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Joseph Finder is the author of several New York Times bestselling thrillers, including Buried Secrets, High Crimes, Paranoia and the first Nick Heller novel, Vanished. Killer Instinct won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Thriller, and Company Man won the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller. High Crimes was the basis of the Morgan Freeman/Ashley Judd movie, and Paranoia was the basis for 2013 film with Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. Born in Chicago, Finder studied Russian at Yale and Harvard. He was recruited by the CIA, but decided he preferred writing fiction. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Association for Former Intelligence Officers, he lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Finder (Power Play) offers a rousing start to a new series featuring Nick Heller, a high-powered international investigator and corporate security consultant. Through a brilliant piece of detection, Heller has just tracked down 12 cargo containers packed with $1 billion in cash when he gets a call from his nephew Gabe in Washington, DC. Heller's brother Roger, the kid's stepfather, has vanished, and the boy's mother, Lauren, is in the hospital, the victim of a late-night attack. Both Roger and Lauren work for Gifford Industries, a multibillion-dollar corporation where Roger mostly handled mergers and acquisitions. Was he kidnapped, or did he disappear of his own volition? Is there a connection to the cash, part of $12 billion in U.S. funds that went missing in Iraq? And what about their father, a notorious financier imprisoned for securities fraud? Using his Special Forces skills and the latest high-tech wizardry, Heller counters lethal adversaries as he peels back layers of secrets that hide not only high-level corporate crimes but the troubled affairs of his own family. Cliffhangers galore, the fascinating tradecraft of corporate espionage, and an engrossing story will propel readers through this outstanding thriller. Highly recommended as a great summer read. [A 200,000-copy first printing; promotional tie-in to an original graphic novel.-Ed.]-Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tuscon Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Known for his stand-alones, bestseller Finder (Power Play) introduces Nick Heller, an elite corporate intelligence specialist and former Special Services badass, in this exciting series opener. After a frantic call from his 14-year-old nephew, Gabe, Heller returns home to Washington, D.C., from a job in California to find Gabe's mother in a coma and Gabe's stepfather, Roger, who is Heller's older brother, vanished without a trace. Though the brothers have been estranged since their father's much-publicized securities fraud conviction years earlier, Nick vows to protect Gabe and his mother and unravel the mystery of Roger's alleged abduction. The investigation leads him to some disturbing revelations about Roger, not the least of which involves a powerful-and dangerous-private military company. Written in staccato chapters that are emotionally supercharged and action packed, this thriller will more than satisfy adrenaline junkies and have them guessing until the very end. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Financial thriller whiz Joe Finder has fully and seamlessly entered the world of Lee Child and James Rollins. A rousing, lightning-paced thriller from the first page to the last. " --Providence Journal"If Jack Reacher met Nick Heller in a dark alley, my money's on Reacher. But it would be ugly. Or would it? Actually, I think they'd go for a beer together and set the world to rights--because Joseph Finder has given me a terrific new hero to root for. This is an action-packed, full-throttle, buy-it-today-read-it-tonight series that you definitely shouldn't miss." --Lee Child"A humdinger....a thriller to enjoy for its Washington locales, convincing familiarity with cutting-edge spy gadgetry, and taut action scenes." --Washington Post"Cliffhangers galore, the fascinating tradecraft of corporate espionage, and an engrossing story will propel readers through this outstanding thriller. Highly recommended as a great summer read." --Library Journal (starred review)"Written in staccato chapters that are emotionally supercharged and action-packed, this thriller will more than satisfy adrenaline junkies and have them guessing until the very end." --Publishers Weekly"Breakneck pace and labyrinthine schemes . . . ingenious." --Booklist"Heller is Finder's new series character and ...will very shortly be mentioned in the same breath as Reacher and Bosch...If you only read one book this summer, make it Vanished." --Crimespree magazine"Moves at the pace of an injected neuro-toxin...You'll curse Finder for keeping you up into the early hours." --Shots magazine"Finder ratchets up the suspense while making Vanished both a business thriller and an old-fashioned heist. As usual, Finder knows how to measure out the action for the ultimate impact." --Sun Sentinel"Finder is that rare thriller author who actually writes well. He manages deft characterization, offhand one-liners, and a fine sense of place....In the best thrillers everything is connected. Pay attention to the details here, because they all fit into the surprising and timely plot of this first-rate effort." --SmartMoney"Even though I'd been warned that everyone who'd read it did so in one sitting, I cracked the cover at 10 p.m., figuring yeah, yeah, one sitting, right. When I passed out at 4 a.m., I was thinking, boy, if I could just keep my eyes open long enough to finish this!" --Myles Knapp, Contra Costa Times"A white-knuckle tale of suspense." --Chicago Sun-Times on POWER PLAY"Its premise is enough to send chills through corporate boardrooms, and through civilian readers too." --Janet Maslin on POWER PLAY, The New York Times"A fast-paced fun ride...a delicious, perfectly prepared mixture." --Boston Globe on POWER PLAY"A bloody, rollicking thrill ride...the plot moves at light speed." --Richmond Times-Dispatch on POWER PLAY"The action is swift...keeps the plot bubbling and the pages turning." --Wall Street Journal on POWER PLAY"Thrilling. . . Start Power Play this afternoon and you'll have the nightstand lamp burning at bedtime." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on POWER PLAY"A finely crafted excursion into the dark heart of executive-suite skullduggery...plenty of action and suspense." --Forbes on POWER PLAY"[A] masterpiece...strong plotting, memorable characterization...a readability quotient to the degree that it almost seems as if putting the book down at any point before finishing it is akin to a criminal act...A fabulous offering." --Bookreporter.com on POWER PLAY"Unstoppable." --USA Today on KILLER INSTINCT"Masterful." --Houston Chronicle on KILLER INSTINCT"Explosive...wickedly fun." --Entertainment Weekly on KILLER INSTINCT"Master of a complex suspense formula...flawlessly executed violence, crisp dialogue, and taut pacing." --The New York Times Book Review on KILLER INSTINCT"A first-rate thrill ride." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on KILLER INSTINCT"A roller coaster of a read." --Cosmopolitan on KILLER INSTINCT"It starts off with a bang and doesn't slow down until the last page." --Ottawa Sun on KILLER INSTINCT

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