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.