Book 28 of 2010 is the second book by Robert Crais that features Joe Pike as the lead character, The First Rule. Crais usual lead character is Pike’s partner and the self proclaimed “World’s Greatest Detective” Elvis Cole. There are eleven books in the Elvis Cole series in that series Joe Pike typically plays a supporting role. Pike is an ex-LAPD officer with a shady military past as a mercenary and it’s usually his job to appear mysteriously and save the day and he does it well!
In The First Rule one of Joe’s men in his military adventures Frank Meyer is killed and his family a wife and two sons are executed during a home invasion. Of course Joe sets out to find and take out the leader of the thieves. The leader turns out to be Michael Darko a member of the Serbian crime network in Los Angeles and the trails leads to more than a single home invasion ring! Along the way Joe is helped out by Elvis and another former member of his group Jon Stone. As in all the Crais’ books the characters are good both Elvis and Joe Pike are favorites. Th storyline is good and the action fast paced and the pages fly by! So check out Robert Crais! I think that you can pick up the series at any point, I still haven’t read all the books. The first book in the series The Monkey’s Raincoat is on my Mount to Be Read!
Here’s Robert Cris talking about Joe Pike and The First Rule