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Ask anyone on the wrong side of the law about the two minute rule and they'll tell you that's as long as you can hope for at a robbery before the cops show up. Break the two minute rule and it's a lifetime in jail. But not everyone plays by the rules... When ex-con Max Holman finally gets out of jail, freedom doesn't taste too sweet. The only thing on his mind is reconciliation with his estranged son, who is, ironically, a cop. But then he hears the devastating news: His son and three other Los Angeles police officers were gunned down in cold blood the night before Holman's release. When the hit is exposed as a revenge killing and the question of police corruption is raised, it becomes a father's last duty to clear his son's name and catch the killer.
With all the elements that have made Robert Crais one of the very best crime novelists today, The Two Minute Rule is gripping, edgy suspense from the author who sets the standard when it comes to surprising plot twists and powerful characters.
©2006 Robert Crais (P)2006 Brilliance Audio
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By Charles Atkinson on 11-20-17

Great Story, Great Characters, Great Writing

The first thing that grabbed me was the main character. A lifelong criminal, we meet him the day he is released from prison after a 10 year stint for bank robbing. But he is also one of the rarest of men who, having faced his many failures, has the courage to change. He doesn't expect to be forgiven. He only wants to do the right thing.

Crais develops an outstanding supporting cast as well. Good and bad police and FBI special agents and a complicated mystery make finding the truth impossible for a former con without help. So he turns to the most unlikely source to help, the former FBI agent who arrested him 10 years earlier.

The story is equally engaging. You should read the summary, but let me assure you there is so much more to the story. The depth of character, emotion and relationships make this a wonderful experience.

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By mindusq on 04-14-09

Not as good as some of his others

A few of the characters are well acted by the narrator but the book teeters between interesting detail and trite repetition. Not much humor, either, and the suspense is mediocre compared to other Crais books. The romance part was a stretch and it's fraught with stereotypes throughout. I listened to it straight on through over 2 nights and overall was disappointed. (sigh)

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