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The First Rule (Elvis Cole #13)

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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 h ...more
Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Berkley; Reprint edition
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Ross Rawnsley Dena, you do not have to read them in order. Each one stands alone, but starting from the beginning allows you to better know the characters that come…moreDena, you do not have to read them in order. Each one stands alone, but starting from the beginning allows you to better know the characters that come and go, along with all their back stories. This is a great series!(less)
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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 i
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 been...

The 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.
Rex Fuller
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
Pike and Cole live interesting if somewhat morbid and difficult lives...

Here 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 guy...maybe unique. He's probably the only ex-cop, ex-mercenary, partner in a P.I. firm, tough as nails adventurer...bodyguard....etc. who's also a zen vegetarian. It can kind of give you whiplash. Still, I think I'm more a P
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 St ...more
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 r
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-mercenar ...more
Ryan Mishap
Jul 11, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
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 more 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 th
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 dedi
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 men...that 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).

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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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“Walsh looked at Cole. “Both of you?” Pike said, “He’s going to have people. It’ll look better if I have people, too.” Cole pointed at himself. “I’m his people.” Pike went on with it. “He thinks we’re meeting to pick up the money. The real reason is to give him this.” Stone showed them a handheld GPS locator.” 0 likes
“They spent the next hour going over their plan and setting up their equipment. Stone loaded his software onto Carlos’s laptop, then fit locators on Pike and Cole, one in Cole’s hair, and the other on the back of Pike’s belt buckle. Both Walsh and Hurwitz made multiple calls, coordinating the tactical SRT team and six additional Special Agents. At” 0 likes
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