The Two Minute Rule Paperback – 16 Aug 2012
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Sometimes you read books that are of a similar theme but this one is different from anything I have read before. (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS)
Two minutes can be a lifetime . . . A superb standalone thriller from the bestselling author of THE SENTRY.See all Product description
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Based on a complex plot involving the entanglement of three people from two families: a recently released ex-con who lost more than he knew in prison; the ex-con's star-crossed son, a policeman; and a disillusioned, retired "Feebie" with lots of personal baggage. This is a novel that gradually turns up the heat on the reader until you just have to read it through.
Full of rich characterizations and spicy dialogue, the characters and situations fairly leap off the pages in bold relief even in mundane scenarios. And am I the only one who thought of Cheech Marin when we first meet Chee? And does Perry Wilkes have a price tag on everything? Then Crais turns everything on end and jolts us into another gear, as the reality of everything we have previously read comes into a surprising sharp focus. And then, "the two minute rule". Didn't see that coming. Great writer!! The very end of the novel is a joy, if somewhat unrealistic, but still a joy. Highly Recommended. Five HUGE Stars.
(Note: I have no doubt we'll be seeing this baby on the big screen eventually, if Hollywood can get itself out of the 'easy money' mode of doing remakes. Do we really need another Batman, Superman, or King Kong, when novels like this are crying out to me made into a movie? Wake up, Hollywood!!)
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.
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.
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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Pity I will have to waited twelve months for the next book.
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