The First Rule

The First Rule

eBook - 2010
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Frank Meyer had the American dream--until the day a professional crew invaded his home and murdered everyone inside. The police think Meyer was hiding something very bad, but Joe Pike does not. With the help of Elvis Cole, Pike 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 criminals.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2010
ISBN: 9781101162651
Branch Call Number: e-book
Alternative Title: Library2Go


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WVMLlibrarian Jul 30, 2013

After his friend and his family are brutally murdered in their own home, Joe Pike has to go to some dangerous places to clear his friends name and find the killer.

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Sep 14, 2019

Pike is supposed to be quiet and deadly-unfortunately silence is hard to portray in a novel and our hero Pike just becomes difficult to understand without the author leading us. I like Pike when combined with Elvis but not as a stand alone. Clint Eastwood as the man with no name glaring and shooting works in a spaghetti western not so much in modern LA.

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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