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.
©2004 Robert Crais; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
The narration was crisp and the story crisper...a really enjoyable listen. The mars characters was perfectly creepy.
a great listen
this is a new character to Robert Crais but a good one
The books are always better than the movies
When I got to the part where the bad guy kills a fly with his hand and then proceeds to lick his fingers, I decided I didn't need to read (hear) another chapter. Geez!
What a bad story! I listen to a lot of mystery/thrillers and this one was one of the worst I've heard. I am so surprised I listened all the way through. The plot was predictable and ordinary and the characters lacked depth. If you want a great, gritty thriller/mystery, try something by James Lee Burke or Patricia Cornwell.
I haven't read the print version of this book, however I found the audio version to be very entertaining. It kept my interest, both with the story and the performance.
When main character finds out that his wife and daughter are also hostages, in a related but different situation, that made the action even more suspenseful.
when you read the book on your own, you don't think different voices in your head, but having the different voices, it helps keep the characters more clear in your mind.
He's a failed hostage negotiator, now with two hostage situations on his hands-one involving his own family!
no, enjoy your products, though thanks!
I found it to be predictable and the characters shallow. It was a basic mystery novel. I do agree that is was non-stop action. So much in fact, that it almost got boring.
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