Thursday, August 23, 2012

THE WORST THING: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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THE WORST THING
BY AARON ELKINS

ABOUT THE BOOK:
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?

PRAISE FOR THE WORST THING:
"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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Aaron Elkins is the creator of the modern forensic mystery, having pioneered the genre in 1982 with Fellowship of Fear, which introduced the Skeleton Detective, Gideon Oliver—still going strong in 2011, after sixteen books. Among his awards are a best-novel Edgar and a Nero Wolfe Award.  He and his wife Charlotte hold a jointly awarded Agatha.   Aaron's books have been translated into a major ABC-TV series and have been selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Literary Guild, and the Readers Digest Condensed Mystery Series. In addition, his work has been published in over a dozen languages.

In addition to his forensic novels, Aaron has a second series featuring art curator-sleuth Chris Norgren, and he and Charlotte have collaborated on five mysteries with female golfer Lee Ofsted. In addition Aaron is the author of
Loot, a massively researched, critically acclaimed novel dealing with the modern-day consequences of Nazi art plunder, and Turncoat, which explores a similar subject.

Aaron speaks often at professional conferences, has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times' travel magazine, has written for Smithsonian magazine, and is the author of several short stories and numerous articles on the craft of writing.


Aaron and Charlotte live on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.   He keeps his hand in the forensic game by serving as the forensic anthropologist for the Clallam County Cold Case Task Force.

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