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
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.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I bought this one based on how much I loved Suspect by Robert Crais. Hostage is good, but doesn't compare. What turned me off from the beginning was the unnecessary use of GD and other over the top bad language ALL THE TIME in this book, and by the GOOD GUYS. I listened to the end, and now that it's over I still feel kind of cheated, not satisfied like I usually do after finishing a really 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.
The book reads like a crappy Bruce Willis movie and, indeed, it was made into one. Every character is drawn from movie cliches, starting with the brilliant tough-guy cop who was devastated by a previous case gone bad and now must come out from his emotional hiding to save his family. But crappy action-thrillers have a way of pulling you forward by sheer momentum of the plot so there’s three stars. But it gets docked a star for also having that action-movie cliche of the women characters being non-existent or there to be rescued like damsels in distress — only men do anything important in this book. And it gets docked another star for holding back an absurd secret that one of the characters was hiding until near the end; it completely removes the plot from reality and is just stupid. Fortunately, this is an early Crais book and he gets better. Bechdel test: miserable failure.
I like this author's Elvis Cole/Joe Pike books and loved Suspect but I couldn't really get into this one. If it had been maybe a little shorter I would have enjoyed it more. It seemed to drag in places and I would get tired of listening. Three young men hold up a convenience store and accidentally kill the proprietor so they go on the run. They hole up in a house which happens to be the home of the accountant who launders money for the mob and has discriminating evidence in his possession that affects two sets of mobsters.
There was good character development with lots of twists and turns and some surprises but I found my mind wandering often and didn't care enough to rewind to see what I had missed.
The narrator did a great job.
I would. From the beginning, it kept me interested.
When I stopped listening, i found myself anxious to get back to the book.
The change in vocal inflection, made the characters more familiar.
The suspense never ends.
Mr. Crais must surely be bitter about God. Otherwise, why would he have his characters take His name in vane so many times and in so many ways? I will pray for him. Could not continue listening beyond the first pages.
The first half of this book was good. I think I would rate it 4 stars. But it completely lost me when it took a turn for the unreal. I am sorry, but the whole first half of the book is based on common sense and sound logic. Then all of the sudden we are supposed to accept the character would do something completely the opposite? Sorry, I could not finish it.
Have not read the print version
I enjoyed a number of characters - the brothers and the main character weer all interesting.
Good narrator. Would definitely purchase audiobooks that he narrates.
No - too long.
But this was hard to put down.
Fun book. Felt like two stories distilled into one.
The plot moves along quickly with lots of surprises. Some of them you kind of see coming but there are plot twists that will take the reader by complete surprise.
I didn't want to quit listening....I kept telling myself, just one more chapter!
He is an excellent narrator. His voices are particularly telling, i.e the Mars character....it is creepy just hearing that voice.
I think a clear picture of despicable characters can be painted without all the profanity, particularly GD.
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