The Two Minute Rule

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert Crais
Narrator: Christopher Graybill
Genres: Suspense, Action & Adventure
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: February 2006
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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Ask anyone on the wrong side of the law about the two minute rule and they'll tell you that's as long as you can hope for at a robbery before the cops show up. Break the two minute rule and it's a lifetime in jail. But not everyone plays by the rules'

When ex-con Max Holman finally gets out of jail, freedom doesn't taste too sweet. The only thing on his mind is reconciliation with his estranged son, who is, ironically, a cop. But then he hears the devastating news: His son and three other Los Angeles police officers were gunned down in cold blood the night before Holman's release. When the hit is exposed as a revenge killing and the question of police corruption is raised, it becomes a father's last duty to clear his son's name and catch the killer. With all the elements that have made Robert Crais one of the very best crime novelists today, The Two Minute Rule is gripping, edgy suspense from the author who sets the standard when it comes to surprising plot twists and powerful characters.

Reviews (6)

A Good Book

Written by SKB on April 24th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A very good book, thoroughly enjoyable. The ending was a little weak or it would have gotten 5 stars.

Nor a hero

Written by Tom Watrous on January 5th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The premise of this book is certainly different. An ex-con tries to track down his son's murderer. However, the "hero" is not at all likeable and gets no empathy from the listener. The son who was killed had no warm/fuzzy relationship with dad..........quite the opposite in fact. I listened to the whole thing to try and find any personable qualities about the "hero" but found none. Ok I guess but not one of the year's top ten.

Stupid Book

Written by Dan Pressley on September 12th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I really disliked the main character. It was obvious the author wanted to make him likeable but he was still a lifelong criminal that couldn't make a good decision. And somehow it all has a happy ending with a moral that says don't follow the rules and you can get what you want. I forced myself to finish it and felt relieved to be finally done with it.

Two Minute Rule

Written by Anonymous on April 2nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great read. The narrator was excellent and the story kept me sitting in the car.


Written by O'Malley on March 28th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I am right in the middle of this book and am loving it. It keeps my interest and has me anticipating the next move. The language is very raw and real. I like the battle that Max has with himself to change his ways. He recognizes behaviours and feelings that made him want to be a criminal and is trying to reign those in and change his ways. I highly recommend this book but be aware you don't want to listen where children can hear.

Worth the read

Written by Laurajean on September 22nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I don’t envy anyone that is jailed for 10 years and is released to try and make it on their own. This is a story about a good man that found thrills in doing illegal activities, paid the price for it, and now finds the life he knew before he went to jail gone. The few remaining connected threads mean the world to him and he is determined to make it right again. There are not too many mad-cap chase scenes and just enough mystery to keep me interested. I highly recommend this book. I also enjoyed the narrator.

Author Details

Author Details

Crais, Robert

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, and was followed in 2007 by The Watchman, the first novel in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series to feature Joe Pike in the title role.

The novels of Robert Crais have been published in 42 countries and are bestsellers around the world. Robert Crais is the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award.

Currently, Robert Crais lives in the Santa Monica mountains with his wife, three cats, and many thousands of books.