Murder, mayhem, Eastern European criminal gangs, liars, strumpets, and corruption: In The First Rule, these elements add up to fast-paced entertainment.
The story's protagonist is Joe Pike. Joe Pike is loyal to his friends. And he is a dangerous dude. Author Robert Crais shows us how those characteristics play out when a bunch of bad guys murder Pike's pal from back in the day when he worked as a mercenary, Frank Meyer, along with Meyer's wife and children. Pike is peeved. He sets out to find the killers.
Now, our society frowns on people taking the law into their own hands. Accordingly, Pike's quest for vengeance is given a veneer of respectability when an ATF agent piggy-backs on Pike's pique, coercing him into helping her recover a cache of three thousand Kalashnikov rifles that these same bad guys are holding.
On top of all of this, the life of an infant is also at risk.
So, Pike sets out to save the infant, help his country, and deliver payback for the murder of his friend. Can he successfully do it all? To find out, check out The First Rule for yourself. It's a fun read.