The First Rule : Joe Pike

  • by Robert Crais
  • Narrated by Robert Crais
  • Series: Joe Pike
  • 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The organized criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union are bound by what they call the thieves' code. The first rule is this: A thief must forsake his mother, father, brothers, and sisters. He must have no family - no wife, no children - because only other criminals are his family. If any of the rules are broken, it is punishable by death.
Frank Meyer had the American dream - a wife and family he adored, a successful business - until the day a professional crew invaded his home and murdered everyone inside. The only thing out of the ordinary about Meyer was that - before the family and the business and the normal life - a younger Frank Meyer worked as a professional military contractor, a mercenary, with a man named Joe Pike. Frank was one of Pike's guys, and they faced death together in every rotten hellhole around the world.
The police think Meyer was hiding something very bad, because previous home invasions by the crew had targeted only criminals with large stashes of cash or drugs. Pike cannot believe it, and with the help of Cole, he sets out on a hunt of his own: to clear his friend, to punish the people who murdered him.
A trail that at first seems relatively simple, however, very quickly becomes complicated, as the two of them find themselves entangled in a web of ancient grudges, blood ties, blackmail, vengeance, double crosses, and cutthroat criminality, and at the heart of it all, an act so terrible even Pike and Cole have no way to measure it.

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Not Elvis but a good listen

Long time reader/listener of Crais. Big fan of Elvis Cole. This is second to feature sidekick Joe Pike. Missing the humour & humanity from the Elvis Cole books. My opinion Pike is better supporting character than feature. Crais as narrator neither hurt nor helped. That being said I still enjoyed this.
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- Mystery Addict

Mr. Crais isn't so bad.

I get it, everyone has a favorite narrator. I loved James Daniels. I think he is the best narrator of audio books that I have listened to. But I guess he couldn't tear himself away from law school to read The First Rule.

Mr. Crais wasn't as bad as I expected. Not as good as Stephen King narrating Bag of Bones, but better than Khaled Hosseini reading Kite Runner (I told you it's subjective).
At least Mr. Crais didn't get Scott Brick (too whiny) or Dick Hill (too Humphrey Bogart) to read.

That being said, if you loved The Watchman, you will like this book.

More importantly, go listen to The Last Detective. It is the finest mystery book since Michael Connelly's Lost Light.
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- Timothy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-23-2009
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio