The First Rule by Robert Crais

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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 his partner Elvis Cole have no way to measure it.

About Robert Crais

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Robert Crais is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The First Rule, The Sentry, and the #1 bestseller Taken. He lives in Los Angeles.
Published November 19, 2009 by Berkley. 401 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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These include a ten-month-old baby, a sweet series of deceptions and double-crosses, and a bulldog ATF agent who threatens to lock up Pike under the Homeland Security Act if he kills the man he’s looking for.

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Vengeance has a name, and the name is Joe Pike.

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Book Reporter

Jon Stone, a stone-cold operative who worked with Pike and Meyer in the past, is also along --- and gladly so --- as Pike follows a trail that leads straight to a quarrel with the Eastern European organized crime syndicate, which is fueled by guns and…something else.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Crais weaves an engrossing story that hurtles around Los Angeles, while giving readers further insight into Pike, the 'strong-but-silent' man of ever-present sunglasses and forward-facing red arrows tattooed on his shoulders.

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Elvis can’t remember how many times Pike has saved his life “but he could count on one hand the times Joe Pike had asked for help.” Joe “was so used to moving quietly he no longer touched the earth.” Before the reader starts thinking of Joe Pike as saintly and otherworldly, some New Age type, i...

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Library Journal

M In the third installment (after First Grave on the Right, winner of a 2009 Golden Heart for Best Paranormal Romance Manuscript, and Second Grave on the Left) of this paranormal mystery series, grim reaper Charley Davidson, who handles dead people’s requests to expose their murderers, is juggli...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Part of the fun in this novel is getting some insight into the past and psyche of the enigmatic Pike, but critics agree that the plot is also well-constructed, requiring Pike and his assembled team to make several different turns on their journey to uncovering what was behind the murders.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Joe Pike again plays a leading role in this thriller, while Elvis Cole, who usually is in the forefront, is relegated to a supporting but vital function.

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Rated the book as 4.5 out of 5