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Paranoia [Mass Market Paperback]

Joseph Finder
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30 Nov 2004
Paranoia is set in the modern-day corporate environment and focuses on a lazy but bright young exec at middle-management level. When a colleague leaves after many years' loyal service, his departure is allowed to pass unnoticed by senior management. The young exec is appalled at the way his colleague is treated and plots revenge against his company. He stumbles upon a secret company 'slush fund' and manages to gain access to it. Using the stolen funds he throws a fantastically lavish leaving party for his ex-colleague. Inevitably he gets caught, and is offered a Faustian pact by senior management - he can serve a lengthy jail term for embezzlement, or he can infiltrate a high-tech rival. As he becomes a rising star at his new company, his loyalties become divided and ultimately he seeks to break the bonds with his former company...
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (30 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312992289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312992286
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,575,337 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 "[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, 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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'Every now and again, a novel comes along that knocks you for six. Paranoia is one such novel... An engrossing novel that concludes with a brilliant unguessable twist.' (Mark Campbell Crime Time ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark comedy of industrial skullduggery 14 Jan 2004
I couldn't put PARANOIA down once I started. It doesn't get better than that.
Adam Cassidy, a junior product line manager in the consumer electronics giant Wyatt Telecom, pulls a prank involving the impersonation of a company VP, hacking into Wyatt's proprietary database, and illegally disbursing seventy-eight grand to fund the retirement bash of some unsuspecting (but grateful) shmoe on the loading dock. Cassidy is looking at 55 years of prison time, minimum, unless he plays ball with the company CEO, Nicholas Wyatt, who proposes a scheme to insert Adam as an espionage mole into the heart of Wyatt's biggest competitor, Trion Systems. There's evidence that Trion has initiated a super-secret project, and Cassidy's redemption is to find out what it's all about - or else.
To transform Adam into the marketable Whiz Kid that he isn't, he's intensively prepped by Nicholas Wyatt's personal "executive coach" and provided with a totally fictitious but very impressive CV. Launched into Trion for a job interview, he's subsequently hired. Through apparent luck and circumstance (and with info fed to him by his Wyatt handlers), Adam quickly becomes the special assistant to Trion's CEO, Jock Goddard. Cassidy is now in a perfect position to feed Wyatt intel on Trion's secret project, "Aurora".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Corporate Thriller 1 Mar 2006
By MrShev
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This is the story of Adam Cassidy a corporate waster who takes the concept of stealing stationary to the next level and gets more than he bargained for in his disciplinary...
His story, told from Adam's viewpoint, almost takes a snapshot of modern, business environments - it's almost like standing, invisible, next to the water cooler listening to the juiciest office gossip. I thought that the style in which this was written was the real hook for me, I thought it was effortlessly written with a real gritty style that reminded me a little of Elmore Leonard. The characters are very well drawn and are consistent. I too found it predictable - but I honestly didn't care that much as I enjoyed reading it so much. Definitely a 'one more chapter' kind of book.
Another thing I liked about this book was that it gets cracking straight from the off and doesn't let up until the final line of the book. I could have read this if it were twice as long. I will be definitely reading more of Finder's work.
An excellent thriller, recommended!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didnt see is coming! 10 Feb 2006
The first thing I do when I finish a book, especially one that I really enjoyed, is look at the reviews to see what others though of it. I tend to look at the lowest ratings first to see whether or not I agree with the reviewers take on what I just read, and for `PARANOIA' most people who gave it a poor review said that it was call me slow but I just did not see it coming! I did not think it to be predictable in the least and I loved the way Finder wrote the book in the first person, it really drew me to the character and into the story.
When slacker Adam Cassidy throws an over the top retirement party for a loading dock worker and charges it to his employers expense account he fully expected to get fired. What he didn't expect was to be threatened with a minimum jail sentence of twenty years if he didn't cooperate with Nick Wyatt, founder and CEO of Wyatt Corporation. You see Nick has heard through the grapevine that his competition, Trion, has something major in the works that could potentially revolutionize the communications industry and Wyatt wants it! This is where Adam comes in, they train him to be a model employee as well as their perfect spy.
Once Adam is hired he quickly sky rockets to an executive level position, working directly for Trion's CEO. He is making a six-figure salary, driving a Porsche, and living in a $2million condo all paid for by the company. But as Adam soon finds out being a spy and trying to keep his day job are not as glamorous as it may seem.
One reviewer hit it on the nose when they said that this book reminded them of a Harlan Coben novel. `PARANOIA' was not quite as fast paced as Coben's novels but it certainly had the same feel to it, twist at the end included and all!
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Goofy, fun read, nothing too taxing.

Low on depth, but hey, sometimes you just want to curl up and read.
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By Rowena
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Paranoia is a thriller set in the world of high-tech corporate espionage - not something that would usually appeal to me, but it was recommended by a friend who's generally spot-on with his thriller recommendations. He didn't let me down!

Paranoia is the tale of Adam Cassidy, a slacker in a very minor position with Wyatt Telecom, a massive US tech company. He gets caught after ripping off the company - organising a lavish retirement party for a warehouse foreman, using company funds - and is given an ultimatum by his sociopathic CEO: go to jail for fraud and embezzlement, or use his skills for hacking and lying to the company's benefit, by becoming a spy for them at a rival company.

Not having much choice in the matter, Adam agrees, and becomes Wyatt's "inside-man" at competitor Trion Systems, thanks to a nice new CV courtesy of Wyatt, and his own gift of the gab. However, it's not long before he starts to feel conflicted, as he becomes close to the fatherly CEO of Trion, not to mention a gorgeous co-worker called Alana, and his loyalties are seriously called into question. But with the dirt that Wyatt have on him, can he afford to listen to his conscience?

Corporate politics and espionage could potentially be a pretty boring subject, but Joseph Finder spares the reader from going too in-depth about boardroom politics and technology. The focus is all on Adam, as the story is told in the first-person, and he's a generally likeable narrator. Essentially a slacker, he starts off completely uninterested in furthering his career or playing the game, until he has to, and finds out he's pretty good at it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good thriller
Again, it is now some time since I read this but it too was a good read and an exciting page turner
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I normally go for the chick lit or the working girl type books but This is the first book I have read of Finders and I have just ordered Company man as I really enjoyed paranoia I... Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2009 by Kayleigh Hutchison
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I did enjoy this book although at a couple of points I was struggling to continue. I'm not sure why. Read more
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Paranoia is an amazing book. Adam Cassidy is a believable and likeable character that finds himself between a rock and multiple hard places when a corporate prank takes a turn for... Read more
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Published on 25 Jan 2009 by jack Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is the first Joseph Finder novel I have read as I was intrigued by the title and the plot line. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2009 by freedomrulesok
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining corporate espionage story
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