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Cover of: Hostage by Robert Crais, Robert Crais

"It was one of those high-desert days in the suburban communities north of Los Angeles with the air so dry it was like breathing sand; the sun licked their skin with fire."

About the Book

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.From the Hardcover edition.

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Dewey 813/.54

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18 editions First published in 2001

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August 7, 2001, Doubleday
Hostage
in English
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August 7, 2001, Nova Audio Books
Hostage (Nova Audio Books)
Audio Cassette in English - Abridged edition
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2001, Wheeler Pub.
Hostage
in English
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2001, Doubleday
Hostage
in English - 1st ed.
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2001, Doubleday
Hostage
in English - 1st ed.
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2001, Reader's Digest Select Editions
Hostage
in English
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September 5, 2002, Orion mass market paperback
Hostage
Hardcover - New Ed edition
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June 25, 2002, Fawcett
Hostage
Mass Market Paperback in English
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July 28, 2002, Paperback Nova Audio Books
Hostage
Audio Cassette in English - Abridged edition
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June 10, 2004, Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD Lib Ed
Hostage
MP3 CD in English - Unab MP3 edition
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June 10, 2004, Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD
Hostage
MP3 CD in English - Unabridged edition
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September 28, 2004, Brilliance Audio on CD Value Priced
Hostage
Audio CD in English - Abridged edition
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January 21, 2005, Brilliance Audio Unabridged
Hostage
Audio Cassette in English
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March 31, 2005, Orion
Hostage
Paperback - Film Tie-in Ed edition
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January 21, 2005, Brilliance Audio on CD
Hostage
Audio CD in English
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February 1, 2008, Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged
Hostage
Audio CD in English - Unabridged edition
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February 1, 2008, Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged Lib Ed
Hostage
Audio CD in English - Library edition
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2009, Random House Publishing Group
Hostage
E-book in English

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