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The Two Minute Rule [Paperback]

Robert Crais
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Book Description

8 Mar 2006

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 aging 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.

Gathering all the elements that have made Robert Crais one of the very best crime writers today, Two Minute Rule will grip and intrigue his legions of fans, and provide the perfect opportunity for new readers to discover the author who sets the standard when it comes to twisting plots and powerful characters.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Export ed edition (8 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752873784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752873787
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,509,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robert Crais is the author of the bestselling Cole & Pike novels. A native of Louisiana, Crais moved to Hollywood in the late 70s where he began a successful career in television, writing scripts for such major series as Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues. In the mid 80s, following his success with the TV buddy genre, Crais created a series of crime novels based around the characters Cole & Pike. In addition, Crais has also written several bestselling standalone thrillers. Robert Crais lives in LA with his wife and family.

Here are the Elvis Cole novels in series order:

The Monkey's Raincoat
Stalking the Angel
Lullaby Town
Free Fall
Voodoo River
Sunset Express
Indigo Slam
L. A. Requiem
The Last Detective
The Forgotten Man
The Watchman
Chasing Darkness

Stand-alone novels:

Demolition Angel
Hostage
The Two Minute Rule
The First Rule


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'Crais is rated one of the best crime thriller writers around and fans of the genre won't be disappointed by this one' -- WOOD & VALE

'[A] perfectly plotted gripper that belongs on the bedside pile of every thriller fan' -- THE DAILY RECORD --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A major new thriller from the author of THE FORGOTTEN MAN

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Con with a Heart of Gold 9 Mar 2006
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
One of the most appealing characters in adult fiction is the sinner who has decided to toe the line. Mr. Crais has created a unique and interesting version of that classic role in The Two Minute Rule. Building from that strong foundation, Mr. Crais has succeeded in creating a memorable and appealing story of redemption.
Max Holman is just finishing up a long sentence for bank robbery when the book opens. Max has a job lined up, a place to live and a strong desire to make peace with his estranged girl friend and their son, both of whom have written Max off. That plan is quickly derailed when Max's son, Richie, is killed along with three other police officers in an unexpected place and in a very suspicious way.
Max can simply go on with his life, or he can try to make peace with the loss of his son. With few resources, Max has to find a way into the inside of law enforcement. But who will listen?
As the story develops, Max creates an unlikely and intriguing connection to former special agent Katherine Pollard of the FBI. The two explore Richie's death and find hidden depths that will draw you into the story in ways you don't expect.
Unlike many detective stories, this one uses the book's title as an intriguing theme. It seems that modern technology is such that anytime a branch bank hold-up lasts longer than two minutes, the police will probably be outside the front door waiting for the robbers. Smart thieves learn to clear the money out of the vault, leave the dye packets behind and skip the bravado in the process . . . all in the interests of time. When more time is spent, the consequences can be unexpected . . . and revealing.
If you like Elvis Cole, you probably also like Spenser. If you know Spenser, you probably also know Jesse Stone.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartily Recommended 2 Feb 2007
By Scully Bloke VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is another exceptionally well crafted book by a master writer. Robert Crais does just get better and better.

This is a one off story, of an ex bank robber Max who's son becomes a policeman while he is doing time in Jail. On his release he finds his son has been killed, and Max wants to know why and by whom. So he turns to the FBI agent who put him in Jail for help.

It has all the makings of a great Crais book with great characterisation, plot, suspense and build up to a tense finally.

Heartily recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good on the whole - a teacher's report 8 Jun 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I found this book hard to get into In fact after the first few pages I gave up and read something else. I finally returned to it when I had run out of all my other books, and I'm glad I did.

After a destinctly slow start, things improve quite dramatically. Holman is not the most easy character to identify with. He is an ex-con who comes across initially, as a bit of a wimp. Gradually, however you begin to empathise with him, throw in a little love interest and a feisty Detective, and things look up! I agree that this would not be classed as one of my favourites by Robert Crais, however it is still an excellent read.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story by Robert Crais 23 Jan 2007
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I've loved Robert Crais' recent books (Demolition Angel, Hostage, LA Requiem etc) and so picked up this book with great anticipation - and was not disappointed.

Max Holman is just about to be released from prison after a 10 year sentence for bank robbery. He's looking forward to getting to know his son who is a policeman, but on the night before his release his son Richard is killed in a shooting with three other policemen. Max is released and immediately starts to try to find out more about Richard's death - why was he killed, how did it happen, who was responsible. He ends up teaming up with Special Agent Pollard, formerly of the FBI, who was actually the person who caught him in his last bank robbery. The two of them get deeper and deeper into their investigation, discovering that the cops are not all honest and that people involved with a series of recent bank robberies are being murdered.

What's really interesting about this book is the vignettes on life that a freshly-released long-term prisoner might experience. Max is unfamiliar with the use of mobile phones, his general knowledge about life in LA is ten years out of date and he experiences all the fears and strangeness of the newly freed man. He also has to deal with the fact he has few skills and no knowledge except for that of a criminal and is crippled with the fear that his son has turned out bad, like him. Agent Pollard, too, looks back on her time with the FBI as the highlight of her life which has now gone downhill; is she getting too involved with Holman and who can she trust?

If you have liked any of Robert Crais' other books then you're bound to enjoy this one. It's not an Elvis Cole/Joe Pike book but it's still a great read with interesting characters and a fascinating new view - not that of a policeman but of an ex-criminal. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story by Robert Crais 23 Jan 2007
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've loved Robert Crais' recent books (Demolition Angel, Hostage, LA Requiem etc) and so picked up this book with great anticipation - and was not disappointed.

Max Holman is just about to be released from prison after a 10 year sentence for bank robbery. He's looking forward to getting to know his son who is a policeman, but on the night before his release his son Richard is killed in a shooting with three other policemen. Max is released and immediately starts to try to find out more about Richard's death - why was he killed, how did it happen, who was responsible. He ends up teaming up with Special Agent Pollard, formerly of the FBI, who was actually the person who caught him in his last bank robbery. The two of them get deeper and deeper into their investigation, discovering that the cops are not all honest and that people involved with a series of recent bank robberies are being murdered.

What's really interesting about this book is the vignettes on life that a freshly-released long-term prisoner might experience. Max is unfamiliar with the use of mobile phones, his general knowledge about life in LA is ten years out of date and he experiences all the fears and strangeness of the newly freed man. He also has to deal with the fact he has few skills and no knowledge except for that of a criminal and is crippled with the fear that his son has turned out bad, like him. Agent Pollard, too, looks back on her time with the FBI as the highlight of her life which has now gone downhill; is she getting too involved with Holman and who can she trust?

If you have liked any of Robert Crais' other books then you're bound to enjoy this one. It's not an Elvis Cole/Joe Pike book but it's still a great read with interesting characters and a fascinating new view - not that of a policeman but of an ex-criminal. Enjoy!
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Having enjoyed the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series I was a bit nervous about moving away from the familiar, so many authors attempt to do so after hitting on a winning blend and seem to... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars My first non Cole book
A very good read. Bought by mistake but having enjoyed it I have no regrets. Craigs' characters are very believable.
Published 12 months ago by Burni
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Robert Crais is a really good find, this is only the second book of his that I have read, but what an excellent story, can't wait to read more.
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Published 13 months ago by alfone
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Enough, but Not His Best
Max Holman is just finishing up a 10 year Federal sentence for bank robbery. This time around, he has truly reformed, and part of that reformation includes his desire to make... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mark Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read!
Another top story from Robert Crais I am an addict now and have started a good collection of his books. Will not be happy until I have all of his books.
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