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
Some time not in the near future - it was compelling.
I've ready many of Robert Crais' books with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. This character had more emotional problems than both of them put together.
He brought the story and characters to life.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
The storyline centers on one jam packed day. Crais does his usual excellent job of tightly weaving diverse storylines, with their own casts of characters, into one compact story arc. In this case, there are 3 primary forces all colliding and converging on one family: 3 amateur crooks, law enforcement and the mafia. I find Crais' plots enjoyable because they are crisply written leaving out all non-essential filler stuff. He also does an excellent job of using lots of diverse characters without confusing the listener. As you would expect the plot twists just keep coming. Crais does not signal his surprises such that the listener does not anticipate them. This all comes together to be a fun read that is truly hard to put down.
A word about James Daniels' narration. I wouldn't describe him as a voice actor, although he probably is an excellent one. Instead, his approach is one of moving the story along without interfering with the action. I know the book is being read to me but his work is analogous to a movie projector. He puts it up on your internal screen so you can see it clearly without being constantly reminded that a projector is making it happen. A valuable talent.
I highly recommend this book. I only gave 4 stars because I reserve 5 stars for books where I'm stirred to a deep emotion. The fact that this book didn't do that is just fine by me.
In this novel, an innocent family is held hostage by three guys. The policeman in charge long ago was burned out by a failed SWAT team experience, and he withdrew from life. It turns out that the father of the "innocent" family coincidentally is not so innocent... This hostage thriller started out pretty good, but was really slowed by by less engaging and more farfetched secondary plots. The last third of the book grabbed me based on one of those farfetched secondary plots. The main character was not especially believable but I still found myself rooting for him to succeed as the book went on. This is a plot driven, manipulative thriller that works reasonably well.
I am a small business owner, writer and frequent traveler. Audio books are my constant companions
Nobody says, "Leave go of me." In this book, everybody does. Why? It just sounds silly and distracts from the story.
This book kept my interest all the way thru, I was really into it so much that I finished it in one day..it kept me in suspense till the end, I would recommend you get it..
Legal Thrillers, crime, fiction. humor and a bit of management sprinkled with some self improvement. All through Audible.
This book is fast paced, a bit faster than you will expect. There is no dull moment and never does the author linger into describing the mountains. It is a thriller to the core. It is not a conventional hostage drama, the twist and turns surprise and keep you gripped. Any lover of thrillers will thoroughly enjoy it. It will not be really worth describing the character and plot in the review. The character building is also as fast as the rest of the book. But the book is not about the character, it is how the characters behave in crises. Speed and Thrills. Worth the credit!
Totally addicted to Audible.
This book was well worth the time and credit. I got it because I enjoyed a later book by this author. Plus James Daniels is a favorite narrator. All in all a good book.
I LOVED this audiobook. The plot gets more and more complicated as more players enter in to the situation but it's easy to follow what's going on and nothing gets lost in the shuffle. I couldn't put this book down.
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