Hostage (novel)

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Author Robert Crais
Country United States
Language English
Genre Thriller
Publication date

Hostage is a 2001 thriller novel by Robert Crais,[1][2] set in fictional Bristo Bay, California, about a small town police chief named Jeff Talley with memories of a failed hostage situation, who must negotiate the same type of situation in his own town if he wants his own family to live.


Three young boys rob a minimart and the salesclerk is killed. Police chase the boys and they end up taking a family hostage. The house taken hostage was owned by Sonny Benza, a man who rules over the West Coast's most powerful Mafia empire. Sonny arranges for his men to kidnap the small town's police chief, Jeff Talley's, family. Talley goes to the location where his family is being held. A man named Marion Clewes executes Benza and his associates for their failure because Marion's employer in New York feels that Benza had betrayed the trust of Marion's employer by failing to retrieve two discs that could shut down Benza's organization and put Benza away for good. The police obtain one of the discs. Rather than killing Talley and his family, Marion lets them live.


The novel was adapted to the 2005 thriller film Hostage with Bruce Willis and director Florent Emilio Siri by screenwriter Doug Richardson.


  1. ^ "Not-Half-Bad Punks And a World-Weary Cop". The New York Times. 20 August 2001. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Crais holds his readers 'Hostage'". The Gazette (Colorado Springs). 19 August 2001. Retrieved 22 October 2010.