Apr 20, 2021
The First Rule
Posted by Robert Crais

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 hWhen 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.

  • Title: The First Rule
  • Author: Robert Crais
  • ISBN: 9780399156137
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The First Rule 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 pun


    A retired mercenary and his entire family are brutally murdered in what appears to be a home invasion robbery This wasn t just any ex merc though He was an old buddy of professional kicker of asses Joe Pike, and Joe promptly sets out on a revenge rampage I do so love a good revenge rampage Robert Crais has done something off beat in his modern PI series that usually stars Elvis Cole as the first person hero of the story with Joe Pike featuring as the bad ass buddy that might as well be put in a [...]

    Dan Schwent

    A retired mercenary Joe Pike used to work with is murdered along with his family, seemingly by a home invasion crew Joe Pike springs into action When signs start pointing to an arms deal involving Serbian organized crime, Pike starts wondering if his old friend was mixed up in something he shouldn t have beenThe First Rule was another exciting outing featuring Joe Pike and Elvis Cole with Pike taking center stage and kicking ass I can t say too much about the plot without blowing too much Pike g [...]

    Rex Fuller

    A Serbian home invasion crew kills one of Pike s guys and his family because they were just there when the crew comes to steal a child the family s nanny is protecting They leave no prints or DNA When Pike hears of it the crime scene is fresh It is just a matter of time before Pike chews through the police investigation, the Serbian mafia, and double crossing from his sources Superbly paced And with a good dose of Jon Stone included A great read.

    Mike (the Paladin)

    Pike and Cole live interesting if somewhat morbid and difficult livesHere a good friend of Joe Pike and his entire family are brutally killed, this is something predictably that Joe isn t about to walk away from.I like these books, but I ve got to say Joe is an unusual guyybe unique He s probably the only ex cop, ex mercenary, partner in a P.I firm, tough as nails adventurerdyguardc who s also a zen vegetarian It can kind of give you whiplash Still, I think I m a Pike fan than a Cole fan, but t [...]


    Ok, a few rambling thoughts on Robert Crais Who is this guy, where d he come from, how d he get so popular Well the first thing to know is that Crais is not from California at all He is a native of Louisiana, grew up in a blue collar family, and read his first crime novel The Little Sister when he was 15 And that s all it took Chandler gave him his love for writing Other authors that have inspired him were Hammett, Hemingway seems like that s true of all the crime writers , Parker, and Steinbeck [...]


    It is official, I am in love with Joe Pike Sure he is one very scary dude, who has his own rules for right and wrong Right Once you have cracked his outer core and become a friend you are a friend for life, even if you haven t talked to him in years and years.Right If you try to pull one over on him, he will mess you up.Right If you are an innocent, you will be protected at all costs.Wrong If you kill a friend for no reason he will come after you until he gets you.These are the major rules in Pi [...]


    A satisfying thriller featuring Joe Pike, a man of action who draws on his skills as an ex mercenary special ops soldier and ex cop and his drive to achieve justice within or outside the constraints of law What puts him on the path to war this time is the murder of his friend from his mercenary days along with the man s family by a set of home invaders Step by step, Pike homes in on Serbian organized crime figures, aided by the sister of a nanny who was killed in the crime, another ex mercenary, [...]

    Ryan Mishap

    I ve turned to Crais before when I ve been wishing I could read a Micael Connelly, but the last couple books I ve read have been terrible This is little than a Bruce Willis action revenge movie The character Joe Pike is a cipher an impossibly adept killing machine who kills without compunction and will do anything to achieve his goal oh and hey, it is all justified because he saves the kid in the end and the bad guys get it.I love mysteries and can enjoy crime fiction, but books like this make [...]


    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 dedicat [...]


    Robert Crais is a great storyteller as is Lee Child I am always up for anything featuring Crais s hunky creation, Joe Pike or Child s equally appealing Jack Reacher These guys are the epitome of men s menat is not to say that women don t find these guys appealing too I certainly do Both protagonists are loyal to a fault and both take care of business in that strong, silent but deadly way that I love to read about I must have a Bruce Willis gene buried somewhere deep in my DNA In THE FIRST RULE, [...]


    Another Joe Pike ass kicking very fun In this one Joe s former brother in arms, Frank Meyer, is murdered in his home along with his entire family, wife Cindy and two young sons, Little Frank and Joey The only survivor of this home invasion is the family au pair, who later dies in the hospital of the gun shot she took to the face Joe wants to find out what happened because the police are making it sound like Frank was into something nasty, illegal arms trading, and Joe knows this can not be true [...]

    Freda Malone

    Frank Meyer and his entire family are killed and his family isn t the only one dead Someone is targeting corrupt families and Pike doesn t believe his friend Frank was one of them Something else kept Frank s family from escaping the hit Pike is pissed and he s gonna find out what really happened Unfortunately, the feds are involved but that doesn t stop Pike from avenging his combat buddy A prostitute and a child are involved and she is Pike s only link to finding the madman who ordered the hit [...]


    Robert B Parker did many things to revolutionize as well as revitalize the hardboiled detective novel One of those things was to introduce a character who would work alongside the detective detectives and handle the violent thuggish aspects of the story, as well as watching the back of those doing the sleuthing These characters do a lot of their work offscreen , keeping the reputable portion of the duo free from the stain of their violence they re mysterious, usually not given to talking a lot [...]


    2nd reading Lots of Joe and Jon Stone, with a little of Elvis One of Joe s former service buddies is murdered, along with his family The au pair caring for an infant is mortally wounded, and the missing child is the key to this tragedy Pike lets nothing stand in the way of repaying evil for evil, but shows compassion when the baby is in the picture.1st reading Really good Joe Elvis Jon story, with Eastern European gangsters, mistaken identities, guns, drugs, Compton hoodlums, and a baby Joe sho [...]


    Joe Pike has GOT to be one of the most enigmatic characters in the whole mystery thriller genre This is the 2nd book that Crais has devoted mostly to Joe, and I must say, it s a keeper Just enough Elvis to keep things interesting Pike is on the trail of a home invasion crew that killed a man, who used to be one of Joes s guys in his mercenary days, and the man s family Joe Pike is a man whose bad side you REALLY don t want to be on Great characters, great writing, great storywhat could you want [...]

    Linda Rowland

    Sort of hooked here Will read the other ones on my shelf and watch for others at the sale.


    Action packed, without let up, crisp dialogue, adventure and mystery a real rip roaring read This book has it all.Crais is as good as it gets and his characters are excellent Many of his mysteries have involved Elvis Cole, a former detective who is partners with Joe Pike, a former mercenary.The last two books have featured Joe Pike as the main protagonist In this novel, Frank Meyer, a former mercenary, who was in Joe Pike s unit, is gunned down in a home invasion, with his entire family and a na [...]


    Robert Crais writes very well It s not hard to believe that he started out as a scriptwriter because his writing seems ready made for filming Clean straightforward prose However, what I like about his books are his two main characters, Elvis Cole and Joe Pike This book is a Joe Pike novel, with Elvis thrown in as his handy sidekick If you are into doing what s right regardless of body counts, Joe Pike is the guy you want on your side He is a bit of a parody when first encountered in Crais earlie [...]

    Alex Sheldon

    It s my first foray into the world of Robert Crais and I wasn t disappointed Upon reading the back cover synopsis there was no mystery upon its contents it was a simple case of a straight up revenge tale And after reading a few pages prior to buying, I was hooked It was such an easy and thrilling read, I was done with it in 3 days, as opposed to a week with other titles Crais s direction is expertly handled and to the point, no messing about or subplots, and with a story like this, that s exactl [...]

    Harv Griffin

    An addictive first read, though I have no desire ever to re read this puppy I have to give this even though many things about the story did not satisfy me because I found myself stopping work on other projects just to zip through this book When done, I felt like I had just eaten an entire Family Size bag of Barbecue Potato Chips This is the 3rd Robert Crais novel I ve read You know the clich Cut To The Chase So far, Crais books are all chase They start with the chase and end with the chase This [...]


    Joe Pike usually provides a supporting role in Robert Crais mysteries with Elvis Cole as the main character In this mystery, Joe Pike moves to the forefront Frank Meyer was living the American dream As the story begins, he is sitting down to dinner when a professional home invasion crew hits his home and murders everyone inside, including the nanny This is the last in a list of similar home invasions where everyone is killed The other homeowners were criminals, so the police suspect this was the [...]

    Thomas Edmund

    In The First Rule, Joe Pike Crais s version of Jack Reacher hunts for a murderous arms dealer responsible for killing an old friend of his this time its personal.The story very much reads like a Jack Reacher novel There isn t much tension to be found in the fight scenes as Pike is such a macho hero we can never believe he might loose, and the dialogue grates after a while as too stand offish and on occasion too much racial stereotyping.But if you are a fan of Lee Child s Jack Reacher, than this [...]

    Jeff Dickison

    Excellent Joe Pike entry Exciting from start to finish as Joe must hunt down the killers of one of his former mercenaries There are lots of plot twists and doublecrosses Elvis Cole lends a hand Highly recommended.

    Leon Aldrich

    Crais delivers up another lightning paced hero fest with Joe Pike delivering another lethal performance.Now why didn t I grab book 3 while I was there

    Pamela Mclaren

    Former mercenary and now private investigator Joe Pike doesn t say much but when an old friend and co worker is killed with his family during a home invasion, there is only one thing to do and Pike does it straight forwardly and deadly in this 2010 book by Robert Crais.Pike finds that the invasion is carried out under the direction of a Serbian criminal but it takes a while to find out why among the various conflicting interests, including the ATF and the sister of one of the victims It makes fo [...]

    John Hood

    Miami Herald January 19, 2010miamiherald living stoOne case in which we root for the bad guy BY JOHN HOODAnyone who s a fan of serious crime fiction knows the work of Robert Crais And if you know the work, then you know Elvis Cole, a classic Corvette driving L.A gumshoe with than a little Marlowe in his DNA.Cole has been featured in 11 novels since 87 s multi award winning The Monkey s Raincoat And, as with the world, each time the sprawl of the story and its character gets just a little darker [...]

    Tricia Douglas

    Crais has become one of my go to authors for good crime suspense novels I especially like the character of Joe Pike In this story Frank Meyer, one of Joe s former military buddies, has been killed along with his total family Joe must learn what and if Frank was involved in drugs and other criminal activity Elvis is his detective friend who know all the secrets that will help them discover the answers Fast paced, great characters, surprised ending.


    Bk13 in the Elvis Cole Joe Pike series was another thrilling read Frank Meyer was once a professional soldier in Pikes unit, but now is a family man with a wife , two small boys and an import business When he and his whole family are killed in a home invasion, Pike goes on the hunt for the men responsible But things get difficult when ATF, Feds the Serbian mob become involved.

    Alasandra Alawine

    When Frank and his family are brutally executed by the Russian Mob, Joe Pike sets out to avenge his death and find out why his friend was killed.The trail soon leads him to the nanny who was caring for a baby at the time of the hit The baby is the grandson of Jakovich and is being used as a pawn between him and Michael Darko Pike is determined to bring both of the men responsible for his friend s death down and provide a better life for the baby.


    I wonder if Michael Connelly wasn t inspired to juxtapose his Lincoln Lawyer , Mickey Haller, and troubled but effective detective, Harry Bosch, as a result of watching Crais interweave the talents and abilities of Joe Pike and Elvis Cole If opposites indeed attract, as it seems in most of life, these two work together as a perfect tandem in an entirely different chemistry than the structure created by Haller and Bosch working together The methodologies are completely different Pike is the forme [...]

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