The Worst Thing

The Worst Thing

By Aaron Elkins

Berkley Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780425251447, 304pp.

Publication Date: August 7, 2012

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?

About the Author
Former forensic anthropology professor and Edgar Award winner Aaron Elkins can t seem to let go of the past he has written his eighteenth book featuring the globetrotting Skeleton Detective, Gideon Oliver. Often credited with launching the forensic mystery genre in the early 1980s with Fellowship of Fear, Elkins has written nonfiction articles for the New York Times travel magazine, Smithsonian magazine, and Writer s Digest. His books have been made into a major ABC television series and have been published in over a dozen languages. In addition to the Edgar, which he won for Old Bones, his fourth Gideon Oliver book, he has also won a Nero Award and shared an Agatha Award with his wife and coauthor, Charlotte Elkins. Elkins lives in a small town on the Washington coast, where (when he s not writing) he serves as the forensic anthropologist for the Olympic Peninsula Cold Case Task Force.

Praise For The Worst Thing

“A mind-bending, heart-pounding read…I’m in awe.” —Ridley Pearson, New York Times Bestselling Author

“An evocative portrayal of the inner workings of a mind tormented by terror.”— Jonathan Kellerman, New York Times Bestselling Author

“One whopper of a surprise ending…this may well be [Elkins’] best book.” —Booklist