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The First Rule (Joe Pike) Kindle Edition

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Length: 401 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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'With slambam action from glamorous Hollywood to the LA ghettos, some surprising twists, and superbly drawn characters this thriller shows Crais is rightly up there with the American crime writing elite, including Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane.' -- Alex Gordon PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH 'This is heroic fiction with high voltage action scenes as carefully choreographed as anything on the broadway stage. Once again Robert Crais delivers. What can I say? I'm a fan. Read this and you will be too.' CRIMESQUAD 'Crais knows how to keep a plot on the boil, and Pike's many followers will lap up his latest adventure with enthusiasm.' YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

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When Frank Meyer and his family are executed in their home, 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 791 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (Nov. 19 2009)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002XW28BW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: Frank Meyer closed his computer as the early winter darkness fell over his home in Westwood, California, not far from the UCLA campus.

Joe Pike receives word that, Frank, one of the members of his former mercenary team has been murdered, along with his entire family and the nanny, in a violent home invasion. The police and FBI want to know what Frank was into.

Pike knows he Frank was clean but, along with the other members of the former team and his friend, PI Elvis Cole, are dedicated to find the killers and elicit their own form of justice. This becomes particularly true when Pike realizes Frank wasn't the target, but only collateral damage.

In general, I am a big fan of Robert Crais and the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series. I liked 'The Watchman' which gave us more information about Pike's past. But I don't think Pike works as a lead protagonist.

Pike works as Cole's backup, sometimes known as the 'psychopathic sidekick,' because he is an enigma. He doesn't do friendship, in the classic sense of the word but, by heaven, he does loyalty and he has a code by which he leads his life; and that makes him work as a character.

I appreciate Crais wanting to stretch the character of Pike, but it just didn't quite work because of problems with the story and the writing. First, if Pike has said 'Sh.' one more time, I'd have taken out whatever virtual weapon'I am so NOT a gun person'and shot him. Second, Pike formed a relationship with a baby that, even allowing for the metaphysical, stretched credulity beyond the point of belief. But third, and most important, Pike broke his own rules. The situation did not call for it and it didn't make sense.
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Format: Paperback
True tough guy writing.

Lean, sparse, hyper-tough prose.

Characters just as sleek and dangerous. Situations that almost make you weep, they are so depraved. But there are a lot of hard-boiled writers that pull the same stuff off almost as well, Lee Child being the Alpha Dog of this type of lit. What makes Crais exceptional is his action hero, Pike - every bit as lethal as Jack Reacher - but Pike manages to remain decent in the midst of the violence. Reacher is a killing machine who never shows any regret for the body count. Pike reflects on things, which I find cool. Reacher is borderline sociopathic. You can watch in awe as he decimates the bad guy, but you never admire him. Pike I can admire. Crais shows what a good creator of character he is by pulling that off. Still, Lee Child lays down some of the best action prose on the planet with Crais not far behind.
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Great story with a lot of twists and turns that will keep you guessing to the very end. I can't wait to read more stories featuring Joe Pike.
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One thing I like about the series of Robert Crais novels is that each one has an innocent client that we come to care as deeply about as our protagonist does.

The client Pike adopts as he goes about the business of finding out who killed his old friend, and why is what makes this book so good. This book is much more than a simple detective tale.
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