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The First Rule by Robert Crais
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Jan 08, 2012

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Certainly not the best Crais novel I've read. The plot seems a bit blotched at times, mainly due to inconsistencies or unconcinving details. For expample, when Elvis Cole phones a young girl he's never met - whose friend was murdered few days before - and asks her to meet him to talk about the victim, he doesn't explain who he is or why he is interested in the case. Yet the girl agrees to a meeting. Surely, no one would agree to talk about a dead friend with a stranger, who may be a journalist, a cop, or worse, the murderer.
Having said this, for those of us who love Joe Pike, the main character in this novel, "The first rule" is still worth reading. We've seen Pike in more gripping and moving situations, but there is always a bit of information about him that we don't have, a new angle, and this novel is not unsatisfactory in this respect. We love his no-bullshit and yet sentimental attitude. Who wouldn't want a man like Joe Pike around?
Looking forward to more Pike.
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