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  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Abridged edition (23 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427211604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427211606
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Finder's plan was to become a spy. Or maybe a professor of Russian history. Instead he became a bestselling thriller writer, and winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for KILLER INSTINCT (2006) and winner of the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller for COMPANY MAN (2005).

Born in Chicago, Joe spent his early childhood living around the world, including Afghanistan and the Philippines. In fact, Joe's first language -- even before English -- was Farsi, which he spoke as a child in Kabul. Finally, after a stint in Bellingham, WA, his family finally settled outside of Albany, NY.

After taking a high school seminar on the literature and history of Russia, Joe was hooked. He went on to major in Russian studies at Yale, where he also sang with the school's legendary a cappella group, the Whiffenpoofs (and likes to boast that he sang next to Ella Fitzgerald, an honorary Whiffenpoof). Joe graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, then completed a master's degree at the Harvard Russian Research Center, and later taught on the Harvard faculty. He was recruited to the Central Intelligence Agency but eventually decided he preferred writing fiction.

His first book, published in 1983 when Joe was only 24, was a non-fiction exposé that resulted in threats of a libel suit. RED CARPET: THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE KREMLIN AND AMERICA'S MOST POWERFUL BUSINESSMEN was the first book to reveal that the controversial multi-millionaire Dr. Armand Hammer, the CEO of Occidental Petroleum, had worked for Soviet intelligence in the 1920s and 1930s. (This book is no longer in print.)

But RED CARPET was only part of the story that Joe wanted to tell. So he wrote his first novel - the only way he could legally tell the whole Armand Hammer saga. Published in 1991, THE MOSCOW CLUB described events whose factual truth would only be revealed many years later. THE MOSCOW CLUB was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best spy thrillers of all time and was published in thirty foreign countries.

What followed were three more critically-acclaimed thrillers - EXTRAORDINARY POWERS, THE ZERO HOUR (sold to Twentieth-Century Fox for a record sum) and HIGH CRIMES, which became a 2002 Fox film starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. Joe was invited on the movie set and even cast for a nonspeaking role as a JAG prosecutor.

Published in 2004, PARANOIA represented a major turning point in Joe's career, landing on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, among others. It was his first book to use the ruthless drive, corruption and conspiracy of the corporate world as riveting plotline. Called "fun...movie-ready...[with] twists aplenty..." by Entertainment Weekly, PARANOIA has been acquired by Gaumont, one of the world's largest film production and distribution companies. The movie deal was announced in April 2009, with Barry Levy ("Vantage Point") set to script the adaptation.
Joe's next three novels - COMPANY MAN, KILLER INSTINCT and POWER PLAY - were all bestsellers in which things were decidedly not business as usual. He was quickly hailed as "the CEO of suspense."

Joe's latest novel VANISHED, published August 2009 by St. Martin's Press and an immediate bestseller, launched a four-book series featuring corporate security specialist Nick Heller. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator - exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He's a guy you don't want to mess with. He's also the man you call when you need a problem fixed. BURIED SECRETS, the next novel in the series, will be published in 2011.

In addition to his fiction, Joe does occasional work for Hollywood and has written on espionage and international affairs for a number of publications, including TheDailyBeast.com, Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Republic. He roots for the Boston Red Sox and lives in Boston with his wife, daughter, and a needy golden retriever, Mia, a dropout from seeing-eye-dog school.

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When (not if---the deal has already been signed) this terrific thriller gets made into a movie, you might see Morgan Freeman as a crusty lawyer who specializes in taking on the military establishment tell the actress playing ace Boston barrister and Harvard Law professor Claire Heller Chapman, "Every civilian who's ever gone into a military general court-martial and tried to attack the foundations of the military has lost his case. No exceptions. The military is a tight, closed fraternity. They take it real serious. Military justice is a deadly serious business." Claire has to realize this as she prepares to defend her husband--the man she knows as Tom Chapman, but who the Army says is Ron Kubik--on charges that he took part in a massacre of 87 civilians in San Salvador 13 years before. Full of doubts about Tom's innocence and her own ability to prove it in an unfamiliar arena, Claire is brought to exciting, moving life by the extravagantly gifted Joseph Finder, whose previous thrillers (Extraordinary Powers, The Zero Hour) are available in paperback --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In addition to fiction, Finder continues to write extensively on espionage and international affairs relations for THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"You can't handle the truth!" - Colonel Jessup, in the film A FEW GOOD MEN

HIGH CRIMES by Joseph Finder is an above average legal thriller that's been compared favorably with the 1992 courtroom drama, A Few Good Men [DVD].

In HIGH CRIMES, high-octane defense attorney and Harvard Law professor Claire Chapman finds herself defending Tom, her husband of four years, against a government charge of mass murder for allegedly slaughtering eighty-seven unarmed El Salvadorian villagers thirteen years earlier when Tom, then known as Sergeant Ron Kubik, was a member of a black-ops Army Special Forces unit on a mission to eliminate the leftist guerrillas who'd recently killed seven Americans. Then Kubik deserted and disappeared from the Fed's radar. Until now.

Of course, Claire had no knowledge of her husband's previous life. And don't those super-secret guv'mint goon squads just leave behind the peskiest loose ends?

This novel, published in 1998 and one of the author's earliest, is, in retrospect, a courtroom potboiler that might otherwise get lost in the multitude of legal thrillers published before and since if it wasn't for a particularly unexpected ending that would seem to, and did, lend the story to a Big Screen adaptation (High Crimes [DVD] [2002]). Nothing like a lucrative film deal, eh Joe?

My admiration for the book's concluding plot twist does not, however, negate the fact that it positively screamed reminder of the
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By johnverp on 8 Aug. 2006
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I sense that Finder remains slightly under-rated but he's done it again for me with this one. The novel has its imperfections but is a good, exciting read - I have, however, seen this story's formula elsewhere (but can't remember where!). It is, to be fair, one of his earlier efforts, but his trademark pace is there in spades, starting from the first few pages.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
John Finder, like others who write of the American military justice system (Aaron Sorkin, 'A Few Good Men,' Norm Harris, 'Fruit of a Poisonous Tree,' Herman Wouk, 'The Caine Mutiny: A Novel of World War II,' or John Katzenbach, 'Hart's War') understands that a military court, unlike the civil court, is not a democracy. A civil lawyer who is foolish enough to venture into a military court, unprepared and unaware, quickly learns what it is like to be a fish-out-of-water. That military tradition and protocol have much to do with winning a case. The clear victor is not always the winner.
John Finder has done an excellent job of portraying a civil lawyer who finds herself caught up in military-courts martial proceedings. Why do we find these military justice related plots intriguing? All of the books mentioned above, with the exception of 'Fruit of a Poisonous Tree,' and I would not be surprised of Hollywood had its eye on Norm Harris's thriller as well, have been made into movies. Add the popular CBS TV series JAG to the mix.
The premise of the story has the husband of a lawyer arrested for the murder that took place when he was in the military, many years prior. The woman enlists the aid of an aging ex-Army JAG, or Judge Advocate General(technically he would be a Judge Advocate, as there is only one JAG). If one is about to venture into unfamiliar jungles then one must hire a guide. Right? So this makes sense, and in so doing John Finder brings credibility to the entire storyline.
Like all of the aforementioned books in this review, High Crimes is well written and well researched. The dialogue is well delivered and the stories characters are well drawn. If you would like to get a taste of how the other half of our legal system works, buy and read, High Crimes. Cammy Diaz-lawyer
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All of Joseph Finders books are worth reading. Much better than the movies that are mad about of them. I read this after seeing the movie and it was much much better.He is an author that I look out for their new books coming out and would order automatically
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Format: Paperback
Excellent fast paced read, very well written. For some reason I could see the conclusion coming, but it didnt spoil my enjoyment of the book. The book is not quite as good as Joseph Finder's Paranoia, but still worth reading.
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