The Two Minute Rule by Robert Crais Orion, HK$96 The Two Minute Rule does what crime novels must: begin with a bang and sustain interest with surprises planted judiciously until the close. Love between unlikely characters, requited or not, also helps. Having written 12 novels, most of them featuring hero Elvis Cole, Robert Crais has honed his fiction into a format that ensures instant success. Ex-criminal Max Holman is the central character turning the tables in The Two Minute Rule, which refers to the time a bank robber has to stage a hold-up before the police arrive. Holman pays for flouting convention with 10 years in jail and, on his release, wants nothing more than to be reunited with his only child, now a cop. However, his son is murdered the day before he's set free. Finding out who committed the crime and why leads him to Katherine Pollard, the FBI agent who put him away years before and now is working on his side against the police, who are desperate to hide the truth. She's also the love interest who brings tension of a different kind to the plot. Two minutes into this novel and most readers should be hooked.