Joe Pike is an, ex-cop, ex-Marine, ex-mercenary, and currently a tough, ass-kicking P.I. out for blood in The First Rule by Robert Crais, the genius behind the hugely popular Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series. Joe Pike was introduced through the Elvis Cole books starting back in 1987 with The Monkey's Raincoat and now Crais has brought him completely to life. First through The Watchman, and now with The First Rule, the second book in a series that will have fans begging for more.
Organized criminals have a rule, a thieves' code of which states: A thief must forsake his mother, father, brothers and sisters. He must have no family, no wife, no children. We are his family. If any of the rules are broken, it is punishable by death.
Joe Pike is going to hunt down the person or persons responsible for the execution of Frank Meyer, an old friend back from his mercenary days, and his family. Frank had a home, a wife and kids and Joe was glad to be the close family friend. That is all Joe needed at this point in his life until a brutal home invasion destroyed it all. The LAPD boiled it all down to Frank not quite living the straight aced life he was portraying. Turns out that all six previous home invasions have had sketchy circumstances surrounding them which included drugs or dirty money and all six previous victims were professional criminals. Safe to say that the LAPD chalked it all up to another criminal getting what they brought on to themselves.
Except, Joe does not buy it, then again Joe knows about the rule. He will find a way to prove that Frank Meyer was the man he had become, a family man and he won't let anything or anyone stand in his way to the truth. So with the help of his partner Elvis Cole the hunt is on and vengeance will be served with a cup of Joe and a side of Pike.