|Publisher:||St Martins Pr|
|Publish Date:||Jan 2005|
|Number of Pages:||455|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.51|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.24 x 1.28 x 6.76|
Joseph Finder was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 6, 1958, and spent his early childhood in Afghanistan and the Philippines. He received a B.A. in Russian studies from Yale University and a M.A. at the Harvard Russian Research Center. He also served as a teaching fellow at Harvard from 1983-84. His first book, Red Carpet: The Connection between the Kremlin and America's Most Powerful Businessmen, was published in 1983 and is a nonfiction account of Western capitalists making profits from trade with the communist world.
His first novel, The Moscow Club, was published in 1991. His other novels include Extraordinary Powers, The Zero Hour, Paranoia, Power Play, and the Nick Heller series. Company Man won a the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller and Killer Instinct won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel. High Crimes was adapted into a 2002 Fox film starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. In addition to fiction, he writes on espionage and international relations for the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Republic.
Adam Cassidy is a slacker who has screwed up big time. He's only a junior product-line manager at Wyatt Telecom, but he has embezzled what turns out to be a shocking $78, 000. The money went to cover a retirement bash for a loading-dock foreman, to give him the same splurge that executives get. Adam hates his job, so he would not have minded being fired. Instead, he's threatened by Corporate Security with up to 20 years in a federal penitentiary unless he agrees to infiltrate their rival company-Trion Systems.
With Wyatt backing him at every step, he's hired by Trion and soon finds himself an executive assistant to the CEO, a man who treats him like a son. Adam, whose own bitter father is dying of emphysema, is torn by ethical dilemmas as he takes ever-greater risks to penetrate the layers of security around Trion's latest project, the most important technological breakthrough since the integrated circuit. Don't start this book at 8:00 p.m. or you'll be up all night. Finder's (Zero Hour) latest is a fun read with a hip narrator, an engaging story set in a world rarely seen in thrillers, and great suspense. Highly recommended for all popular fiction collections.
[Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/03.] - Ronnie H. Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson
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Ruthless CEO Nick Wyatt is impressed by Adam's scheming, and offers him one way out-take on the role of a rising corporate hotshot and infiltrate Wyatt's rival, Trion Systems. His mission is to get close to Trion's legendary founder Jock Goddard, and his ultra-secret "Project Aurora", and report back to Wyatt.
With Wyatt pulling the strings and a dramatically improved identity, Adam is set up as Trion's new boy genius. Suddenly, he's got a sweet new Porsche, a closet full of $1, 500 suits, and even a lovely lady who thinks he's a dream. But it's all just a mirage, because Adam is about to learn that nothing is what it seems and that it isn't paranoia... everyone is out to get him...
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