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The Finder Joseph : State Secrets [Hardcover]

Joseph Finder
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28 Feb 1991
A spellbinding conspiracy thriller in the tradition of Frederick Forsyth and Robert Ludlum
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  • Hardcover: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (28 Feb 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670832669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670832668
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,416,484 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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Beyond the headlines of tomorrow… In a Soviet capital brought to its knees by a wave of terrorist bombings and assassinations, a secret group – outraged by the new liberalism – plots a violent overthrow of the government… From the innermost circles of American Intelligence, across the treacherous émigré enclaves of Europe, and into the cloistered halls of the Kremlin, The Moscow Club is a devastating fictional account of the hidden power struggles which could change the world order forever… ‘Well researched and gripping…worthy of Frederick Forsyth at his best’ Sunday Express ‘One of the best plotted, best written and most believable novels yet written about political conspiracy’ Nelson de Mille --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Joseph Finder, an expert in Soviet Affairs, was born in 1958. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard University’s Russian Research Center, he has taught at Harvard and has written widely on Soviet politics and intelligence. The extensive research for The Moscow Club, his first novel, took him several times to Moscow. He lives in Boston. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best 16 Jan 2008
I am pretty amazed by the other review as this is probably my favorite of Finder's works. None of the details are superfluous and, rather than being something to wade through, the were integral to building the story.

Although the concept of the COld War is old, the concept of the massive power shifts within Russia are very relevant.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Moscow Club review 27 Nov 2006
I bought several of Joseph Finder's books after reading Killer Instinct which I thought was great. I found books such as High Crimes and Paranoia to be very enjoyable and read them very quickly - then I came to The Moscow Club.

When I start a book I always finish it and tend to read book fairly quickly - however I found this book took me a particularly long time. Basically I found it hard work. As a starting point I suppose the Russian theme did not necessarily appeal to me. There were a lot of Russian names to take in as well as the names of Russian organisations and their acronyms. The story was clearly well researched but I seemed to be wading through the details rather than enjoying the story.

I believe that this book is one of Mr Finder's earlier ones and maybe this book was more "of it's time" in dealing with cold war issues- but I would recommend that if this is your first time reading a book by this author - then you should not be put off, because more recent books have been among the best I have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Spy Thriller 28 Dec 2012
By MSHusker - Published on Amazon.com
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Very action packed suspense novel which you find it hard to put down. Full of mystery and intrigue! If you have enjoyed Joseph Finder's other books, you will be pleased with your purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not even people in high places know everything....... 6 Jan 2003
By K. Maxwell - Published on Amazon.com
Charlie Stone is a CIA analyst who is asked by his boss to find more information on a document reference called "the Lenin testament". Charlie is reluctant to pursue this, even though he is aware that both his father and another old family friend might be able to help him, because of old scandals within his family.
However, against his better judgement, he does follow up this information, which leads him deeper and deeper into a conspiracy involving people in high places in both the USA and Russia - where people's motives are not what they seem.
Finder has crafted a well written, well paced and enjoyable post cold war novel with this book. It's a what-if situation that could have happened in Russia - but if it did we would probably never know about it. His use of terrorists as scare-mongers to initiate official action is almost eerie in the light of events over the last few years, yet this book was written in 1991, when terrorists did not have the cachet they have now.
With a great story and characters you care about this book is worth picking up to read if you enjoy a good thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Shelf 11 April 2002
By John G. Hilliard - Published on Amazon.com
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Hey, a new story. In this category of books, it is getting a tough to find something new but this was. I think this has been one of the author's best books, if not the best. The story is very believable and tight. It had it all, a great story, good characters, wonderful action and a quick pace. This is just a good old exciting book. The author peppers the book with plot twists that keep the reader on his toes. This author writes in a way that is tight and slick that keep you interested through out. Great detail of the way the Russian government works (or doesn't). Sit back and enjoy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finder's first novel: a worthy effort 12 Dec 2010
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The Moscow Club is Joseph Finder's first novel. It is the work of a writer who hasn't yet mastered his craft. Finder's writing style too often depends on clichéd expressions: a house of cards falls, a character knows something like the back of his hand, and secrecy is for the birds. Chase scenes read like descriptions of the chases in bad television shows. Sex scenes are sophomoric. When those flaws aren't cropping up, however, Finder's style is fluid, making the novel easy to read.

The plot resembles a generic Ludlum conspiracy: the good guy learns something he isn't supposed to know, the bad guys try to kill him, and as the good guy works to save himself by learning the whole truth, everyone who helps him dies. The characters are undistinguished, lacking in personality; Finder spends little time trying to make them interesting. For the most part, the story is credible, although the main character pulls off some James Bond style gymnastics that don't fit well with the novel's general identity, as if Finder is trying to be Ludlum and Fleming and Le Carre all at once.

Setting aside those criticisms, I would recommend The Moscow Club to fans of espionage thrillers. The intricate plot is logically consistent, the pace (while a bit erratic) gains velocity as the novel progresses, and the interweaving of Russian and Soviet history adds interest to the story. While much of the plot is predictable, the novel is never boring and Finder rewards the diligent reader with a nice surprise at the end. The Moscow Club is an uneven but worthy first effort by a writer who sharpened his skills in later novels.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling, page turner and the first Finder book I found! 29 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
If you enjoy Crichton, Ludlow, Sheldon and want an author that not only captures your attention, but makes you think, while being entertained and has entwined all kinds of surprises?-Read the Moscow Club! Not only do you not want to put it down, you are afraid to finish it! Why? With the fear of not knowing how long you'll have to wait for his next book! Finder is now my favorie author! His books are entrancing and he is obviously well versed. As a travel affectionado, and having been in Moscow during the days when hotel rooms were bugged... Maybe this is why his book the Moscow Club is so entralling. I enjoy his style of writing so much and I love to read! Keep writing Mr. Finder because in my opinion... YOU ARE THE BEST!
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