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The First Rule by Robert Crais A Fan's Book Review

Updated on January 22, 2010

The First Rule by Robert Crais just came out. I shot through it like a pale yellow ‘66 Corvette convertible on a deserted highway in the Hollywood Hills. This is the 13th novel in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series and it was excellent.

The book begins with the deaths of Frank Meyer and his family at the hands of a four- man home invasion crew. Frank was one of Joe’s guys when he was doing mercenary work and the rest of the book unfolds to show how Joe and Elvis work to make things right.

There is mystery, fighting, gun play,gangs, hookers, cops, feds, twists and turns, oh and a baby. Just when you think you know Joe Pike and Elvis Cole, Robert Crais changes things or develops something new.

I discovered Robert Crais at a used book store when I picked up one of the earlier books and saw the Elvis Cole character name. Not sure which book it was now, but it hit a lot of home runs for me: It was written in the first person, it was a P. I story, Elvis was a smart mouth and drove a Corvette, like that. (Sorry, RC I just had to.)

This is the second book to feature Joe Pike. I find it interesting that when RC writes a book featuring Joe Pike he drops the first person viewpoint. He uses that point of view so well in the Elvis Cole books I wonder why he changes.

Possibly, Joe even spooks Mr. Crais -- a little. That’s probably not a bad thing.

The Author in His Own Words on The First Rule

RC on Writing, FYI there's lots of tips here!

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    • resspenser profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronnie Sowell 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Kidding! That's how he got on the short list!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      I did because I'm a comic at heart - sorry!!!!

    • resspenser profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronnie Sowell 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks, akirchner. Tell me you didn't vote for Seacrest!!!!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Haven't read this fellow either - not that I have so much time for reading lately....kinda got sidelined on hubpages and all that - but good review! If I can squeeze in one more thing, gonna add him to the list.

    • resspenser profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronnie Sowell 

      8 years ago from South Carolina


      Thanks for reading and the Corvette is what Elvis Cole drives!


      I think you would like it. I base this opinion on nothing.... except the flavor of your hubs! Thanks for checking my hub out.

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      8 years ago from Small Town, USA

      Sounds intriguing, I will have to check his work out!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love mysteries and haven't read this author, but I'm going to check him out. It sounds like one of those books you can't put down which I guess is why you used the Corvette analogy Good hub.

    • resspenser profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronnie Sowell 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for being the first to comment and I do like these stories. RC actually wrote some Miami Vice shows before he became famous.

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      Tammy Lochmann 

      8 years ago

      The author is really cool! I can see why you might like these stories.



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