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When a convenience 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. An armed seige ensues. It's the last thing the local sheriff wanted - after all he left the force in L.A. because of the stress. But the gang have chosen the wrong accountant to hold hostage. He works for the mafia and he holds all the local family's financial records. Soon the mob are on the scene. A nightmarish, high-tension three way stand off more

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 167.64 x 238.76 x 40.64mm | 748.42g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752841823
  • 9780752841823

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Robert Crais has unerringly built a considerable reputation as one of the most ambitious and accomplished thriller writers working today. After Demolition Angel, there were many making claims for him as the most impressive of current American writers in the field, and Hostage is likely to add more lustre to his name. When a convenience store robbery goes bloodily wrong, the teenage gang who perpetrated the crime try to make a run for it. After a police pursuit, they crash into the suburban home of an accountant and take his family hostage. The armed siege that follows is very bad news for the local sheriff who left the force in LA because of the stress. But matters are complicated by the fact that the leader of the gang had inadvertently chosen a Mafia employee who is the custodian of all the local families' financial records. And when the Mob joins the scene, a grim three-way stand-off is in the offing. As this synopsis indicates, Crais continues to come up with individual and innovative plots that can appear totally fresh to the reader. That alone marks him out in this era of endless repetition, but he matches his canny plotting with characterisation of a rare more

About Robert Crais

Robert Crais has written extensively for television; his many credits include Hill Street Blues and Miami Vice. He is the author of eight Elvis Cole novels plus the international bestseller DEMOLITION ANGEL. The latter has been bought for film by the producer of Jerry more

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