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The First Rule (Joe Pike) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Crais
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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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: 485 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (Jan. 12 2010)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002XW28BW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,641 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Aug. 4 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Lean, sparse, hyper-tough prose Oct. 5 2012
By R. Widdowson TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Joe Pike as an Avenger with a Softer Side Feb. 1 2010
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
"The avenger of blood himself shall put the murderer to death; when he meets him, he shall put him to death." -- Numbers 35:19

Let's face it, when a character's appeal is as a strong, silent type, it can be hard to build an appealing story around him. Since the witty dialogue opportunities are limited with Joe Pike as the detective, Robert Crais wisely chooses to let Pike's actions develop the story and his character. This decision opens up two rather interesting possibilities that are well developed: lots of action where Pike is on his own and detailed development of interactions with even very minor characters. Through those nuances of Pike's actions and reactions, we see him muddily through the reflected mirror of what others do and say . . . and the impact of Pike's decisions on them (especially children).

If Joe Pike isn't one of your favorite characters in detective fiction, I suggest you skip this book. Its appeal is mostly to the Pike aficionado rather than to the main-line fan of action detection. The plot, dialogue, and character development are there to illuminate Joe Pike rather than to provide a great detective story.

Before Joe Pike was Elvis Cole's partner, he was a highly regarded mercenary in the world's most troubled hot spots who looked after his men much in the way that Marines have always looked after their own. One of those men had been Frank Meyer. Pike had dropped out of Meyer's life after Meyer's pregnant girl friend (and later wife) issued an ultimatum to leave the mercenary life and his mercenary comrades behind.

As the book opens, Meyer's home is invaded by career criminals looking for a large score . . . the same group that has been ripping off other criminals at home in prior weeks. Meyer resists and a bloodbath ensues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting to know Joe Pike Jan. 27 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars It was Okay, which was disappointing March 14 2010
By L. J. Roberts TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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