Robert Crais / Aug 11, 2020
Hostage When a store robbery goes horribly wrong the teenage gang who perpetrated the crime make a run for it Hotly pursued by the police they crash into the suburban home of an accountant and take the famil
  • Title: Hostage
  • Author: Robert Crais
  • ISBN: 9780752847870
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback
  • When a store robbery goes horribly wrong the teenage gang who perpetrated the crime make a run for it Hotly pursued by the police, they crash into the suburban home of an accountant and take the family hostage Soon the mafia are on the scene.
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        Robert Crais is the author of the best selling Elvis Cole novels A native of Louisiana, he grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in a blue collar family of oil refinery workers and police officers He purchased a secondhand paperback of Raymond Chandler s The Little Sister when he was fifteen, which inspired his lifelong love of writing, Los Angeles, and the literature of crime fiction Other literary influences include Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B Parker, and John Steinbeck After years of amateur film making and writing short fiction, he journeyed to Hollywood in 1976 where he quickly found work writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney Lacey, and Miami Vice, as well as numerous series pilots and Movies of the Week for the major networks He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues, but is most proud of his 4 hour NBC miniseries, Cross of Fire, which the New York Times declared A searing and powerful documentation of the Ku Klux Klan s rise to national prominence in the 20s In the mid eighties, feeling constrained by the collaborative working requirements of Hollywood, Crais resigned from a lucrative position as a contract writer and television producer in order to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a novelist His first efforts proved unsuccessful, but upon the death of his father in 1985, Crais was inspired to create Elvis Cole, using elements of his own life as the basis of the story The resulting novel, The Monkey s Raincoat, won the Anthony and Macavity Awards and was nominated for the Edgar Award It has since been selected as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Crais conceived of the novel as a stand alone, but realized that in Elvis Cole he had created an ideal and powerful character through which to comment upon his life and times See the WORKS section for additional titles Elvis Cole s readership and fan base grew with each new book, then skyrocketed in 1999 upon the publication of L A Requiem, which was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller and forever changed the way Crais conceived of and structured his novels In this new way of telling his stories, Crais combined the classic first person narrative of the American detective novel with flashbacks, multiple story lines, multiple points of view, and literary elements to better illuminate his themes Larger and deeper in scope, Publishers Weekly wrote of L A Requiem, Crais has stretched himself the way another Southern California writer Ross Macdonald always tried to do, to write a mystery novel with a solid literary base Booklist added, This is an extraordinary crime novel that should not be pigeonholed by genre The best books always land outside preset boundaries A wonderful experience Crais followed with his first non series novel, Demolition Angel, which was published in 2000 and featured former Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Technician Carol Starkey Starkey has since become a leading character in the Elvis Cole series In 2001, Crais published his second non series novel, Hostage, which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and was a world wide bestseller Additionally, the editors of selected Hostage as the 1 thriller of the year A film adaptation of Hostage was released in 2005, starring Bruce Willis as ex LAPD SWAT negotiator Jeff Talley Elvis Cole returned in 2003 with the publication of The Last Detective, followed by the tenth Elvis Cole novel, The Forgotten Man, in 2005 Both novels explore with increasing depth the natures and characters of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike RC s third stand alone novel, The Two Minute Rule, was published in 2006 The eleventh entry in the Elvis Cole series, The Watchman, will be published sometime in 2007.


    1. See what happens when you don t lock your front door Three young lowlifes rob a convenience store, and they end up running into a house where they take a father and his two children hostage This brings up a lot of bad memories for the local police chief, Jeff Talley Talley used to be a LAPD hostage negotiator, but quit after a particularly bad day at the office The job on a small town police department was supposed to be a quiet way for him to try and get his life back together, but the situatio [...]

    2. When a convenience store robbery takes an ugly turn, the three perpetrators take a family hostage, leaving small town police chief Jeff Talley to sort the mess out Is Talley, whose life fell apart after a failed hostage situation years earlier, up to the task Much like with Demolition Angel, I have to admit that I was skeptical about Hostage, one of Robert Crais standalone books Like with Demolition Angel, I had nothing to worry about.Hostage is the tale of several hostage situations The Smith f [...]

    3. Very different from the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike,but very enjoyable This book what a versatile writer Robert Crais is Action from the start to the finish with enough twists to keep the reader turning pages.

    4. 28 85, 3 stars I haven t read Robert Crais in years and had forgotten how much I enjoyed his work This one though lost a star due to waffle the first 1 3 was great, the second 1 3 went on and on and got quite boring tbh, then the third 1 3 took off again I remember being quite partial to his Elvis Cole books however, so I probably won t let the waffle put me off and will indeed hunt out of his that I haven t previously read

    5. Just a top flight entry of a one off book by Robert Crais, who has no equal for excitement in the police procedural genre Set in southern California, Jeff Talley was a member of the SWAT team for the L.A Police Department, then a hostage negotiator Burned out, traumatized by his last, unsuccessful case, Talley resigns from LAPD and takes up the job of police chief for a 14 member department in a small town in the Santa Clarita Valley Nothing ever happens there, which is exactly what Talley wants [...]

    6. This is the one and only book I have read by this author but based on this I m not sure I would be prepared to offer a second chance I found it took me a long time to read despite me usually finishing a book in a day or two I just couldn t get into it at all I found it boring, dragged out and a bit of an anti climax none of it really made a great deal of sense Why get to chief of police if you already have the Sheriff on board it seemed pointless when the chief had left the scene and your bent s [...]

    7. I actually found this book in a hostel in London I started reading it and I couldn t put it down I don t know if it was because it was the end of my trip and I was tired of walking or if it was really that good It kept my attention if anything.

    8. I don t think that there could be any stupid criminals as the three in this book They bumble from one crime to another, stumbling from killing a man and a stop and rob to taking hostages at the mobs accountant s house Can you say bye bye frying pan, hello fire It is at this point that everything becomes a clusterf ck.The cops are there, headed by the Chief of Police, who escaped a bad SWAT Hostage Negotiation situation in LA Once the mob realizes what is going on they send in so many people tha [...]

    9. If our count is correct, the Crais booklist stands at about 16 novels comprised mostly of his popular Elvis Cole Joe Pike PI buddies series Three of his books are standalone mystery thrillers, including this one, Hostage As the title implies, after a convenience store robbery goes bad and turns into a murder, the three idiot thugs hide in an expensive suburban house, taking the dad and two kids hostage in the process The plot thickens considerably when it turns out the father is a accountant for [...]

    10. My introduction to Robert Crais.A few years back, I belonged to a book club that would send me a variety of books every month After a few months, I received Hostage and when I started it, I couldn t put it down.A tantalising thriller that hooks from the very beginning and doesn t let up until the final page The characters are engaging, particularly the protagonist, Jeff Talley, a local sheriff who took the job in a local town to live an easier life.When three young thugs rob a convenience store, [...]

    11. This book was very fun, and interesting to read I usually get bored with books fast, but this book was different from all the other ones i have read before It was basically about three guys who just got released from prison and broke into a families house of three The Father, the daughter Jennifer, and the son, Thomas A cop named Jeff Talley needs to help free this family before anything goes wrong Many things do go wrong in the end The house gets set on fire, there are security cameras in the h [...]

    12. Hostage is about three young men who rob a convenience store and kill the owner Then while trying to hide from the police they invade a private residence and take the family hostage What they don t know is that they have invaded the home of the accountant for a big organized crime boss This situation brings up a lot of bad memories for the local police chief, Jeff Talley Talley used to be a LAPD hostage negotiator, but quit after a really terrible hostage situation The job on a small town police [...]

    13. Hostage VGRobert CraisWhen three thieves botch a robbery, they take refuge in a nearby home and hold its owner and his two children hostage Suburban police chief Jeff Talley, a burned out former LAPD SWAT leader and hostage negotiator, is unwillingly drawn into the standoff Crais, a TV and film script veteran, adds complications and surprises at every turn one of the robbers turns out to be a serial killer, the homeowner has mob ties, Talley s wife and child are kidnapped, and no person or thing [...]

    14. Audiobook What do you get when you mix three men, two of them brothers and the other a psychopath, who decide to rob a convenience store in a sleepy suburban neighborhood a local chief of police, Jeff Talley, ex LAPD hostage negotiator trying to recover from a hostage situation that went horribly wrong and a house where the robbers take refuge just happens to be where a mob accountant lives A really good story.This book is not part of Crais Joe Pike or Elvis Cole series Very entertaining listen. [...]

    15. Jeff Talley is now the Chief of police in a sleepy little town in Ventura, California He is decompressing here after being the chief hostage negotiator for the Los Angles police department and basically suffered a nervous breakdown A holdup at a mini mart goes bad and the thieves car breaks down nearby resulting in them breaking into a house and taking a dad and this two kids hostage Jeff Talley is thrust back into his old role, but also gets a few unexpected twists to deal with.

    16. Adrenaline pumping, character engaging, page turning, good read This is entertain escapism that deliveries I ve not tried the authors regular series but the is a stand lone story that puts the author on my watch list.

    17. Not one of the Elvis Cole Joe Pike series, this is a stand alone book about an LA hostage negotiator who left the big city after a particularly traumatic case and who is now chief of police in a smaller town He s alienated his wife and daughter as a result of the big case and is estranged from them and just kind of drifting.Unfortunately, a newly released from prison kid, the kid s younger brother and the kid s coworker kill a grocery store owner and go on the run, holing up in in the chief of p [...]

    18. Good book, but not up to par in my opinion with the Elvis and Joe series or the spin off s from that series Good stand alone book, but very unbelievable to me.

    19. Hostage by Robert Crais is probably the fastest moving book that I ve ever read It is an action crime genre with twists and turns that you would never expect to come Three teens Dennis, Mars, and Kevin messed up a robbery of a minimart and in their escape broke into a rich family s house The first twist is that the dad of the family is the biggest crime lord in LA He had been working on a project for someone when the teens broke into his house and knocked him out with the butt of the gun that D [...]

    20. Hostage is the second stand alone novel by Robert Crais, following Demolition Angel It is a bit of a departure It is similar to Angel in that in both book, the protagonists are struggling to come to terms with a past event However, beyond that, Hostage is a flat out thriller that doesn t have the deliberate pace of the Elvis Cole novels There is not an elaborately plotted mystery to unravel Instead, there is a situation that presents itself right at the beginning of the book, and the action pro [...]

    21. just started the book this morning there were 3 boys, 2 brothers robbed a gas station they killed the owner and took off in their truck which died on the side of the road they hopped the wall and entered a house with a teen daughter, younger brother and father who seems to be mixed up in somethign as he thought they were sent by someone elsea cop figured out they were in the hosue, they shot him while he was out front the other cops came to his rescue and dragged him into the car and to the ambu [...]

    22. Not my usual type of read Crime thriller, not against it as a genre but not really my thing But it was there on the shelf where I was visiting and so I read it.So Excellent pacing and suspense Fair characterization Nicely done with the POV switches Ending neatly tied up Best The negotiation scenes on the phone were really good, I took a short class on mediation once and it fit in well with what I learned, but even advanced it seemed very realistic to me at least.Some things annoyed me re charac [...]

    23. Dennis Rooney and his brother, Kevin, decide at the spur of the moment to rob a convenience store in Bristo Camino, California, with a new friend who was recently released from prison What was supposed to be a simple robbery goes terribly wrong and is compounded when they take refuge in a suburban home with the residents on premises Jeff Talley, the chief of police in this quiet community, is a former LAPD SWAT negotiator who took this job as an escape from his stressful past Now, he s faced wit [...]

    24. Genre Crime thriller return Setting Californian suburb, USA return No of pages 385 return Part of a series no return return This is a standalone crime thriller from author Robert Crais, who has been delighting fans for years with many books featuring his detective duo of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike return return This book follows Jeff Talley, an ex SWAT and hostage negotiator, who after a boy dies on his watch decides to take the sleepy backwater job of police chief in a quiet Californian suburb Not [...]

    25. I listened to this book on one of those cool, new Playaways you can check out at the public library Does that make it cheating to put it on my I decided to count it since I put books that Tom reads aloud to the family on my This book was very suspenseful It is about 3 dumb kids who rob a convenient store and then in the process of trying to hide from the police, invade a private residence and take the family hostage What the kids don t know is that they have invaded the home of the accountant fo [...]

    26. Jeff Talley and the Mob Hostage Crisis LAPD SWAT Hostage Negotiator Jeff Talley resigns from the force after a botched hostage crisis in LA and takes the job of Police Chief in sleepy little Bristo Camino, a bedroom community for LA commuters A casual day off turns busy when three ne er do wells kill the counter clerk in a botched robbery of a minimart The robbers escape but are thwarted when their truck craps out and they invade a upper class home looking for a vehicle The Bristo cops respond q [...]

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