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The Two Minute Rule

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  7,046 Ratings  ·  444 Reviews
Ask anyone on the wrong side of the law about the two minute rule and they’ll tell you that’s as long as you can hope for at a robbery before the cops show up. Break the two minute rule and it’s a lifetime in jail. But not everyone plays by the rules....

When ex-con Max Holman finally gets out of jail, freedom doesn’t taste too sweet. The only thing on his mind is reconcili
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Published February 21st 2006 by Brilliance Audio
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Dan Schwent
Just days before his release from prison, career bank robber Max Holman's life is turned upside down when his son, now a police officer, is gunned down with three other cops under strange circumstances. Max tries to figure out what happened but gets nowhere on his own. The only person he can turn to: the woman who put him away!

Sounds pretty good when I say it like that. Too bad it wasn't. I love Robert Crais. I did not love this book. In fact, I tossed it less than halfway through.

On the surface
James Thane
Dec 04, 2013 James Thane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Robert Crais is best known for his series featuring L.A. private-eye Elvis Cole and Cole's partner, the inscrutable Joe Pike. But while I like those books, this stand-alone, originally published in 2006, remains my favorite of Crais's novels.

Two thugs named Marchenko and Parsons are stricly amateur, if brutal, bank robbers. They do not know the Two Minute Rule, which holds that a robber only has a two minute window to be in and out of a bank before the law is almost certainly going to be on the
Max Holman used to rob banks, but he was nice about it.

In fact, Max was too nice because he got arrested when he played Good Samaritan during a robbery and violated the rule of getting in and out in less than two minutes. Ten years in federal prison have reformed Max and he’s worked through the release process which involves living in halfway houses and working a regular job. Max hopes that he can make amends to his son Richie that he hasn’t seen since he was a kid, but he’s proud that Richie we
This was first Robert Crais book I've read. From the first pages on, I was very much gripped by the story and drawn to the very empathic character of Max Holman. Actually, both Max Holman and Katherine Pollard are magnificent "anti-hero" personas. The combination of a well written and fast-paced mystery and compelling profoundly human characters is very appealing and something rarely found. This is a story of a friendship, of loss, of father's love for his son, and most importantly a story of re ...more
Tim Warner
Mar 22, 2012 Tim Warner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. I am a sucker for bad guys who become really good guys. (redemption!) And then when they win against all odds, it is very satisfying. This also has a tense plot- impossible to figure out, and a real nail-biter palm-sweater towards the end. This is a stand-alone and every bit as good as the best of Robert Crais. I would love to see more of Holman, The Hero. Crais continues to push through and come up with excellence in writing.
Jane Stewart
At best it was ok. Kept my interest.

I was angry at the author for one part. He had good characters do something bad that did not fit their motivations. It was unreasonable and illogical for those “good” characters to do what they did. Some good guys attacked someone, tied him, and took him to a remote location. He believed they were going to kill him. The guy escaped - barely. Later he learned they just wanted to talk to him. Well, why did they tie him? It felt like a trick by the author to mis
THE TWO MINUTE RULE (Suspense-Los Angeles-Cont) – G+/VG
Crais, Robert – Standalone
Simon & Schuster, 2006 - Hardcover
Max Holman has served his time for bank robbery. How released, he hopes to reconcile with his son, Richie, who is a cop. But Richie, along with three other cops, was shot to death the night before Max’s release. Although the police say Richie was a dirty cop, Max doesn’t believe it and is determine to clear his name. For help, he turns to retired FBI agent Katherine Pollard, who
When robbing a bank, you only have two-minutes to escape from the time an alarm button is pushed until the cops arrive. Unfortunately, Max Holman wasn't lucky his last time out. Fast forward 10 years to when Max is released from prison. He discovers his ex-wife is deceased and his son, a 23-year old rookie with the L.A.P.D. was recently killed "in the line of duty". Suspicious of the events surrounding his son's death, he begins to investigate with assistance from Katherine Pollard, the FBI agen ...more
Debbi Mack
Jan 21, 2017 Debbi Mack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crais, who's best known for his Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels, has created a compelling new protagonist in Max Holman, a convicted bank robber who's just been released from prison and wants to make up for the time he lost with his son, Richie, who joined the LAPD.

In trying to connect with Richie, Holman discovers he's been killed, along with three other police officers. The plot revolves around getting to the bottom of what actually went down that led the murders.

As always, Crais writes a compl
Jan 19, 2010 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This novel was paced wonderfully, contained characters that are very different from me but whom I could feel a bond of empathy, and was carefully plotted. The novel’s title comes from the basic criminal rule that a bank robber must get in and out of the bank in two minutes or risk getting caught. Naturally, with such a title, the book begins with an armed bank robbery that “proves” the rule. This is appropriate because the protagonist is a bank robber. The twist is that this particular bank robb ...more
Cathy DuPont
Jul 09, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crais Fans or Not. Stand alone character.
Great book, another one, so many thanks to Robert Crais for his great writing skills!

A new character, Max Holman, who just gets out of prison after 10 years to find out that his son, a police officer, was murdered with three other officers. To make matters worse, he has not been in his son's life almost ever and was hoping for a reconciliation.

Trying to stay straight and within the law, Holman has to walk a fine line in trying to identify his father's killer(s) and why the murder of four LAPD o
Nov 27, 2011 Momo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a terrific book. I love Crais's Elvis Cole and Joe Pike books, but this stand-alone was so good that I almost didn't miss my favorite L.A. private detective and his few-words partner. Ex-con Holman and ex-FBI bank robberies specialist Pollard are flawed characters, but, in Crais's hands, we can't help but root for and even admire them for their steadfast pursuit of the truth about who killed Holman's L.A. cop son and why. The book builds to a great climax that isn't quite as explosive a ...more
Sep 22, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I really enjoyed this departure from Robert Crais's Elvis Cole series, especially the relationship between Max and Katherine. When I told Bob how much I enjoyed this book and asked him if he would write about Max and Katherine again, he said he, too, had grown to love them and would most likely write another book featuring them. I can't wait!
Deb Mj
Jun 09, 2015 Deb Mj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this standalone from Crais. Max is an engaging, sympathetic protagonist for whom you just want the best.
Jul 08, 2015 Anke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 4.5 stars

Great story, fast-paced, entertaining with a very good, gripping finish. Yes, I liked it a lot. And perhaps I'll look into Crais' Cole/Pike series next.
Sep 01, 2016 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Max Holman is an ex-con who used to rob banks. When he finally gets out of prison the only thing he wants is to reconcile with his son who is actually a cop. But the day he is released he gets some devasting news: his son and 3 more police officers got killed the night before. He will do everything in his power to find out what actually happened that night and who killed his son. Ironically, he asks Katherine Pollard, the police officer who arrested him, to help him with the case.

When i first p

Tiffany Young
Jan 10, 2011 Tiffany Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
"The Two Minute Rule" by Robert Crais was a very fun read.
It begins with a bank robbery in which the robbers are shot after trying to have a shootout with the police officers there to arrest them.
Then you meet Holman, a convicted bank robber about to be released from jail. But right before his release he is told his son, a police officer had been shot the night before.
Holman questions police about what happened, but not getting answers that add up leaves Holman to search for answers himself.
Dec 25, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ex-con on the lookout for son's killer

I haven't read Crais' Elvis Cole books but I sure do like his standalone novels.

"The Two Minute Rule" is the fast moving, suspenseful tale of Max Holman, an ex-con, just out of federal prison after 10+ years behind bars on a bank robbery charge.

He gets out, a changed man, and wants to make amends to his son, only to find out that his son - a police officer - was just recently murdered, along with three other cops.

Great character development, a mystery, a thr
Jul 19, 2007 Leanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled on this gem in my search for new crime/police fiction / mysteries to read. It's about a bank robber who's only son (a policeman) is murdered the very day he's released from prison; this sets up the main character's quest to find out who the killer is (and he hires the investigator who put him behind bars to do it!) Robert Crais adds lovely humanity to his key characters, and from this book I moved on to his most excellent Elvis Cole series.
Cynthia Anne McLeod
I so wanted to like this book. I enjoy Crais's Elvis Cole mysteries. And I am truly the most uncritical of mystery readers. So when I say there's a hole you could drive a truck through, well, there's probably a dozen in it you could run the Southern Crescent through. Rats.
Charles Thibos
2 1/2 it had good moments but no where as good as his other books
Sara Berbigão
Jul 20, 2015 Sara Berbigão rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jun 20, 2012 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a sub-par effort by Robert Crais, but still worth reading, especially if you are a fan. This is one of two books by Crais that are truly stand-alone books, the other being "Hostage". All of the others have characters that enter into each other's books - Elvis Cole, Joe Pike and Carol Starkey. Max Holman is the main character here, a man who has just been released from prison. He finds out immediately that his son, Richard, has just been murdered.

The main problem of the book is the way t
Apr 04, 2013 JoAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that The Two Minute Rule was a great book! It was fast paced, and never stopped going. There was something new happening every chapter and it never slowed. I especially liked this book because it wasn't hard to follow. It started out with the main character and his name was Max Holman. He was put into Jail for 10 years because he was a bank robber. While he was being sentenced, the FBI agent that put him away was named Katherine Pollard. She lowed his stay in jail. 10 years later he ge ...more
Sep 11, 2015 Joe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller

The Two Minute Rule is a departure for this author from his Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series, (I'm a fan), and unfortunately doesn't deliver.

The book opens with a bang. Two men robbing a bank but not adhering to the Two Minute Rule, i.e. get in and out in two minutes or less, which leads to deadly consequences. So far so good.

Next we meet Max Holman, a convicted bank robber, who's done his time and is determined to lead a new life. As he's released from prison he learns that his s
Mar 23, 2008 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The two minute rule refers to the length of time a bank robber is assured before the police show up. When Max Holman, a former bank robber, is released from prison, his only goal is to reconcile with his estranged son, who is now a policeman. But the night before Max's release, his son and three other cops are shot to death. Although the police quickly arrest a suspect, Max learns the suspect has an alibi and begins to doubt they have the right man. Max asks the person who arrested him ten years ...more
Apr 16, 2011 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We’ve read a handful of the author’s Cole/Pike series, and certainly enjoyed them enough to try “Rule”, a standalone mystery. The “rule” denotes the time limit for a successful bank robbery – after the book opens with two Ukrainian mopes that disregard and go down in a gunfight, we meet Max Holman, whose release day from ten years of prison has arrived after he broke the rule as well (though we find out way later why…).

Bitterly, Max learns his estranged son, a cop ironically, has been murdered d
Radcliff Lance
Aug 07, 2011 Radcliff Lance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Max Holman is a bank robber who is being released from prison after serving 10 years in federal prison. The Two Minute Rule is simply, get in, get out in under two minutes if you don't want to get caught. On the day of his release Holman learns that his son, a police officer, has been brutally gunned down along with three other officers. It doesn't take long for the ex-con to begin digging. He meets resistance immediately from his son's brothers in blue, and ends up asking for help from the FBI ...more
Pamela Mclaren
Feb 28, 2016 Pamela Mclaren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, thriller
A bank robber who is smart knows he has two minutes once he starts to rob a bank. A reader of this book knows in about two minutes that he's hook on this book and the story of a paroled bank robber who gets out of prison only to learn the his estranged son, a police officer, has been murdered. He should be working to keep himself in line, creating a new, clean life for himself, but Max Holman can't do that. He needs to know what happened to his son. This book is fast paced, straight and full of ...more
Ron Grunberg
I've been reading a few of his books lately. I like them. I've been reading other crime-thriller-detective novels. He's in a group that presents intelligent stories with few reasons to question the logic of the plot-line. There were a few gaffes here, most notably, I would tell Mr. Crais if I could, having a witness not sure how to identify a certain individual who it turns out, among all the characters in the book, was Black; I hardly think that's a "detail" she couldn't recall. (She was a batt ...more
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Robert Crais is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels. A native of Louisiana, he grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in a blue collar family of oil refinery workers and police officers. He purchased a secondhand paperback of Raymond Chandler’s The Little Sister when he was fifteen, which inspired his lifelong love of writing, Los Angeles, and the literature of crime fiction. ...more
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