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Hostage by Robert Crais
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Read in November, 2009

Crais writes tight plots and except for the ending play out, the drama came thick and fast.

My partner thinks the world of his novels, and probably has read them all. But you know, they're like Chinese food and you come up rather empty after you've closed the book for the last time. Its' cinema storytelling of the sort that you'd get from Bruce Willis who stared in the film made from this novel. The novel is much better but it's still a Bruce Willis story -- one man against the odds with the lives of kith and kin at stake as a carrot to get the cop guy moving.

But Crais has a great capacity to run POV storylines and jumps from character to character in a succession of tightly crafted scenes. This is really skilled writing and he lays it out tersely on the page. There's no mucking about. No musings about the state of the world or America under Bush, or the 'evil' in our souls...no philosophy at all.

What you get is a story told well, even very well.
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