The First Rule (Joe Pike)

By Robert Crais

While Frank Meyer and his family members are achieved of their domestic, the police commence investigating the key lifestyles they're certain Meyer had. Joe Pike's on a hunt of his personal: to transparent his friend's identify, and to punish the folks who murdered him. What begins out as an easy path will get twisted speedy through outdated grudges, double crosses, blood vengeance, and a criminal offense so bad even Pike and his accomplice Elvis Cole don't have any method to degree it.

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That might be Elizabeth Sanchez. ” “Could i've got her present posting and quantity, please? ” Deputy District lawyer Elizabeth Sanchez was once at present published to the Airport Courthouse in Playa del Rey, south of the l. a. foreign Airport. Cole notion he may most probably get a voice mail, yet a girl picked up the decision. “Lauren Craig. ” “Sorry. I’m calling for Elizabeth Sanchez. ” “Hang on, i believe I can—” Cole heard her name out, then the muffled clunks of the telephone being dealt with, and a unique voice got here at the line. “Liz Sanchez. ” Cole pointed out himself, gave her the date and the case quantity, and instructed her he wanted the names of the opposite prostitutes scooped up within the sting. Sanchez laughed. “That used to be virtually six years in the past. Wow, i used to be nonetheless a Grade . You can’t fairly anticipate me to recollect their names. ” “I concept it might probably stand out as a result of the nature of the arrest. ” “A vice sting? ” “A Serbian intercourse ring. They labored for a Serb gang set. ” “Ah. ok, that sounds typical. NoHo Vice took down 13 or fourteen ladies over through CBS Studio heart. A joint activity strength care for OCTF. ” equipped Crime activity strength. “That’s it. ” “Serbians. ok, definite. they'd cribs throughout these complexes. that they had such a lot of hookers round the pool over there it gave the look of the Playboy Mansion. no longer that I’ve ever noticeable the mansion. ” “That’s the single. i would like to speak to them approximately occasions taking place on or approximately that point. ” Sanchez stated, “You brain if I ask what this can be approximately? ” “A gang pakhan named Michael Darko. Darko heads up the set that owned those specific ladies. ” Sanchez acknowledged, “Darko. ” “Yeah. considered one of his lieutenants most likely ran the operation, yet Darko was once the guy. The pakhan. i've got a few questions on Darko those women may be able to solution. ” The silence from Sanchez was once considerate. “I don’t imagine that was once it. I don’t imagine that was once the identify. ” Now it used to be Cole’s flip to hesitate. “Darko? ” “Well, I’m considering. ” “Was it Grebner? could have been Grebner. ” “Hold on. The OC men weren’t proud of how it became out. The Vice coppers have been fine—they took down 13 hookers—but the OC dicks have been pissed. They desired to flow up the meals chain, yet not one of the women may roll. I consider as the OC dicks have been completely frustrated. They couldn’t get the ladies to roll. ” “Yeah, that might be Darko, or perhaps a man named Grebner. ” “No, I commit it to memory now—his identify used to be Jakovich. That’s who they sought after. His set ran the women. ” “Jakovich. ” “That’s him. The OC dicks simply murdered his identify. every little thing used to be Jakoffovich, Jerkoffovich, Jakobitch, like that. ” “You’re telling me those prostitutes labored for Milos Jakovich. ” “Absolutely. That’s why OC deliberate the edge. They sought after Jakovich. We had 13 prostitutes popping out of a prelim, and none of them—not one—would roll. ” “Thanks, Liz. You’ve been a major support. ” Cole positioned down the telephone. He stared on the empty sky, and knew, once again, how good a few humans may perhaps lie. His cellphone rang, and he responded, feeling uninteresting and gradual. a tender woman’s voice got here from distant.

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