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The Two Minute Rule [Kindle Edition]

Robert Crais
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the author of The Last Detective and Hostage, comes a thriller featuring a father searching for vengeance in the City of Angels. But for an ex-con fresh on parole, finding answers in the corruption of the LAPD means asking for help from the person least expecting it: the FBI officer who put him away…

Every seasoned criminal knows the two minute rule: the two minutes before the cops show up at the scene of a robbery. Keeping the rule means changing your life, breaking it means a lifetime in jail. But not everyone plays by the rules…

When a decisive four minutes put Max Holman in prison, he spent the next decade planning one thing: reconciliation with his estranged son. Determined to put the past behind him, Max sets out on the morning of his parole only to discover his son, a cop, was gunned down in cold blood hours earlier. When the hit is exposed as a revenge killing, Max is determined to track down the murderer—at any cost.

From the author that sets the standard of gripping, edgy suspense, The Two Minute Rule delivers all the surprising plot twists and powerful characters that make Robert Crais one of the top crime writers today.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine

Most reviewers are slaphappy with praise for Robert Crais's 13th novel. While some critics note a preference for his Elvis Cole books, they find that believable, complex characters, the vibrant settings around Los Angeles—from the dive bars to the straitjacketed Los Angeles river—and heartfelt emotions separate The Two Minute Rule—and Crais—from the bulk of crime fiction. The sharp note of dissent from the Oregonian only serves to reinforce the impression that middle-of-the road Crais is better than many other writers' best.

Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.

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  • File Size: 423 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00DFLDYOA
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reissue edition (February 21, 2006)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCKS0K
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132 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flat Out Great Rule February 9, 2006
Flat out great, is how I describe most of the books written by Robert Crais and this book exceeded my high expectations.

In the Two Minute Rule, Crais has written bittersweet story of a friendship, of loss, of father's love for his son, and ultimately a story of redemption. All that, between the covers of well told mystery.

Max Holman has spent a good portion of his life behind bars. When he was free, he was breaking the law, thinking about ways to break the law, and generally self-absorbed in the pursuit of personal pleasure. Holman's recent ten year prison stint, has however, produced a change, and all Holman wants now, is to know the son he abandoned, well before he ever went to prison. Unlike the father, Holman's son followed a different path. He joined the police force. The night before his release, Max learns that his son has been murdered, and it doesn't stop there. Author Crais continues to take from Holman, to the point, that you find yourself saying "please don't hurt this man anymore." Holman is driven by two desperate needs, the first is his desire to find the killer, and the second is his need to discover the truth about his son. Was Max Holman's son a good cop or a dirty one?

This story is superb and it is memorable. The Holman character is a three dimensional flesh and blood person who evokes great empathy from the reader. The dialogue is tight, gritty, realistic, and essentially as good as it gets for a book full of characters living on the marginal fringe of polite society.

My highest recommendation! This book will appeal to a wide variety of book lovers. It is a mystery for sure, but one that rises to the level of suspenseful (not nearly enough mysteries do this). I can almost guarantee this book to be a weekend read. There is not one wasted word and you are going wish there were another 100 pages or so, when you get to the end.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book went down faster than an oyster! February 26, 2006
I can't believe it was over so soon. Sure, I got my money's worth but I always finish a Crais book and am left wanting another new one right away. In this story, Crais gives us a variation on his favorite theme: The father-son relationship. In the Elvis Cole books, we always see the relationship from the perspective of two sons, Elvis, who never knew his father, and Joe, who knew his all too well. In 'Two-Minute Rule,' the perpective is from that of a less-than-stellar father, Max Holman, and the story combines action and angst as Max goes to great lengths to make whatever amends he can to a son he never knew, a son who had long ago written off Max as a loser. This book was solid, not as elegant and atmospheric as 'L.A. Requiem,' perhaps, but I read it so fast maybe I missed something. I won't mind a second read-through, that's certain.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Great March 17, 2006
Robert Crais is one of about a half a dozen authors whose new work I always buy in Hardcover. I read several books a week and Crais' books are among the few that I don't buy used or get from the library.

I am dishearteded to say The Two Minute Rule was tolerable at best. The characters were not well developed. The story started out great, but fell to a plod after the first few chapters. The plot was predictable. The love interest seemed like it was forced and just didn't play with the rest of the story.

Crais previous work has never failed to "take me there." If you love reading you know what I mean. My advice is, if you have not read any of Crais other books, pass on this one. Instead go pick up any of his other books. If you are Crais fan, you might find this an enjoyable read. I have a hard time believing anyone would think this is his best book.

The good news is that Crais is too talented not to bounce back with a winner and I'll be first in line to buy it!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular!!! April 16, 2006
Robert Crais is a member of the LA mystery writer's varsity.

His latest, "The Two Minute Rule," is as good as anything he has written.

The two-minute rule is the bank robber's truism: get in, get the money and get out in less than two minutes.

Max Holman had succeeded heeding this axiom until he stopped to give CPR to a bank customer having a heart attack. That sent him away for ten years.

After finishing his stretch, his only real goal is to reconcile with his estranged son---now a family man and rookie cop (everything Max was not).

Hours prior to his release, Max is informed his son and three other LA cops were gunned down while having a mysterious meeting in the middle of the night.

Now Max wants to learn how his son died, and how he lived.

LAPD stonewalls Max. They allege the shooter was a gang member out for revenge, who conveniently committed suicide. The story does not ring true.

The only person Max trusts to help him find the truth is Katherine Pollard, the FBI agent who arrested him.

Against her better judgment, now ex-agent Pollard, agrees to assist. Once in, her "thrill of the hunt" juices kick in...she is hooked.

Skirting the law at every turn, they uncover a police conspiracy---or is it an investigation within the official investigation. Are Max's son and the other cops dirty?

This odd couple pairing rings true as each responds to the core of integrity they see in the other.

The plotting is superior and the characters grip you early and hold you close right to the phenomenal conclusion. With each twist, you will pick someone else as your chief suspect.

To tell more would be a crime and ruin an exceptionally intriguing plot.

There is truly nothing as righteous as a good mystery.

Like Michael Connelly, Robert Crais elevates crime fiction.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrummy
This was up to the Robert Crais standard and I loved it. I thought it would be great if there were more books in the future with the same main characters.
Published 17 days ago by Ms J>Sykes
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting. caught me from the start
Great read. Huge change from the mind numbing mass production predictable action meaningless publications. Read more
Published 19 days ago by G. Tsuda
3.0 out of 5 stars Hi
Not finished yet. Like his style of writing. Have been a fan for a long time. Never disappoints. I enjoy his books
Published 29 days ago by Eileen Moye
5.0 out of 5 stars AOK-As Advertised
AOK-As ordered....and keep em coming.good stuff
making you type all of these words sucks....fix same...
what else can I say... Read more
Published 1 month ago by James M. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Craig does it again
great read. more please.

great read. more please. Craig always delivers. love his Cole/Pike novels. can't wait for the next ones.
Published 1 month ago by James W. Mckay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This was an excellent non Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novel. Plenty of twists and turns some I didn't see coming. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JS
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
I read this Robert Crais stand-alone when it was first published, and thought it was really good. Reading it a few years later, I'm able to observe how he put together the story... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lori Erokan
3.0 out of 5 stars So So, typical of author.
I guess that I have read too many of his books, almost identical plots. It will be a spell before reading any more.
Published 1 month ago by Jack Warye
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story of Redemption.
A great read. Characters developed slowly but expertly. That development along with the plot complexities are what make this book hard to put down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wagit Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Robert Crais at his best!!
A great storyline with twists at every turn. The storyline is made even better by the depth Crais has developed in his characters has the plot develops. All is not as it seems! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Isabella Bailey
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Robert Crais is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels. He was the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award.

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in a blue collar family of oil refinery workers and four generations of police officers. He purchased a second-hand paperback of Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister when he was fifteen, which inspired his lifelong love of writing, Los Angeles, and the literature of crime fiction.

He journeyed to Hollywood in 1976 where he quickly found work writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, and Miami Vice, as well as scripting numerous series pilots and movies-of-the-week for the major networks.

Feeling constrained by the collaborative working requirements of Hollywood, Crais resigned from a lucrative position as a contract writer and television producer in order to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a novelist. His first efforts proved unsuccessful, but upon the death of his father in 1985, Crais was inspired to create Elvis Cole, using elements of his own life as the basis of the story. The resulting novel, The Monkey's Raincoat, won the Anthony and Macavity Awards and was nominated for the Edgar Award. It has since been selected as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

Crais conceived of the novel as a stand-alone, but realized that, in Elvis Cole, he had created an ideal and powerful character through which to comment upon his life and times. Elvis Cole's readership skyrocketed in 1999 upon the publication of L. A. Requiem, which was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller and forever changed the way Crais conceived of and structured his novels. Larger and deeper in scope, Publishers Weekly wrote of L. A. Requiem, "Crais has stretched himself the way another Southern California writer, Ross Macdonald, always tried to do, to write a mystery novel with a solid literary base." Booklist added, "This is an extraordinary crime novel that should not be pigeonholed by genre. The best books always land outside preset boundaries. A wonderful experience."

Crais followed with his first non-series novel, Demolition Angel, which was published in 2000 and featured former Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Technician Carol Starkey. In 2001, Crais published his second non-series novel, Hostage, which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and was a world-wide bestseller. The editors of selected Hostage as the #1 thriller of the year. A film adaptation of Hostage was released in 2005, starring Bruce Willis as ex-LAPD SWAT negotiator Jeff Talley.

Robert Crais lives in the Santa Monica mountains with his wife, three cats, and many thousands of books. Additional information can be found at his website,

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