The Two Minute Rule

The Two Minute Rule

Robert Crais / Sep 17, 2019

The Two Minute Rule In his latest New York Times bestseller the author of The Last Detective and L A Requiem unleashes his most powerful novel to date a brilliantly plotted tale about justice love and the sins of a fa

  • Title: The Two Minute Rule
  • Author: Robert Crais
  • ISBN: 9781416514961
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In his latest New York Times bestseller, the author of The Last Detective and L.A Requiem unleashes his most powerful novel to date a brilliantly plotted tale about justice, love, and the sins of a father and son.

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        Robert Crais is the author of the best selling Elvis Cole novels A native of Louisiana, he grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in a blue collar family of oil refinery workers and police officers He purchased a secondhand 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 Other literary influences include Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B Parker, and John Steinbeck After years of amateur film making and writing short 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 numerous series pilots and Movies of the Week for the major networks He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues, but is most proud of his 4 hour NBC miniseries, Cross of Fire, which the New York Times declared A searing and powerful documentation of the Ku Klux Klan s rise to national prominence in the 20s In the mid eighties, 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 See the WORKS section for additional titles Elvis Cole s readership and fan base grew with each new book, then 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 In this new way of telling his stories, Crais combined the classic first person narrative of the American detective novel with flashbacks, multiple story lines, multiple points of view, and literary elements to better illuminate his themes 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 Starkey has since become a leading character in the Elvis Cole series 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 Additionally, 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 Elvis Cole returned in 2003 with the publication of The Last Detective, followed by the tenth Elvis Cole novel, The Forgotten Man, in 2005 Both novels explore with increasing depth the natures and characters of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike RC s third stand alone novel, The Two Minute Rule, was published in 2006 The eleventh entry in the Elvis Cole series, The Watchman, will be published sometime in 2007.


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    1. Just days before his release from prison, career bank robber Max Holman's life is turned upside down when his son, now a police officer, is gunned down with three other cops under strange circumstances. Max tries to figure out what happened but gets nowhere on his own. The only person he can turn to: the woman who put him away!Sounds pretty good when I say it like that. Too bad it wasn't. I love Robert Crais. I did not love this book. In fact, I tossed it less than halfway through.On the surface [...]


    2. Robert Crais is best known for his series featuring L.A. private-eye Elvis Cole and Cole's partner, the inscrutable Joe Pike. But while I like those books, this stand-alone, originally published in 2006, remains my favorite of Crais's novels.Two thugs named Marchenko and Parsons are stricly amateur, if brutal, bank robbers. They do not know the Two Minute Rule, which holds that a robber only has a two minute window to be in and out of a bank before the law is almost certainly going to be on the [...]


    3. Max Holman used to rob banks, but he was nice about it.In fact, Max was too nice because he got arrested when he played Good Samaritan during a robbery and violated the rule of getting in and out in less than two minutes. Ten years in federal prison have reformed Max and he’s worked through the release process which involves living in halfway houses and working a regular job. Max hopes that he can make amends to his son Richie that he hasn’t seen since he was a kid, but he’s proud that Ric [...]


    4. This was first Robert Crais book I've read. From the first pages on, I was very much gripped by the story and drawn to the very empathic character of Max Holman. Actually, both Max Holman and Katherine Pollard are magnificent "anti-hero" personas. The combination of a well written and fast-paced mystery and compelling profoundly human characters is very appealing and something rarely found. This is a story of a friendship, of loss, of father's love for his son, and most importantly a story of re [...]


    5. Written in 2006 author Robert Crais' "The Two Minute Rule", is a heart pounding suspense thriller that is very difficult to put down. At times while reading the book I kept thinking I'd read it some time ago. That weird feeling it just sounds so familiar ? I kept thinking it must have been some type of TV movie at one time or another. However, the plot was so good I just wanted to keep going to find out the surprising and electrifying conclusion. Career criminal and serial bank robber Max Holman [...]


    6. Crais may be my favorite living author. I prefer his Elvis Cole detective books but anything by Crais is worth reading. Fast moving and intense.


    7. At best it was ok. Kept my interest. I was angry at the author for one part. He had good characters do something bad that did not fit their motivations. It was unreasonable and illogical for those “good” characters to do what they did. Some good guys attacked someone, tied him, and took him to a remote location. He believed they were going to kill him. The guy escaped - barely. Later he learned they just wanted to talk to him. Well, why did they tie him? It felt like a trick by the author to [...]


    8. Loved it. I am a sucker for bad guys who become really good guys. (redemption!) And then when they win against all odds, it is very satisfying. This also has a tense plot- impossible to figure out, and a real nail-biter palm-sweater towards the end. This is a stand-alone and every bit as good as the best of Robert Crais. I would love to see more of Holman, The Hero. Crais continues to push through and come up with excellence in writing.


    9. THE TWO MINUTE RULE (Suspense-Los Angeles-Cont) – G+/VGCrais, Robert – StandaloneSimon & Schuster, 2006 - HardcoverMax Holman has served his time for bank robbery. How released, he hopes to reconcile with his son, Richie, who is a cop. But Richie, along with three other cops, was shot to death the night before Max’s release. Although the police say Richie was a dirty cop, Max doesn’t believe it and is determine to clear his name. For help, he turns to retired FBI agent Katherine Poll [...]


    10. When robbing a bank, you only have two-minutes to escape from the time an alarm button is pushed until the cops arrive. Unfortunately, Max Holman wasn't lucky his last time out. Fast forward 10 years to when Max is released from prison. He discovers his ex-wife is deceased and his son, a 23-year old rookie with the L.A.P.D. was recently killed "in the line of duty". Suspicious of the events surrounding his son's death, he begins to investigate with assistance from Katherine Pollard, the FBI agen [...]


    11. This novel was paced wonderfully, contained characters that are very different from me but whom I could feel a bond of empathy, and was carefully plotted. The novel’s title comes from the basic criminal rule that a bank robber must get in and out of the bank in two minutes or risk getting caught. Naturally, with such a title, the book begins with an armed bank robbery that “proves” the rule. This is appropriate because the protagonist is a bank robber. The twist is that this particular ban [...]


    12. Great book, another one, so many thanks to Robert Crais for his great writing skills! A new character, Max Holman, who just gets out of prison after 10 years to find out that his son, a police officer, was murdered with three other officers. To make matters worse, he has not been in his son's life almost ever and was hoping for a reconciliation.Trying to stay straight and within the law, Holman has to walk a fine line in trying to identify his father's killer(s) and why the murder of four LAPD o [...]


    13. Crais, who's best known for his Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels, has created a compelling new protagonist in Max Holman, a convicted bank robber who's just been released from prison and wants to make up for the time he lost with his son, Richie, who joined the LAPD.In trying to connect with Richie, Holman discovers he's been killed, along with three other police officers. The plot revolves around getting to the bottom of what actually went down that led the murders.As always, Crais writes a compl [...]


    14. This was a terrific book. I love Crais's Elvis Cole and Joe Pike books, but this stand-alone was so good that I almost didn't miss my favorite L.A. private detective and his few-words partner. Ex-con Holman and ex-FBI bank robberies specialist Pollard are flawed characters, but, in Crais's hands, we can't help but root for and even admire them for their steadfast pursuit of the truth about who killed Holman's L.A. cop son and why. The book builds to a great climax that isn't quite as explosive a [...]


    15. I really enjoyed this departure from Robert Crais's Elvis Cole series, especially the relationship between Max and Katherine. When I told Bob how much I enjoyed this book and asked him if he would write about Max and Katherine again, he said he, too, had grown to love them and would most likely write another book featuring them. I can't wait!




    16. More like 4.5 starsGreat story, fast-paced, entertaining with a very good, gripping finish. Yes, I liked it a lot. And perhaps I'll look into Crais' Cole/Pike series next.


    17. Max Holman is an ex-con who used to rob banks. When he finally gets out of prison the only thing he wants is to reconcile with his son who is actually a cop. But the day he is released he gets some devasting news: his son and 3 more police officers got killed the night before. He will do everything in his power to find out what actually happened that night and who killed his son. Ironically, he asks Katherine Pollard, the police officer who arrested him, to help him with the case. When i first p [...]


    18. We’ve read a handful of the author’s Cole/Pike series, and certainly enjoyed them enough to try “Rule”, a standalone mystery. The “rule” denotes the time limit for a successful bank robbery – after the book opens with two Ukrainian mopes that disregard and go down in a gunfight, we meet Max Holman, whose release day from ten years of prison has arrived after he broke the rule as well (though we find out way later why…).Bitterly, Max learns his estranged son, a cop ironically, has [...]


    19. "The Two Minute Rule" by Robert Crais was a very fun read. It begins with a bank robbery in which the robbers are shot after trying to have a shootout with the police officers there to arrest them. Then you meet Holman, a convicted bank robber about to be released from jail. But right before his release he is told his son, a police officer had been shot the night before. Holman questions police about what happened, but not getting answers that add up leaves Holman to search for answers himself. [...]


    20. Ex-con on the lookout for son's killerI haven't read Crais' Elvis Cole books but I sure do like his standalone novels."The Two Minute Rule" is the fast moving, suspenseful tale of Max Holman, an ex-con, just out of federal prison after 10+ years behind bars on a bank robbery charge.He gets out, a changed man, and wants to make amends to his son, only to find out that his son - a police officer - was just recently murdered, along with three other cops.Great character development, a mystery, a thr [...]


    21. I stumbled on this gem in my search for new crime/police fiction / mysteries to read. It's about a bank robber who's only son (a policeman) is murdered the very day he's released from prison; this sets up the main character's quest to find out who the killer is (and he hires the investigator who put him behind bars to do it!) Robert Crais adds lovely humanity to his key characters, and from this book I moved on to his most excellent Elvis Cole series.


    22. I so wanted to like this book. I enjoy Crais's Elvis Cole mysteries. And I am truly the most uncritical of mystery readers. So when I say there's a hole you could drive a truck through, well, there's probably a dozen in it you could run the Southern Crescent through. Rats.



    23. This thriller feels like a writing experiment. It's not up to the standard of the author's best work in the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series (L.A. Requiem) or the standalone gem that is Demolition Angel, but it's a solid answer to the question, "What would happen if an ex-con had to forge a tentative alliance with anyone in law enforcement for the sake of finding out who murdered his son?" You might also make the argument that Crais was spitballing about whether redemption is possible, or if there [...]


    24. Max, an honest bank robber, has served his sentence. His priority is to reestablish a relationship with his son, now a police officer. Minutes before Max's release, his son is murdered. Max wants answers and conventional ways of obtaining information aren't working.




    25. This is a sub-par effort by Robert Crais, but still worth reading, especially if you are a fan. This is one of two books by Crais that are truly stand-alone books, the other being "Hostage". All of the others have characters that enter into each other's books - Elvis Cole, Joe Pike and Carol Starkey. Max Holman is the main character here, a man who has just been released from prison. He finds out immediately that his son, Richard, has just been murdered. The main problem of the book is the way t [...]


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