The First Rule - Robert Crais

The First Rule

By Robert Crais

  • Release Date: 2010-01-12
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 974 Ratings


Joe Pike and his partner Elvis Cole must solve the murder of an old friend and his entire family in this gripping thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Crais.

When Frank Meyer and his family are executed during a home invasion, the police begin investigating the secret life they're sure Meyer had. Joe Pike's on a hunt of his own: to clear his friend's name, and to punish the people who murdered him. What starts out as a simple trail gets twisted fast by old grudges, double crosses, blood vengeance, and a crime so terrible even Pike and his partner Elvis Cole have no way to measure it.


  • Pike

    By Cinq Cepages
    Pike should stay on the sidelines. He should not be the main character. His charecter has been destroyed with this book.
  • Good title

    By stuffygal
    I like the Joe Pike character and his buddy Elvis Cole and this is a pretty typical “Pike-Cole” tale. An entertaining read with a couple of twists. I liked the inclusion of the baby to show Pike’s more humane, softie side.
  • Always a page turner

    By Lauri from Cleveland
    Great read, twist and turns and flow till the end...
  • The First Rule

    By Boysmumas
    Boysmumas Terrific read. Loved the ending, though quite sad. I know it probably wouldn't have worked out, but I wanted Pike to keep Peter. They belonged together.
  • Robert Crais is AWESOME!

    By Dejablue
    I absolutely, positively loved reading this book! It had been awhile since I've read a Crais novel, but I am so glad I picked this one up. It was a pretty quick read. Action packed and full of twists. Joe Pike is one of the coolest characters ever (and Elvis Cole ain't too bad either. LOL). I have already downloaded the next Joe Pike novel, so you know I'm ready for some more excitement. :) Great job, Mr. Crais!
  • The First Rule

    By BillyBob939
    This was my eighth Pike/Cole adventure.......and the best one yet....looking forward to #9. BillyBob939
  • Very Best

    By Mengo628
    I am a serious fan of Mr. Crais and this book is, by far, my favorite. Fast-paced, great plot, new glimpses of old characters - really a great book!
  • The First Rule

    By Shiney Nancy
    For an adopted child and adopting parents this is a wonderful story. It shows that out of hell love for a child can survive.
  • The First Rule

    By EBS LTD
    This book reads like a Lee Child, Jack Reacher series, awesome. Fast moving and keeps you flippin the pages, loved it.
  • The First Rule

    By kensofreee
    Start this series at the beginning. It's fantastic and understated- characters, plot, humor. Not the best place to start the series. Elvis and Joe are a dream-team.