The Worst Thing

The Worst Thing

Book - 2011
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Aaron Elkins has been hailed as "a master" ( The Dallas Morning News ) for his Edgar(r) 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?
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2011
ISBN: 9780425240991
Branch Call Number: M ELK
Characteristics: vi, 296 p. ;,24 cm


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SPPL_János Mar 12, 2018

A kidnapping and ransom expert, left with intense phobias and panic attacks by his own childhood abduction, comes face to face with his worst fears when a hostage situation erupts while he's conducting training in Iceland. Some plot surprises are set up rather late, but this standalone tale mines a fertile vein in which the protagonist's demons are as dangerous as the bad guys.

Jun 16, 2016

I had previously enjoyed Connelly's books but I put this one down after Chapter 6 - I found that I was horrified at Connelly's description of a panic attack, I was annoyed with the poor editing (repetitive phrases) and, I KNOW this is unfair and intolerant, I was impatient with the protagonist's dwelling on his emotional trauma. I freely admit that this sounds like I'm a monster, but maybe this is just the wrong time in my life to read this.

Oct 16, 2011

One of Aaron Elkins' best thrillers yet--interesting subject matter that it seems the author is very familiar with.

mayfairlady Aug 16, 2011

Good for the most part but author wraps it up rather abruptly in the end.

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