The worst thing / Aaron Elkins.
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- ISBN: 9780425240991 (hbk.)
- ISBN: 0425240991 (hbk.)
- Physical Description: vi, 296 p. ; 24 cm.
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2011.
"Aaron Elkins has been hailed as "a master" (The Dallas Morning News) for his Edgar' Award-winning Gideon Oliver mysteries. Now, in an original new novel, he illustrates how quickly everything can go wrong when you ask: What's the worst that can happen? For Bryan Bennett, designing hostage negotiation programs is the perfect job--as long as he keeps a safe, theoretical distance. What he can't do is deal directly with kidnappers or their victims, as a result of his own abduction and imprisonment as a small boy. Thirty-some years later, intense nightmares still plague his sleep, and a fear of enclosed spaces prevents him from attempting to travel. So when Bryan's boss asks him to fly to Reykjavik, Iceland, to teach his corporate-level kidnapping and extortion seminar, he automatically says no. But the CEO of GlobalSeas Fisheries, Inc. has specifically requested Bryan--or no one else. Bryan finally relents... For decades he's treaded gingerly around the edges of his deepest terrors. Now, on this trip, Bryan's taken hostage again and must face his fears full-on. Will he realize that in this battle of will and nerve, he is his own greatest enemy? Or has this fight already been lost, years and years ago?"-- Provided by publisher.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2011 May #1
*Starred Review* This is the kind of novel that gives genre fiction a good nameâthanks to its high energy, smart characters, classy writing, palpable suspense, and one whopper of a surprise ending. Bryan Bennett has devoted his life to hostage negotiations, just as a new breed of crooks have devoted theirs to hostage taking. But Bennett is a self-confessed weenie, examining this wretched world at a second remove. He's a research fellow at an institute, designing hostage programs for somebody else to use. It's how he has responded, he explains, to a nightmarish time long ago when he was held captive for ransom. But during a trip to Iceland to lead an extortion seminar, he's nabbed again, this time by a villain who functions as a sly parody of those criminal masterminds who sip Old Parr and listen to Vivaldi. This guy, who calls himself Paris, is weary of the life but intent on pulling one more kidnapping so he can retire to his sailboat. Too bad he clashes with Bennett, who puts down the Xanax and takes him on. Elkins is a crime-fiction veteran known mainly for his Gideon Oliver series, but this may well be his best book. It's a joy to read. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
Aaron Elkins is the author of the Edgar Award-winning Gideon Oliver mysteries.
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