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Hostageby Robert Crais
Warning: Hostage will hold you captive. Veteran mystery writer Robert Crais leaps into hyperdrive with this edge-of-your-seat thriller, touted by many reviewers as the best of 2001. Now in paperback, Hostage should become this year's must-have summer beach read. It's a cunning combination of smalltime punks, Mafia hitmen, high-tech kids, and the small-town police chief (struggling with his own psycho-demons) who fights to keep them all from killing each other. The plot zooms, the characters rage, and author Crais sustains the tension just below flashpoint for 384 kick-butt pages. Did we call this a book? As you read, it'll unspool more like a mental movie. You'll only need to add the popcorn.
Synopses & Reviews
The bestselling author of Demolition Angel and L.A. Requiem returns with his most intense and intricate thriller yet.
As the Los Angeles Times said, Robert Crais is “a crime writer operating at the top of his game.” His complex heroes and heroines, his mastery of noir atmosphere, and his brilliant, taut plots have catapulted him into the front rank of a new breed of thriller writers. Hostage proves his earlier success was no fluke. Its an unstoppable read.
An ex-con with delusions of grandeur and his tagalong brother unwittingly team up with a psychopath one wrong word away from meltdown. When their late afternoon joyride turns into a random act of violence, they take a family hostage in the affluent bedroom community of Bristo Camino. Enter Chief of Police Jeff Talley, a stressed-out former LAPD SWAT negotiator who is hiding from his past. Plunged back into the high-pressure world that he desperately wants to forget, Talley soon learns that his nightmare has only begun.
The hostages are not who they seem, and the home contains secrets that even L.A.s most lethal and volatile crime lord, Sonny Benza, fears. As Talley tries to hold himself together and save the people inside, the full weight of Benzas wrath descends on him, putting the police chief and his own family at risk. Soon, all involved are held hostage by the exigencies of fate and the only one capable of diffusing the standoff is the least stable of them all.
Hostage is a blistering stand-alone thriller with superb characters in crisis, multistranded plotting, and pitch-perfect Southern California sensibility.
From the Hardcover edition.
"The title of Crais's fiery third thriller...can refer not just to the two sets of innocents held at gunpoint in the story but to the reader, who will be wired tight to the book....Thriller vets will have seen a lot of this before, but every virtuoso is allowed variations on a theme, and Crais, with his record and with the smart suspense offered here, has proven himself nothing less." Publisher's Weekly
"Crais's Demolition Angel proved that he could successfully move outside his popular Elvis Cole mystery series, and his latest, also a stand-alone, is no less powerful and well written....[M]ounting tension, memorable characters, and skillfully drawn plot..." Library Journal
"[Crais] probably couldn't write a bad book if he tried, but this novel is not among his best work....As a way to pass the time on a sunny beach, this isn't a bad thriller, but Crais aficionados are likely to be disappointed." Wes Lukowsky, Booklist
"[A]nother terrific stand-alone novel...introducing yet another new protagonist capable of carrying a series....What makes Hostage so enjoyable is the way [Crais] builds on the basic premise....Blistering." Peter Guttridge, The Guardian (U.K.)
About the Author
Robert Crais is the author of nine previous novels, including the bestsellers Demolition Angel and L.A. Requiem. Demolition Angel is currently in development as a major motion picture by Columbia/TriStar and producer Laurence Mark (Jerry McGuire, Finding Forrester).
From the Hardcover edition.
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