Justice. Protagonist Joe Pike takes center stage in Robert Crais’ second novel to feature him titled, The First Rule. Pike’s cool and competent demeanor is put to the test when one of his guys is murdered. You don’t let one of your guys down, so Joe, always faithful, doggedly pursues the murderer in a page-turning thriller that deepens Pike’s character development just a little more than the previous book and in the Elvis Cole novels that included Pike as a character. Always a tough guy, Pike is aided in this novel by a supporting cast of heroes and villains that will delight those readers who love the achievement of justice even outside the system. Crais’ writing can often be clumsy, but plot and character offset any weaknesses in The First Rule. Any reader looking for a few hours of escapist entertainment will find pleasure from reading The First Rule.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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