Crais is a master writer; this book showcases his great skills in a little different arena that we are accustomed to. While I really enjoyed this book, I still like his Elvis Cole series a little better.
In this book, we ride along with a man who is being released from ten years in prison--he's a convicted bank robber. He is determined to go straight, but that's not easy for an ex-con who has never obeyed the law in his life. I am somewhat uncomfortable in the skin of such a person; I like to identify with the good guys! Nevertheless, our man is a good man in his way, and after some initial discomfort (which pops up at odd times during the story as he exhibits some new scofflaw behavior) I felt all right being his alter ego.
His problem comes up immediately--the night before he is released from prison, his son--a cop, of all things--is murdered with a group of three other police officers. You can imagine the emotional charge that has.
The story moves on as he hooks up with the now former FBI agent who busted him to try to find out what happened to and with his son. There are many twists and turns, lots of excitement and hair-raising events along with the necessary quiet, tedious investigative work that finally brings out the truth, which is probably not what you expected. Well, not quite what you expected, anyway.
As much as I love the Elvis Cole stories, I'm glad Crais took time out to write this one. It has some of the good characteristics of a best-seller formula thriller, but avoids a lot of the earmarks of such books that annoy me. This is honest story telling, not twists and thrills just for the sake of fooling you because that's what people want in best-sellers.
Being a big fan of Robert Crais and his Elvis Cole series, I wasn't sure if I would like this "stand alone" novel but I was pleasantly surprised. "Two Minute Rule" is well worth the read and has likable characters with a strong, keep you guessing "who done what to whom" mystery where the bad guys turn good, the good guys may or may not be bad and the City of Angels stands witness to it all. Check it out.
Loved this book! Two-minute rule - when you're robbing a bank, get in and out within 2 minutes. But the 'hero' of the book did not, for a very good reason. Ex-con gets out of jail and learns his son was murdered, and he's going to find out why.
First time reading Robert Crais and have to say I can't believe its taken me this long to discover him. The story begins with convict Max Holman about to be released from a prison stint when he suddenly finds out that his son, a cop, was killed.
The story just takes off from there. Being a convict, Max knows that he won't get much help from local PD, but finds someone else to help him in his quest for the truth. From there the the pace quickens and and teases you the reader to keep turning the page. Its definitely one of those that keeps you guessing til the very end.
I will be looking for more Robert Crais novels and I recommend you do the same.
When ex-con Max Holman gets out of jail he desperately wants to reconcile with his estranged son who is a cop. However, the night before Max's release, his son is killed and the hit is exposed as a revenge killing. The question of police corruption is raised. You won't be able to put this book down.
This is a page turner! We are currently reading it in the car, so that's where it stays. We keep finding ourselves "taking a ride" just so we can continue the excitement, however I have to do a little "verbal editing" because it does have come colorful language. But the plot is a good one!
Two minutes, in and out, that's the rule for robbing banks in this page-turning action ride around L.A. from bestseller Crais (Hostage). Break that rule, and you can end up like Marchenko and Parsons, dying in a violent shoot-out on the streets, the fortune from their string of heists deeply hidden. Max Holman certainly knows the time limit better than most. Dubbed the "hero bandit" by the press, he got caught during a robbery after he stopped to perform CPR on a bank customer who had a heart attack. About to leave prison on parole, the 48-year-old Max hopes he can establish contact with the son he never really knew, now a cop. When Max's son is murdered, suspected of being in a ring of dirty cops seeking the Marchenko and Parsons loot, Max needs to know the truth. The only person he figures can help him is Katherine Pollard, the fed who nabbed him, who's now ex-FBI and a struggling single mom. The perfect odd couple, they keep this novel personal and real as it builds to an exciting twist on the bank-robbing rule
In a phrase: This book did not speak to me. After reading 5 or 6 other Robert Crais novels (all with Elvis Cole and/or Joe Pike), I was excited to see this author write a book without these two great protagonists.
Just as Max Holman is released from a 10-year stint in federal prison for bank robbery, he is told that his only offspring was killed the night before. Having rejected his father's life-long pursuit of the 'quick and shady deal,' Max's son Richard became an LA police officer. He and three other officers were killed without getting off a shot.
I really empathized with Max; he had decided to turn his life around and seek-out a relationship with his son. Max was devastated by his son's death. Max wants to know who killed his son and (when facts come to light that Richard might have been a dirty cop), Max wants to know the truth.
Because Max quickly wears out his welcome with the LAPD, he needs someone to help him get inside the investigation. The only person he can come up with is the former FBI agent Katherine Pollard, who arrested him 10 years ago.
This novel was a disappointment; Max working with the person who put him in jail wasn't realistic. Had Katherine still been an agent, this story might have seemed sensible. Also, the idea that an FBI agent (educated, intelligent) would be interested in a career criminal romantically just didn't fly with me.
There were a variety of events in the story that turned things on its head. But there was just too much that down-on-his-luck Max got into that didn't ring true.
(The Paperback Swap interface is actually showing a book description for a different Robert Crais book.) The Two-Minute Rule has an unusual premise, unusual characters and genuine suspense. More exciting than the average thriller.
Max Holman knew the two minute rule: Get in, get the cash, and get out. But two minutes can be a lifetime... In one moment of weakness he botched a bank job and was sent away for years. Now released from prison, Max wants to reconcile with his estranged son, an LA cop. Instead he receives the devasting news that his son's been gunned down in cold blood. To uncover the truth about the killing Max aligns with Katherine Pollard, the ex-FBI agent who put him away- in a father's search for justice and revenge.