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 ...
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, The 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.
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 before.
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 the story on its head. But there was just too much that down-on-his-luck Max got into that didn't ring true.
Mar 11, 2010
Robert Crais in top form
I have to say that this is possibly my favorite Robert Crais book (even though at first I was disappointed to find that it did not involve Elvis and Joe). Max Holman turned out to be such a sympathetic character, that I could barely wait to find out if he would succeed at turning his life around, after wasting his young years as a "wild child". The loss of his son just as Max is being released from prison, hoping to start some kind of relationship with the young man, is immensely poignant. It almost seems that it would be impossible for him to turn his back on the too-easy slide back into drugs, drink and criminal behavior. How he solves his son's murder, and the clever way he arranges for the unveiling of the unsuspected evil-doer, makes for a gripping read. Oh, and the growing affection between him and former FBI special agent Katherine Pollard didn't hurt, either. This is a terrific book!
Publishers Weekly, 2006-05-01 If Bruce Willis's face keeps coming to mind whenever former bank robber Max Holman speaks in this sharp and touching audio version of Crais's latest bestseller, it's not surprising. Willis starred in the movie of Crais's Hostage and would be perfect as Holman. But Graybill does a good job of making Max more than just an imitation. His Holman quickly comes to life as a bruised, repentant man seeking revenge against those who shot and killed his 23-year-old LAPD rookie son, just a day before Holman's release from prison. Graybill is also skilled at making the lesser roles real and different: the cops who worked with his son cover a range of voices and attitudes, as do the petty criminals, gang members and assorted villains Max encounters. Graybill is especially good at catching the combination of weariness, frustration and basic decency of Katherine Pollard, the former FBI agent who arrested Holman 10 years ago and is now an unemployed single mother and the only person who will help him search for his son's killers. It's one of the author's best books, and audio listeners should quickly be caught up in its subtle, ironic excitement. Simultaneous release with the S&S hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 9). (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2006-01-09 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. 200,000 first printing; 15-city author tour. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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