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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,558 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Crais Narrator: James Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life by taking the chief-of-police job in a sleepy, affluent bedroom community far from the chaos and crime of Los Angeles. But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change when three young men, fleeing the robbery of a mini-mart, invade a tightly secured home, and take the family hostage. Plunged back into the high-pressure world that he has desperately been trying to put behind him, Talley finds his nightmare has barely begun, because this isn't just any house. It belongs to a brilliant white-collar criminal who launders money for L.A.'s renegade franchise of La Cosa Nostra. And the accountant's records of the incriminating money trail that lie within will put L.A.'s most lethal and volatile crime lord, Sonny Benza, behind bars. As Talley desperately tries to save the innocents inside, the full weight of Benza's wrath descends on him, putting Talley 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 crisis is the least stable of them all. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] adrenaline-laced…wound-tight thriller.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “It grips the reader in a vise and keeps him there…[This is] the literary equivalent of a summer action movie. Pick it up and you might not be able to put it down.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “Crais takes a simple premise and heaps plot twists upon it with exhilarating speed.”

    Miami Herald

  • Hostage signals a whole new plateau for [Crais’s] writing talent. Excruciatingly suspenseful…this is a story that is almost impossible to putdown.”

    Detroit News/Free Press

  • “Crais ratchets up the suspense…His writing is so smooth, one doesn’t even realize one is reading at all: It’s more like watching a Bruce Willis movie.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Deftly written…Crais shows a remarkable ability to sketch a fully rounded character with a few expert strokes.”

    Newark Star-Ledger

  • “[A] nonstop thrill ride…Pure action…Exhilarating…The thirty-six hours during which Hostage takes place carries more tense scenes than some authors are able to provide in a lifetime of writing.”

    Sun-Sentinel

  • “Seamless suspense fiction. Robert Crais is one of my must-read authors.”

    National and Financial Post (Toronto)

  • “A terrific thriller about terror and redemption.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • Hostage rockets along…Crais is good at upping the ante, letting the pressure mount, spinning out one quick surprise after another at the end.”

    New Orleans Times-Picayune

  • “An intense story that never lags, never ceases in its full-tilt run for the finish line…Crais seems to get better with each novel.”

    Colorado Springs Gazette

  • “Captivating…Pitch-perfect dialog and a narrative that shifts point of view from character to character, an effective cinematic technique to maintain tension while advancing the plot.”

    Fort Myers News Post

  • “An intense and downright scary drama…Hostage leaves you breathless…Crais is becoming more ambitious with every outing, and this one is no exception. It’s just plain good.”

    Santa Monica Mirror

  • Hostage reads like a book on speed…with the customary nonstop action of a James Patterson barnburner.”

    Memphis Commercial Appeal

  • A 2002 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Finalist
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Donna | 2/17/2014

    " Actually started a week ago and finished on july 22 - couldn't put it down; suspenseful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike | 2/12/2014

    " Good basic thriller, new characters from his other titles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Blake Bowen | 2/11/2014

    " This book was amazing!I found my heart racing from the intensity of Talley's negotiations. It had loads of action and a lot of twists and turns. Not to mention a heart racing ending. Get this book!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Randy | 1/31/2014

    " Great novel, I own the hardcover. It was made into a terrific movie starring Bruce Willis. "

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