have murdered his son.

Synopsis:

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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Edward Hahn, May 26, 2011 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
I had backed off on Crais, after "Demolition Angel" but I would have to say he's back. This story, while it could be criticized for loose plotting, is nevertheless an exciting story.

I finished it in a couple days while traveling. The story has some great twists to it. I was touched by Crais' comment in the acknowledgements that he had to learn to sympathize with Max Holman, the major character. Max did grow on me as I moved through the story. I guess we are all similar to Katherine Pollard, the retired FBI agent who arrested him 10 years ago and is now asked for her help as Max tries to find the truth of his son's death.

I found the story intriguing, the characters interesting and the ending satisfying.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743281614
Author:
Crais, Robert
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Suspense
Copyright:
Publication Date:
February 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.40x6.72x1.22 in. 1.10 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743281614 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "In this superb tale...Crais creates a totally believable world in which good and evil are turned upside down."
"Review" by , "Crais' 'Elvis Cole' novels are superior to his stand-alone thrillers, but this is his best effort yet in the latter category."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , The New York Times bestselling author of The Forgotten Man, L.A. Requiem, and The Last Detective returns with an intense, edge-of-your seat suspense novel. The story begins as bank robber Max Holman is leaving jail, having served his nine-year sentence. He's clean and sober, and the only thing on his mind is reconciliation with his estranged son, who is, ironically, a cop. Then the devastating news: his son and three other uniformed cops were gunned down in cold blood in the LA warehouse district the night before Holman's release. Max's one rule was no violence and throughout his career as a bank robber, he never crossed that line. But now, with the loss of his son and shut out from any information on the case since the police are not interested in keeping ex-cons informed, Max decides there is only one thing to do: avenge his son's death. But he soon finds himself in a web of deceit and corruption as it becomes apparent that the supposed killer could not have murdered his son.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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