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The First Rule of Fight Club is . . .,
This review is from: The First Rule (Joe Pike series Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
The First Rule is told from the viewpoint of Joe Pike. It's the second of a Joe Pike series, the first being The Watchman.
The thing I like about the Joe Pike series is that Robert Crais offers the same world of guns and gangsters and double-crosses and twists but from a new perspective; a slightly different angle. Also, Joe Pike is the complete opposite of Elvis Cole. Whereas Elvis is cocky and thinks he's funny, Joe only talks when necessary. He doesn't crack jokes or look for humour. He only looks for the truth, and he'll kill whoever stands in the way of that truth. This brings a huge difference: Elvis Cole is humour wrapped in bullets; Joe Pike is darkness with bullet holes of light.
The First Rule starts with a simple home-robbery/multiple homicide--one of the victims an old friend of Joe Pike--and soon branches out into Serbian gangsters. It has all the elements of a typical Robert Crais, but unlike some of the Elvis Cole novels--as much as I like the Joe Pike character--it's lacking a little something. It's not boring or slow, but it lacks a spark somewhere. The story is too straightforward; too easy. There aren't many twists, and after the first half of the book, it's merely one long fight/chase/shoot scene after another, as if Crais ran out of plot.
It's not bad as such--I liked it. But Crais has done better, so if you've never read him before, don't start with this book. It's more of a series entry, rather than a series standout.
Also, I have no idea why Crais feels the need to write "mother****er" as "muthuf**kah" when uttered by a black character. It's annoying to read. It's not cute.
So if you're reading this Crais: stop it.