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The Worst Thing

Aaron Elkins - Author

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ISBN 9780425251447 | 304 pages | 07 Aug 2012 | Berkley | 6.49 x 4.29in | 18 - AND UP
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For Bryan Bennett, designing hostage negotiation programs is the perfect job—as long as he doesn’t deal directly with kidnappers or their victims. Intense nightmares of his own abduction and imprisonment as a small boy still plague him thirty-some years later, and claustrophobia prevents him from attempting to travel.

So when Bryan’s boss asks him to fly to Reykjavik to teach his corporate-level kidnapping and extortion seminar, he initially refuses. But a CEO has specifically requested Bryan—or no one else. Finally Bryan relents…

For decades he’s treaded gingerly around 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 ago?


"The Worst Thing is an intriguing novel of suspense as well an evocative portrayal of the inner workings of a mind tormented by terror."
-Jonathan Kellerman, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Mystery.

"Aaron Elkins delivers a mind-bending, heart-pounding, read. Count me as a lifetime member of his fan club. I'm in awe."
-Ridley Pearson, New York Times Bestselling author of In Harm's Way

"It starts with a memory of a horrendous kidnapping at age 5. He was kept in a Turkish dungeon for two months. Crippling panic attacks and claustrophobia for decades sent him to therapy. He had experienced The Worst Thing he ever would - - or had he? Elkins' riveting, intricate thriller should win him his second Edgar Award."
-Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor, University of California- Irvine Past President - Association for Psychological Science, Co-author of Witness for the Defense

"A well-calculated change of pace for normally laid-back Elkins, with mounting thrills, a heavy emphasis on self-therapy and a nice surprise at the end."
-Kirkus Reviews

"This is the kind of novel that gives genre fiction a good name-thanks to its high energy, smart characters, classy writing, palpable suspense, and one whopper of a surprise ending... 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."
-Don Crinklaw, Booklist


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