Hostage: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Jul 22, 2009 - Fiction - 384 pages
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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. It’s 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 Benza’s 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.


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Hostage negotiator Jim Talley, traumatized by a crisis gone bad, has left not only his SWAT job but his family as well, hiding out as chief of police in a small town. When a robbery gets out of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
28
Section 4
41
Section 5
55
Section 6
63
Section 7
75
Section 8
103
Section 17
208
Section 18
223
Section 19
229
Section 20
232
Section 21
255
Section 22
262
Section 23
275
Section 24
295

Section 9
106
Section 10
125
Section 11
155
Section 12
160
Section 13
163
Section 14
173
Section 15
177
Section 16
198
Section 25
314
Section 26
327
Section 27
340
Section 28
347
Section 29
360
Section 30
369
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About the author (2009)

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).


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