The First Rule
by Robert Crais
Book 13 in the Elvis Cole series
Book 2 in the Joe Pike series (2009)
When Frank Meyer and his family are executed in their home, the police begin investigating the secret life they’re sure Meyer had.
Ten years later, a group of armed men break into his Los Angeles home and brutally gun down him and his family. It’s a vicious, cold and professional job. The crew leaves no trace behind except the bodies.
But they have made one catastrophic, and almost certainly terminal, mistake – Joe Pike. Because Pike is now determined to hunt down and eliminate everyone involved in the attack, one by one. And it doesn’t matter that, as he starts to investigate, he discovers that these criminals are bigger and better organized than he ever could have imagined because they are about to learn the first rule:
Don’t make Joe Pike mad…
Joe Pike’s on a hunt of his own: to clear his friend’s name, and to punish the people who murdered him. What starts out as a simple trail gets twisted fast by old grudges, double crosses, blood vengeance, and a crime so terrible even Pike and his partner Elvis Cole have no way to measure it.