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The First Rule (Joe Pike Series #2)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Crais does it again

Once again Robert Crais brings Joe Pike to the forefront with "The First Rule". If you have ever read any of the Elvis Cole books, you have only gotten a glimpse of Pike. Crais has expanded what we know of him with "The Watchman" and even more now with "The First Rule...
Once again Robert Crais brings Joe Pike to the forefront with "The First Rule". If you have ever read any of the Elvis Cole books, you have only gotten a glimpse of Pike. Crais has expanded what we know of him with "The Watchman" and even more now with "The First Rule". If you hurt someone that Pike cares about, you better make your last wishes known. One of the great things about Crais' characters is that they are not perfect but they do strive to be better.

posted by Amanda_G on January 16, 2010

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2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Please read it if you're going to review it.

Frank is dead. How is he going to help Elvis and Joe? Did you read the book? This one star is on the reviewer.

posted by Bostonguy on January 12, 2010

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    Crais does it again

    Once again Robert Crais brings Joe Pike to the forefront with "The First Rule". If you have ever read any of the Elvis Cole books, you have only gotten a glimpse of Pike. Crais has expanded what we know of him with "The Watchman" and even more now with "The First Rule". If you hurt someone that Pike cares about, you better make your last wishes known. One of the great things about Crais' characters is that they are not perfect but they do strive to be better.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    Joe Pike "Rules"

    It is a good day when either a new Jack Reacher novel (by Lee Child} or, in this case, a new novel by Robert Crais hits the bookstores (brick or online). THE FIRST RULE by Robert Crais (2010) features Joe Pike (thus a Joe Pike novel) [again] and Crais delivers the goods with Pike taking on the super bad guys with his kick-ass approach and sphinx-like demeanor. Of course, Pike has friends on standby with Elvis Cole (greatest detective in the world) to go on the "hunt" to take on the evil of ex-Soviet Union criminal gangs operating in a world of guns, drugs, slavery, and triple-crosses of deceit. When the sit-to-fan ratio is high, you need Joe Pike on your side - and better yet, you will want this book at your side, if you seek the best of crime thrillers.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    super investigative thriller

    In Westwood, California, garment importer from Asia and Africa Frank Meyer lives the good American life as he reinvented himself eleven years ago once he met his beloved Cindy. Four men invade their home killing Frank, Cindy and their sons; the nanny survived but is in a coma. LAPD finds tattoos on Frank's arms that police detective Deets has seen before on private investigator Joe Pike.

    The cops assume Frank was dirty due to six previous invasions of homes belonging to criminals. Joe knows better even if he had not seen the man in a decade ever since Frank walked when his mercenary contract expired; he knows because Frank loved Cindy and would never go dirty because of her. Deciding he owes it to Frank to clear his name and to bring down his assassins, Joe and his partner Elvis Cole investigate starting with the nanny who they learn has ties to an Eastern Europe organized mob.

    As the cops warn him to stay out of it, Frank and Joe, not trusting the law to look beyond their nose, investigate by digging deep into the activities of local gangsters. They begin to understand a different ethics than their own as The First Rule of the mob is the only way to leave is in a coffin. Fans will fully appreciate the latest Pike inquiry (see The Watchman) that has the mob, the gangs, and the cops in a rare unity (using differing means) to persuade Frank and Joe to back off.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

    Very Good but frequently annoying

    Joe Pike is a wonderful character; tough, gritty, and yet, likeable. This book does not disappoint in terms of either suspense or action.

    Two things, however, do disappoint. The plot involves organized crime involving Serbian nationals, and the chapters are filled with frequent and annoying references concerning characters speaking "Serbian." The problem is, there is no language known as "serbian." The language of Serbia is "Serbo-Croatian, sometimes referred to as Serbo-Croat." That is the language spoken in most of the former Yugoslavia.

    The second disappointment concerns constant references to BMW motorcars as "Beemers." Wrong. The BMW motorcar is a "Bimmer." It is BMW motorcycles that are referred to as "Beamers."

    Little things, perhaps, but details do matter.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

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    Great Book...........

    Love this book, one of his best.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    This is the first Robert Crais book that I've read and really enjoyed Joe Pike's character. Enjoyable reading.

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Another very good book by Crais - well worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Good but not Great

    This is not one of Robert Crais best efforts for the Joe Pike series. However, it's okay. I will read him again to see if he improves.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Third or fourth? book I have read by Robert Crais. I love Joe P

    Third or fourth? book I have read by Robert Crais. I love Joe Pike, the tough guy, who cops the extreme attitude of untouchable, yet continues to prove that he is truly a good guy and one you'd want on your side!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Wat to go Joe!!!!

    Great story with a super plot! I love ole Joe and his bud Elvis

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Recommed...page turner

    Have discovered a new author.....In the same catagory as Patterson, kept me turning the pages. Then I had to get Suspect...even beter...sdo now an addictd to getting all of his books...currently reading Chasing Darkness.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    Great read

    The continuing story of Joe Pike's adventures. Also includes Elvis Cole.

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    must read

    Joe Pike is great reading.Highly recommend.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Action packed Joe Pike story

    More Joe Pike action in a fast paced book.

    Many typographical, spelling and format errors spoil the read!

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    Joe Pike "Soft"

    The story line took Joe Pike the mercenary doing his normal follow the rules or you will be hurt. This story also includes a softer side of Joe. I liked the story and enoyed the plot. Onto series #3

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Good read

    My first book on this author and I enjoyed very much. ZWorth the time.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Fast+paced%21

    Interesting+characters+that+have+you+turning+the+pages+to+see+what+will+happen+next.++Great+beach+read.

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Another grea book in the Joe Pike series.

    Funny, dramtic, and of course action packed. This book is just another great addition to the amazing Joe Pike series. Time to start number 3!!

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    Just Too Implausible

    Crais has problems with making his protagonist Joe Pike into an infallible, unkillable God figure. The Elvis Cole books feature Pike as a shadowy, enigmatic sidekick. When he carries the ball, plausibility goes out the window. LA Requiem, Crais' best novel, put a human face on Pike, but he has moved away from that here. Unlike his heroes Chandler and Macdonald, Crais has never crossed the line from thriller writer to major novelist. I can only give this book 2 1/2 stars.

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