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Two minutes can be a lifetime. But break the two minute rule and it's a lifetime in jail. 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.
But not everyone plays by the rules. When an ageing ex-con finally gets out of jail, freedom doesn't taste too sweet. His son is gunned down in a drive-by shooting. It seems like a random crime, but when the victim is a cop - especially a cop with a con for a father - the motives are never simple.
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.
©2005 Robert Crais (P)2005 Brilliance Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Lia on 01-01-18

Excellent 4 Star Listen

My bookmark almost fell out of Robert Crais' THE TWO MINUTE RULE about ten pages in. Just seemed too street-wise and hip-hoppy for my taste, but because my stack had dwindled I read on. And I'm glad I did. Okay, this story is improbable: convicted heroic (Huh?) bank robber turning to the former Feeb who arrested him to clear the name of the bank robber's dead cop son. Yeah, right...

But this story works. Seems the dead cop and three of his cohorts were searching for $16 million in missing bank loot, all off the record, of course. Somebody gunned them down. Was it the East L.A. gangs, as the cops are claiming? Then who shot the shooter? And who else is looking for the money? Are the cops the bad guys here? Convicted bank robber Max Holman, released from jail a day after his son was murdered, resolves to get to the bottom of this mystery. But everywhere he turns, he runs into cops, and nasty ones at that: cops trying to make him disappear; cops willing to set up and take down his only friend, a bank robbing buddy who maybe is going straight. Shut off from official help, Holman turns to Katherine Pollard, ex-Feeb, the agent who arrested him. Seems Pollard left the Feds to raise a young son. She's bored and under the thumb of a dominating mother. She craves the excitement she gave up and still has contacts in the agency, contacts who can access records the LAPD is hiding. But she's skeptical of Holman's claims, until some of them are proven true. Gradually, Pollard comes to believe Holman's son and the other cops were murdered by one of their own. But who? LAPD or FBI? As Pollard probes further, she joins Holman in the cross-hairs of a ruthless killer who'll do anything for $16 million.

As improbable as this plot may seem, Crais does a masterful job of making it stick. The pace is furious, the suspense palpable. Max Holman was nailed once by violating the two-minute rule. As the clock ticks down in this mystery thriller, he'll get another shot at it. THE TWO MINUTE RULE is enjoyable and a satisfying listen.

Christopher Graybill was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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5 out of 5 stars
By ms on 07-29-15

Excellent as always

Classic Robert Crais, you think you have worked it out but then it's always something or some one you haven't thought of. Loved it

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